Youth

Free Church’s youth conference fully booked for second-year running

March 19, 2015

Well over 100 young people will attend the Free Church of Scotland’s youth conference this weekend as they consider a range of topics from a Christian worldview.

The conference kicks off tomorrow (Friday 20 March) at Lendrick Muir in Perthshire and runs until Sunday (22 March).

This year's keynote speaker is Rev Colin Macleod from the Free North in Inverness, and his theme is 'the patience of Job'. 

There will also be talks on starting new churches, engaging with Islam and busyness in the 21st century.

Seminar speakers include Neil MacMillan, Mez McConnell, Duncan Peters, Chris Smart and James Ross. 

It is the second-year running that the conference has been fully booked.

Stewart Johnson, who is an apprentice church worker with Rosskeen Free Church in Easter Ross, is one of the organisers.

Stewart Johnson

The 24-year-old (pictured above) said: “I think the youth conference is so popular because it gives a chance for young Christians to share a bit of their lives together, if only for a weekend. 

“It gives an opportunity for them to have fun together as well as learning more about Jesus. 

“Especially for those who feel as though they are living as a Christian alone throughout the year, it gives a fresh encouragement.”

Emma MacAulay added: "The Youth Conference is full of great teaching which helps delegates to understand more about God and addresses exactly why Christianity IS relevant to today's world.

"The talks and seminars always have an eye towards how to live out the truth of the Bible practically, both in our everyday lives and in relation to challenges we face in the world, like suffering.

"It is a time of reassurance and encouragement meaning that folks can go from the Youth Conference feeling charged up to live for Christ and make Him relevant to the world we live in."

Siobhan Smith, who is also on the organising committee, said: "The Youth Conference is also important for young people in more rural parts of Scotland who may come from smaller churches with few people their age.

"It is an environment that allows for us to be challenged in our thoughts and opinions, uplifted in our spirit and ultimately come to a deeper understanding of our God as well as building relationships with others that can last a lifetime."

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

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