Changes

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about the various things that have happened over the last few weeks, things ranging from conference, breakout and then after conference.

Conference in a whole was good; there were really exciting things that came from conference which young people will now be consulted on at Youth Assembly. There were times that were trying but the youth reps & everyone handled them absolutely fantastic. Just to bring you all up to date with the resolutions that we put through were

• That pending the review of the role of Youth President if it is right for the role to return to full time, that conference supports us in doing so. The notice of motion was agreed as long as the money needed from this came from within the existing budget.
• This coming connexional year the YPS is running on a 50% reduced budget, we requested that the following connexional year the budget be increased by 30% to enable to continue the growth of the YPS - This notice of motion was denied.

The thing that I struggled with the most in regards to the last notice of motion wasn’t that we lost; it was that the discussion was cut short. There were people still wanting to talk and the debate was still being had, but yet someone moved that we push this to the vote before the debate had been heard which was agreed by majority of conference. It was difficult at the time to accept as we had spent long periods of time discussion various other topics and to have our cut short was difficult to accept but its one of those things.

I would like to say a big thank you to the youth reps, and everyone who spoke in favour of our notice of motion and would like to re-assure everyone that whilst there is the budget reduction this isn’t the end for us, we will regroup and come back stronger.

Following conference we were straight into Breakout and getting ready for that. All I can say is what a success, the weekend was fantastic, the weather held up amazingly for us (yes I got sunburnt!) and there was an amazing atmosphere around the site. Friday night people were arriving in dribs and drabs and we had various activities going on including the Children and Youth Team dancing on stage – oh yes we picked the apples, we stacked the shelves and even worked in a bit of big fish little fish.

Saturday everything was full throttle all day – I was up and on the sports field for quarter to 8 in order to get the contractors on site and get everything set up there. I didn’t get to see much of the rest of the site on Saturday as I was helping to keep things running smoothly on the sports field but talking to people, and hearing various things the feedback I heard was that it was all going down well.

Once all the sports programme had finished I was called to meet the DJ we had brought in to do a set for us as he is an old friend who I used to work with. We got him all set up and introduced him to the production manager etc, I had a bit of work to do in the office and missed the start of the gospel worship, but what I caught up with towards the back end was fantastic. Following this was the DJ set by Danny Mylo – well what can I say about this except WHAT A NIGHT!
It was absolutely fantastic; everyone had a great time even OGGY danced the night away. When it came time to finish no one wanted to but because of the curfew we had there was no choice.

Sunday most people started packing up early, I was luckily staying on sight over night again to help clear up, but Sunday morning had work that needed to be finished for the closing ceremony of breakout. During this we introduced the themes that had been present all through the weekend which was:-
• Connecting with each other
• Connecting with the world
• Connecting with God

We then had a look back at the past 65 years of London weekends, MAY C and breakout. At this point we showed a video that looked back over the growth of London weekend, MAYC, and then breakout, and I have to admit I got a bit choked up watching it, and then seeing everyone else and it suddenly hit home that everything was coming to an end.

I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank all the team who helped shape the closing ceremony as it was fantastic and a fitting send off, there was a lot of work put into it and was worth every hour spent on it.

We were then lead in worship by Phillipa Hannah who had performed for us on Saturday, she helped us create an amazing vibe to send people out on a spiritual high. As soon as it had started breakout was over.

I suppose that the running theme for this blog really is change/ growth. The YPS this year has grown more than I could have hoped and that’s due to having an amazing team in place who all work tirelessly, and breakout will change its form into something else. There are people who are nervous about this but I look forward to it. Change isn’t always something to be scared of, be open to it, embrace it, better yet CELEBRATE IT

Yours
Pete

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