CEYC Vision Statement
On the 29th July, several members of CEYC gathered together to reflect on our past, look at where we are now and explore the future. Through led Lego Serious Play they explored the future of CEYC and started to form a Vision statement. It was an intense day, filled with honesty, concerns, hope, worries, joy and grace. It was a space held in prayer and it was incredibly Spirit-filled.
The Vision was written up and then brought to CEYC’s 2017 November Residential and was evaluated by the whole Membership. After some discussion, feedback and prayer the new Vision was unanimously adopted by CEYC. Here below is the new Vision Statement for CEYC. It outlines who we are, what we feel called to and where we feel the Spirit leading us.
CEYC seeks to be a Christ centred community where differences, similarities and experiences are all met with Grace and Love. We are a community of unconditional welcome, generous hospitality and grace where we explore what it’s like to learn from scripture and live out our faith in our society.
CEYC allows us all to stay connected to the differences in our church whilst creating a safe space to really see and experience the theological spectrum. We explore different ideas, theologies and practices and discuss and debate their relevance and impact on our lives and cultures. We listen and engage with all opinions and seek to see everyone as children of our Heavenly Father first and foremost.
CEYC seeks to be there for all 16-25s, those who wish to explore what their faith may look like in a wider setting, those who are exploring the structures of the Church of England and acknowledges that for some CEYC is the lifeboat, the port in the storm that keeps their faith alive during troubled times. We are a diverse Spirit-filled community of faith, that seeks to serve each other wherever we are in our journey.
CEYC has another important role; speaking to the wider church on behalf of the 16-25s who are part of our community. CEYC gathers the information, opinions, fears and joys that we experience and explore when we are together. We share and impart this with the Church of England on a National and Diocesan level.
CEYC seeks to build fruitful relationships with those of other denominations, faiths, and those of no faith, to share opinions, learn from common experiences and gain understanding.
CEYC has a core group who are responsible for the running and daily business of the council and exist to serve the wider members. This core group is a team who work hard to keep the vision and values at the heart of CEYC, demonstrating them to all they meet.
In order for CEYC to live out this Vision Statement, we aim to work closely with those within National Bodies and Dioceses who have a particular responsibility for championing youth.