National Youth Assembly 2018

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The National Youth Assembly is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland.

NYA this year runs from 5pm on Friday 17 August - 5pm on Monday 20 August.

Held annually the residential event is for young adults aged between 17 and 25 that have some connection with the Church of Scotland. Attracting folk from all over Scotland (and beyond) with different backgrounds it’s a chance to get together, worship together, learn together, discuss together and work together. Have a look at our video for a flavour of what we are about.

Designed to enable young adults to have a voice within the Church of Scotland, NYA consists of a series of discussions on topics ranging from fashion to politics, from tax avoidance to climate change and from social media to marriage. After the event feedback from the discussions is collated and alongside a report printed in the ‘Blue Book’, is presented to the following General Assembly by the NYA moderator. Have a read of the past NYA reports and supplementary reports to see what has been discussed at previous events.

Discussions for 2018 will be:

  • End of Life Issues
  • Ecumenism 
  • Social Media

We will be at Gartmore House for NYA 2018. While there is plenty of parking available we encourage folk to travel by public transport so free coach travel is organised to/from Stirling train station to the venue. If you would like a place on the coach please just tick the box on the booking form.

This year we have a special early bird rate with tickets costing £85 until 30 April, from 1st May tickets rise to £95, which includes all accommodation, meals, programme and the coach travel from Stirling. For those coming from a priority area parish or needing air travel to get to NYA, there is a reduced rate of £50 per person. As NYA is an event central to the life of the Church of Scotland we encourage everyone wanting to attend to ask their church (Kirk Session) and/or their presbytery if they would be willing to pay for the ticket and many indeed do. For some however cost still remains a barrier - if this is you and you've not been to NYA before please get in touch as we would really like you to come and there is some funding available to help.

Tickets are on a first come first served basis and need to be booked by 17 July, after which time no refunds will be given. By purchasing a ticket you agree to us holding and processing the data you have provided for the purpose of arrangements relating to the NYA in August 2018.


Can more than one person come from a church/presbytery?
Absolutely, NYA 2018 has no restrictions on the number of people coming from each church/presbytery. Many people come to NYA on their own (as they are the only young person in their church) but coming as a group from a church can be great too.

Is there an age restriction?
Yes, you need to be aged 17-25 on the day NYA 2018 starts (17 August 2018).

Do you have to be a member of the Church of Scotland?
No, although we do ask that you have some sort of connection with the Church of Scotland - for example, you could be a member, an elder, a regular attendee, or a member of a GB/BB company that is connected to a CofS congregation. A few eccumenical and international guests have also been invited.

Will I have to share a room?
Yes, all the accommodation is in shared rooms of various sizes; there will likely be between 2 and 7 other people in your room. As part of the booking process we ask who you would like to share a room with and while we can't guarantee you will be with who you have asked to be we will do our best to accomodate your requests.

How can I help advertise the event?
There is a poster  you can display in your church, and please share the event details on social media. And if you have been before tell people about your experience - word of mouth is often the best advert. I have some ideas for the programme, who do I tell? Simply send us an email. All ideas are gratefully received!

I see you have a volunteer team, how do I get involved in that?
An NYA event doesn't run itself, it needs a team. Each year this is made up of people who willingly volunteer their time; those over 25 are considered staff, while those aged 17-25 are considered volunteers and receive a reduced ticket cost. We have a number of teams (pastoral, hospitality, small groups, worship, logistics). If you think you have the skills and would like to be on one of those teams please get in touch with Suzi Farrant before you buy your ticket to express your interest.