2012: John Kennedy - Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer

In 2012 the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer sent me as a Youth Rep. to the General Assembly. One of the benefits of being a Youth Rep is being able to see the bigger picture on some areas of the Church’s work, which many of us were unaware of. During our preparation time with fellow Youth Reps we were also able to draw on the experience of those who had been to the General Assembly before and get help wording any questions we wanted to ask or deliverances we wanted to move.

One of the highlights of the week was the Monday, when we shared Holy Communion in the morning, and the Church and Society Council presented their report along with the Special Commission on Economics. Both of these reports showed the Church speaking about issues faced by many everyday people living in Scotland and providing a Christian input for many of those problems.

Throughout the week the General Assembly provides a forum for commissioners to discuss and think about issues facing the Church and issues facing our society and about how the Church can provide a faithful witness to Christ in these situations. The Moderator of the Assembly, the Rev Albert Bogle, opened each day with a short worship during which he explain a part of Scripture to us.

Overall my experience of the General Assembly was very positive and thoroughly enjoyable. I would strongly encourage anyone that is considering being a Youth Rep to apply; it is an experience you won’t regret.