Conference 2011!

I should really start this post with an apology. Somehow the months have flown by and I didn’t even realise that I haven’t blogged since March. So I thought what better time to catch up than while I’m at Methodist Conference!

Over the next few days of conference I will be updating my blog ad including snippets from my travels since my last post so hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be all up to date!

I arrived in Southport on Thursday lunchtime. The sun was shining and there was a sense of anticipation for what Conference 2011 will hold. Since arriving I’ve spent time with different people including the other Youth Assembly reps and numerous young people who have come as District reps (which is very exciting!) as well as having 2 meals with my District (Southampton). The first one was at Pizza Hut where we decorated hats and befriended a local waitress called Beth (although I’m not sure whether she was pleased about this or not!). The second was at Nando’s where I was asked to explain to the older people how to order from the confusing menu! Although afterwards I did establish (by talking to the other youth reps) that their menu is confusing for any age.

Yesterday was a great day ending with an imaginative time of worship to celebrate BibleFresh and the new hymnbook “Singing the Faith”. I loved the 8-minute Bible sketch interwoven with different hymns and songs. In the evening I had dinner with the other youth reps and members of the children and youth team so we could have a catch up.

This morning I was up early to practise the prayer I was going to read for the worship at 11. I had a fab breakfast with Fiona Holmes before locking myself out of my room (for the third time!) and nearly being late- but it was all fine in the end and the reading went well! The worship overall was really enjoyable and I was happy that due to my small part I had a seat reserved on the front row so I could see everything going on.

I think I’d better leave it there for now as I’m off to the Ordination Service at Leyland Road Methodist Church soon. Below you can read about some of the things I did earlier this year.

Travels around the Connexion- April Part 1

Back at the beginning of April, I visited the Wellingborough Youth Project to see some of the work they do there (this also happens to be where Youth President Designate Sam Taylor is working as an OPP- so we had a chance to catch up and chat about Youth Presidenty things!).

The evening started with Cell group which was planned by the young people. I was amazed to find out afterwards that it was the first time that they had done it as it was a really powerful and enjoyable session. At the end of the session we spent some time praying together for different things and again I was amazed to find out that a few months previously they wouldn’t pray out loud. Each of the young people seemed completely at ease with praying and the atmosphere was really good.

After the cell group, everyone started getting ready for Infuse which is a drop in cafe. Young people are free to come in or go as they please but must sign in and out as they go. The leaders take turns doing this, serving the food and drinks and chatting with the young people who come along.

I really enjoyed my time at Infuse. To me it is a real success story. For the Church to have a presence in the centre of Wellingborough that is obviously such an integral part of the local young people’s evenings is brilliant.

Matthew 18:20
"Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there."