Helen Glasse Eastern Synod Youth Representative.
Helen is currently studying Social Work at the University of Bath. She is a member of Framlingham United Free Church. She has attended three URC Youth Assemblies and also General Assembly last year. Helen said that as the new Youth Representative she hoped to grow numbers.
Natalie Gibbs, Joint Moderator (2019-2021) Natalie is currently living in Peterborough and has just started working as Assistant Programmes Officer at The Leprosy Mission – a Christian International Development Charity working in 10 countries overseas – meaning a lot of her time at work is spent on Skype! Other than the work she does as Moderator, she likes to bake cakes (despite the degree in Nutrition…), play football and netball and plan her next adventure abroad!
Katie Henderson, Joint Moderator (2019-2021) Katie lives in London and is a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Katie is often described as Merida (from “Brave”) but with short hair. Her hobbies include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Youth Executive . . . find out more . . .
Are you aged 14-25 and part of the URC? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
Between the ages of 11 and 18 – the pre-teen and teenage years. No longer a child, not yet truly an adult, our young people begin to outgrow the children's provision in church and start to question. Peers become increasingly important and peer pressure may have more influence as young people begin to take ownership of their beliefs, opinions and values. Church – whether local, regional or national, can offer increasing involvement, responsibility and chance to develop leadership skills, or simply the space to grow and explore.
From 11 to 18, you begin to be able to access more national events or events at synod level where you can get together with other young people from different churches. Keep an eye on our events and opportunities pages from time to time and see whether there is anything that captures your imagination.
From 14 to 25 you can participate in our Youth Assembly, a gathering of URC Youth from across the country, and at 16 and above you might choose to stand as your synod's rep on the Youth Exec or at General Assembly – an opportunity to make an impact on the denomination at a national level. If you're too young for Youth Assembly, fear not – a taster day is running alongside the event for 11 to 16 year olds to give you a bit of a flavour of what Youth Assembly is all about.