Step Up!

Step Up! Or “Youth Synod” is an event that runs alongside the York and Hull district synod for the young people of the York and Hull District. It gives young people the opportunity to meet others and discuss issues which are important to them, worship God and have fun.

We explore the big questions through prayer, worship, workshops and discussions, we compare our stories and share our experience of life and God, sometimes spending time in main synod or inviting some of their members to come and join in our activities.

Step Up! Is open to anyone aged between 11 and 23.

This video will give you a flavour of what we do


The next Step Up will be on Saturday 9th September 2017 in Thirsk.  We start at 10am and finish around 3pm.

Previous Step Up reports

Step Up – Fools for Christ – Saturday 1st April 2017

Step Up - Fools for Christ 1st April 2017

We shared games and heard about Emily’s journey to buying the big purple double decker bus – The Bus Stop Project.  We then spent some time on the bus exploring the activities it had to offer and reflecting on the story of David and Goliath.  We drew parallels between David’s foolish offer’ to fight the giant and Emily’s ‘foolish’ plan to buy a bus!

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We shared cake at lunchtime with Stephen Burgess (chair of district) as this was his last synod.  We had a photo cake with him in a Sumo wrestling outfit from a previous Step Up.  We gave him the section of cake with his own head on it!!

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In the afternoon we thought about our own life journeys and where God has led us or is leading us. We identified different points when we had felt God’s presence or absence and marked these with different coloured sweets!

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We finished the day sharing worship with Synod thinking about Our Calling and ministry whatever our age.

Saturday 10th September 2016 – Fighting for Justice


We shared games, a time of discussion in main synod, heard first hand from two asylum seekers from the Open Doors Project in Hull and watched a moving film about a refugee camp in Jordan called “Salam Neighbour”.





Saturday 9th April 2016  “See the new thing I am going to do”


We shared games, discussion and worship and helped to lead the communion service at the end of the day with those attending main synod.

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Step Up 12th September 2015  – Supercharge

We met at Thirsk on Saturday 12th September.


We explored the theme of Superheroes through games, discussion, prayer and reflection time as well as engaging in some superhero sumo wrestling!


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Even the Chair of District – Revd Stephen Burgess joined in!


Saturday 18th April 2015 – Holy Shoes

We met at Goole High School Academy and the theme was ‘Holy Shoes’

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We shared in cake, fun, laughter and worship while meeting and growing together and raising funds for a mission trip to Bolivia.






6th September 2014  – Change


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