Young Adults at Taize Meeting in Beirut

2019. április 11., tags: middle east, Middle East, youth ministry

In March, young adult representatives of the RCH joined 1600 young people at the gathering of the International Ecumenical Youth Meeting in Beirut, Lebanon.

God can be Found Anywhere

2017. október 09., tags: youth ministry, starpoint, youth festival, Starpoint

Sabrina Ebengho, a youth delegate from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to the Starpoint Youth Festival, shares a reflection on her time in Hungary. 

We are the Work of our Potter

2017. szeptember 27., tags: youth ministry, starpoint, youth festival, Starpoint

Erica Fernandez, a youth delegate from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to the Starpoint Youth Festival, shares a reflection on her time in Hungary. 

Voices from the Middle East

2017. szeptember 14., tags: youth ministry, youth festival, Starpoint, middle east, interview, starpoint, Middle East, fmeec, FMEEC

As part of a developing partnership of solidarity with churches in the Middle East, four young people from the region attended this year’s Starpoint Youth Festival in Debrecen, Hungary. During their time in Hungary, the delegates sat down with the RCH to discuss their experiences of church in their homeland and what it was like experiencing a Christian festival of this scale in Europe. 

Reformation Today

2017. szeptember 07., tags: youth ministry, starpoint, youth festival, Starpoint

Sarah Blair, youth delegate from PC USA to the Starpoint Youth Festival of RCH shares a reflection on her time in Hungary.

Youth Develop Deep Bonds of Community

2017. augusztus 28., tags: Starpoint, starpoint, youth ministry

Reformed youth from the Carpathian Basin and beyond gathered in Debrecen, Hungary in July for the biannual Starpoint reformed youth festival, focused on Reformation. The youth attended worship services, participated in daily workshops, and let loose at nightly concerts during the five day festival, resulting in life-long bonds of friendship and the further development of their spiritual lives

Sightseeing Tour of Debrecen with the International Visitors

2017. augusztus 04., tags: youth ministry, starpoint, Starpoint

One afternoon the international visitors of the Starpoint Festival set off for a sightseeing tour of Debrecen.

You Must be a Change to Make a Change

2017. június 14., tags: youth ministry

The RCH’s Youth Assembly recently met on April 28-29 and discussed the building and formation of congregations. Calvinist youth from across Hungary came together for two days of fellowship, community, discussions, and spiritual growth. 

Bringing Home the Spark

2017. április 27., tags: youth ministry

Participants at a meeting for reformed university students were recently reminded that they are not alone in their faith and that God has a plan for all of us. Students came from all over the Carpathian Basin to ÁrAdás to be in fellowship with one another.

Living Bricks

2017. április 05., tags: university chaplaincy, youth ministry

The Reformed University Chaplaincy of Szeged celebrates its tenth birthday and is organizing a meeting in the Carpathian Basin. The program started as a small Bible study but has now grown into a flourishing congregation. At the Starpoint Youth Festival two years ago the congregation held interactive events at a program venue related to the theme of growing up, and they will be an active presence at this year’s Starpoint in July. 

NYA Through International Eyes

2016. augusztus 25., tags: youth ministry, youh, cofs, CofS

The Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly recently took place and two women from Hungary were in attendance to see how the NYA works in influencing the progress of the wider church. Topics of discussion included gender justice, mental health, and the future of ministry and fresh expressions of church.

Window to God

2016. július 19., tags: josefstal, youth ministry

After attending a 10-day ecumenical gathering in early June, Eszter Feke reflects on her time in Germany. The European ecumenical study course has been taking place in a small town near Munich for the last 50 years, gathering religious professionals for discussions and community building. This years focus was arts and faith.

Finding A Place in the Church

2016. május 04., tags: youth, youth forum, youth ministry

Leading up to the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, the fifth RCH Youth Assembly took place from April 22-23 in Budapest. Fifty five delegates from the RCH’s secondary and higher education institutions, university congregations, and youth organizations looked for an answer to Luther’s question, which was formulated five hundred years ago, “How can I find the merciful God?"

Youth are the Future of the Church

2016. április 12., tags: youth ministry, YMCA Transylvania

The 95th anniversary of the YMCA Transylvania (IKE) was recently celebrated at the assembly hall of the Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj- Napoca. During the ceremony, participants could remember the hard times of the period between the two World Wars, the road-searching of the youth, and the new opportunities which were given by the Regime Change. In addition to this, former IKE presidents of the past twenty-five years also gave inspirational speeches. 

A Mission with Engineering Accuracy

2016. február 29., tags: youth, youth ministry

Motivation, professional development, self-esteem, and belief – these are the values that the recently established Budapest University of Technology and Economics’ reformed chaplain wants to help the engineering students focus on. According to Balázs Németh, research fellow, lecturer, and pastor, many of the university students are friendless, not engaged professionally, and anxious that they won’t able to pass exams. The engineering mission could offer professional motivation, community, and counseling with the sharing of the Gospel.  

A Message From Over the Sun

2016. február 24., tags: youth, mekdsz, youth ministry

"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Three hundred young people didn't take Solomon’s words seriously, so they spent the last weekend of February in Siófok to discuss finding meaning in life, led by Trey Shaw, an American Baptist missionary who has been living in Hungary for more than ten years. They got acquainted with the message of Ecclesiastes and also had a chance to recharge between university semesters; maybe life is not so meaningless after all.

72 Hours of Action

2015. december 07., tags: youth ministry, youth

Around the country, 8,000 people joined in the ecumenical volunteer time of action called “72 hours – No Compromise” between the 8th and 11th of October. Church leaders say that the future can count on the youth that participated this year who “have good hearts and are ready to help and spread humane values”. 

Prayer comes first

2015. november 02., tags: youth ministry, hungarian reformed church, interview, prayer night, youth

On the 16th of October, the Youth Prayer Night in the Carpathian Basin was held for the fifth time. The goal of the vigil was for the youth to experience unity in their own communities by staying in our congregations for a night of prayer, uniting with thousands of other youth, and, most of all, God. This year Seminary Students from Pápa prepared the materials for the night. We discussed the event with Rev. Szontágh Szabolcs, head of the Youth Office of the Reformed Church in Hungary. 

2015 Youth Assembly of RCH

2015. május 08., tags: youth forum, youth ministry, youth

The Youth Assembly of the Reformed Church in Hungary took place on 17th and 18th April in the Synod Building of the RCH.  The theme of the 2015 Youth Assembly was Trust. Young people from across Hungary came to not only represent their Church District, but to meet and share with fellow reformed youth.  

(Don’t) let it go!

2014. augusztus 19., tags: university chaplaincy, interview, szabolcs szontágh, youth ministry, youth

At the Konfi+ conference on 24-27 August, youth workers of the Carpathian Basin will discuss the possibilities of calling young adults. Why is it so hard for the Church to address these ages nowadays? We asked Szabolcs Szontágh, the head of the youth office of Reformed Church in Hungary.

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