Young Adults’ Weekend 2009

16 Sep

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Murlough Bay, Sunday afternoon

The weekend started with the devasting news that Andy Mo would not be able to make it to Annalong due to Swine Flu but despite this catastrophic set-back the over 18’s staying in the newly-revamped Mullartown House still had a great time. Tom and I arrived early for our YAW debuts so we took the liberty of getting sweets in Newcastle and testing out the playpark before the first talk. Simon Sweeney introduced proceedings with remarks such as “We aren’t big into activities” whilst also pointing out the Book “Stall” before EP minister Andrew Lucas came to speak on Ruth chapter 1. He preached through the book in a series of four addresses during the weekend and I found his second talk on Saturday morning particularly challenging as he spoke of Ruth’s faith as she stepped out into the unknown. Saturday also saw two seminars as Rev. Barry Galbraith provided a robust defence of infant baptism and Rev. Nigel Agnew spoke on how we ought to see Christ when reading the Old Testament showing how we often read passages looking for ourselves (e.g. How am I like David/ Ruth/ Samson/ Elijah etc in this passage?) when we should really be seeking Christ and learning more about Him who was the perfect King and ultamite Kinsman Redeemer.

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A good place to start

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Not me and Tom

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Real Quote “I wish I’d brought my guitar”

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Heather and Tom trying to ignore Mary-Lynn

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Tom having a bright idea?

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Waiting for the first talk

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One of the Quiz teams

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One of The Clarifier’s signs

I have to confess I don’t really know what others did on Saturday afternoon though I heard rumours of climbing a mountain but the option of football was always going to win my choosing. Newcastle’s Mauds was invaded in almost CYSC-Morrellies style proportions on Saturday night as I discovered the joys of some sort of Strawberry-Shortbread icecream concoction. On Sabbath we worshipped at Rathlin Island  Rathfriland and afterwards we headed to the beautiful Murlough Bay for a walk as we continued to enjoy probably the best weather of the summer.

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 Newcastle, I think?

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 Barry G about to start

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 Armed and dangerous

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Sweeney likes internet retail

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Hezza being camera-shy 

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 The new Morellies?

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 Emmaline and Alison

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Kathryn and Ruth

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Happy Ben

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I wonder from the expression on Tim’s face has someone just shouted “Go On Tim!”
 
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Brain freeze
 
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Heads turn as the lads arrive
 
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Icecream and playpark but not the Summer Conference
 
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Rob just about to fall out
 
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A helping hand from Ben
 
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On top of the world
 
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Organising the distribution of July’s Messengers

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Rathfriland RPC

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Note the impressive roll up screen

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Lunchtime in the Hall

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Ironically Rathfriland’s had firestation burnt down because it didn’t have a smoke alarm

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Finn McCool once played golf here

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Off to the beach
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I’d make a Chariots of Fire joke only it was on Sabbath
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I’m plotting splashing the girls
 
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Enjoying the sunshine
 
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Erin and Tom have seen the light
 
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Chilling with Dr.McCollum

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Legends

Trying to avoid a repeat of any confusion surrounding a vote of thanks I’d like to say thanks should go to those responsible for organising the weekend and the cooks who gave up their time to provide food for us. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and being one of the younger “young adults” present I appreciate having the time to learn from the more mature Christians there. I regard some of those attending as real heroes in the faith and it was a privilege to spend the weekend with them. It’s always challenging and encouragin to attend Covenanter Youth events as I see the calibre of other believers from whom I have much to learn whilst also reminding me of God’s goodness and that the future of the church is bright as we seek to take the Gospel to the ends of this island and the ends of the earth.

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Thanks to Carla and Amy for their pictures.

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3 Responses to “Young Adults’ Weekend 2009”

  1. Steelo September 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    The Clarifier didn’t have much to do with the sign!

  2. Peter September 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Whoever wrote it was wrong … some seasoned Mallers weren’t in that room!!! :-p

    Good report James. The Finn McCool line made me chuckle!

  3. Steelo September 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Well you were invited! It was your choice to stay with ‘The Covenanter flats on tour’ instead!

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