SO WHAT’S GOING DOWN?
We’re back in Belfast!
13:30 – Doors open
14:00 – Session 1:
15:15 – Break (treats provided)
15:45 – Session 2:
17:00 – Break (buy your dinner in Bangor)
18:30 – Session 3:
20:00 – Close
AT IYC WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT TWO THINGS…
GOD’S WORD AND GOD’S PEOPLE
We want the annual Irish Youth Convention to be a gathering where God’s Word will be proclaimed faithfully, clearly and creatively, so that God’s people (in particular young people) are encouraged to become faithful followers of Christ. At the heart of the Irish Youth Convention is reading, hearing and understanding what is in the Bible and applying it to life as a young person, in the 21st Century.
MEET THE SPEAKER
Church Planter, Cork
This year we are delighted to welcome Shane Deane to be the main speaker, at both our parenting evening and annual Youth Convention. Shane is our first ever speaker from the island of Ireland. He was born and raised in Co. Cork. He became a Christian at Munster Christian Camps, the place where he also met his wife, Luana (a native of Brazil).
Shane and Luana have three children, two girls, and one boy. They are members of Passage Baptist Church (Cork), which Shane helped plant in May 2021, and where he serves as one of the elders/pastors.
A MESSAGE FROM IYC
Jonny Beare – Chair of IYC
Husband to Susanna, father of 2 and Director of Volunteer Training at Growing Young Disciples
Today’s teens were only kids when the movie Frozen hit the screens. I’m sure you remember it well – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf (a snowman who dreams of experiencing summer!). One of the songs, sung by Elsa, became something of an anthem for Generation Z, being viewed on YouTube over 1.5 billion times. Do you know the song? “It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I’m free!”
It could easily be the soundtrack to the Book of Judges, which we’ll be digging into at this year’s IYC. Judges describes the Dark Ages for God’s people when, “all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” (Judges 17.6, 18.1, 19.1, 21.25) “No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I’m free!” In the Book of Judges we see the chaos this way of living leads to. But there is hope in the chaos – because God is faithful to his people and sends a Saviour / Judge to rescue his people and give them rest.
Our prayer is that through the teaching of Judges our teens will see the folly of living life apart from God and would be encouraged to put their faith in the Saviour God sent, “not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Amongst the fun at IYC, we want our teens to know that Christ Jesus is the one who brings hope in the chaos.
Church leaders, youth leaders, parents…please do send your young people along to IYC 2023. If we can help you in any way please do get in touch.
Yours in Christ
GET IN TOUCH WITH US
The Irish Youth Convention is an interdenominational group of evangelical Christians, with a desire to see generations of young people raised up to be disciple making disciples of Jesus Christ. The IYC committee shares the basis of faith of Christian Conventions. Above all, IYC shares the belief that “all Scripture is God breathed” and is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3: 16). Our desire is to see God’s Word communicated faithfully, clearly and creatively so that generations of young people are raised up to live out their Christian faith in their homes, their schools, their local churches and in the wider community.
Also Rachael Gamble, Jonny Thompson and Jason Nicoll.