THE Archbishops of Canterbury and York and more than 30 bishops committed themselves to making young people a priority in the Church of England, when they attended a conference held in Sheffield last week.
The Regeneration Youth Summit took place at St Thomas’s, Philadelphia Campus, on Thursday of last week, and was organised by the Church Army, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, and a group of young people, including Sam Follett, aged 20, the youngest member of the General Synod.
More than 120 people aged from 15 to 21, and about 30 youth workers, discussed ways of better equipping the Church to reach out to young people. All delegates were invited to sign a pledge committing to the work of the Church and young people.
Dr Williams said that a living Church is one that “doesn’t leave you in your comfort zone”. Dr Sentamu urged young people to “take risks for Christ”.
Mr Follett, who is reading physics at the University of Nottingham, and is a lay representative for St Albans, said: “The big thing for me is that young people are going away feeling they’ve been listened to and encouraged by their church leaders. . . Follow-up events are already planned in St Albans and Nottingham.
“A lot of places are doing youth work very well today, but they are a minority. I think the way we do Church today sometimes doesn’t get the message out that faith in Jesus Christ is relevant to where young people are at. . . The message we have is good; we just need to think about the ways we are conveying it.”