The Northern Presbytery CY calendar was kick started on Saturday with the annual games night. Just short of 60 young people, representing almost all the congregations of the Northern Presbytery, came together in Drimbolg. It was a such an encouragement to see both the numbers and age range of the young people who made the effort to come, and to see them all engage with each other.

The Committee had organised a number of different games, which by their breadth appealed to all present: in the unihoc our young athletes excelled, whilst a sing off allowed other CY members to show the impressive range of their musical knowledge. Our hosts, Drimbolg, put on a wonderful spread for supper, which, after all the running around and excitement, was most welcome!

We were, of course, united with common cause, and Stuart Fallows of our Kilraughts CY ably brought a timely message to those assembled. For most of us, it is a time of new beginnings – in school or university, at CY, in our sports clubs – and such a time is perfect for a reassessment of our spiritual lives and goals. Stuart reminded us that realistic and specific goals are much more likely to lead to success, and if we are indeed to be ‘new creations in Christ’, we need to work hard at it. He encouraged us to consider what goals we might set this year in our Christian lives, whether in personal prayer and devotion or in public witness. Although Stuart’s message marked a formal end to the evening, there were plenty of young people keen to stay to get involved in volleyball!

Thanks to the NP Committee for organising such a great event – we are all already looking forward to the next event: October’s sleepover!

Helen McKelvey, Cullybackey RP (N Ireland)