January 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the Londonderry Young People’s Convention (YPC).
Founded in 1936, the YPC is a multi-denominational Christian convention which is held in early January each year.
It was established by Mr TS Mooney, a well-known Christian, who also penned its motto: “Designed for Youth; Intended for All.”
With the exception of a few years due to World War Two and the Troubles, the Londonderry YPC has carried on a continuous ministry in the city since 1936.
Many people will have fond memories of the YPC being held in a variety of locations throughout the city. Over the years, these have included: Carlisle Road Methodist Church, Clooney Hall Methodist Church, Ebrington Presbyterian Church, Waterside Presbyterian Church, Kilfennan Presbyterian Church and of course the Guildhall.
Since 2009 it has been held in Lisneal College. Originally the convention lasted for a week and up until 1969 those in attendance usually got to hear sermons from two speakers each night. Today, the YPC takes place over three evenings (Friday to Sunday), with a Ladies’ Coffee Morning held on the Saturday with extra events organised for teenagers held immediately after the Friday and Saturday evening meetings.
The YPC has had the privilege of hosting a wide range of multi-denominational (and international) speakers across its eighty year history.
This year Rev Dr Steve Brady, principal of Moorlands Bible College in Dorset, will mark his fifth visit as speaker, his first being in 1984. His theme for our 80th convention is appropriately entitled “Contagious Christianity”.
YPC’s 80th anniversary weekend will take place from Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 10, meeting at 8pm each evening in Lisneal College.
The ‘Source’ youth event will take place immediately afterwards on the Friday and Saturday nights, also in Lisneal. The Ladies’ Coffee Morning will take place at 10.30am on Saturday, January 9 at the White Horse Hotel when Dr Brady will be the guest speaker. A warm invitation is extended to everyone.