Welcome to the youth page. Please use this page to find out about opportunities for young people in the Synod and the wider URC. There will also be news from local churches.
The Youth Exec is a committee led by young people which organises events throughout Scotland. The young people are supported by the Synod Youth Worker, Matt Baines, the Synod Moderator, David Pickering, and Secretary to the Youth Exec John Sanderson.
Youth Assembly 2020 will be held at Whitemoor Lakes in Alrewas from 24 to 26 January 2020. If you are in year 10 (S3) or above and not over 25, associated in some way with the URC and keen to have fun, learn, make friends and have your say, then this is the event for you.
Bookings are now open. Further details from the Synod Youth Worker, Matt Baines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Synod of Scotland Youth Forum:
Each March an event is held at Tulliallan Police College for young people between the ages of P7-25. At this event there are activities including discussions, sports, short worships as well as arts and crafts. Each year a theme is chosen for the group to explore and voice their opinions on. This event is free and any young person associated with Scottish URC churches are welcome to attend
URC Youth Assembly (URCYA):
In January each year there is an event for young people aged 14-25 called URCYA. Youth Assembly connects young people from Scotland, Wales and England. At this event the young people explore a theme. We do this through worship and workshops. We also have business sessions to make decisions about the future of youth in the URC. Youth assembly is a great opportunity to meet other young people from around the UK.
‘Walking on Sunshine’ Tiree Pilgrimage:
In August 2019 a group of young people went on a pilgrimage to the island of Tiree. We took part in lots of activities such as cross hunting, surfing, litter picking, worship, arts & crafts and a nature walk. During the pilgrimage we visited various religious sites across the island including St Patrick’s Temple. Everyone who attended had a fantastic time!
Synod of Scotland Youth Forum 2019:
At March Synod 2019 the theme was equality. We did various activities to explore this theme, including art, drama, discussions and poetry. Throughout the weekend we also played a lot of sports, took part in a quiz and ceilidh dancing. We also had a Youth Exec Open meeting so that the young people who attended could tell us what they would like to do next.
URC Youth Assembly 2019:
This year the theme was ‘One body’. Over the weekend we attended worship and took part in lots of workshops, including ones on homelessness, litter picking, art activities and a visit to a war memorial. In the future we hope more young people from Scotland will attend Youth Assembly as it is a good opportunity to meet other young people from around the UK.
Synod of Scotland Outdoor Activities Weekend:
In October 2018 a group of young people came together from across Scotland to take part in an activities weekend at Ardeonaig Outdoor Centre. The weekend was thoroughly enjoyed as we took part in thrilling activities such as gorge walking, kayaking, loch jumping and crate climbing. The activities brought the group closer together and we hope to plan a similar event in the near future.
At the 2018 Synod of Scotland Youth Forum, the young people focused on the topic of homelessness and decided to launch a ‘charity challenge’ which challenged every church within the synod of Scotland to raise money for a homelessness charity of their choice. We were delighted that 23 Churches took up the challenge by raising money or collecting goods for a number of homelessness charities. A big thank you to all churches that participated!