28th January 2018

Messages From The Moderators

 

ENGAGE PARTICIPATE CELEBRATE

 

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

 

He called a child, whom he put among them, and

 

said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become

 

like children, you will never enter the kingdom of

 

heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child

 

is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever

 

welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’’

 

Matthew 18: 1-5

 

Year of Young People 2018

 

Throughout 2018, we seek to inspire Scotland and our Church

 

through our young people, celebrating their achievements, valuingtheir contribution to communities and creating new opportunitiesfor them to shine locally,

nationally and globally.

 

What can you do in your congregation to engage withchildren and young people; encouraging their participationand celebrating their achievements and gifts?

 

 Introduction

 

Message from the Moderators

To all Churches in the Church of Scotland

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Year of Young People, which is a special focus for both the Church of Scotland

and the Scottish Government in 2018. I invite your Church to plan to participate in ways that are possible for you, and

relevant to your context. The particular focus during the year will be on involving, including and celebrating children

and young people.

Amongst

the

opportunities

and

challenges

that

this

year

will

offer

will

be

time

to

reflect

with

children

and

young

people on what faith means today and how we make it authentic and relevant. This is not something exclusive to

children and young people but has wonderful and questioning implications for all who are children of God.

We seek to inspire Scotland and our Church through our young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing

their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

The Church of Scotland has a considerable ‘reach’. As we continue the process of looking at who we are, what we do,

how we do it, and how this relates to our witness to God and our world, we will discover ways in which we must use

imagination

and

provide

links

and

introductions

that

will

benefit

our

Churches,

including

our

younger

people.

This Church Toolkit gives a number of ideas of things to do and ways to involve young people, however they connect

to your Church. Toolkits are only of use if they are put into use, and this will involve imagination in using some of the

ideas

on

offer.

We

hope

that

the

suggestions

and

ideas

will

spark

off

ideas

that

you

can

use

in

your

context.

But please, be encouraged to DO something. There will also be Presbytery and national events and initiatives

across the country for churches and young people to be involved in throughout the year.

Who are the people we meet, what do we share with them, what do they share with us, and how does that encounter

shape our faith? In the engagement we have and could have, with our children and young people, now is a time for

encounter, dreams and visions, and then for thought, planning and action.

I hope you enjoy working with the Toolkit, engaging and celebrating with young people during 2018 and may this

enrich the lives of your Churches and communities.

577

Rt Revd Dr Derek Browning

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

To all Churches in the Church of Scotland

I have a dream for a Church that makes the most of its young people, empowering its youth to have more of a say and

influence

on

the

church;

a

church

that

challenges

and

inspires

its

youth;

a

church

that

recognises

the

value

of

young

people

within

the

body

of

Christ;

a

church

which

works

towards

more

opportunities

for

intergenerational

work

and

conversations;

a

church

which

listens,

respects

and

acts

on

the

views

of

young

people;

a

church

which

seeks

to

develop God-given gifts and callings within young people.

On behalf of the many young people within the Kirk, I would like to add my voice to that of the Moderator of the

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to encourage churches to make the most of the opportunities of the

Year

of

Young

People;

to

get

involved

with

talking

with

young

people

within

and

beyond

the

church

walls,

engaging

them in the life of the church and planning some special activities with them during this year.

I have a dream for our church which I believe, hope and pray can become a reality. Can we work towards that

dream together?

 

Robin Downie

NYA Moderator of the 2017 National Youth Assembly

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