Young people were challenged to make a personal proclamation to follow Jesus during Sunday night’s opening worship rally at Yurora, the Uniting Church’s flagship national youth event.
Congress pastor Uncle Ray Minniecon delivered a stirring message to set the tone of the National Christian Youth Convention, or NCYC as it is better known.
Earlier approximately 800 delegates, aged between 16-25, registered for the five-day event being held at Stanwell Tops, south of Sydney.
Yurora, which means ‘passion’ in the Dharug language, aims to create a space for young people to share their stories and gifts in an inclusive, multicultural environment.
The gathering will particularly emphasise building relationships between First and Second Peoples.
Uniting Church president Stuart McMillan, who has a strong commitment to reconciliation with the First Peoples, is the featured speaker for Monday night’s worship rally.
On Tuesday Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis will join three other female state synod moderators to lead discussion in the #ModSquad – Women in Leadership Panel.
Each day at Yurora is packed with Bible studies, seminars, devotional period, musical performances as well as sport, movies and other recreational activities.
Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen will be a featured performer, along with hip-hop crew Illagroovers, Indigenous dance group Dusty Feet Mob and poet Joel McKerrow.
Every two years NCYC brings together hundreds of delegates from across Australia and sometimes further afield plus adult volunteers and faith leaders.
For children between the ages of 13 to 15, Yurora offers a program called Babanas.