A first for Youth in Aberdeenshire

Sunday 2nd November and the first of a new series of events for young people the in the North East of Scotland was held at Kemnay Parish Church Centre. Approximately 65 people attended the event which consisted of multimedia presentations, drama, some worship times and an address given by the speaker James Duce (see below). James spoke about the bible account of Jesus bringing back to life a young child who had died and explained how the message behind this story can apply to people today. He also challenged the people present to commit to following Jesus and living a life which witness to other about their faith. A number of young people responded to these challenges.

A key objective of the event is to provide young people with the opportunity to come to a church event which is less formal/traditional ans to engage in worship using a style which is more natural for them. The songs used are mostly written by contemporary christian song writers and a praise band led the worship times. There was also a drama sketch performed by a group of young people. Multimedia presentations were also used to get across the message for the evening.

Young folks attended from a number of churchs from the Aberdeen, Westhill, Alford and Kemnay areas. People who attended seemed to enjoy the experience and the organisers are planning to hold other similar events on the first Sunday of each month. There is a web site where information about the events is posted – see www.engageyouth.org.uk for more information.

Some of the young folks who attended the event. It was great to see young people coming along to church at this time when many young people feel that the church is outdated and no longer relevent to them.

Congratulations to the organisers – keep up the good work. It was also great to see a number of older people coming along to support the event by performing various tasks in the background.