The KCC team recently met Emily, an agnostic teenager whose life was changed after attending Christian youth conferences such as KYCK and Rice Rally. We hope that you are encouraged by her story of discovering God's love through His word and experiencing it within Christian community.
Growing up Agnostic
When I was a kid, the thought of whether there was or wasn’t a God never bothered me. Although I never doubted the existence of a God, I never cared much for it either. Throughout primary school, the only thing that mattered to me was fitting in with the kids around me. I remember asking my mum to make these “special” noodles for me to take to school because I knew all my friends liked them. Because of this desire to be liked amongst my friends, I decided to join Catholic Scripture classes with them, taking advantage of the kindness of the teacher by chilling with my friends rather than learning anything. This attitude was brought with me as I went into high school and was introduced to youth group by 2 of my friends during Year 8, in which I attended with the intention to get around socialising with more people, never really caring for what the bible has to say.
"Reflecting on his [God's] love for us, made me understand a new purpose of life, to live a life that is representative of God’s love rather than actions stemming from my selfishness."
Attending Christian Youth Conferences
In 2013 I attended KYCK with my youth, where I learnt about the power of God’s love and had the opportunity to experience Christian community up close. The unity as a result of a common love for something great together with the sermons describing the love of God allowed me to further understand God’s character. Reflecting on his love for us, made me understand a new purpose of life, to live a life that is representative of God’s love rather than actions stemming from my selfishness. 2 years after, the reality of the extent of God’s love for me was cemented as I began to understand why his love was described as “unconditional” through RICE Rally. Despite our shortfalls, imperfection and continuous turning away from him, God will always be there to love us, seek us and welcome us back into his arms.
Still a Work in Progress
Throughout my life, I have been extremely blessed for God to have placed people in my life that helped strengthen my faith and straighten me up during the times of which I place my own wants above the people around me or forget about what God has done for me. It is still a work in progress and although I still have tendencies to care more about myself, I have become more self-conscious of this and am striving to demonstrate the love God has shown me to everyone around me through the power of God and those he has placed in my life.
Join us at KYCK #3 in May!
We are thankful to God that Peter Adam will be joining the KCC platform as a speaker at Katoomba Easter Convention (KEC). In this interview, Peter shares on life and faith, and gives some great tips on how we can persevere in the Christian life ahead of eternity.
1. What occupies your time during the week?
I have retired from full-time paid employment, so I now work at 2/3rd time; speaking at conferences, preaching at churches, training preachers, training and mentoring ministers, writing, and praying. Other than that I sleep, eat, walk the dogs, play the piano, catch up with friends, go to concerts, and read a lot!
"Each morning I pray that this day would be my best day of loving and serving God." - Peter Adam
Outstanding talks, encouraging us to swim against the current and live courageously for Jesus.” - Timothy
KEC is such a privileged opportunity to sit back and be fed from the Word of God. When you are constantly "giving out" at your local church, this opportunity to recharge batteries is excellent.” - Cheryl
We came not knowing what to expect and have all been amazed by the open friendliness and organisation. Both kids have raved about the leaders and their program. One introvert, one extrovert, both eager to go and learn more about Jesus.” - KEC delegate
Our family has been blessed by KEC. When our children were young, they joined the Children's Program but now they are old enough to serve in the same program to bless others.” - Joseph
I loved it! It wasn’t so much the numbers, but rather the people, ethos and general sense of the Lord being at work in our midst. I found this weekend incredibly encouraging and uplifting. - David Robertson, KEC Speaker
Here is a list of songs that were sung at NextGen conference this year:
1. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
2. All Creatures of Our God and King
3. All Glory Be to Christ
4. Before the Throne of God Above
5. Better by Far
6. Grace Alone
7. He is Our God
8. His Mercy is More
9. Holy, Holy, Holy
10. How Great Thou Art
11. In Christ Alone
12. Lion and the Lamb
13. No Other Name
14. O Breath of Life
15. O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
16. O Praise The Name (Anástasis)
18. This is Amazing Grace
19. We Belong To The Day
We've created a Spotify playlist so that you can listen to these songs on the go!
Follow the playlist here.
"I love watching the dedicated Toddler team in action. Young adult leaders who volunteer their Easter break to lovingly care for littlies so that their parents can benefit from undisturbed Bible teaching in the Auditorium. That is Christian community in action." - Jenny & John
"As a Year 10 student, the junior high program changed my life. I honestly credit KEC of 2004 with changing my life. I came back to volunteer when I finished school to be that encouragement to the next generation of kids." - Cherith
"For 15 years we have benefited from the preaching of God’s Word at KEC. Our children have grown up through the Children and Youth programs, and two of them are now serving faithfully in their churches." - Christine
"Meeting new and old people each year is so amazing - it's my little piece of what enriching fellowship in heaven could be like." - Alicia
"KEC is a family investment in eternity. In an age where making the 'right' investment appears to the goal, KEC is a no brainer. KEC provides all our family and I an opportunity to sit under wonderful Bible-based teaching. The non-denominational environment creates a unique sense of truly being 'All One In Christ Jesus'." - Rod & Katherine
We are pleased to announce that Luther Symons will be returning to the KCC platform to teach at NextGen 2019 from the book of 1 Corinthians.
Luther serves in the growing South West of Sydney at Hope Anglican Church in Leppington. Luther and his family have loved sharing their life and the gospel as they have planted Hope in early 2017. Luther loves Jesus, his family, the awesome bunch at Hope Church, being a netball and soccer dad and chasing Carl up the hills on his bike when they are in Katoomba! He also loves firing up young leaders to teach the Bible and live for Jesus in everything they do!
You can listen to his latest sermon series on the Hope Anglican Church website.
NextGen is the most important conference in the calendar for me. It equips people to read … and teach the Bible so that they are not only a disciple but a disciple-making disciple.”
– Ray Galea, Senior Minister, St Alban’s MBM Rooty Hill