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Conference – Banner of Truth youth

June 2017

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre witnessed around 200 young people descend on it for the annual Banner of Truth youth conference (21-23 April 2017). Many nationalities were represented, including Nigeria, Czech Republic, Canada and Brazil.

Also in attendance were representatives from the Christian Institute, Edinburgh Theological Seminary and European Mission Fellowship (EMF).

The weekend’s speakers were Steven Curry from Bethany Baptist Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland; Dr Robert Murdock, principal of the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh, and Jonathan Watson, general editor of the Banner of Truth Trust.

Mr Curry brought with him a wealth of experience from many years speaking at Christian Union events in Northern Ireland, and Dr Murdock and Mr Watson were also clearly at ease, communicating and opening up the Bible with this group of young people.

Mr Curry delivered a timely three-part series, challenging his audience to demonstrate a serious commitment to the local church. Dr Murdock gave an excellent account of the life of Simon Peter, highlighting the compassion of our Lord Jesus in his dealings with the twelve apostles. Mr Watson had also prepared a seminar about the lessons we can learn from Martin Luther, which was well received.

Even with a packed schedule, which included seven teaching sessions, there was also time to enjoy the good Staffordshire weather on Saturday afternoon. The traditional Banner football tournament took place at the nearby indoor sports centre — an evenly contested affair — and many others choose to enjoy the afternoon exploring the surrounding area.

On the Lord’s Day, Mr Watson hosted a panel discussion on questions raised by young people over the course of the weekend. The panel, consisting of Jeff Kingswood, John Rawlinson, Steven Curry and Robert Murdock, debated a range of subjects, including several topical issues affecting Christians today. The session was conducted with much wisdom and in good spirit.

The ever-impressive Banner bookstall offered an extensive range of publications and titles, with a number of books being given away free of charge. Overall, the weekend was a great success and credit must go to Banner of Truth for such a well organised and edifying event.

Paul Mawhinney