Camps Administrator - Kirsten Macdonald
Saturday 3rd August marked the end of a brilliant 2019 Camps season for FCYC. Over 300 young people attended 11 Camps, held in four different locations – Kincraig, Renfrew, Dunbar and Oswestry. Around 130 volunteers were involved in running the Camps as Leaders, Cooks and Drivers. A range of activities was on offer at the various Camps – along with the annual trips to Alton Towers and Blair Drummond Safari Park were various water sports, bubble football and trampolining. The meals provided by the volunteer Cooks were of their usual exceptional standard and portion-size!
One of the best parts of each day was the evening talk and discussion groups, where the Campers could ask questions about what they’d been learning from God’s Word and could discuss how it applies to their lives.
We’re hugely grateful to God that everything went so well, and especially that so many young people had the opportunity to hear more about Him, to ask questions, and to see through the lives of the Leaders what it means to live in Christian community. We would appreciate your prayers for all of the Campers now that they have returned home – that those who are already part of a church congregation would be encouraged, upheld and discipled and that they would continue to grow, and that those who are not yet involved in a local church would quickly become so.
We are also so thankful for the support of the wider church – for driving, chaperoning, baking, and for praying and giving words of encouragement just when they were needed – and for our Leaders, Cooks and Drivers who gave so much time and energy to planning, preparing and running the Camps.
As well as starting to plan for next year's Camps, we're also getting ready for The Big Free Rally which takes place in Smithton Church, Inverness, on Saturday 28th September from 11 am until 3:30 pm.
This is one of the biggest events in the Free Church Calendar, with around 300 young people travelling from all over the country to attend each year!
Everyone in Primary 5 upwards is invited to come along, whether or not they were at Camp, and there will be opportunities to catch up with friends old and new, discuss, sing, play games and do challenges.
The main speaker this year is Robin Gray (new minister of Gardenstown New Church), who will be speaking on the topics of "Looking After God's Creation" and "I am a New Creation".
The cost of the day is £3 per person, and please note that transport will be available for £10 per person from Ullapool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth but this must be booked by next Monday (2nd September) by emailing
It's set to be a brilliant day, and we hope to see you there!