Joint Youth Committee (JYC) was established in June 2000 and consists of youth representatives from churches across the United Kingdom. The Committee aims to unify the efforts of general youth ministry across the UK by facilitating communication and co-ordination at the youth level between their churches.
JYC provides joint spiritual and social service for Coptic youth at a general level through the co-ordination of the efforts of youth servants nationally, without interfering with each church’s localised service.
The long term aim of JYC is to strengthen the bond of unity amongst youth, so that they can work together and support each other in all aspects of their lives, playing a more prominent role as constructive, integral members of their Church, and society.
National Youth Conferences
There are several national youth conferences held throughout the year in the United Kingdom, according to various age groups:
o 14-17 year old Boys’ Winter Coptic Youth Conference
o 14-17 year old Girls’ Winter Coptic Youth Conference
o 18-21 year olds’ Winter Coptic Youth Conference
o 14-17 year old Boys’ Summer Coptic Youth Conference
o 14-17 year old Girls’ Summer Coptic Youth Conference
o 18-21 year olds’ Summer Coptic Youth Conference
o 10-13 year olds’ Young Coptic Youth Conference
o 22+ year olds’ Young Adults’ Retreat
Each year, the Centre hosts these Annual U.K. Conferences that are attended by over 300 youth, including many from Europe and all over the world. These events gather youth from all over the U.K. who come to attend these multi-day gatherings. The conferences, which are predominantly planned and run by young people under the guidance of more senior youth, servants and clergy, have a schedule packed with spiritual and social activities.
A number of specific conferences are held throughout the year at the Centre, catering for particular topics of pastoral care and interest. These include:
o Youth work.
Often these specialised conferences will feature guest speakers from across the world, including clergy-members who have expert knowledge of the field in question.
Spiritual retreats are conducted for individuals and groups, providing an opportunity for those interested to take time out of the hectic lifestyle that we all live, and bring calmness and peace into otherwise fast and haphazard lives. This can include groups of servants from specific churches, groups coming from abroad, or individuals wishing to serve within any of the CYM ministries.