Local schools and colleges, churches and community projects will work together in partnership to build church with this generation. Youth leaders and volunteers will become part of a wider learning network accessing training and will be encouraged and mutually supported as they build for the future.
So far, the team have been busy travelling around the north of England to visit various dioceses, churches and secondary schools. We’ve been listening to what is happening in their communities, shared the MYCN vision and prayed and dreamed together with local leaders about what might be possible in the coming years.
We've been amazed to discover how open people are to dream and envision what a new Christian community might look like among young people in their own localities. People tell us that there is such a lot of need, both to do something for young people but also to rethink how we do church with them.
On my pilgrimage across the Diocese of York, I spoke to many young people who were not keen on attending Church but who were fascinated by the love of God and wanted to know more about Jesus Christ – this is a live issue for them. Young people have so much to learn. In Jesus Christ they can receive new life and share this life-transforming encounter with their friends. I believe that the Missional Youth Church Network will help transform young people’s lives and make, together, Jesus Christ visible.Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu