Book now for 2016 youth conference

October 7, 2015

Scotland’s largest annual Christian youth conference is open for bookings and aiming to be fully booked for a third successive year.

The 2016 Free Church Youth Conference takes place at Lendrick Muir in Perthshire from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March.

This year’s main speaker is Rev Calum MacMillan, assistant minister of Rosskeen Free Church in the Highlands, and his theme will be ‘James: Hearers and Doers’.

Calum said: "I'm really looking forward to being a part of Youth Conference 2016. I led a seminar at the conference a few years ago but it was just a flying visit so Christina and I are very much looking forward to having the full weekend with everyone.  

"I'm teaching from the book of James and hope that God will bless his Word and speak into all our hearts and lives.

"If you're lucky enough to still be young enough to go if encourage you to "book now!" and get a spot at the conference."

There are 150 spaces for delegates this year – a slight increase on previous occasions – though people are encouraged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointing.

You can book online here and pay via the Free Church online payment system here.

Early bird prices are in operation again, with a special rate of £43 for students and £47 for workers until 1 November. After this date it will be £47 for students and £56 for workers. The price includes a £10 non-refundable deposit. 

The ‘house parents’ will be Rev Lachie Macdonald from South Uist and Benbecula Free Church, along with his wife CJ and two children.  

Seminars include ‘what does it mean to be a Free Churcher?’ led by Rev Derek Lamont from St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh, and ‘taking Jesus everywhere’ by Ishbel Maclennan from the BBC.

Other topics being addressed include ‘technology and the Christian’, ‘God’s will for my life’ and ‘the Bible and homosexuality’.

Instead of the usual list of seminars to choose from on a Sunday, the organisers are hoping to have one big seminar for the boys and one big seminar for the girls on ‘being a Godly man/woman’.

The youth conference is an annual event where young Christians gather for worship, food and fellowship.

Open to 16 to 30-year-olds, it usually takes place at a residential centre over three-days, and of course day visitors are welcome too.

The continued increase in numbers at the youth conference marks an encouraging period for the Free Church. 

Attendances at Sunday services have seen modest growth over the past seven years - with a notable increase in the number of under 30s attending.