A Kirk elder from Fife will take up the role of clerk of the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly (NYA) this weekend.
Hannah Dunlop, 23, from Dalgety Bay, has been to every youth assembly since she was 18 and will remain in post until next August.
The event is a platform for young adults aged between 17 and 25 to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision-making within the Church of Scotland.
It has been held annually for the last 25 years, but this year will be the last in its current format as new plans are made for the future of young adults across the Church.
Hannah’s role involves supporting the NYA Moderator, 23-year-old Dana McQuater from Alloa, producing reports to be presented at the General Assembly and getting involved in the church at local, national and international levels.
And the social psychology student says she “can’t wait to get stuck in”.
“With this being the last year of NYA it will be a year of nostalgia but I’m hugely looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones,” Hannah added.
Open to everyone, the event runs until Sunday and will bring together 66 young people from 21 presbyteries at Gartmore House near Stirling.
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, and his wife Ruth, will be guests at the first day of the NYA, joining the group for dinner and then taking part in the opening session.
There will also be five ecumenical delegates from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church in Wales.