CEYC has had an incredible journey but we’re not done yet! Read all about our story so far and how you can become a part of the future!
In 2014, The Church of England Youth Council (CEYC) celebrated ten years of being and existing! We had a fantastic event in York Minster with hundreds of people. But I bet you’re wondering how we got to ten great years!
Before CEYC, there was a group of young Anglicans known as the ‘Young Adults Network’ who represented the views of under 25s in Synod and in other parts of the Church of England and their decision-making groups. It was these fantastic people who developed the idea of each Diocese being represented in a council-style organisation and, after some national events to share the idea locally, CEYC was born.
The aims to REPRESENT, ENGAGE and ENRICH were decided right at the very beginning and are still the main focus of CEYC’s work.
CEYC is open to anyone age 16-25 who is linked in some way to the Anglican Church.
The members of CEYC have two chances to meet up: two representatives from each Diocese come together for a national conference each November and there is an open day event each April for all members .
These meet-ups are hosted by a small group elected at the November conference. The Core Group spend the year working alongside the CofE Board of Education, the Diocesan Youth Officers Network and other parts of the Church, locally and based in London, to support you where you are and ensure the meet ups are relevant and will help you to be enriched and inspired. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the youth council are three of the roles within Core Group. (You must be 18+ to stand for Core Group)
Some of the topics shared at the events link directly to what is being discussed at the CofE General Synod (the main decision-making body). Others are things that are prominent in the news, or in our daily lives.
(Scroll down for a list of some of the topics discussed, debated and learnt about over the past decade.)
As well as the Core Group, there are four other elected roles members can be voted in to at the November conference:
Three Synod reps and one British Youth Council rep.
The Church of England’s General Synod is the Church’s parliament. It has almost 600 members including bishops, clergy and non-ordained or “lay” people who meet three times a year to discuss what is currently facing the Church. One of CEYC’s main ways of speaking into decisions being made about the Church is through its synod reps.
Our current reps, Alex, Leah and Elliot are almost halfway through their term. They have done a fantastic job at representing us, with Elliot speaking regularly on topics of debate, and Alex making her maiden speech at York in July 2015 on the environment and the Church’s role. Click here to meet our Synod Reps! (There is also the chance to go to General Synod as an observer, get in touch for more information.)
Alex blogged General Synod this year, so if you’d like to read more on what a week at General Synod looks like, you can read more here: https://poddingtonbear.wordpress.com/category/general-synod/
CEYC want to fully achieve the three values that we are founded on! To do that we need YOU. Yes that’s right YOU! We aim to have a council that contains 2 reps from each diocese who then feed back to their own diocese. If you think that could be you, and you’re interested please click ‘I’m interested’ and get in touch! If you’re still unsure, or just interested, scroll down for all the topics that we have ever debated!