District Youth Forum

Making a DYFerence

This is the Sheffield District’s  response to the Connexional Strategy on Youth and Participation.

EMPOWERMENT
Young people need the Methodist Church to equip, support and release their young people; be willing and courageous enough to let them “call some of the shots”, and to give their ideas a go. They have a wealth of experience, knowledge and ideas, and only they can truly understand and each their own generation.

NATURAL INVOLVEMENT
Young people want the Youth Participation Strategy to create a culture in which everyone is involved … to the point where young people and adults reach out to one another and barriers are broken down … to the point where it is no longer noticeable that young people are not involved … to the point where the church evolves naturally to become a body that will listen to and connect with the next generation. Young people want to help make decisions and be nurtured as they take part in shaping the way we do church. They recognise that this will take enthusiasm, flexibility, strength, communication and a change in attitude on both sides.

ADAPTING TO THE NEXT GENERATION
Young people want the chance to implement quality, well-advertised activities and events that their peers will want to come to. They want to show young people that Christians have a living faith, that they are normal and that there is more to church than Sunday mornings. They want to minister to their community and provide for them in a way that allows them to connect with God. And they want their churches to be places that are welcoming and based on supportive, accepting relationships with others.

WHAT ABOUT THE WAY WE DO CHURCH AND WORSHIP?
How can our churches be made more accessible and relevant to young people in and outside the church? Can worship styles be mixed? Should alternative options be offered within services or as a separate one? Can this happen midweek? Does worship even have to be sung at all?