All About GYPC 2018

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On July 18-22, 2018, United Methodist young people and adult workers from around the world will come together in Johannesburg, South Africa for the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) of the United Methodist Church.

This page contains important information about the event.

Table of Contents

What is the GYPC?

Global Young People’s Convocation is a quadrennial (every four years) event. The first one was held in December 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa; the second in July 2010 in Berlin, Germany; and the third in July 2014 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Worship. Young people will worship God in a variety of languages and expressions, celebrating each other as members of the family of God.

Fellowship. This is the most extensive global gathering of United Methodist young people. It is a time for young people from different social, economic, cultural, political, and even theological backgrounds to come together.

Leadership. GYPC is a time for leadership development as these young leaders attend workshops, share ministry stories from their contexts, and learn from other young people who came from different countries and cultures.

Conversations. GYPC brings together the voices of young people from around the world. Through the Legislative Forum, young people will discuss significant issues being faced by the church and the world where they live. The Forum will produce legislation that will go directly to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through this, young people have a chance to shape the direction of the church.

For more information on GYPC, download our Delegate Handbook:

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Venue:

The GYPC will be held at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Center in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa.  More information about the Indaba as well as photos can be found here. https://www.indabahotel.co.za/About-Us/about-us.html

 

Who should attend GYPC?

Each Jurisdiction or Central Conference is entitled to send voting delegates:

Jurisdictions

Central Conferences (CC)

Non-voting delegates are welcome to attend. They will be able to participate with voice but will not be able to vote during the Legislative Forum.

 

How to Register for GYPC:

Registration for GYPC 2018 is now available here.

Please note that your registration fee MUST be paid in full before you travel to GYPC. Payment will not be accepted at event check in.

 

GYPC Cost:

Registration fees are:

Voting delegates

Non-voting delegates

The rates above are for twin room sharing. If you prefer to stay at a single room, please send an email to gypc@umcdiscipleship.org

For more information about cost, and approximate airfare to Johannesburg, please visit https://umcyoungpeople.org/the-latest/gypc-cost

 

Scholarship Information:

GYPC Scholarship is available for VOTING DELEGATES ONLY.

Follow these steps to apply for scholarship to attend the GYPC:

Step 1. Download the pastoral support endorsement form below. Your scholarship application will not be accepted without this form.

 

Step 2. Ask your local UMC Pastor or District Superintendent to sign the form. Scan it.

Step 3. Go to the scholarship application link and upload the endorsement form.

 

Step 4. Fill out the rest of the scholarship application form and click on Submit.

Please allow 6-8 weeks processing time.

The application for GYPC Scholarship will close on March 1, 2018.

 

Legislation Forum:

The Legislation Forum is a process where delegates meet in small groups and workshops throughout the week to hear diverse voices and share their opinion. Outcomes from these conversations will be collated and voted upon the last day of the GYPC.

As part of the registration process, delegates are asked to choose several topics that they wish to be discussed within small groups and workshops. The top choices chosen will help shape the schedule for the week.

 

Travel Information:


Booking Travel

When should I arrive and depart?

Do I need any special documents while traveling?

For those over the age of 18:

For those under the age of 18:


 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Housing

What does housing look like? How will roommates be determined?

Do I need to get any shots or immunizations?

Can I stay at the Indaba before or after the GYPC Event?

Yes! The Indaba is kindly offering us the same rate before and after our event. You can make reservations by emailing Sharon Thom at sharon@indabahotel.co.za.

Other Information

Is the water in South Africa safe to drink?

Yes, the water in Johannesburg is safe to drink. Generally, the water in urban areas of South Africa is safe to drink.

What type of adapter plug/socket do I need?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will there be any extra expenses for this trip?

How can I get connected with other delegates from my jurisdiction?

YPM regional staff may also be able to help you connect with your delegate:

 Am I able to get financial assistance to help cover the cost of the event.

I am a vegetarian/vegan, what can I eat in South Africa?

How do I get from the airport/bus station to the Indaba?  

What does a normal day at GYPC look like?

How do I raise money to help myself get to GYPC?

We’ve created a list of fundraising tips that might be helpful.

If you have other questions not addressed in this page, please send an email to gypc@umcdiscipleship.org

 Schedule

All Day Group Arrival & Check In Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre
All Day Delegates continue to arrive and check-in Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre

Trainings & Meetings

8:30 am to 12:00 pm #PrayForward: Delegates can color and write on prayer cards for the Called General Conference 2019 delegates, Bishops, and church leaders. Lecture Room 8
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Legislation Writing Groups

Lecture Room 6

10:00 am to 11:00 am Translation Volunteers

Lecture Room 10

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Adult Workers & Delegation Heads

Lecture Room 6

11:00 pm to 12:00 pm Worship Volunteers & Participants

Lecture Room 10

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch

Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Worship Volunteers & Participants

Lecture Room 10

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Orientation Injabulo
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Break  
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Delegations Meet
Jurisdictions and Central Conferences have an opportunity to meet, get to know each other, talk about workshop options, plan for table exhibits (sharing ministries), and start planning for the cultural celebration.

Injabulo
4:40 pm to 6:30 pm

Opening Worship
Theme: “United We Go”
Speaker:  Bishop Joaquina Nhanala
Resident Bishop
Mozambique Episcopal Area
Guest Speaker: Ntsika Gqomfa, historian, Johannesburg, SA
Music by: Johannesburg Circuit Choir, Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Injabulo
6:30 pm to 6:45 pm

A Word from Discipleship Ministries
Rev. Junius Dotson, General Secretary

Injabulo
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Small Groups Injabulo
10:00 pm to 10:30 pm Small Group Leaders Meeting Injabulo
11:00 pm Lights Out  
6:00 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Delegation Exhibits
West Africa Central Conference, Germany Central Conference, Philippines Central Conference, North Central Jurisdiction,
South Eastern Jurisdiction, Western Jurisdiction

During breaks, please visit Central Conference and Jurisdiction tables/exhibits at the foyer of Injabulo to learn about ministries with and by young people around the world.
 
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Worship
Theme: “United”
Speaker: Rev. Benson McGlone, Pastor of Revive House Church, Virginia Annual Conference
Guest Speaker: Bishop Gary Rivas, Johannesburg District, Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Music by: Worship Team of Gracepoint Church, Johannesburg, SA
Injabulo
10:00 am to 10:15 am A Word from United Methodist Communications Injabulo
10:15 am to 10:40 am Break  
10:40 am to 12:00 pm Small Groups Injabulo
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Conversation with 2 Members of the Commission on the Way Forward
Rev. Julie Hager-Love, Kentucky Annual Conference
Dr. Mazvita Machinga, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area

 
2:10 pm to 3:30 pm Small Groups  
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Workshops  
  Environment and Climate Change

Lecture Room 9

  Roundtable Discussion: Young Adults & the Church

Lecture Room 11

  Young People, Mental Health, & the Church

Lecture Room 12

  Global Migration

Lecture Room 1

  Listening, Discerning, and Responding to Your Call

Lecture Room 14

  Appreciating South African Culture

Lecture Room 7

 

Grants & Scholarships Workshop

Lecture Room 13

 

Leveraging Communication Tools to Share a Message of Hope

Lecture Room 6

  Inter-Faith Dialogue in the South African Context Lecture Room 5
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dinner

Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
8:10 pm to 10:00 pm

Small Groups

Injabulo
10:30 pm Lights Out  
7:30 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
8:00 am to 9:00 am

Excursion Briefing
Departure for Excursions

 
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Excursions and boxed lunches

Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill
Hector Pieterson Museum

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free Time / Rest Time  
3:00 – 4:30 pm Workshops  
  Leadership, Connectionalism, & Relationships Lecture Room 11
  Conflict Transformation Lecture Room 12
  Conversation and Forum with Bishops Lecture Room 1
  Healthy Habits for Faith Filled Living Lecture Room 13
  Global Mission Fellows Information Session Lecture Room 6
  Violence Against Women Lecture Room 14
  Sex & Sexuality Lecture Room 7
  Building Spiritual Muscles Lecture Room 9
  Excursions Processing Time Lecture Room 8
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Conversation with 2 Members of the Commission on the Way Forward
Rev. Julie Hager-Love, Kentucky Annual Conference
Dr. Mazvita Machinga, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area
Lecture Room 8
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Dinner: Sponsored by UMC Global Ministries Kgotla
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Worship
Theme: “We”
Speaker: Runyararo Dzobo, Lay Speaker, Zimbabwe Central Conference
Guest Speaker: Leston Motsepe, Lay Person, Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Music by: Worship Team of Gracepoint Church, Johannesburg, SA
Injabulo
9:40 pm to 10:30 pm Small Groups Injabulo
11:00 pm Lights Out  
6:00 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Delegation Exhibits
West Africa Central Conference, Germany Central Conference, Philippines Central Conference, North Central Jurisdiction,
South Eastern Jurisdiction, Western Jurisdiction

During breaks, please visit Central Conference and Jurisdiction tables/exhibits at the foyer of Injabulo to learn about ministries with and by young people around the world.
Injabulo Foyer
8:00 am to 9:00 am Worship
Theme: “Go”
Speaker: Rev. Daniel Mhone, District Superintendent, Malawi, Africa Central Conference
Music by: Central Norte Choir, Angola, Africa Central Conference
Injabulo
9:10 am to 10:00 am

Legislative Forum Orientation
Legislative Forum Process
Translation & Interpretation
Voting System

Injabulo
10:05 am to 10:15 am A Word from the General Board of Church & Society Injabulo
10:15 am to 10:40 am Break  
10:40 am to 12:00 pm Legislative Forum Injabulo
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Legislative Forum Injabulo
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Break  
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Legislative Forum Injabulo
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dinner

Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Drum Circle Injabulo
9:10 pm to 10:30 pm Legislative Forum Injabulo
11:00 pm Lights Out  
6:00 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ministry Fair

Visit with United Methodist general agencies and explore the ministries and projects they are working on.

Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, Higher Education & Ministry, Church & Society, UM Women, UM Communications, and other agencies & partners.
Injabulo
8:00 am to 9:30 am

Global Social Principles Consultation
with the General Board of Church & Society

Injabulo
9:40 am to 11:00 am Legislative Forum   Injabulo
11:00 am to 12:00 pm #PrayForward: Prayer Hour for the UMC Injabulo
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Conversation with Bishops on the Future of the Church Injabulo
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Small Groups Injabulo
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Worship
Theme: “United We Go” + Blessing of Global Mission Fellow Missionaries
Speaker:   Bishop John Yambasu
Resident Bishop
Sierra Leone Episcopal Area
Guest Speakers: Rev. Judy Chung, Executive Director of Missionary Services, Board of Global Ministries
Thomas Kemper, General Secretary, Board of Global Ministries

Music by: Central Norte Choir, Angola, Africa Central Conference
Injabulo
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm UMC 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Sponsored by General Commission on Archives & History and General Commission on Religion and Race
Kgotla
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Cultural Celebration

Each delegation has an opportunity to share a song, dance, or a performance to celebrate our diversity as young people from around the world.
Injabulo
10:00 pm

Please return translation receivers and any other equipment issued to you.

Injabulo
11:00 pm Lights Out  
6:00 am to 8:00 am Breakfast Chief’s Boma Restaurant
Indigini Banquet Room
All Day Departures from the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre

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