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 (2012-2013) is Euan Patterson. Over the last few years moderators have been Amanda Phillip (2011-2012), Kim Wood (2010-2011) and Iain McLarty (2008-2010).
The NYA has appointed Lynsey Martin as its next moderator and Esther Nisbet as its next Clerk to serve for the academic year 2013-2014.
This is the third year that delegates have had the opportunity to appoint their own moderator. A group of previous moderators and NYA youth reps met with the Children and Young People Development Worker to choose the future moderator from a list of five applicants. In their discussions they realised that the work load was too large for one person and that all five candidates were worthy of the role. The decision therefore was made to appoint a clerk too.
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.
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!”