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NYA Appoints New Moderator and Clerk

Monday February 17 2014

The Church of Scotland National Youth Assembly (NYA) has appointed Rachel Hutcheson as its next moderator and John Haston as its clerk.

Chosen by a group of previous moderators and NYA representatives, Rachel and John will take up their posts during the opening session of NYA 2014 in August, and will serve for a year.

Rachel (left) said: "I feel honoured to have been invited to be the next Moderator of the National Youth Assembly. I look forward to setting up home with my NYA family at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire where our theme will be ‘My Father’s House.’

"The Church is going through challenging times so we must take time to reflect on who we are and where we are going.  This year at NYA we will be exploring how we worship.  We will discuss how we think the Church should be spending its money.  We will be investigating how we can do ministry intergenerationally and finally, how we can support Christians in the Middle East.  As we join together to celebrate 20 fabulous years of NYA I hope delegates will feel empowered and strengthened in their faith.  My aspiration is serve the people of NYA and our Lord to the best of my ability."

Rachel is 24 and has been inolved with COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) for six years. She has attended four General Assemblies as the Presbytery of Inverness youth delegate, and four Youth Assemblies. She is a member at Old High St Stephens Church in Inverness, and is studying for an MA in Education at the University of Aberdeen.

John (left), who is 25, is an active Elder at Abbotsgrange Church in Grangemouth. He is the Sunday School Superintendent, EV3NT co-ordinator, choir member, Boys Brigade helper and a committee member of the Men's Association. He has been involved with NYA since 2012.

He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be the Clerk of the National Youth Assembly and I’m looking forward to developing the role and working with Rachel – it’s going to be an exciting year!”


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