The theme for UKYC 2017 was A Future and a Hope taken from Jeremiah 29:11.
Our studies were unified around a focus on God's great plan, of which we can be part by grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Brethren Jonathan Cope (Coventry, UK), Mike Jenner (Rugby, UK), and Josh Smith (Christchurch, New Zealand) joined us as speakers for the week.
Under the heading Heroes of Hope, Bro Jonathan led us in studies looking at those of hope in Genesis, but with a focus on some less familiar characters who lived the sorts of lives that led to the summary:
"these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect."
We considered Abel, Enoch, Lot and Tamar and took inspiration that whatever our background, we too can become people of hope, desiring a better country, that is a heavenly one.
Bro Mike Jenner (Rugby UK) helped us focus on the spiritual purpose of God.
Our Father made man in His own image with the capability of becoming God-like in thinking and action. He did so in order to draw out a people in His name and for His glory: a purpose centred in the Lord Jesus Christ.
These studies introduced us to how God has revealed himself in the past and how he will do so again in the future – all leading to the glorious conclusion when: God will be all in all.
Bro Josh Smith (Canterbury, New Zealand)
We know the passage:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast
And yet, we can so often focus on our works and be left feeling inadequate and unworthy. These studies helped us understand that we are saved by grace, by a God who is rich in mercy and has made us alive together with Christ. He’s done this so that in the ages to come, he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace - in his kindness toward us - through Christ Jesus.
Truly then, we worship a great God who said:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
'...do all to the glory of God.' - 1 Corinthians 10:31
UKYC was set up in 2007 by a group of young people who wanted to offer as many young Christadelphians as possible an opportunity to read and discuss God's word together and to grow in friendships that help on the way to the Kingdom.
As we look forward to the sixth UKYC, the committee for 2017 are continuing with exactly the same objectives as they remember that all is to be done to God's glory and according to his will.
We'll add a full program later, but here's what you can expect for UKYC 2017:
|09:00||Bible Study 1|
|10:30||Bible Study 2|
|14:00||Afternoon Activities and Free Time|
|22:00||Supper and Hymn Singing|
The delegates at previous UKYCs allowed the committee and hosts to enjoy serving at the week and we are sure that the same very positive spirit will prevail in 2017.
We have therefore kept the guidelines to the minimum that we believe are required:
Above all, please remember the aims of UKYC!
UKYC will be held at the Pioneer Centre in Shropshire, a beautiful county in central England. The Pioneer Centre is a modern, purpose-built conference centre; we have booked the entire venue.
The Pioneer Centre was highly popular with delegates at previous UKYCs, and in particular offers fantastic communal space for enjoying each other's company during free time.
A map showing the location of the Pioneer Centre is available here.
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