Synod Youth Representatives

helen-glasse2Helen 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. 

Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.             View Eastern Synod Youth Facebook Page 
                                   View Eastern Synod Youth Instagram Page 

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. 


We produce a bi-monthly newsletter from the Children's and Youth Work team which you can read here or you can sign up to have it sent to you regularly by email  here.

URC Youth - What's it all About

youth-logo-200The United Reformed Church Youth encompasses all the young people aged      11-25 connected to the United Reformed Church. 

What is a Synod Youth Executive? - A Synod Youth Executive (SYE) is a group of young people aged 14-25 who represent young people of the Synod. The aim is to enable young people to have a voice and influence decision making in the Synod as well as helping to plan and organise events for young people. The role of the Youth Executive is to provide youth representation throughout and outside of the URC and carry out the work of the URC Youth Assembly, passed by resolution, and ensuring any necessary work to support the URC Youth structures is completed.  This will include assisting in the planning of Assembly-level URC Youth events. 

The SYE usually meet four times a year and keep in touch between meetings. There is also opportunity to attend Synod meetings, URC Youth Assembly and maybe even represent the Synod at General Assembly.

If you would like to be involved or find out more please contact our CYDO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone: 07515721172.

We produce a bi-monthly newsletter from the Children's and Youth Work team which you can read here or you can sign up to have it sent to you regularly by email here.

As the URC Youth our mission is: to discover God, help each other grow in the Christian faith and, through our lives, reflect God's love to all. It's my prayer that together, through our connection to the URC whether at a local church, Synod or Assembly level, that's a mission which will have powerful and far reaching effects. We are serious about being a powerful, passionate, prophetic part of the wider URC for many years to come: 'we are not the church of tomorrow – we are a crucial part of the body of Christ today'.

 Website: URC Youth 

Youth Assembly and Youth Exec

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Each year, the URC  Youth Assembly brings together young people from across Scotland, England and Wales  to fun, faith and fellowship.

Youth Assembly also explores issues and topics relevant to Church, society and life through talk, workshops, discussions and creative activity.

Next year's Youth Assembly will be from 29th to 31st January 2021 in our usual venue of Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffs and is for any young people connected with the URC from Year 10/s3 to 25 years inclusive. Contact us for more information. 


Youth Exec is a team of young people made up of representatives from each regional synod and a few specific roles elected at Youth Assembly. They  represent the needs, views and interests of all URC youth, acting as the voice of young people across England, Scotland and Wales within the United Reformed Church. They also plan and run Youth Assembly. Be sure to check out the URC Youth Facebook group,

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The URC Youth Assembly Moderators are elected by your representatives at Youth Assembly. This year's two people – Natalie Gibbs and Katie Henderson – are sharing the role. Moderator-Elect is Reuben Watts. He supports the Moderators in carrying out their role and next January will become Youth Moderator himself. 

Youth Assembly meet at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire for Age Year 10 - 25 year olds.

Website: Celebrate, reflect, party at Youth Assembly!

Website:  URC Youth Assembly 2019 view video and Facebook link

Website: URC Youth Assembly  Assembly Report and Resolutions      

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