Fiona Crouch has recently been appointed to the new part-time role of Young People's Work Co-ordinator within the District. The role is to support and resource both paid and voluntary leaders across the District who work with young people. She is also a Lay Worker in the Western Fells Circuit and the 3Generate District Ambassador.
Fiona recently introduced herself to the District as the 3Generate District Ambassador with the following letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus
I am writing to introduce myself to you as the Cumbria District Ambassador for 3Generate 365 (3Gen) and to ask you to begin to consider who in your circuit the following may be of interest to.
Think back to your own youth and possibly the MAYC weekends in London. I'm sure it was with a heavy heart you saw the cessation of them and you, like me, will look back with fondness at the Christian Youth Gatherings of years past. Are you aware that in the Methodist Church we still have national gatherings for our children and young people? Certainly, it looks a little different and the name has changed but it still exists under the name 3Generate. We need to get the word out there and let our younger members know how to become involved in these national events, let them meet other young people up and down the country and see that they are part of God's worldwide church.
In previous years, and God willing in years to come, 3Gen has met physically. The weekends have been fantastic for those who have attended, and ongoing friendships have been formed spreading the length and breadth of the country. As the people of God we can appreciate the benefits of meeting together for praise and worship, prayer, teaching, support, exploration and yes, fun; these are our tools for growth in our Christian faith. This also applies to our Young People, sadly it is easy to feel alone and lacking in similarly aged believers. 3Gen is for children and young people between the ages of 8 (school year 4) and 23 and this year it is easier than ever for individuals to become involved, if they are under 18 they simply need an adult to register them; this can be a youth leader or minister in church or a family member. The meetings will be online and even if they haven't registered, they can still attend but we need to get the message out there.
Who do you have in your circuit between the ages of 8 and 23?
I may have missed some, add them to your list!
The most obvious way of getting the message out is word of mouth but social media also plays its part so if you are on Facebook like and follow the page and encourage your friends to do the same, that way the word spreads in a similar way to the ripples from a stone thrown into the water.
Please find some helpful links to spread the news of the Methodist Youth Forum, 3Generate365 and particularly here in Cumbria.
Do you long to see the children and young people of this land turn to God?
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38, NIV)
Here is your opportunity to spread the word of God's love.
It would be good if you can get these links out and about in your circuits and chapels – spread it far and wide that we may help bring in the harvest of Children and Young People looking for God.
It will be great if you would pass my details on to your youth workers, parents and 18+ YP in order that I can get information directly out to them.
I look forward to hearing from you soon, please do get in touch if you have any queries.