I was asked to write an article about the recent FURY youth assembly I attended on behalf of young Catholics. This took place at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas nr Tamworth.
I did some thinking and realised that, I could do a detailed article about things like the voting process, and every bit of business that was discussed. However, I don’t think that that gets to the heart of what FURY youth assembly is about. I mean, sure, there was a lot of business and voting, but I believe that the assembly is also about fun with a capital F. So that’s what my article will be about.
To start with I asked some of the friends I made what they thought of the assembly. That’s another thing, it is really easy to make friends there, and I had loads of friends really quickly and was immediately made to feel very welcome. So here are the three statements from people I asked; Emily Meachin, official photographer for FURY had this to say ‘I thought Assembly was amazing, best one yet, and would recommend it to all my religious friends!’, Becky Radcliffe had this simple, yet I believe wholly true statement to say ‘It’s very fun!’, finally Kiera Lane had this to say ‘I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone over 14. It wasn’t as religious as I thought it would be, I got the chance to meet lots of great people, and have made lots of new friends!’
It wasn’t all just fun and games however; there was some voting and praying, though with a rather relaxed atmosphere, these votes were;
- base the starting age for FURY youth assembly on school years, not when you were born- not passed;
- thorough research into the youth groups which are part of FURY- passed;
- and changing the Facebook group from ‘FURY prayer circle’ to ‘Fellowship prayer’- passed.
Finally, congratulations to everyone who was elected for a different part on the FURY advisory board.
A big thank you to everyone who made me so welcome at the youth assembly. I would especially like to thank the Birmingham Catholic Youth Service for giving me the opportunity to go, and the West Midlands Synod for accepting me so readily.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Barton under Needwood