The United Reformed Church Children and Youth team’s Advent 2023 resource kit includes an encouragement to ‘use your YES to bring change’. Here’s how!
PART TWO: Grow supporters
In part one of ‘Using your ‘YES’ to bring change’, you thought about a problem (or ‘issue’) that some or many people were facing in your area – something that you thought was ‘just not fair’ and should be changed.
Eventually, you will be sending your idea to your local MP, but you first need to find out if other people in your area agree with you. If you’ve ever been to a sports event like a football match, you will know the power having good supporters!
Using your poster from part one, ask friends and family – perhaps people at church or in your school, youth club, gaming group or sports team – if they think you have a good idea. If yes, would they like to sign their name? They could sign the front or back of your poster, or stick a list for names below your poster.
How many people can you find that agree? Do they like some of your idea but not all of it? Is there a way you could change your idea slightly that will help them to sign up?
You’ve created what’s called a petition! Once you have built up your supporters as much as you can, it’s time to go to the next stage: Part Three – Get creative!
The image shown is a petition that was given to the New Zealand government more than 130 years ago. The people who signed the petition believed that women should have the same rights as men when voting for their MP. The source of the image is Archives New Zealand, via Flickr.