CYM

The Ministry

Sekhukhuneland Congregation of Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa launched Christian Youth Movement, which is the only Youth brigade in 1996. The Movement kept the Church vibrant for a period of 18 solid years until it was changed to be a Ministry in 2015.

The history behind the formation of this Ministry could be traced back to the history of the Church itself.

In 1857 the DRC synod decided to divide the Church into denominations. The coloured congregations eventually were called Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC), and for the blacks the  Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) was formed in 1951. In 1974 the synod of the DRCA decided in favour of church unity. In 1978 the DRMC took the same decision but  it took another 16 years for the idea to be fulfilled.

Unification of the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) and the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) in 1994 came to form the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), and one of the Decisions took by the Church in 1986  was to adopt Belhar Confession with strong emphasis on unity, reconciliation and justice.

The representatives of the Reformed Church in Africa, The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa and the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk met at Achtenberg near Krugersdorp to discuss the reunification of the family of DRC churches and how this can be realized.

The Dutch Reformed Mission Church was had two Organisations which were CJV (Christelike Jeug Vereeniging) and Youth Brigade.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Africa had  two Youth Organisations called MBB (Mokgatlho wa Bacha wa bokreste) and (Bacha Mmusong wa Modimo) BMM/Youth Club.

After the Church unites in 1994, they gave Christian Education Commission a mandate to unite all the Youth structure of the former DRMC and DRCA to become one Youth Structure.

The founding Congress met 8-12 July 1995 at University of the Orange Free State Campus and managed to unite the MBB, CJV and BMM/Youth Club to become one Youth Structure of our Church – Christian Youth Movement.

Youth Brigade was left outside because they had different activities from the other Youth Structures.

Two hundred and ninety branches, fifty-nine Church Councils and twelve regional representatives constituted this historical Congress.

After Orange Free State Congress 1995, Southern Transvaal REC called their first Congress at Orkney and elected a new leadership.  One of their decisions was to develop Sub – Committee, and  Potologo Committee was elected and it was given a mandate to facilitate the Revivals in their Region, new challenge emerged, which included the development and acceptance of a new

Movement (CYM) within the regional Synod.

The CYM Central Congress was called in 1999 at Durban-Mangosuthu Technicon, The outgoing Chairperson Chriss Kilowan , reflected on whether the CYM had made a successful break with past and whether the promises and commitments at Bloemfontein still stand. He urged delegates to remain focused.

The Apington General Synod in Oct 1-7 2001 came with the proposal of integrated ministry the process of changing the ministry Structure’s, Synod 26 Sep 2005 Pietermaritzburg agreed that  Integrated Model should be implemented. Christian Education Commission-changed to Congregational Ministry, and was mandated to inform all the Ministries about the IM Model, and it was requested that all ministry to align them self.

The CYM Central Executive called a Congress in 2007 in Cape Town, and the Congress Decision was to move from Movement to Ministry. The Congress was aligning its self with the decision of the General Synod of 2005 Pietermaritzburg. Hence the Christian Youth Ministry as we see it in Church today.

5 UNIFORM

5.1. The CYM shall have a uniform and each responsible level of the CYM will decide when the uniform shall be worn.

5.2 When a uniform is worn it shall consist of:

5.2.1 In the case of females:

5.2.1.1 a black head-dress, white blouse, black skirt, black stockings, black shoes and a covering over the shoulders with the CYM badge and the words “CYM” embroidered on it in golden thread.

5.2.2 In the case of males:

5.2.2.1 black shoes, black pants, a white shirt with a black tie and jacket. The CYM badge will also be worn with this uniform.

Our branch specifications with regard to uniform

Formal Uniform in Case of  Females (Sisters)

Black head-dress

  • Catechists shall put on a black beret
  • Confirmed Cym members shall put on the formal hat sold at Dibukeng

White blouse

  • The blouse should be plain with no decorations.
  • It should not be fashionable. Sleeves should be long, not half or three quarter
  • We prefer the “Student Prince” type which is used by scholars
  • The blouse collar should have a button

Black Skirt

  • Plain black skirt with NO fashionable decorations
  • It should be a formal skirt
  • The skirt should be of knee level length when you are seated

Black Stockings

  • As prescribed by the constitution

Black Shoes

  • Plain formal shoes with no decorations
  • Three quarter heal

Covering on Shoulders

  • Plain formal shoes with NO fashionable decorations
  • Heal not higher than three quarter

Black Pants

  • Formal black pants with no lines nor any form of decoration. Leather and jean material strictly prohibited

Black Jacket

  • Formal Executive Jacket with No lines nor visible decorations. Leather and jean Material Strictly Prohibited

White Shirt

  • Pure white shirt with no fashionable decorations. Long sleeved with a button -able collar. No decoration on the collar. Preferably “Student Prince” type

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  • Plain formal shoes with NO fashionable decorations
  • Heal not higher than three quarter

Black Pants

  • Formal black pants with no lines nor any form of decoration. Leather and jean material strictly prohibited

Black Jacket

  • Formal Executive Jacket with No lines nor visible decorations. Leather and jean Material Strictly Prohibited

White Shirt

  • Pure white shirt with no fashionable decorations. Long sleeved with a button -able collar. No decoration on the collar. Preferably “Student Prince” type

Cym Badge

  • For confirmed members only. Catechists won’t have.
  • Cym badge should be pinned on the left-hand side of the jacket

Black socks

  • In addition to the prescribed uniform, Males shall put on Black formal socks

Black Tie

  • Preferably the one with Cym emblem sold at Dibukeng. Catechists shall put on the plain one

NB: CATECHISTS SHOULD PUT ON THIS FORMAL UNIFORM WHEN CONFIRMING AND WHEN GETTING ROBED. AFTER ROBBING, THE SAME UNIFORM SHALL BE WORN AS PER CYM DIRECTIVE

Constitution

PRIMARY REGULATIONS

1. NAME

The name of the movement is the Christian Youth Ministry (CYM) of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA).

2. FOUNDATION

The CYM is based on the Bible as the unfailing Word of God and the doctrine that the church confesses, as contained in the three formularies of unity, namely the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Doctrinal Rules of Dordt and also the Confession of Belhar (1986).

3. GOAL

The CYM as service organisation of the Congregational Ministries (CM) in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa aims to form the church youth to become spiritual adult members of the body of Christ, who are competent in the doctrine, active in the mission, service and sacrifice.

In order to achieve this goal every member of the organisation aims to:

3.1 Live in compliance with the will of God according to the Holy Scripture;

3.2 Be a true witness for Christ and never to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ;

3.3 Go out into the practical life and tell the world that Christ can and will liberate her from sin, suffering and oppression;

3.4 Remain faithful to the doctrine of the URCSA which every member must confess and regularly attend the gatherings of the church, the church services and prayer meetings;

3.5 Regularly attend the meetings of the organisation and faithfully attend to the responsibilities and activities that arise from his/her membership of the CYM;

3.6 Preserve and conserve the environment, which is God’s creation.

4. DENOMINATION

4.1 The CYM is a service organisation of the URCSA and functions in accordance with the regulations of the
URCSA.

4.2 All branches of the CYM shall be constituted in compliance with the regulations of Integrated Ministries as
approved by the General Synod and be registered by the Central Executive. The names of the branch executive
shall be submitted to the Synodical Congregational Ministries (SCM) for its notice.

5. STRUCTURE

5.1 Branches

5.1.1 Every branch chooses an executive whose names shall be submitted for approval to the local church council and functions under the supervision of the church council.

5.1.2 The church council may only refuse to approve the name(s) of those under church censure. In such cases the matter will be referred back to the CYM branch.

5.1.3 At the end of each financial year the branch shall report to the church council on its activities.

5.1.4 Where there is more than one CYM branch in a congregation, a Congregational Union Executive (CUE) shall be established, which will report annually on its activities to the church council. (See sub-regulations).

5.2 Presbyterial Union Executive

5.2.1 Within each Presbytery, a Presbyterial Union Executive (PUE) shall be established. It shall be composed of:

5.2.1.1 Two representatives from each CYM branch and CUE within the boundaries of the presbytery and;

5.2.1.2 Two representatives of the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries (PCM).

5.2.2 Every PUE chooses its own Executive committee and annually presents a report on its activities to the local PCM. (See sub-regulations).

5.2.3 Presbytery Executive Committees shall be elected every 2 years.

5.2.4 Each Presbytery has a Presbyterial Congregational Ministries (PCM) which functions in accordance with the Regulations of the URCSA.

5.3 Regions

5.3.1 Presbyteries are further integrated into Regions, which shall, as far as possible, form geographical units. Where necessary, Regions may be divided into Sub-Regions.

5.4 Central Executive Committee

5.4.1 A Central Executive Committee (CEC) for the CYM is elected at the general congress, which takes place every four years. The General Synod Congregational Ministries (GSCM) nominates two (2) of its members to serve on the CEC.

5.4.2 The activities of the CEC are supervised by the GSCM.

6. MEMBERSHIP

6.1 Membership shall be subject to the following principles:

6.1.1 There age limit for youth in URCSA is from sixteen years (16) to thirty five (35) years.

6.1.2 Membership is open and not in addition to membership of the congregations.

6.2 Members

(Subregulation 15.1)

6.3 Associate Members

(Subregulation 15.2)

6.4 Honorary Members

(Subregulation 15.3)

7. SYNODICAL CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES (SCM) FEE

7.1 An annual fee per branch shall be payable to the SCM. The treasurer of the congregation shall send this fee to the SCM.

8. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES.

8.1 The particular tasks of the CYM namely service and offerings follow the Scriptural teaching done by the Sunday school and the development of a love for authority and order done by the church youth brigade (regulation44.2.6.6.3). It also builds on the work done by the Christian Children’s Ministries.

8.2 The CYM must constantly interact with the other service organisations in terms of ideas and activities.

9. CENSURE AND DISCIPLINE

9.1 All members and office-bearers of the CYM fall under the supervisions of the church meetings to the extent that they commit moral transgressions.

9.2 In case of infringements or disputes over the interpretation or application of the CYM constitution, the final
decision rests with the GSCM.

10. FINANCES

10.1 The church council under whom the branch functions, acts as trustee of all the property of the CYM branch. It may only approve expenditure on receipt of a proper withdrawal request from the branch.

10.2 The church council may not appropriate any money for itself without the prior written approval of the relevant branch.

10.3 The funds of the Presbyterial Union Executive are held in trust by the Presbyterial Quaestor.

11. DISSOLUTION CLAUSE

11.1 Before the dissolution of a branch, the church council, PCM and PUE should investigate the matter.

11.2 After due consideration by all the parties involved, they shall submit their recommendations to the Presbytery, which has the authority to give a final ruling.

11.3 At the dissolution of the branch, the Presbytery should inform the following in writing of the reasons for its decision:

11.3.1 the branch;

11.3.2 church council;

11.3.3 PUE;

11.3.4 PCM;

11.3.5 SCM;

11.3.6 GSCM;

11.3.7 CYM Regional Executive; and

11.3.8 the CYM Central Executive.

11.4 The church council, under whose authority the branch exists, remains the trustee of all its property until the branch is re-established. If the branch is not re-established within five years of its dissolution, the property automatically becomes the possession of the church council.

11.5 At the dissolution of the PUE, the PCM remains the trustee of all its property until that PUE is re-established. If it is not re-established within five years, the property becomes the possession of the SCM.

11.6 All executives retain the right to appeal to the GSCM via the CYM Central Executive, if they feel aggrieved with decisions by the relevant church councils or presbyteries.

12. AMENDMENT CLAUSE

12.1 The underlying regulations may only be changed by the General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. All draft resolutions for amendments are presented to the GSCM. The latter submits them, together with its recommendations, to the Support Ministry for Judicial Matters in accordance with the relevant articles.

12.2 The sub-regulations can be changed by the general congress and after approval by the GSCM it will become effective in respect of all URCA structures.

SECTION 2 - SUB-REGULATIONS

13. SUB-REGULATIONS

13.1 The sub-regulations can be changed by the general congress and after approval by the GSCM it will become effective in respect of all URCSA structures.

14. BRANCHES

14.1 Name

14.1.1 The name of the branch shall be: the Uniting Reformed Church Congregation _____________ branch Christian Youth Ministry - CYM.

14.2 Goal

14.2.1 This branch strives for the achievement of the objectives of the CYM as contained in Article 3 of the Primary Regulations and tries to realise the motto of the CYM. The motto is: “The Youth for Christ and His Church.”

14.3 Establishment of branches

14.3.1 Branches can be established within congregations along age lines, as determined by the young people in the local congregation.

14.3.2 These branches shall at all times be CYM branches and function in accordance with these regulations.

14.3.3 Where there is more than one branch in a congregation a CUE shall be established.

14.3.4 The establishment of a branch may, at the request of the church council, and depending on the circumstances, be handled by any one of:

14.3.4.1 the Congregational Ministries ,

14.3.4.2 Congregational Union Executive,

14.3.4.3 Presbyterial Union Executive,

14.3.4.4 Presbyterial Congregational Ministries.

14.3.5 Notice of the proposed establishment should in any case be given to the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries beforehand.

14.3.6 Immediately after a new branch has been established, the newly elected branch secretary should inform the: 14.3.6.1 Presbyterial Union Executive,

14.3.6.2 CYM Regional Executive and;

14.3.6.3 CYM Central Executive of the name of the branch, date of establishment, the congregation, number of members and the names and addresses of the chairperson and secretary of the branch.

14.4 Relationship with the local congregation

The branch is part of the activities of the local congregation and submits at the end of each financial year a written report of its activities and finances to the church council.

15. MEMBERSHIP

15.1 Ordinary Members

15.1.1 Baptised members; catechism candidates and communicants of a congregation are members of its CYM.
15.1.2 New members may be handed a membership card, containing the aim of the CYM, which they can sign and keep to remind them of the commitment they made when they joined the CYM.

15.2 Associate Members
15.2.1 Associate membership may be granted to young people (within the age group) who are not members of the URCSA or the local congregation, but prepared to subscribe to the aims of the CYM.

15.2.2 Associate members have the right to vote but cannot be elected into any position of office.

15.2.3 Associate members, like ordinary members, fall under the supervision of the church council in collaboration with the PUE o the extent that they commit ethical and moral transgressions of whatever nature.

15.3 Honorary Members

15.3.1 Honorary membership may be awarded to persons who are above thirty five years and thus regard themselves as too old to be active as full-time members, but are truly friends of the youth.

15.3.2 They would normally be people who try to encourage, support and uplift the youth that they meet by means of their personal interest in them and the love they display.

15.3.3 Honorary members do not have a vote and may, consequently, not serve on the executive.

15.3.4 They receive a card or such other appropriate token when they join to show their association with the CYM.

15.3.5 On receiving such membership they undertake to:

15.3.5.1 Support the CYM branch in all its activities,

15.3.5.2 Assist with all youth activities of the congregation,

15.3.5.3 Show hospitality to young people, and

15.3.5.4 Make an annual contribution towards the funds of the CYM.

16. UNIFORM

16.1 The CYM shall have a uniform and each responsible level of the CYM will decide when the uniform shall be worn.

16.2 When a uniform is worn it shall consist of:

16.2.1 In the case of females Formal wear

16.2.1.1 A black head-dress, white blouse, black skirt, black stockings, black shoes and a covering over the shoulders with the CYM badge and the words “CYM” embroidered on it in golden thread.

Casual wear

16.2.1.2 White T-shirt with CYM logo, Sweater with CYM logo, Tracksuit in colours and logo of CYM, trouser or jean and any comfortable casual shoes or takkies.

16.2.2 In the case of males Formal wear

16.2.2.1 Black shoes, black pants, a white shirt with a black tie and jacket. The CYM badge will also be worn with this uniform.

Casual wear

16.2.2.2 White T-shirt with CYM logo, Sweater with CYM logo, Tracksuit in colours and logo of CYM, trouser or jean and any comfortable casual shoes or takkies.

17. BRANCH EXECUTIVE

17.1 Composition

17.1.1 The branch executive consists of:

17.1.1.1 the chairperson,

17.1.1.2 vice-chairperson,

17.1.1.3 secretary and assistant secretary,

17.1.1.4 treasurer,

17.1.1.5 the chairpersons of the various service groups,

17.1.1.6 and a member nominated by the church council.

17.1.2 The local minister is an ex officio member of the executive.

17.1.3 At its annual general meeting the members of the branch elect the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and assistant secretary and treasurer. (Sub-regulation 22.1.3).

17.1.4 These elected office bearers, in turn, decide on the number of service groups.

17.1.5 Elected and nominated members of the executive shall be members of the branch.

17.2 Duties of the Executive

17.2.1 The Executive

The Executive attends to the general management of the branch and ensures that a program for each year is drawn up.

17.2.2 The Chairperson

The chairperson attends to all the responsibilities normally associated with this office. She/He has the particular responsibility of looking after the interests of the branch and has to see to it that the service groups perform their duties.

17.2.3 The Vice-Chairperson

She/He supports the chairperson in the performance of her/his duties. She/He chairs all meetings in the absence of the chairperson.

17.2.4 The Secretary and Assistant Secretary

17.2.4.1 Regularly write the minutes of all meetings and gatherings.

17.2.4.2 Follows instructions and implements decisions normally attended to by this office.

17.2.4.3 Handles the correspondence of the branch and responds in writing to letters.

17.2.4.4 Keeps a register of the names and addresses of the branch members and ensures that new members sign their membership cards.

17.2.4.5 Must ensure that an annual report on the activities of the branch is submitted on time to the church council, PUE and PCM.

17.2.4.6 When a new branch secretary takes office, the Presbyterial Union Secretary and the Central Executive must be provided with the name and address of the new incumbent.

17.2.5 The treasurer

17.2.5.1 Draws up an annual budget.

17.2.5.2 Receives all money of the branch and issues receipts for all amounts received.

17.2.5.3 Ensures that all transactions are accurately recorded.

17.2.5.4 Ensures that all moneys are deposited with the treasurer of the congregation.

18. NEGLECT OF DUTIES

18.1 Members of the executive who are repeatedly guilty of dereliction of duty, should be reprimanded and ministered to with Christian love. If such persons persist in neglecting their duties, their office may be declared vacant by at least a two-thirds majority of the membership at a branch meeting.

18.2 The meeting then proceeds to elect a substitute and submits the name of the newly elected office-bearer to the church council for its approval.

19. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

19.1 The chairperson, secretary and treasurer shall comprise an Executive committee to attend to urgent business of the branch.

19.2 The branch executive must ratify decisions made by the Executive committee. The Executive committee also provides the branch with advice about financial matters.

20. BRANCH ADMINISTRATION

20.1 The administration of the branch should at all times be of a high standard. Each branch should at least keep the following books and files to ensure that the administration of the branch is placed on a solid foundation:

20.1.1 Two minutes books: One for branch executive meetings and one for ordinary meetings.

20.1.2 One or more files for branch reports, circulars and important correspondence.

20.1.3 A visitors’ book.

20.1.4 An analysis cash book.

20.1.5 A receipt book to indicate all moneys received.

20.1.6 An inventory book to indicate all property (including documents).

21. SUPERVISION BY THE CHURCH COUNCIL.

Every year the names of the executive of the branch must be submitted to the church council for approval.

22. BRANCH MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS

The branch meets at least once per month to attend to the general branch activities. The minutes of the previous general meeting are read. Reports of service groups are given and the activities are planned in advance.

22.1 Annual General Meeting

Every year the branch holds an annual general meeting to attend to the following matters:

22.1.1 Report of Activities

The executive presents a written report of all its activities for approval by the annual general meeting.

22.1.2 Financial Report

The treasurer presents a written financial report for approval by the annual general meeting.

22.1.3 Election of the Members of the Executive

The new executive, with the exception of the chairperson of the different service groups, is elected by means of secret ballot.

22.1.4 Handing over of the Books

All books and documents are officially handed over to the new office-bearers per inventory.

22.1.5 Submission of Reports

The outgoing secretary remains responsible for submitting the annual branch report to the church council, Presbyterial Union Executive, Regional Executive or Sub-Regional Executive and Central Executive. The compulsory contribution to the Central Committee Fund is allocated and the treasurer is authorised to forward it.

22.2 Meetings

The branch meets weekly or as often as local conditions allow for:

22.2.1 Religious Functions

The aim of the religious functions is to mould and intensify the spiritual lives of the members by means of Bible study, devotional evenings, topical studies. Bible quizzes, Christian debates, activities relating to public testimony, etc.

22.2.2 Cultural and Recreational Functions

The aim of these functions is to provide the members with healthy recreation and to assist with their cultural development. Furthermore, it should serve to reach the youth that have not joined the CYM yet, and to win them for Christ and His church.

23. QUORUM

One more than half of the membership of a branch forms a quorum at meetings.

24. SERVICE GROUPS

24.1 Aims of the Service groups

In order to promote Christian Education and develop the youth into useful members, the executive and membership decides on service groups, based on local needs and conditions.

24.2 Establishment of Service Groups

The establishment of the service groups occurs as follows:

24.2.1 The executive establishes each service group according to the needs and demands of the branch, e.g. service groups for Active Witnessing, Christian Charity or Aid, Culture and Recreation.

24.2.2 The branch executive elects the service group leader.

24.2.3 The service group appoints its own secretary.

24.2.4 The service group also appoints an additional service group executive member itself.

24.2.5 The service group leader, the secretary and the additional member will constitute the service group executive.

24.3 Service Group Meetings

Each service group meets regularly to plan its activities.

24.4 Service Group Reports

24.4.1 Each service group has to report regularly on its activities to the general meeting.

24.4.2 Each service group submits an annual report on its activities to the general meeting.

24.4.3 Each service group submits an annual report on its activities to the branch executive who, in turn, includes it in the CYM report on its activities for the year.

24.5 Co-operation with Commissions of the Church Council

The service groups perform their functions in collaboration with the commissions of the church council involved in the particular services.

25. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

25.1 Financial Commitments

25.1.1 Branch Funds

Each member should regard herself/himself as being called to assist with fund-raising required for the maintenance, development and organisation of the activities of the CYM and to attend to the financial obligations related to youth work in the broader context.

25.1.2 Presbyterial Union Fund

Each branch will make an annual contribution of R50, 00 to the funds of the PUE. This amount will be reviewed at every General Congress.

25.1.3 Sub-Regional Fund and Regional Fund

Each branch within a Regional will make an annual contribution of R100, 00 to the Regional fund. Where there is a Sub-Regional the Regional will have to ensure the Sub-Regional is adequately funded in proportion to those branches within that Sub-Regional that actually paid their contributions. This amount will be reviewed at every General Congress.

25.1.4 Central Executive Fund

Every branch should make a contribution of R100, 00 to the Central Executive fund. This amount shall be reviewed at every General Congress.

25.1.5 Synodical Youth Fund

25.1.5.1 The Central Executive annually contributes as generously as possible to the General Synodical Youth Fund to enable the General Synodical Congregational Ministries to attend to its financial responsibilities.

25.1.5.2 Regions and Sub-Regions should similarly contribute to the youth funds of their Regional Congregational Ministries.

25.2 Branch Account

Moneys of the branch are kept in trust for the CYM branch in the banking account of the church council. The procedures for requesting payments should be agreed upon by the church council and the branch (e.g. by means of a withdrawal request form.

25.3 Branch Property

The “property” of a branch means all the money, movable items and fix assets, which belongs to a branch. A complete inventory should be kept and checked annually.

26. ANNUAL REPORT

26.1 Before the end of March of each year each branch executive should prepare an annual report for approval of the general meeting.

26.2 Before 15 April of each year the branch secretary sends the approved and duly signed report to the church council, secretary of the Presbyterial Union Executive, Regional Executive and the Central Executive.

26.3 The branch executive also approves the treasurer’s report and sends it to the treasurer of the Presbyterial Union Executive.

27. DOMESTIC RULES

27.1 Each branch may, according to circumstances, draw up its own set of domestic rules, on condition that they are not at variance with this Set of Regulations.

28. CONGREGATIONAL UNION EXECUTIVE

28.1 In the event of there being more than one branch in a congregation, a congregational union executive, consisting of the chairpersons and secretaries of all the branches within the boundaries of the congregation, is established. This executive elects its own secretary and chairperson.

28.2 Duties

The congregational union executive shall attend to the following:

28.2.1 Do everything possible to attend to the spiritual needs of the youth, in close co-operation with the church council.

28.2.2 The secretary annually submits a report to the church council. It would contain statistical detail and a financial report based on the reports provided by the various secretaries. It could also contain ideas on how to promote the spiritual welfare of the youth in the congregation.

28.2.3 Regularly visit all the CYM branches in the congregation.

28.2.4 Co-ordinate the work of all the CYM branches in the congregation.

28.2.5 Elect one representative to serve on the Presbyterial Union Executive.

29. CYM PRESBYTERIAL (CIRCUIT) UNION EXECUTIVE

29.1 Determination of Boundaries

The CYM branches within the boundaries of each Presbytery of the church are grouped together and organised as a Presbyterial Union Executive of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.

29.2 Composition

The Presbyterial Union Executive comprises:

29.2.1 Two representatives, preferably from the executive of each CYM branch in the Presbytery. For each of these representatives an alternate member should be appointed.

29.2.2 Two members nominated by the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries

29.2.3 One representative from each congregational union executive.

29.2.4 The Regional or Sub-Regional representative has a seat in the PUE with an advisory vote.

29.3 Term of Office

29.3.1 The representatives of a branch or congregational union executive serve from 1 April of the first year to 31 March of the second year.

29.3.2 The representatives of the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries serve from one Presbyterial Session to the next.

29.3.3 The Regional or Sub-Regional representatives serve from one regional or sub-regional congress to the next.

29.4 Election of Office-Bearers

The members of the Presbyterial Union Executive elect their own chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, Assistant Secretary and treasurer by secret ballot under the supervision of the PCM, Regional Executive or Sub-Regional Executive.

29.5 Executive Committee

29.5.1 The chairperson, secretary and treasurer form an Executive Committee, which attends to urgent matters.

29.5.2 The Presbyterial Union Executive must ratify decisions of the Executive Committee.

29.5.3 The Executive committee annually prepares a budget for the Presbyterial Union Executive and provides it with financial advice.

29.6 Duties of the Presbyterial Union Executive

The Presbyterial Union Executive essentially has to:

29.6.1 Link the CYM branches within the Presbytery with one another, and also serve as a link between the branches, the Presbytery and the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries.

29.6.2 Co-ordinate and organise all the activities of the CYM at Presbyterial level.

29.6.3 In collaboration with the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries, try to ensure that at least one branch in each congregation is functioning.

29.6.4 In collaboration with the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries, provide guidance to youth leaders and organise youth conferences, youth camps and training courses.

29.6.5 Assist with the development of youth campsites at Presbyterial and Regional levels.

29.6.6 Organise on an annual basis visits by the members of the executive committee to all the branches in the Presbytery. The purpose of these visits is to show interest in the work, provide encouragement and guidance to the branch and determine how effective the branch is functioning.

29.7 Presbyterial Union Conferences

29.7.1 Frequency

The Presbyterial Union Executive organises at least one Presbyterial Union Conference at a venue and a time determined by the PUE.

29.7.2 Format

Details like the format, length, time and venue are decided upon by the PUE on an annual basis.

29.7.3 Notice

The Presbyterial Union secretary must notify all CYM branches in the Presbytery two months before the conference. The programme should be attached to the notice.

29.7.4 Report of the Conference.

Within not more than 3 weeks after the conference the Presbyterial Union secretary has to present a report to all the CYM branches involved, church councils, PUE members, the Sub-Regional Executive and the Presbyterial Commission for Christian Education.

29.8 Presbyterial Union Funds

29.8.1 A presbyterial Union Fund is kept under supervision of the Presbyterial Union Executive and controlled by the chairperson, secretary and treasurer of the Presbyterial Union Executive. This money is kept in trust for the PUE by the Presbyterial quaestor.

29.8.2 Administrative and other essential costs are paid from the Presbyterial Union Fund.

29.8.3 Official expenditure of Presbyterial Union Executive members visiting branches, in the Presbytery and attending Sub-Regional Executive or Regional Executive meetings, is refunded from this fund.

29.8.4 The treasurer of the Presbyterial Union Executive should not later than 30 April present an annual report on the finances of the Presbyterial Union Executive and the branches, as contained in the financial reports which the branches submitted to the PUE.

29.8.5 An amount of R50, 00 per branch is levied by the PUE. The church council submits the levy to the Presbyterial quaestor annually, before the end of March.

29.9 Internal Rules

Presbyterial Union Executives may draw up internal rules, on condition that they are not at variance with the Underlying Regulations and the sub-regulations.

30. CYM REGION

30.1 Composition

30.1.1 A CYM Region consists of one or more Presbyterial Unions that form a geographical unit, as far as possible.

30.1.2 If a Region is too large to be effectively served by one Regional Executive, Sub-Region may be formed, as and when required.

30.1.3 Sub-Regional Executives shall function in terms of clause 31.

30.2 Regional Meetings

30.2.1 A Region meets at least once per year to discuss the general activities at Regional level.

30.2.2 Where there are no sub-Regions each CYM branch and Presbyterial Union Executive in the Region has one representative at the meeting. Two members of the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries are entitled to attend these meetings.

30.2.3 Where there are sub-Regions each Presbyterial Union Executive shall have two representatives at the meeting. Two members of the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries shall also attend this meeting.

30.3 Regional Executive Composition

30.3.1 The Regional Executive Committee (REC) shall consist of the Regional representative, who is ex officio chairperson of the Regional Executive, a vice-chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. The members of the REC are elected at the regional congress.

30.3.2 One representative of each Presbyterial Union Executive has a seat in the Regional Executive.

30.3.3 One member of the Regional Congregational Ministries has a seat in the Regional Executive.

30.3.4 Where there are Sub-Regional executives within a Region then the Regional Executive shall comprise of the Sub-Regional representative together with one member from the Regional Congregational Ministries.

30.4 Term of Office

30.4.1 The Regional Executive Committee serves from one regional congress to the next.

30.4.2 Representatives of the Presbyterial Union Executives serve from 1 April of the one year to 31 March of the next year. For the sake of continuity it is desirable that these members serve for at least two years in the Sub-Regional Executive or the Regional Executive.

30.5 Vacancies

Vacancies in the Sub-Regional Executive or Regional Executive are filled by alternate members nominated by the Presbyterial Union Executive.

30.6 Duties

30.6.1 The Regional Executive or Sub-Regional Executive plans, organises and supervises the general activities of the CYM at Regional/ Sub-Regional level.

30.6.2 Regional congresses and camps are organised in accordance with the programme of the Central Executive.

30.6.3 In consultation with the Regional Synodical Congregational Ministries, it endeavours to ensure that all Presbyterial Union Executives function well.

30.7 Regional Fund

30.7.1 A Fund is kept under the supervision of the Regional Executive or Sub-Regional Executive. All moneys in the Regional or sub-Regional Fund are kept in trust by the Presbyterial quaestor nearest to the Regional treasurer.

30.7.2 The Regional Executive annually receives an amount of R100.00 from each branch within the Region. The Regional Executive must ensure that sub-Regions are adequately funded in proportion to the contribution made by branches within the sub-Regional.

30.7.3 Administrative and essential costs are paid from the Regional Fund. The Regional representative’s expenses for official visits to branches and attendance of Presbyterial Union Executive meetings are also paid from this fund.

30.8 Regional Congress

30.8.1 Frequency

A Regional congress is held one year before the General Congress.

30.8.2 Format

The Regional Executive or sub-Regional Executive itself shall determine the venue, date and format of the conference.

30.8.3 Representation

30.8.3.1 Two representatives from each CYM branch within the Region.

30.8.3.2 One representative of each Congregational Union Executive within the Region.

30.8.3.3 Two representatives of each Presbyterial Union Executive within the Region.

30.8.3.4 One representative of each church council within the Region.

30.8.3.5 One representative of each Presbyterial Congregational Ministries within the Regional.

30.8.3.6 One representative from the Regional Congregational Ministries.

30.8.3.7 One representative from each Sub-Regional Executive where such exist.

30.9 Documents for Presentation to Congress:

30.9.1 The minutes of the last Regional Congress or Sub-Regional Congress.

30.9.2 The Secretarial Report

30.9.3 The Financial Report

30.9.4 Any other reports decided upon by the Sub-Regional Executive or the Regional Executive.

31. CYM SUB-REGIONS

The provisions of these regulations and sub-regulations that are applicable to Regions shall apply, with the necessary amendments, to Sub-Regions in so far as no express provision is made hereunder.

31.1 Composition

A CYM Sub-Regional consists of one or more Presbyterial Unions which, as far as possible, form a geographical unit.

31.2 Sub-Regional meetings

31.2.1 Sub-Regional Executive meets at least once per year to discuss the general activities at sub-Regional level.

31.2.2 Each CYM branch and Presbyterial Union Executive in the Sub-Regional has one representative at the meeting. Two members of the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries shall have a seat at the meeting.

31.3 Sub-Regional Executive Composition

31.3.1 The Sub-Regional Executive Committee shall consist of the chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.

31.3.2 One representative from each Presbyterial Union Executive within the Sub-Region has a seat on the Sub-Regional Executive.

31.3.3 One member from the Presbyterial Congregational Ministries has a seat on the Sub-Regional executive.

31.4 Sub-Regional Congress.

31.4.1 Frequency

A Sub-Regional congress takes place in the year before a Regional congress.

31.4.2 Representation

31.4.2.1 Two representatives from each branch in the Sub-Region.

31.4.2.2 The representative from each Congregational Union Executive within the Sub-Region.

31.4.2.3 Two representatives from each Presbyterial Union Executive within the Sub-Region.

31.4.2.4 One representative from each Presbyterial Congregational Ministries within the Sub-Region.

32. CENTRAL EXECUTIVE (CE)

32.1 Composition

The Central Executive shall consist of:

32.1.1 The chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, Assistant Secretary and treasurer who are elected at the General Congress; plus

32.1.2 One Regional Representative from each Region. Regional Representatives should be active members of their branches; plus

32.1.3 Two representatives of the General Synodical Congregational Ministries nominated from its own ranks.

32.2 Central Executive Committee (CEC)

The chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer constitute the Central Executive Committee.

32.3 General Congress

32.3.1 Frequency

The general congress shall take place every four years.

32.3.2 Format

The Central Executive shall determine the venue, date and format of the General Congress.

32.3.3 Representation

The following have a seat in the General Congress:

32.3.3.1 One representative of each Congregational Union Executive or where there is only one branch that branch shall send the delegate.

32.3.3.2 Two representatives of each Presbyterial Union Executive.

32.3.3.3 Two representatives of each Regional Executive.

32.3.3.4 Two representatives of each Sub-Regional Executive.

32.3.3.5 One representative of each Presbyterial Congergational Ministries.

32.3.3.6 Two representatives of each Synodical Congregational Ministries.

32.3.3.7 Two representatives of the General Synodical Congregational Ministries.

32.3.3.8 One representative of each Church Council.

32.4 Election of Office-Bearers

32.4.1 The election of the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, Assistant Secretary and treasurer takes place during the congress.

32.4.2 During the congress Regions, which can change from one congress to the next, are determined. Sub-Regions are determined during Regional congresses.

32.4.3 Sub-Regions shall be represented in the Central Executive via their Regional Executives.

32.4.4 The Central Executive nominates two of its members, each with a substitute member, to serve on the General Synodical Congregational Ministries.

32.5 Terms of Office
32.5.1 Elected members of the Central Executive Committee serve from one general congress to the next.
32.5.2 The representatives of the General Synodical Congregational Ministries serve from one Synod to the next.
32.5.3 During the election of the Central Committee both the necessity of continuity and the desirability of healthy
alternation should be considered.
32.5.4 The chairperson and vice-chairperson may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms in the same capacity.
32.6 Vacancies

32.6.1 If Regional members change their Regions, they loose their seat in the Central Executive. In such cases they are replaced by one of the alternate members.

32.6.2 The Central Executive fills vacancies in the Central Executive Committee from within the ranks of the Central Executive.

32.7 Quorum

One more than half of the franchised members in the Central Executive constitutes a quorum.

32.8 Right to Co-opt

The Central Executive has the right to co-opt members. Such members may only serve in an advisory capacity.

32.9 Functions of the Central Executive

The functions of the Central Executive include the following:

32.9.1 Contact Branch Executives, Congregational Union Executives, Presbyterial Union Executives, Area Executives and the General Synodical Commission for Christian Education.

32.9.2 Is responsible for organising the General Congress.

32.9.3 Reports regularly to the General Synodical Congregational Ministries.

32.9.4 See to it that all relevant information is channelled via Regions to branches.

32.10 Meetings

The Central Executive meets at least once per year. Urgent matters may be attended to per circular or by the Central Executive Committee.

32.11 The Central Executive Fund

32.11.1 The Synodical Church Administrator keeps the Central Executive Fund in trust.

Information for Enrichment

Youth Participation in Church Governance in URCSA

Sunday School Camp: 2015

“A Sunday school teacher asked her small pupils, as they were on the way to the church service, "Why should we be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.

Was the girl wrong? I think she wasn’t. Our children grow to know the Church to be a boring place characterized amongst others by sleeping.

We need to change this mindset. Children should know that Church is a Holy place of  Worship where believers meet  God in Spirit, not in dreams.

We thus carry the responsibility of making Church to be a lively place of Worship. We have to socialize and rejoice joyously in Church. Our children have to love and appreciate Church than any other thing in this world because Church is where our lives belong. Hence the Sekhukhuneland URCSA Sunday School Camp scheduled as follows:

Departure date                    : 28 November 2015 @ 06h00 in the morning

Returning date                     : 29 November 2015 @ 17h00 in the evening

Time of departure               : 06h00

Route                                      : Tafelkop-Monsterlus-Phokwane-Jane Furse-Burgersfort

Camp Fee                              : R400.00 per person including transport, catering and

                                                  Accommodation for two days

Place  to be visited              : Mpumalanga Panorama

Areas of attraction             : Echo caves, Three-Rondawels, Potholes,

                                                  God’s Window, and Blyde Canyon River

The Service and Witness Commission in Collaboration with the Congregational Ministries and the our youth brigade; the Christian Youth Ministry would like to  urge all parents and members of our congregation to support this trip as their unfailing support would always be held in high esteem

Stay blessed

 

When Life Goes Wrong

Pain is part of growing.

Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward.  And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to.

Pain is part of growing.

Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward.  And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to.  When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain comes without a purpose.  Move on from what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.  Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing.  Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.  Good things take time.  Stay patient and stay positive.  Everything is going to come together; maybe not immediately, but eventually.

Remember that there are two kinds of pain: pain that hurts and pain that changes you.  When you roll with life, instead of resisting it, both kinds help you grow.

2.  Everything in life is temporary.

Every time it rains, it stops raining.  Every time you get hurt, you heal.  After darkness there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever.  It won’t.  Nothing lasts forever.

So if things are good right now, enjoy it.  It won’t last forever.  If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either.  Just because life isn’t easy at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t laugh.  Just because something is bothering you, doesn’t mean you can’t smile.  Every moment gives you a new beginning and a new ending.  You get a second chance, every second.  You just have to take it and make the best of it.  (Read The Last Lecture.)

3.  Worrying and complaining changes nothing.

Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.  It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.  It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it.  If you believe in something, keep trying.  Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future.  Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter.  Take action instead.  Let what you’ve learned improve how you live.  Make a change and never look back.

And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

4.  Your scars are symbols of your strength.

Don’t ever be ashamed of the scars life has left you with.  A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed.  It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward.  A scar is the tattoo of a triumph to be proud of.  Don’t allow your scars to hold you hostage.  Don’t allow them to make you live your life in fear.  You can’t make the scars in your life disappear, but you can change the way you see them.  You can start seeing your scars as a sign of strength and not pain.

Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars.  See your scars as a sign of “YES!  I MADE IT!  I survived and I have my scars to prove it!  And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.”

5.  Every little struggle is a step forward.

In life, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams, knowing that the work is worth it.  So if you’re going to try, put in the time and go all the way.  Otherwise, there’s no point in starting.  This could mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion.  It could mean not eating what, or sleeping where, you’re used to, for weeks on end.  It could mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a nonstop case of the chills.  It could mean sacrificing relationships and all that’s familiar.  It could mean accepting ridicule from your peers.  It could mean lots of time alone in solitude.  Solitude, though, is the gift that makes great things possible.  It gives you the space you need.  Everything else is a test of your determination, of how much you really want it.

And if you want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds.  And every step will feel better than anything else you can imagine.  You will realize that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path.  And it’s worth it.  So if you’re going to try, go all the way.  There’s no better feeling in the world… there’s no better feeling than knowing what it means to be ALIVE. 

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