Scottish Mission Youth Day of Fellowship
15th March 2019
On the 17th February 2019, Adventist youth from around Scotland gathered together for the Scottish Mission’s, Youth Day of Fellowship. The Dundee Seventh Day Adventist Church was filled with youth from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Irvine, Crieff, Dundee, and the surrounding branch churches. Old friends were joyfully reunited and new friendships were formed. The congregation was divided into three groups, as the day began with bible study and discussions. Special items from a range of churches were gladly received. The youth choir from Dundee church sung a moving rendition of ‘My Only Hope’, with a lead solo by 13 year old Jeffery Addai-Peprah. The song reminded us all that our only hope, joy and peace is found in Jesus. It was followed by a hearty ‘amen’ from the congregation!
The sound of a full and youthful congregation could be heard during song service. With laughter and emotion, Pastor Dejan Stojkovic (SEC Youth Ministries Director) led out in the sermon and urged the congregation to keep focused on God, keep fighting the good fight and to remember heaven and home. Pastor Stojkovic had travelled from Southern England to preach for the day. Everyone was happy to hear that he had successfully recovered from a short bout of ill health, in time to preach! It was also good to know, that he hadn’t quiet been at deaths door, as jovially suggested in the introduction by Adrian (from Irvine Church)!
Pastor Tompkins, the Scottish Mission President and Pastor Popescu, the Scottish Mission Youth Sponsor, were also present during the day. They engaged with everyone and ensured the day ran smoothly. After the service ended, everyone moved into the church hall, to fellowship together, over lunch. It was clear, that whilst the Scottish Mission Youth are not yet vast in size, they are a tight knit, dedicated group of young people who have grown together over the years.
As the evening service began the Sanctuary once again filled up and the melodic sound of old Adventist youth choruses filled the air. Pastor Perea introduced everyone to an Adventist chorus that most may have not been familiar with. Although it was a simply song, it was very engaging and powerful. It reminded everyone that they have been blessed at least once throughout the past week. The words were simple, but touching. The impromptu piano accompaniment by Cutherbert (from Glasgow church) was beautiful. It was lovely to see how diligently the youth in Scotland use their talents to serve God.
The songs were followed by a question and answer session. It was a very genuine discourse with anonymous questions from the audience, followed by practical biblical advice from the four ministers: Pastor Stojkovic, Pastor Perea , Pastor Popsecu and Pastor Tompkins. Issues on relationships, marriage, being equally-yoked and living fulfilled lives were discussed. Though the questions posed varied, the overwhelming theme was that following God sometimes requires sacrifices. But God only asks us to give up things that will hamper our true happiness here on earth and jeopardise our eternal home in heaven. God wants the best for us. We just have to trust His path and His loving guidance.