NYA Moderator and Clerk
Each year a young adult is selected to take on the role of NYA moderator. The role involves chairing the discussions that take place at that years NYA event, collating a record of the event and producing a report for the General Assembly. Throughout the year the moderator works with the team of youth reps to explore how the discussions will be followed up and the voice of young people can be heard throughout the year. They also represent the NYA at various events and encourage young people to take an active role in the National Councils and Committees of the Church. Each moderator takes on the role at an NYA event and holds it for the following year until the next person takes over at the next NYA event. The current moderator (2013-2014) is Lynsey Martin. Over the last few years moderators have been Euan Patterson (2012-2013), Amanda Phillip (2011-2012), Kim Wood (2010-2011) and Iain McLarty (2008-2010).
Since 2013 another person has been selected to take on the role of clerk serving alongside the moderator. While primarily a supportive role, the clerk is just as vital to proceedings and offers those whose leadership skills are best utilised behind the scenes rather than upfront an opportunity to be involved. The current clerk (2013-2014) is Esther Nisbet.
The NYA has appointed Rachel Hutcheson as its next moderator and John Haston as its next clerk to serve for the academic year 2014-2015.
Lynsey is 23 years old and lives in Dundee. She has recently graduated from the University of Dundee after spending five years studying law. She is now doing administrative work in a law firm and is slowly adjusting to not being a student any more.
Lynsey is an Elder at Barnhill St Margaret’s Church in Dundee and has attended St Margaret’s for most of her life. She has recently taken on the position of organist at Coldside Parish Church, also in Dundee. Lynsey has been involved in COSY since 2005, annually attending Youth Assembles. She has also attended 3 General Assemblies representing both Dundee Presbytery and the NYA. Lynsey has been involved in trips to Israel/Palestine and Rome and more recently, travelled to Taiwan to participate in the ‘I Love Taiwan Mission Camp 2012’ organised by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
Outside of studying and Church, Lynsey loves music; she plays the bassoon, piano and organ. She also enjoys attempting to learn the guitar, ukulele and to speak Mandarin Chinese!
NYA is constantly evolving!
Lynsey said: I’m really excited to have been invited to be the next Moderator of the National Youth Assembly. One of the wonderful things about NYA is that it’s constantly evolving. In our worship and discussion we take time to learn about our Church, its work, our God and ourselves. That is why I’m so happy that the theme this year shall be: ‘Identity: Who do you say that I am?’ I think it’s important that we take time to reflect on our identity, as individuals and as a Church and it’s brilliant that the NYA is able to be a safe place for that through providing opportunity, space, time and community. It is my hope that those attending NYA will be encouraged to respond to this theme not only at NYA but throughout their lives.
The NYA has appointed Rachel Hutcheson to be its next moderator serving from Aug 2014 to Aug 2015. Rachel is 24 years old and currently studying for an MA in Education at the University of Aberdeen. Although she studies in Aberdeen she comes from Inverness and her heart is still in the Highlands. She is a member at Old High St. Stephens Church in Inverness where she has worshiped since childhood. In the past she has helped to lead the Church Youth Group and is currently enjoying taking an active role in the Worship Team. When not studying to be a primary school teacher, Rachel enjoys travelling the world. Her most recent adventures have taken her to Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Tanzania. She loves spending time outdoors and her latest pastime time is Munro Bagging in the summer and skiing in the winter. She has been involved in The Scout Movement for twelve years, six of those as a warranted leader. In between times she works at M&S and helps out in the family tourism business.
Rachel first became involved with COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) in 2008 whilst representing the Presbytery of Inverness at The General Assembly. She has now attended four General Assemblies as Inverness’s youth delegate. Attending four National Youth Assemblies has seen her been challenged in her thinking and strengthened in her faith. Rachel felt privileged to have been invited to become part of the staff team helping to lead three National Children’s Assemblies. She has also been fortunate to travel with COSY to The Holy Land, Rome, Poland and The Czech Republic.
Rachel says "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."
Esther is a third year music student at the University of Glasgow. Despite studying in Glasgow she is an active member of St. Leonards Parish Church in Dunfermline, helping with the children and youth in the church and playing violin in the praise band.
She has been involved with COSY since she was 16, attending Youth Assembly four times and the General Assembly twice; once as an NYA rep and once as a presbytery rep. She has also travelled on a COSY trip to Rome and to Taiwan to participate in the ‘I Love Taiwan Mission Camp 2011’.
When not immersed in university coursework, Esther can be found reading, writing, playing the ukulele, or selling mobile phones at her part time job in the Tesco phone shop in Maryhill.
Esther said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be the Clerk of the National Youth Assembly and I’m looking forwards to developing the role and working with the Moderator, Lynsey!”
The NYA has appointed John Haston to be its next clerk serving from Aug 2014 to Aug 2015. John has been involved in NYA since 2012 and will be 25 years old at NYA 2014. In May, he will have represented the National Youth Assembly at the General Assembly twice.
John is an active elder in Abbotsgrange Church in Grangemouth. He is the Sunday School Superintendent, EV3NT co-ordinator, Choir Member, Boys Brigade Helper in 1st Grangemouth Company and is also a committee member of the men's association. His life with the church also extends to Falkirk Presbytery as a corresponding Youth Member and he is serving as an assessor elder in Slammannan Parish Church.
John is a member of Grangemouth Choral Society, performing concerts with the choir throughout the year. All this and he still has his day job; John works for Wm Russell & Sons Ltd in Dunfermline. He works in Customer Service specialising in Skip Hire and Waste Management.
John says “I am delighted to have been asked to be the Clerk of the National Youth Assembly and I’m looking forwards to developing the role and working with the Moderator, Rachel – it’s going to be an exciting year!”