FACT Did you know… we once had the youngest member of the General Synod serving in the Diocese, and he was an active advocate for issues of young people both locally and nationally.
The Diocesan Youth Department helps facilitate and support young people in developing an active faith in Christ and serving within and outside parish life. We encourage young people’s involvement in Diocesan Synod as Bishop’s Nominees, and also those standing as representatives on the Church of England Youth Council (CEYC). If you are interested in any of these opportunities please get in touch with us.
Do you want to explore a vocation in ministry, whatever form this may take? Our Diocesan Vocations Team, in partnership with the Diocesan Youth Service, have launched ‘PILOT‘ so if you are aged around 16 – 22 and thinking about serving God through the Church, and would you like an opportunity to explore your calling with others of your age, then click here for the details.
For details of our Younger Vocations reps, plus other useful information and links click here.
For those aged 22 years plus, you may like to consider Reader training – for details click here.
An excellent resource for exploring vocation is ‘Get a life!‘ – a 5 session course on calling for young people. Click here for details.
Onelife Young Leaders have internship opportunities and training for young leaders – click here for details.
Church of England Youth Council (CEYC)
CEYC holds events twice a year – once for a day event in Spring open to all young people, and once for a weekend residential conference in late Autumn for the diocesan representatives. They also form an official observers group at the York sessions of General Synod in July. We can have up to two young people from our diocese stand as CEYC diocesan reps at any time and any number of people can go to the Spring event and be part of the online membership of CEYC.
Established in November 2004, CEYC is a gathering of young Anglican Christians from across England aged between 16 and 25. They meet to discuss issues concerning the Church, the country and the world; and how to lead a life most closely to Christ’s example. They actively represent the youth of resident dioceses, and contribute to the inner workings of the Church by sending representatives to General Synod. If you are interested in the work of CEYC but too old to be a member or a rep you can become a Friend of CEYC on their website from December 2016.
Diocesan Synod – Bishop’s Nominees
Diocesan Synod is the democratically elected decision-making body of the diocese. Its membership is comprised of both clergy and laity, representing all of the deaneries in the diocese. The Bishop of St Albans nominates a number of young people to serve on Diocesan Synod each triennium (so you serve a three-year period).