Youth ‘herded’ to the Showground

April 30, 2014

Faith and friendship will be celebrated in Bingara between May 16 and 18 as young people come together for the Youth Muster. About 200 high school students of all denominations will be taking part in the inaugural Christian Youth Festival for this area.

Local Anglican minister Dave Swan said this convention would have a distinctly country feel. “People will be camping out in sheds, swags and tents at the showground. We are really looking forward to it. It should be a lot of fun,” Dave said.

“It is all about encouraging each other, faithful bible teaching, fellowship and sharing testimonies.

We have some great guest speakers and there will be plenty of music and singing, a barbecue and a bush dance. It will also be really beneficial for the town. There has been a lot of local involvement from groups and churches. Marilyn Dixon is doing breakfast as a fund-raiser for the school, different groups such as the Lions Club are providing lunch and Bilsborough Buses are also helping us out.”

Bingara will host young people from all over the North West, with visitors coming from as far as Quirindi, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri with all churches involved. This gathering follows similar programs geared towards adults.

“This is the first time something like this has been held for youths here, and while we are still ironing it out, I expect it will only get bigger and better each year.

“There are men’s and women’s conferences and conventions, such as those in Katoomba, which have been running for years, and they are becoming massive so we are hoping to replicate something similar for youths in this region.

“I really hope that people come along and be challenged and discover whatever they have imagined about church and Jesus is different to the reality. It is exciting and interesting.”

High School students who would like to take part are required to register through the Anglican Church or by speaking to Brent Weightman at the school.