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Victoria Paulding and David Harvey at FURY Assembly 2011

FURY (Fellowship of United Reformed Youth) Assembly took place between 28 and 30 January at the Pioneer Centre in Kidderminster.  Here, Victoria Paulding, incoming moderator, reflects on the weekend.

“Worship. Fellowship. Refreshment. Sleep-deprivation. To me that sums up FURY Assembly as more than 100 young people met together to share something of the wonder of God and to discuss issues affecting young people today.

“During the weekend four resolutions were passed, including ones relating to the difficulties young people face in finding a new church when moving house or moving to university, the request for a code of conduct for FURY advisory board members (inspired by the guidelines for ministers of word and sacrament, church related community workers and elders which were presented at General Assembly 2010), and the creation of a position of welfare representative on FURY advisory board. The proposers and seconders of the passed resolutions are now forming task groups for further work of these resolutions.

“Of course, there’s more to FURY Assembly than business. Various workshops were on offer, giving delegates the opportunity to discuss issues such as Commitment for Life, the street pastors’ scheme or ways to share faith, or to get creative, producing artwork, practice Christian DJ-ing or learn puppetry. All of the workshops were designed to give the young people something to think about and, hopefully to take back to their local churches.

“For me, a key part of FURY Assembly is the fellowship.  During a murder mystery and a self-run ‘FURY Gameshow’ there was time to laugh together, and it was particularly special to share worship with young people from across the country, especially at the late night communion service. Many of the young people who attend are the only young person in their local church and FURY Assembly is an opportunity to meet with other young Christians, share the God we all worship and realise that we are not alone. Young people have so much to say to the Church and FURY Assembly is one opportunity for these voices to be heard.”

FURY Assembly 2012 will be held on 27th-29th January 2012. For more information please contact the URC youth office on 020 7916 8682 or check out www.fury.org.uk

Photo shows Victoria Paulding, moderator of FURY Assembly, pictured with David Harvey, the outgoing moderator