The annual Deep Impact conference was held in Aviemore from 18th – 20th January. The conference attracts around 350 Young Leaders, Youth Workers, and Children and Family Workers, with many of the delegates coming from churches within our Union. The conference helps delegates explore what it means to work with the young people of Scotland, allowing delegates to develop their skills and practice. The first Young Leaders stream was held this year, which saw over 70 Young Leaders aged between 18-25 meet together to deepen their relationship with Christ and get some practical and constructive ideas on becoming a successful and godly leader in their context.
We were delighted to have visits from Tim Frew and John Swinney MSP. Tim Frew, YouthLink Scotland’s Chief Executive, came and spoke to us during the Saturday evening and gave a message of support for the work our delegates do. John Swinney MSP, currently Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Scottish Government, also addressed the conference. After speaking to a selection of the delegates over dinner, John mentioned during the opening session how he was impacted by the passion that those he spoke to have for the work they are doing. During his speech, he renewed the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping the young people of Scotland to thrive and he recognised that the church has a massive role to play in achieving this.
The rest of the conference had three distinct streams each offering their own content, and delegates from all streams commented on the great content that was created for them. We caught up with two delegates to find out how they enjoyed the weekend.
Abbie Nelson from Leven Baptist Church attended the Children and Family Workers stream, says that she “really enjoyed the focus that was put on children and families work this year at deep impact … I enjoyed hearing different stories and ideas, and it was a joy to be around people who have a passion for the children and families in their community. Particularly loved the sessions that encouraged us to allow children to express their own faith, they can hear from God, they can worship freely, they can encounter the spirit – let’s give them the chance!”
Andrew McCallum, Adelaide Place Baptist Church, attended the Young Leader stream and said that “Deep Impact was a really helpful weekend. It inspired and challenged me to live and lead out the gospel in really practical and intentional ways. There was a great atmosphere at the weekend of being united in love with people from across Scotland eager to see revival. Well worth it.”