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Building for the future

Thomas Baldwin reflects on the impact of the Year of Young People within the Church of Scotland.

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WHEN the Scottish Government announced, five years ago, that it was designating 2018 the Year of Young People, it took a little while for the Church of Scotland to realise that here was a golden opportunity for it to to promote, celebrate and develop its work with children and young people.

It wasn’t until the General Assembly of 2016 that an instruction came out to presbyteries and churches to use the year as an opportunity to engage with children and young people.

The Mission and Discipleship Council produced a ‘toolkit’ for churches to develop a vision and new areas of work with young people (even those who don’t have any young members were encouraged to get involved), and congregations were encouraged to sign a charter promising to get to know, listen to, involve, share faith and pray with young people.

A series of four Year of Young People roadshows also took place in various parts of the country in spring, and there was a fringe event at the General Assembly. Other organisations such as Eco- Congregation Scotland themed their events around the year.

But as we near the end of the Year of Young People, what has been achieved? Will it make any long-term difference? And what comes next?

Isobel Booth-Clibborn, Children’s Development Worker within the Church’s Mission and Discipleship Council, who co-ordinated the church’s Year of Young People response at a national level, professes herself pleased with the level of grass-roots engagement in the Year.

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