What’s your journey?

One of the amazing things about the Church of Scotland Youth assembly is the number of different people who attend. Every year, close on 300 young people meet together to worship, learn, debate and explore faith and how it impacts our lives. Each and every one of us has a different story, all personal, all incredible stories of life. God has impacted the lives of everyone who comes to the Youth Assembly, some people may be more aware of this than others, but its true nonetheless!

What would be awesome, really awesome, would be if people felt they were able to share a bit of their story here, as a comment on this blog post. If you want to leave your name with it, thats cool, if not, also cool. The form will ask for an email address, but we won’t use it for anything, your anonymity is guarenteed. Just tell us about you, how you ended up with Youth Assembly (past or present) has impacted your journey. How has God affected your life?

Youth Assembly is a great event, it affects so many people in so many ways. But often, at the event, we (as individuals and as a group) may not take time to reflect on what is happening to and around us. Lets take some time before the event to reflect on happennings past, and we’ll take some time after the event to reflect on the coming weekend once its over.

Look forward to hearing your stories!

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~ by Chris Hoskins on August 31, 2009.

One Response to “What’s your journey?”

  1. What is it about NYA thats made it so important to me? As well as the life changing event of giving my life to Christ in 2000, each and every year I’ve attended has changed me for the better. When I first attended, I was 16, severely lacking in self – confidence and entirely unsure of who I was and where I was going in life. It didn’t change instantly, but as the years passed I grew in confidence and was much more assured of who I was. Was it NYA that caused this change in me? To put it simply, yes. The part of the event that changed me the most has always been the people I meet there. Some of my closest friends are people I”ve met through NYA. Indeed, the 2 most inspirational people in my faith and professional journey I met at NYA2000: Paul Beautyman and Steve Mallon. Amongst the many people who have inspired, mentored and encouraged me, their ‘investment’ in me has had the greatest affect on me (not to belittle the many other great people who have taken me under their wing!). Over the years I’ve met hundreds of young Christians at NYA, I can only hope I’ve had half the impact on their lives as they’ve had on mine.

    Many of the debates and seminars over the years have encouraged me to explore my faith in relation to real life, how does what I read in the Bible connect with life? The many, many conversations, debates and people I’ve experienced over the years have enabled me to have what I think is the greatest asset in my approach to faith: an open mind. I don’t always agree with what people say or how they approach faith, but instead of being abrasive, I love having the opportunity to be able to chat to people and hear their story and how they got to have the approach they have.

    I believe know that I have matured so much in the last 9 years. My involvement in NYA, and everything that has come out of that (General Assembly Youth Reps, World Youth Day, Impact, many friendships and much more) has grown me so much more than anything else I could have been involved in. I can’t think of anything else I could have been involved in that would have allowed me to be pushed out of my comfort zone so much, to learn so much, to grow so much. I’m eternally gratefully for NYA and for everything it has led to in my life.

    I can’t wait for this weekend, although I’m a little sad that it will be the last NYA I can ever attend as a delegate. After this year I’ll be too old! I hope I’ve matured enough to move on from this chapter of my life in a positive way. One of my characteristics is that I’m incredibly nostalgic. I love revisiting memories and photos, thinking back to the awesome things and people I’ve experienced. Without doubt, my days as an NYA delegate will be up at the top of the list of happy memories.

    Peace Out

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