Fancy a day out in Parliament? by Roseanna Levermore

This event is solely for young people and hopes to be a really exciting opportunity. So if you are between the ages of 16-23, and consider yourself a Methodist, United Reformed Church or Baptist Church member (or know someone who is and can tell them about it) then please read on!
 
The aim of the day is to explore faith, politics and participation in social justice. We will have tours around the Houses of Parliament, a panel discussion with MPs and Lords, before ending the day at Methodist Central Hall for a reflection and discussion session in small groups.
 
For the practicalities of the event, it starts at either 8:30am or 9:45am (depending on which tour group you are placed into) and ends at 3:45pm. It is a free event but a packed lunch or money to purchase some food from the Methodist Central Hall cafĂ© is required. We have 24 spaces available, so we believe that the fairest way is to ask everyone who felt that they would like to attend to fill in a form explaining their interest. This will also help us to create a day that will suit you most effectively. If you’re interested in attending then please fill out the form here and respond by the 22nd of May, we will then let you know by the beginning of June if you have secured a place.
If you need a letter of permission to have the day off school, and have been offered a place, then we can send you a copy by email or post at a later date.

For more information, please see attached the plan for the day, or contact Roseanna Levermore on politicalaffairs@methodistchurch.org.uk

We hope you are as excited as we are by this amazing opportunity, so please apply as we would love to see as many young people as possible joining us in Parliament.

http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/fancy-a-day-out-in-parliament/#more-6117

Why does work matter?



This is a blog that I wrote recently and I thought that I would share it with you all.

Why does work matter? To tackle this I am going to view it from different perspectives:

Why does work matter?

Dear Generation Y,

Generation Y is a term that you have became more and more accustomed to. It’s the generation that have been raised within a time period where the access to technology has practically been within your fingertips. Computers, mobile phones, the internet was all accessible and part of your youth. This has meant that employers have had to adapt to this transition, revise their hiring strategy, their infrastructure and ethos in order to be appealable to your generation. Companies face the pressure to become more technologically advanced and have been comforted by the popularity of social media. With the accessibility of the internet, an average number of 500 million tweets per day and the latest gossip being constantly loaded onto Facebook, employers have to ensure that they are being relevant and visible in this virtual world.

Social media can be used as a very important tool for advertising jobs but it also poses a risk for you. As you have grown up in this digital age, you have become more liberated, more open to what you expose to the world. On Wednesday 2nd April 2014, a teacher was sacked after calling pupils ‘feral’ on Twitter (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10740039/Teacher-sacked-after-calling-pupils-feral-on-Twitter.html. Although her tweets were absolutely abhorrent this has proven that social media can appear to be your closest confidant but also very quick to expose your secrets to the world.

Laziness is another negative thing that you are accused of being. One of the reasons for this is perhaps that you may prefer less structured working hours. Whereas older generations considered the hours that an employer offered to be fixed, rather than up for negotiation, this in turn can make you appear to lack respect or commitment.

Finally, in contradiction to the first point, education and hard work is no longer the ticket to success. It is now considered that every job that you apply for there are at least 25 people applying for the same position. You didn’t build up these traits without the assistance of the previous generations who created this path for you. You did what they were told to do, you went to school, the majority staying on for further education. You were to taught to believe that the key to financial success was from education and hardwork.

The problem is that the country was not ready for a generation to do what was actually asked of them. Work is important to your generation as you need to constantly fight the stereotype which has been unfairly placed upon their shoulders. As degrees become more normalised, increasing cuts and with the rise of living increasing, you are merely a ‘victim’ of the time period that you were born in. Work matters to you as work provides you with purpose and makes you feel as your education has been worthwhile! You need and deserve an attainable dream for the future.

Why should work matter?

Work doesn’t just matter to you it also is very important to God. Sadly there are many Christians who will be quick to proclaim Jesus Christ as the living saviour; but posses a distinctively unbiblical view of work. Some may see it as part of the curse of living in a ‘fallen, secular’ world. Others are quick to separate serving God to serving in a secular sense.

But one key point that we need to remember is that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..." (Matthew 20:28). The Bible verse doesn’t mention that he came to serve only in the temple, or when he felt like it, Jesus did not come to be served but to serve.

Work is mentioned both directly and indirectly many times in the bible, evidently no matter whether you work for a secular or Christian organisation, the work of our hands should:

Glorify God

Further the Kingdom of God

Serve the common good

 

Work is one of the most powerful means that God provides us with to shape, empower and influence
culture. ‘Work’ should matter to us as it mattered to Jesus.

As Christians it is our duty to relate to people in their natural setting, nine in ten may not be in Church on a Sunday, but nine in ten will be at work on a Monday. It is our duty to remain distinctively Christian within any environment.

Jesus was considered to be a ‘rebel’ for preaching the gospel on the Sabbath day. This may sound like a crazy and a radical idea but why don’t we share the gospel with people on a Monday afternoon? If we are serious about our faith and the truth of Christianity, we need to engage in cultural renewal.

“God has structured things for his glory and his goodness and humanity is directing it in evil or good ways. If we are going to engage culture, it’s about taking the things you are skilled at and asking, “How can I direct them in a good way”’ Lecrae Moore

Yours truly,
A fellow millennial x