On Saturday 25th March 2017, a total of 14 young people aged 11-18 gathered at Dores Free Church (Continuing) for a Youth Conference.
The day started with time for refreshments and chatting to friends while we waited for everyone to arrive. Rev. Davide Ratti introduced the speaker for the day, who was Rev. James MacInnes, minister of Lochalsh and Strath Free Church (Continuing). We sang Psalm 67 and prayed.
After that, we heard the first talk on "Knowing Your Rights." These days this is a very topical issue in society and it can cause a lot of debates and arguments in families, as so many teenagers sometimes feel that they don't get enough rights. We were reminded in the talk that ultimately it is God who gives us rights. After the talk, we were split into small groups to discuss and answer questions about what we had heard.
This was followed by a break for a very tasty buffet lunch which was organised by Morag and Joan Mackintosh. Since the weather was warm and sunny outside, we decided to go for a short walk along the shore of Loch Ness. "Nessie" didn't make an appearance on this occasion!
After the walk we sang Psalm 1oo and had another prayer, and then heard a second talk on "Getting It Right." It made us think carefully about how Christians should responsibly exercise the rights that God gives us in the areas of religion, relationships, riches and recreation. This talk was followed by another short time for discussion in our groups.
Rev. MacInnes finished off by reading from Isaiah: "I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance : let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified." (Isaiah 43, 25-26). This reminds us that we have rights to plead through the Gospel.
Sadly it was all too soon time to leave, but each of us took home something to ponder over and apply to our own lives. It was a fun day of fellowship and meeting new friends, and we would like to thank the Dores congregation for organising this amazing conference.
Kindly Submitted by E. MacLeod (Tarbat Congregation)