In April, the KCC auditorium came to life again with powerful Bible preaching, uplifting worship music and the enthusiasm of youth in the thousands! Across three weekends, over 3,400 teenagers and youth leaders from 146 churches attended KYCK, a conference for high schoolers.
After a year of event closures due to COVID-19, it was refreshing to see the KCC auditorium come to life again with powerful Bible preaching, uplifting worship music and the enthusiasm of youth in the thousands!
Across three weekends, over 3,400 teenagers and youth leaders from 146 churches attended KYCK, a conference for high schoolers. Started in 1993, KYCK runs during the school holidays to challenge and inspire the next generation to place their trust in Jesus and to live for Him alone. For many, KYCK is a cherished “safe” space that enables them to deepen their faith in the company of other like-minded teenagers.
“Today was my last day of my last KYCK and it felt so special. Thank you for creating such an incredible, safe and God-filled environment that people from all over the place can feel safe to explore Christianity with other youths. Thank you for helping me all these years in growing and developing my faith.” - KYCK Graduate
For the first time in KCC history, KYCK was hosted as a hybrid event. Delegates could choose between an in-person conference experience in the Blue Mountains, or KYCK Online; a high-quality livestream which gave delegates a ‘front row’ seat from the comfort of living rooms and church halls.
This year, over 300 delegates from 18 churches joined KYCK Online, with many appreciating a more intimate, virtual experience.
“The weekend away was so amazing and even though I watched it livestreamed, the atmosphere was still inspiring! The talks were so good and encouraging and I can’t wait till next year.” - KYCK 21 Delegate
“I just watched the livestream with my youth group, and absolutely loved it! It was my first time “attending” KYCK, and it was one of the best experiences!” - KYCK 21 Delegate
“Congrats to Ed and Katie who did a great job of engaging the live-stream participants. There had been a possibility for me to attend KYCK this year, but the live-streaming made it a certainty.” - Debbie
This year we had 139 youth groups join in from New South Wales, and 7 from the Australian Capital Territory. The largest group of 100 teenagers came from Christ Church Gladesville in Sydney’s inner west, followed by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, St Michael’s Anglican Wollongong, Maitland Evangelical Church and Nowra Baptist.
At KYCK 21, guest speakers Brett Hookham (Menai Baptist), Pete Tong (Barker College), and Danny Mitchell (Ann Street Presbyterian, Brisbane) opened the book of Joshua, exhorting youth to respond to the gospel of Jesus with strength and courage. Although we live in uncertain times, our speakers empowered youth to remain Strong and Courageous as God is still the ruler over all the earth.
From the feedback received so far, the music and the Bible talks were the highlight for our youth. Many believed that that the message served through word and song was both “encouraging” and “challenging” and relevant for these uncertain times:
“The talks were really encouraging, revealing more of God’s character, power and love than I was expecting to learn. It was so helpful looking at Joshua. I had started reading scattered bits last year and hadn’t thought to relate it to our everyday lives as modern-day Christians.” - KYCK 21 Delegate
“The talks were great and challenging not just for the youths but for the leaders too. These talks are probably one of my favourite ones just in terms of the way the speakers unpacked the passage, and really used the truths to both encourage and rebuke us!” - Cici
"My favourite thing was the singing. At KYCK, singing is about praising God, having fun and loving Him." - KYCK 21 Delegate
We praise God that as a response to his word being preached, 80 youth made the exciting decision to put their trust in Jesus for the first-time and over 350 youth recommitted their lives to Him.
“This KYCK is my first one, even though virtually. A couple of years ago I completely lost my faith and never told anyone, and I never decided to properly recommit either. Brett’s talk really pushed me, and I decided to recommit to Jesus. Looking at Joshua really encouraged me and my faith.” - KYCK 21 Delegate
“I recommitted to Jesus last night and it felt amazing. I’m even asking a couple friends to rebuke me so I can really know how to shine for God and grip onto him. Thank you for another amazing experience!” - KYCK 21 Delegate
“KYCK 2021 helped me recommit to being a Christian. I started falling away from God through COVID. Going into high school, so many of my friends stopped being Christian as it wasn’t classified as ‘cool’ but seeing all the other people my age at KYCK really helped me realise that I want to put all my trust and faith in God.” - Mel
While KYCK is designed to serve high schoolers, it also exists to serve leaders who get a break from running youth that weekend. In addition, they can use the weekend to deepen their relationship with youth through bonding, learning and sharing together.
“Many of the girls in my discussion group have been challenged to seriously think through their priorities in life from the talks. Would love prayer for God to keep reminding them that He is with them always!”
Do you have a story of how God worked in you or your youth at KYCK 21? Let us know using the online feedback form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
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