9th November 2018
Sabbath 27 October 2018 saw over 700 people gathered at the Rock Tower in North London for the London Youth Rally. The rally was sponsored and organised by the South England Conference (SEC) Youth Ministries department on behalf of the London Youth Federation. Titled ‘Joining Forces’, the rally was full of the spirit of oneness, enthusiasm and of compassion which captured the hearts of young people. God was praised through the sharing of real-life experiences faced by the youth, fresh look at the scripture, and a genuine spirit to reach out to one another. There was also a recognition ceremony for those people who are doing independent youth work in London and beyond, celebrating how they have put themselves forward and joined forces with the SEC to minister to the youth. The event was also an opportunity to launch the new SEC Youth Ministries uniform, which was a stepping stone to the General Conference Youth Ministries uniform.
Beginning with a fellowship lunch, the day was fully dedicated to the young people. SEC Youth director Pastor Anthony Fuller gave a warm welcome to everyone and set the tone for the gathering. “For us to reach out to the young people, there is need to join forces. Joining forces with the people out there in the field where work is already being done to elevate the well-being of our youth” he said. He continued to say that he was very pleased with individuals who have not waited for the Conference to send them out into a ministry but have taken their own initiative. “We are all blessed with individual gifts and our unique experiences allows us to reach out to a specific person who otherwise would not be reached”, Pastor Fuller added.
Pastor Fuller also commended other pastors who came from other areas to support the day. “Your attendance affirms the high value you have placed on our youth”, he said. Present were many pastors including Trans-European Division (TED) Youth Ministries director, Zlatko Musija, British Union Conference (BUC) Youth Ministries director Pastor Dejan Stojkovic and SEC Pathfinder director Pastor Kevin Johns. Pastor Stojkovic spoke to the youth and said, “there is noise everywhere, in the church, at school, everywhere you go, but I encourage you to listen to the voice of Jesus and let it lead you.”