Meet the next Youth Moderator and Clerk of the 2016 National Youth Assembly
Published on 12 April, 2016
The Church of Scotland's National Youth Assembly has chosen Andrew MacPherson to be its next Moderator. Lyndsay Kennedy will be the next Clerk. They will take up their offices in August at the beginning of the 2016 National Youth Assembly and will serve for a year.
Andrew is a member of Broxburn Parish Church and a Boys Brigade officer who works in banking as a change analyst. He has visited Romania twice on mission work where he spent time with disadvantaged children in rural areas, bringing them the message of the Bible and the hope and joy that it brings.
Andrew also represents the National Youth Assembly as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
When he's not busy with his work and volunteer activities, Andrew enjoys watching football and supports his local team Livingston. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf.
Excited to see impact of Church
"I'm delighted to have been given the honour of being Moderator of the National Youth Assembly for the coming year and I cannot wait for it to begin. I know I have an excellent team behind me including my clerk Lyndsay, who— I'm sure—will play an integral part in the success of the year.
"This year will be the chance for me to take forward the great discussions that will take place at this year's Assembly and it is exciting to think of the potential impact these could have.
"I am sure it will be a challenging year in many ways, but rewarding in so many more, I couldn't think of a more supportive group to have with me, nor can I wait to see the other work that goes on alongside us throughout the whole Church of Scotland.
"As the first male moderator for a few years, one of my aims is to try and boost the number of guys we have at the assembly, the balance has not been near equal in recent years and I would see that as a great achievement if I could bring this tighter.
"It's easy to see the impact that one congregation can have in its local community, and I cannot wait to see the impact that the Church of Scotland has nationwide. It is something I have some idea of, but getting to know everything that is going, will put it in perspective I'm sure. Hopefully I will see you in August."
Lyndsay Kennedy: NYA Clerk for 2016-17
A Registered Veterinary Nurse, Lyndsay grew up in Kintore Parish Church in Aberdeenshire where she was a junior Church leader for several years before moving to Edinburgh. Now a member of Greenbank Parish Church, Lyndsay belongs to the Guild, the choir and the praise band. She sits on the Congregational Board and is one of the youth group leaders. When she's not busy with her work and Church activities, Lyndsay enjoys cooking, baking, knitting and music.
Lyndsay says "Since attending my first NYA in 2007 and finding fellowship and friendship I haven't missed one yet. Over the last few years I've really enjoyed supporting other delegates as a small group leader. This will be my 10th and final NYA and I'm really looking forward to being clerk and playing my part in creating an inclusive, engaging event for other young adults."
Sign up now for NYA 2016
The National Youth Assembly is a platform for young people aged 17-25 to voice their opinion and take part in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Delegates appoint a Youth Moderator, who chairs discussions at the event, collates a record of the event and produces a report for the next General Assembly.
During the year the Youth Moderator works with a team of youth representatives to follow up on items discussed at the NYA and to ensure the voice of young people in the Church is heard throughout the year. The clerk plays an important supportive role using their leadership skills behind the scenes.
The 2016 National Youth Assembly will take place 12-15 August at Gartmore House. The event is open to all 17-25 year olds with a connection to the Church of Scotland.
This year the National Youth Assembly will include discussions on:
- gender justice (in Scotland and in the world)
- mental health
- the future of ministry and Fresh Expressions