On Saturday 14th July 2018 the Northern Presbytery Council met and approved the Youth Forum as an official work group of Northern Presbytery. Council also approved that everyone on the Youth Forum are members of Presbytery and therefore can vote at the full Presbytery meetings. This is a very exciting step in involving young people in the wider church and encouraging them to have a voice!
There are officially 13 youth leaders from 14 different Parishes in the Youth Forum from Northern Presbytery (it was open to one youth leader per Parish in Northern Presbytery). The Youth Forum will meet once every two months where the two co-convenors will lead any discussion or business items on the agenda. Thank-you to everyone who helped shaped this group and we look forward to the near future!
You can view the profiles of the Youth Forum below. If you would like more information of this group or if you would like to become a member (if you are a youth leader in a Northern Presbytery) please contact Emma Page: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Presbytery – Youth Forum
Name: Ming Xie
Parish: St Heliers Presbyterian Church
Hi my name is Ming Xie and I work at St Heliers Presbyterian Church and Community Centre as a Youth worker and Children & Family Ministry Coordinator. I am original from Taiwan, a lovely island country. I believe in the Gospel is the life-changing power and Jesus is the source of it all.
I like to spend time with children and young people, through caring and sharing, the Love of God is here. I believe this youth forum can become a living platform for young people to connect with each other.
Name: Josh Dunne
Parish: Glenfield Presbyterian Church
Hi, my name is Josh and I the youth minister at Glenfield Presbyterian and have been involved there for a little over two years now. And I am really looking forward to the closer ties and shearing of vision and ideas that this Youth Forum has the ability to bring to Northern Presbytery
Name: Stephanie White
Parish: Forrest Hill Presbyterian Church
I have been involved in youth leadership for about 3 1/2 years now, first in a voluntary capacity and now in a part-time role as the key youth leader. I am passionate about our youth, and love walking through life beside them, growing them into committed passionate Christ lovers and followers who will take up the torch when I move on. I am excited for what Christ is doing and is going to do in His Church, and I want to be part of it. The Youth Forum is such a great opportunity to share experience and energy, wisdom and passion. I want to be part of it and bring my young people’s voices somewhere where they can be heard.
Name: Hannah North
Parish: Greyfriars Presbyterian Church
I’m the youth and young adults’ worker at Greyfriars Eden Epsom Presbyterian Church. I enjoy working on creating healthy relationships between young people and God themselves and the wider community because of this I am excited to be part of this forum as I can see it impacting not just the church and the youth I am involved with but also other Presbyterian youths.
Name: Mindy Simpson
Parish: St Andrews, Waiuku
Hi my name is Mindy and I am the Parish assistant at St Andrews, Waiuku. I am looking forward to being part of the forum, getting to know other members, sharing resources, knowledge and stories.
Name: Mevia Faletoese
Parish: PIPC Newton
I’m Mevia Faletoese and I serve at PIPC Newton. I’ve been involved in youth ministry for about 4 years. I’m excited for the vision that this Youth Forum has to bring our young people together through fellowship and community. But most importantly, I’m looking forward to the inter-generational relationships that will be formed through Youth Forum and beyond.
Name: Iona Robinson
Parish: Somervell Presbyterian Church
Hi! My name is Iona Robinson. I am currently training to be a high school teacher and volunteer as the youth leader at Somervell Presbyterian Church. I have been born and raised within the church, the daughter of two ordained ministers. I have been involved in the wider church for several years now, being an active participant in PYM events and attending General Assembly as a youth commissioner. I also have been attending Hunua Easter Camp for over a decade and am currently one of the directors. I am passionate about getting more youth involved in the Presbyterian Church and ensuring that the national church is a church that welcomes all and is future-focused. I believe that through active participation of youth, those things can be achieved. I also love meeting and chatting with other youth leaders!