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“The last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matt. 20:16

Saturday, October 25

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Ireland/Northern Ireland

SPUD delegate speaking at PCI General Assembly Courtesy of PCI Communications Office

 

 

SPUD delegate speaking at PCI General Assembly

 

Courtesy of PCI Communications Office

 

Recognizing that young people lacked the opportunity to participate in the church’s decision making, in 2009 the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) organized a pilot youth assembly called SPUD—speaking, participating, understanding, and deciding. Annual SPUD Assemblies allow young people from various congregations to connect, feel part of the larger church, understand how Presbyterianism works, and discover and use their voices on issues important to them.

Each SPUD Assembly is held several months before the denomination’s General Assembly. It sets its own agenda and refers resolutions it passes to be endorsed, modified, or rejected under the relevant sections of General Assembly business. To date, over 800 young people have attended and over 20 resolutions have been forwarded. As each comes up for vote, SPUD delegates rise to help the General Assembly understand it. So far, all SPUD resolutions have been agreed!

In a denomination where elected ruling elders serve on kirk session for life, it is rare for younger members to be elected. The SPUD working group has produced a program entitled Grow Your Own Spuds, which encourages local conversations between young people and church leaders about issues important to young adults and how to increase their participation in congregational planning and decision making.

Rev. Doug Baker, PC(USA) regional liaison for Ireland and the United Kingdom

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church in Ireland: Rev. Trevor Gribben, general secretary • Irish Council of Churches/Irish Inter-Church Meeting: Mervyn McCullagh, executive secretary • Irish School of Ecumenics • Corrymeela Community

Young Adult Volunteers

Sarah Atchison, Emma Cushman-Wood, Marranda Major, Mark Moseley, Sarah Paulsen, Courtney Reinke, and Kalli Watson, peacemaking interns, Presbyterian Church in Ireland

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Clark Simmons, BOP
Rita Singleton, PMA

Let us pray

God, often we forget how young many of those in the Bible were when you called them to exercise leadership. Help us to use the insights and vision of younger members of Christ’s body. Bless the work of SPUD in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and help us “grow our own spuds” where we are. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 122; 149
First Reading Micah 7:1-7
Second Reading Revelation 10:1-11
Gospel Reading Luke 11:1-13
Evening Psalms 100; 63

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