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e H t F o T Be pAr e R u T n E v D a s Y a D i L o H Su R e M m U s d N a r E t S a E S tHi NEWS
Ambassadors Meet one of the people sharing our news.
A week at... SU in the Islands Follow Colin Carmichael on a trip to Lewis.
Meet SU Scotland workers See photos and pray for our team.
Global perspective Emlyn Williams talks about SU and Bible reading around the world.
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Scripture Union Scotland Our vision is to see children and young people exploring the Bible and responding to the significance of Jesus. As a Christian charity we are part of the worldwide family of Scripture Union movements that began nearly 150 years ago and now operates in over 120 countries across the world. In Scotland around 2,000 volunteers are supported by over 100 staﬀ and associate workers. We work in partnership with local churches wherever we can, training, equipping, and working with children and young people. Wherever you find children and young people – in schools, on holiday, in local communities or online – you’ll find us providing opportunities to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus whilst making friends and having fun. SU Scotland T. 0141 332 1162 70 Milton Street F. 0141 352 7600 Glasgow E. email@example.com G4 0HR W. www.suscotland.org.uk www.facebook.com/SUScotland www.twitter.com/SUScotland www.youtube.com/SUScotland www.flickr.com/photos/SUScotland
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Andy's column Depending on God I met someone at a party recently who I had not seen since university days in the 1970s. I suppose it’s a cause for some encouragement that we just about recognised each other! He has recently returned to Scotland as a ‘missionary’ having worked overseas for many years. He felt called to return because of the low state of the church in Scotland. He feels he is more needed here. For me, this encounter chimed in with the comments of an internationally recognised Christian leader who, on a visit to Scotland in 2013, was appalled at what he felt was the lack of realism amongst Christian leaders in Scotland about just how bad things were in the Scottish church scene. And all of this on top of soon to be released figures from a Tearfund survey that will show there is less than 2% of Evangelical Christians in the nation. For those who analyse these things, that makes us an unreached people group! Is it really that bad? Of course there are signs of growth and advancement. And we see great interest in following Jesus amongst children and young people. But I also know from personal experience the rapid speed at which the number of children and young people in a church can decline. And what if it is that bad? What would we be doing if we really felt things had reached a parlous state? We would be on our knees, eating less food and devoting the time to prayer; we would be giving time and money to training evangelists and apologists; we would put aside petty diﬀerences and focus on discerning how best to reach out in mission most eﬀectively. Well, that’s what we want to do in SU Scotland. If dependence on God means anything, it must mean this. As we have learned afresh to depend on God for financial provision over the last year we are thrilled to be able to report that he has brought us to a place where we are able to consider taking some initiatives that we did not dream would be possible even nine months ago. We feel humbled and excited as we try to discern how best to use the resources God has given us and pray we will remain dependent.
Andy Bathgate Chief Executive firstname.lastname@example.org
news highlights Strong start for holidays
Praying across Scotland
Holiday bookings returned to a January launch this year and got oﬀ to a strong start, with over 600 young people booked for holidays by early February. With 2000 places on events at Easter and Summer there are still plenty of spaces available, so turn to page 6 for more about how to get involved.
People across Scotland marked the beginning of another year of SU Scotland ministry on 30 January by getting together to pray. Staﬀ, volunteers and supporters gathered at a number of local events or just prayed where they were. The focus for the day was to ask God to bless the year ahead.
Help a kid get to camp
Meet the Ambassador...
One day last summer we took a call at the SU Holidays office. A distraught parent explained that he’d just heard he’d lost his job. The final payments for his sons’ holidays were due, but he reckoned he couldn’t manage it. What made it worse was that he’d already paid for the third child, and he wasn’t sure what to do. Cancel the place already paid for, or let that child attend? Thankfully he didn’t have to make that decision, because, through our holiday sponsorship fund we were able to help with funding. Go to www.suscotland.org.uk/holidaysappeal or call Jennifer on 0141 352 7621 for more details.
Online review Just before Christmas we put our 2013 Annual Review online and sent links to our email mailing list. If you’ve not seen it yet, you can visit at annualreview.suscotland.org.uk. The main reason for taking the review online was to save money, but there has been plenty of positive feedback from supporters about the advantages of presenting the report in this way, which include being able to easily pass it on to others. So, if you enjoyed the report and think it might be useful and relevant, do please pass it on.
Paperless helps us cut costs Let us know if you'd like to switch to receiving @SU and Prayer Diary by email. You can sign up for our regular e-News too. Email email@example.com.
Name: Mary Wylie About: retired teacher from Invergordon Academy Lives in: Inverness AMBASSADOR at: Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland
An AMBASSADOR because...? I was involved in helping with the SU in the school where I taught. Latterly I was on the Management Team, so had limited time, but helped when I could. Many years ago I went to SU camp too! Colin Carmichael got me involved as a local church rep.
So, what's been happening? The exciting story at our church was that we hoped to be able to support a couple of young people from our local primary school to go to Go for Gold, a weekend event at Alltnacriche. People on the Session got behind the idea and then the wider congregation got involved too. The result was an amazing £1800. We were able to sponsor 10 young people from Dalneigh Primary to attend the weekend and have plans for young people to attend further camps and weekend events. We don't have many young people coming to our church, but it is great to be able to support them this way and to pray for our local schools regularly. We are currently recruiting a national network of church representatives entitled AMBASSADORS (aged 22 or over) and CHAMPIONS (aged 14 to 21) to be the official link between their congregation and SU Scotland.
Want to know more? Contact Stephen Jones, Church Partnerships Coordinator on 07876 343 894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. @SU SPRING 2014
... SU in the Islands
Across Scotland, at lunchtime and after school, SU Groups meet and give young people the opportunity to explore the Bible. Colin Carmichael, Regional Worker for the North Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney, talks about his working week, the visits he makes and the groups he supports in his regional area.
It has always been important to SU Scotland that there is a network of staﬀ based across the country to be near to where people are. From Inverness we support volunteers in Inverness city, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and Skye & Lochalsh. We also support SU Scotland activities in Orkney and on Lewis and Harris. (Volunteers in other island groups like the Uists and Shetland are linked to other Regional Workers.) With such a widespread area my week will typically include time out and about working directly with young people in schools and providing training and support for local leaders, as well as time at my desk keeping in touch with people across the Highlands and Islands. The best kind of support is meeting people face to face. For the islands this means that I put blocks of time in my diary to make a visit, perhaps as much as a week at a time. It is a big diary commitment but an important one. The downside of these visits is the ferry journey. I do not travel well on the open sea! It is however the best way to travel since you can take a car to get about with all the resources you will need. During these visits I will go and see SU Groups to support the leaders and help the pupils have a sense that their group is part of something bigger. I will also oﬀer local schools a contribution to their Religious Observance (RO) programme. This is especially great when there is an SU Group meeting in the school as I get to have contact with some pupils twice in the same week. Alongside these formal appointments I will also meet up with supporters for a coﬀee and hear their stories and ideas about how to develop the work of SU Scotland. An example of this is a recent visit to Stornoway and in particular Stornoway Primary. There has been a well attended after school SU Group here for many years and it is just one of a growing number of SU Groups on Lewis. Also, I have often contributed to the school’s RO programme. On this visit the SU Group met on Monday after school and then assembly was on Tuesday morning. Perfect! Stornoway Primary SU is like any other SU Group – busy, attended by enthusiastic children and with the Bible and prayer at the heart. Our theme that day was ‘Jesus – the Ultimate Hero’. We looked at three Bible stories and thought together about what the people around Jesus would be saying as they saw him act and listened to his words. The group were also practising for their annual ‘Hot Chocolate and Mince Pies’ Christmas event that family and friends are invited along to for carol singing and a Christmas message. The theme of the RO Assembly was ‘Thanksgiving’ to tie in with the upcoming local Thanksgiving weekend.
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As the pupils filed in one of them turned to me and said, “I remember you!” Such comments underline the importance of these regular blocks of time spent in the islands. Out and about, I am able to call people on my mobile and emails on the move also let people get directly in touch. Back at my desk, all the various means of communication are a great asset. Sometimes I will hold an ‘SU Surgery’ when I commit to being at my desk for a few hours to be instantly available to answer phone calls and emails. An invaluable help when I am out of the office is the backup of Hazel Ferrier, administrator in the Inverness office. As well as this I send out a monthly email to local SU Group volunteers. This might highlight teaching resources, up and coming events or other helpful information. This year I am focusing on the SU Group Team Leaders’ Manual that is available online which is packed with helpful advice. I hope these regular communications reaffirm the link with local groups, helping people know they are appreciated even if I don’t see them every week. Each year I also produce a training resource to take around as I meet up with volunteers. This year it’s a packed hour of ’60 Ideas in 60 Minutes’, hopefully with something for everybody. Wherever SU Scotland is represented on the mainland or on the islands there are dedicated and committed volunteers and we value them all. My busy week, off on an island trip, out and about more locally, or back at the office, is all about supporting them. Colin Carmichael Regional Worker, North Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney
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We are looking forward to the 2014 season and have some suggestions for different ways that everyone can get involved. In particular, we want to spread the word about our great activity holidays far and wide and we think you might be able to help. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
GREAT ideas for getting involved in SU Holidays in
www.suholidays.org.uk 0141 352 7620
Make a booking. There is a wide range of holidays 1. available for young people age 10–18. New this year we have
a range of shorter events, a surfing holiday in East Lothian, a new location for water and mountain sports and a new primary drama camp. Our holidays come highly recommended with many young people choosing to come back year after year.
Bring family and friends. Often people will sign up 2. for a holiday if they are directly invited. If your children are booking, think about who they could invite.
on Facebook and other social media. 3. Post The SU Holidays website has loads of great content, but people
need to know it’s there. Post about where you’ve been or which holiday you are going on… or just give SU Holidays a plug.
holidays in your church or school. 4. Promote You’ll find information about a promotional DVD, brochures,
posters and postcards on our website. Order what you need and take the initiative to promote SU Holidays in places where people might be interested. www.suholidays.org.uk/promote
Give to the Holidays Sponsorship Fund. Every year 5. we help young people who couldn’t otherwise afford it to go on a holiday. The fund also supports volunteers who have time to give but can’t afford the contributions. If you haven't already got it through your door, you can donate at www.suscotland.org.uk/holidaysappeal.
a young person you know to go to camp. 6. Help Perhaps you can contribute the fees for a grandchild or someone
in your church congregation. Although we keep costs down, for some people financial support makes all the diﬀerence.
There are still spaces to join teams for both 7. Volunteer. Easter and summer events. Our volunteers complete a rigorous
application process, including Disclosure Scotland vetting. If you would like to get involved contact the Volunteers Unit on email@example.com and we’ll be delighted to discuss your options. There are a wide range of diﬀerent roles available including cooks, minibus driver, travel leaders and more.
your story. Many people have great stories to tell 8. Tell about the impact of SU Holidays on their life and their faith.
Whether it was last year or decades ago, retelling your story might encourage someone else to consider an SU Holiday.
Give us your feedback. This year we are involved in a 9. major review of SU Holidays and are considering some new
options for the future. We’ve made some changes to our website, with more information about individual holidays. Do please let us know what you think.
We put it last to draw attention, not because we think 10. PRAY! it’s unimportant! Please pray that more young people will come for the first time. Pray too that those who have been before will come back and bring their friends along.
Prayer Hotline Every year we run an email-based prayer hotline during the Easter, summer and autumn holiday seasons, where we can share news and urgent needs from holidays and missions as they're taking place. Sign up at suscotland.org.uk/hotline, or call Gail on 0141 352 7608.
Please pray for us! CEO
Andy Bathgate CEO
Gail McLay PA / Office Manager
Elizabeth McDowall Prayer Coordinator (PT)
Jane Lloyd HR Manager (PT)
Nicola AďŹ„eck HR Adviser (PT)
Phil Wray Director of Regional Ministries
John Nonhebel Urban Ministries Leader
Appt. pending Missions Development Manager
Gordon Roy North Team Leader
Colin Carmichael Regional Worker North Highlands, Western Isles & Orkney
Alan Myles Regional Worker Moray, South Highlands & Islands / Schools Prog. Coordinator
Gavin Berry Regional Worker Dundee & Angus
Bruce Lockhart Regional Worker Perth, Kinross & Fife
Hazel Ferrier Administrator Inverness (PT)
Mark Thompson Administrator North East & Shetland, Dundee and Aberdeen
Liz Campbell Administrator Forth Valley, Perth, Kinross & Fife (PT)
Ian Paget Associate Worker COLT, Clackmannanshire
Abby Cant Associate Worker K2, NE Fife
Chris Beattie Associate Worker KART, Kirkcaldy
Mike Glass Associate Worker Larbert Churches Youth Trust
Dave Mockett Associate Worker COOL, South Skye and Lochalsh
Vacant Associate Worker GROW, Glenrothes
Morag MacPherson Local Area Worker Banchory (Volunteer)
Christine Rollo Local Area Worker Clackmannanshire (Volunteer)
Hazel Gray Regional Worker East Lothian (PT)
Esther Bailey Regional Worker Borders
Gavin Thomson Regional Worker West Lothian / es-team Worker, West Edinburgh
Lesley Crawford es-team Worker South Edinburgh
Zonya Bewick es-team Worker North Edinburgh
Jackie Ringan Associate Director of Regional Ministries
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Vacant es-team Worker East Edinburgh
Beth Campbell Administrative Assistant (PT)
Katy Miller es-team Worker Independent Schools (PT)
Bobby Thomson Office Manager Edinburgh (PT)
Richard Taylor Associate Worker DACYP, Dunbar
Gordon Rouse Associate Worker BUSY, Broxburn & Uphall
Hannah Kelly Youth Worker (PT) BUSY, Broxburn & Uphall
Lynne McWilliams Administrator (PT) BUSY, Broxburn & Uphall
Kenny McKie West Team Leader
Martin Boyd Regional Worker Renfrewshire, East Ren., Inverclyde, Argyll & Bute
Carina Lamb Regional Worker Dumfries & Galloway
David Clipston Regional Worker Glasgow
Vacant Regional Worker Ayrshire
Vacant Independent Schools Worker, West & Central (PT)
Jen Robertson Schools & Churches Development Worker, Lanarkshire
Valerie Sim Local Schools Worker Airdrie and Coatbridge (PT)
May Barr Administrator Glasgow (PT)
Julie Bain Admin Assistant Ayr (PT)
Stacy Boyle Associate Worker CRRT, Cambuslang and Rutherglen
Ross Murray Associate Worker CRRT, Cambuslang and Rutherglen
Karen Campbell Associate Worker WHEEL Trust, Glasgow (mat cover)
Andy Lang Associate Worker Contraflow, Helensburgh
Mark Bruce Associate Worker BCYT, Berwickshire
Stuart Otley Admin / Primary Associate Worker, BCYT, Berwickshire (PT)
Alex Kelly Associate Worker CCYT
CENTRES & HOLIDAYS
AW Christine Murison Director of Centres & Holidays
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Dougie Adam Associate Worker WRYT, West Renfrewshire
Athena Carnaghan Local Area Worker Stranraer (Volunteer)
Christine Galloway Local Area Worker Dumbarton (Volunteer)
Mair McDonald Local Area Worker Bearsden (Volunteer)
Jacqui McMahon Local Area Worker North-West Glasgow (Volunteer)
Dave Moss Assistant Manager
Elizabeth Revill Admin Assistant (PT)
Alan Myles Regional Worker Moray, South Highlands & Islands / Schools Prog. Coordinator
Sarah Kish Caterer / Activities Instructor
AW Paul Bayton Centre Director
PT - Part time
Shula Bayton Senior Activities Instructor (PT)
Fiona Wynne Trainee Activities Instructor
Beth Askew Trainee Activities Instructor
Morven Petrie Housekeeper / Catering Supervisor
Michael Cook Centre Director
Sylvia Campbell Office Manager (PT)
Alison McKie Office Administrator (PT)
Ruth Stothard Office Assistant (mat. leave)
Naomi Baxter Office Assistant (mat. cover) (PT)
Appt. pending Schools Programme Manager
Vicky Stigant Schools Programme Assistant
Paul Wilson Facilities Manager
Andrew Walker Assistant Facilities Manager
Jon Friday General Assistant
Joseph Ascroft General Assistant
Fraser Morrison Activities Manager
Colin Campbell Senior Activities Instructor (PT)
David Strawbridge Activities Instructor
Andrew Buwert Activities Instructor
Cassie Abousamak Trainee Activities Instructor
Rosalyn Broadley Trainee Activities Instructor
Craig Millar Trainee Activities Instructor
Kathryn Jones Trainee Activities Instructor
Jenna Carey Trainee Activities Instructor
Anna Wolf Trainee Activities Instructor
Louise Slowman House Manager
Sharon Forsythe Assistant House Manager (PT)
Kayleigh Price House Team Member (PT)
Toby Rettie General Assistant
Chartlotte Todd General Assistant
Rachel Cruickshanks General Assistant
David Meek Catering Manager (PT)
Fiona Shields Senior Cook (PT) (mat. leave)
Juliet Rutherford Seasonal Cook
Fraser Lochrie Trainee Catering Assistant
Keziah Martin Trainee Catering Assistant
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Helen Hogg Business Development Manager (mat. leave) (PT)
Ewen Cunningham Holidays Manager
Alastair Colquhoun Volunteers Administrator
Philippa McKinlay Volunteers Admin Assistant (PT)
Jennifer Moore Holidays Administrator
Graeme Stangoe Holidays Organiser
Moira Ritchie Holidays Admin Assistant (PT)
Chris Brett Volunteers Manager (PT)
Charis Scott gap year Coordinator (PT)
Calum Keys gap year
Kirsty Geddes gap year
Fiona Richards Volunteers Admin Assistant (PT)
Mark Magee gap year
Kirsty McAuley gap year
Robin MacLellan Director of Support Services
John Mowat Support Development Manager
Emma Boyd Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Felicity Sagnet Support Services Administrator
Steve McCrum IT Coordinator
Andrew Hamilton IT Development & Support Engineer (PT)
Noel Slevin Trainee IT Support and Regional Administrator
Susan Wylie Finance Manager (PT)
Elaine Smith Payroll Accountant (PT)
Sarah Lynch Accountant
Ailsa Grant Finance Assistant (PT)
Stephen Jones Church Partnerships Coordinator (PT)
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.” PHIL 1:3-5 NLT
We’ve recently said farewell and thank you to… Helen Anderson, Admin Assistant, Edinburgh Fiona Bayliss, Schools Programme Manager, Lendrick Muir Isla Martin, Regional Admin. and Office Assistant, Lendrick Muir Abe and Nadine Ankers, Activities Instructors, Lendrick Muir Trish Archibald, Regional Worker, Ayrshire 10
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Current and Pending Vacancies • • • •
Trainee Activities Instructors (Starting January 2015) Catering Manager, Lendrick Muir Accountant (maternity cover), Glasgow HR Adviser (maternity cover), Glasgow
Please keep an eye on our website at www.suscotland.org.uk/ vacancies for more details as they become available.
PT - Part time
VOLUNTEER UPDATE Get involved We’ve opportunities this year for volunteers to join teams at Easter and summer and in term time. We’re particularly looking for:
• Volunteers to help at Motiv8 Holidays • Site support staﬀ – spend the summer at one of the SU Scotland campsites, providing the back up and support that makes our events successful. • Travel leaders, often on Saturdays during the school holidays
Get signed up NOW… We’ve a new system in place to help you complete your volunteer paperwork and deadlines for completing your update form and PVG registration:
28 February 2014
for Easter Holidays & Missions
31 May 2014
for Holidays & Missions starting in late June or July
30 June 2014
for Holidays & Missions starting in August
31 August 2014
for October Holidays & Missions If you are volunteering with us this year, please get the paperwork done as soon as possible.
Get trained up NOW… Wide range of volunteer training available:
• Food Hygiene Course • School of Catering • Activity training • COmMISSION
Book Review – Stand by Karl Martin When I first heard Karl Martin preach, I was sitting in a cold marquee at CLAN Gathering. He didn't mince his words then, and he hasn't started to now. By his own admission his new book, Stand, is a provocation to encounter the risen Jesus and have him transform your life. For that is Martin's ultimate aim as a pastor, pioneer and author – transformed lives living for the glory of God. Finding and claiming truth from sources as diverse as Dr Seuss and St Paul, he weaves a tale of deepening dependence on God. His writing style is engaging and easy to read, but leaves you in no doubt that there are things you need to change in your life – so much so that each chapter ends with a series of reflective questions and actions to respond with. "Sometimes we are so controlled, we are only allowing God to do what we have already reasoned that he can do. Who is God in that? We don't like God to have control of our emotions because we don't like to be out of control – it might get messy and people might think badly of us." In recent months I have been facing up to the perfectionism I carry with me. Often this can serve as a good thing; a way of ensuring quality and attention to detail. But there is a darker side to perfectionism, too. It is the anxiety that won't let up when I feel overwhelmed by the task before me. I confess that I often feel this in my walk with God. I let my perfectionism get in the way of meeting with God in the mess that is my daily life. I don't feel like I've spent enough time in prayer or Bible study, don't feel like I'm a 'good enough' Christian. Running the whole way through Stand is this reminder to allow God to be God. Being a disciple of Jesus means allowing him to direct our lives, giving him permission to stick his finger in our wounds when needed. It means allowing him to disabuse me of my need for perfection. Stand is a challenge to the halfhearted life we so often settle for. It's a call to really live into the fullness of who God has made us to be.
• LaunchPad (see pg. 15)
Find out more at www.suscotland.org.uk OR contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 0141 352 7610
Emma Boyd Communications & Marketing Coordinator Stand is available from www.amazon.co.uk RRP £5.50
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Emlyn Williams, former Regional Director SU Britain and Ireland, talks about how people are engaging with the Bible across the globe, the impact of the internet and the need to be culturally relevant.
first visited Russia and Ukraine in 1993. Fresh from the restrictions of the Soviet era, it seemed that they were awash with Bibles and Christian books given by generous benefactors. For the developing SU movements to simply provide yet more publications was not practical, and in many ways unnecessary. Rather, the biggest need was to help people to engage with the Bible. So, a basic annual reading card was produced – and still is – to give Christians a simple tool for regularly reading and reflecting on the Scriptures. Over the years as I returned there and visited quite a number of other countries, I was struck by the importance Christians gave to encountering God as they read the Bible. So when the new movements – very quickly! – started camps, the Bible had a central place. I wonder, honestly, whether despite all our expertise and resources, we give it the same priority in the UK?
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SU Canada has also developed an online resource, theStory which takes a more in-depth approach to the readings. Meanwhile SU Hong Kong’s Sun Pilot campaign, started in schools and churches in 2005, integrates printed Bible notes, groups and online resources. It aims to encourage long-term systematic Bible reading.
Literacy Not everyone can read a Bible however. A senior volunteer in SU India pointed out to me that in rural areas, a large proportion of people are illiterate. For them, Bible engagement has to be oral, telling the story. This massive issue affects many countries. So SU movements such as Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Bangladesh are partnering with the Faith Comes by Hearing organisation to provide audio Bibles in local languages and cheap, simple, solar-powered audio players. For many of us an audio Bible is a way to listen to Scripture in the car. But for others around the world it’s their prime way of engaging with Scripture.
In many western countries we are rightly concerned about the decline in Bible reading and engagement. Globally however, this is a far from universal picture.
Of course, given the importance of meeting God in his word, perhaps it’s not surprising that it can seem like a spiritual battle. So around the world there are many – and varied! – initiatives to help new generations to learn good habits of Bible engagement.
Last year two South Africans made a 55 night, 13,000km motor bike trip around southern Africa – Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. They were promoting theWordSpace, a new SU Bible reading programme for that region. Members are sent a 100 word text message each day with a Bible passage and a brief comment.
Some issues don’t go away, regardless of the technology. My Indian friend said that in urban churches there has been a huge growth in the use of emailed daily devotionals. Unfortunately they are not really helping people to engage with the Scriptures. It’s as though the Bible is tagged on.
Getting to grips with the Bible: a gl bal perspective This can be an issue for printed resources too. SU Nigeria – which produces about a million Bible guide annuals each year – warns readers, ‘Our materials do not stand alone… You cannot enjoy reading them without the Bible.’ That’s a good test! It’s all too easy to read the Bible guide rather than the Bible.
Culture Culture is important as well as language. We encounter Scripture through our own culture. For example, for many of us brought up in the west, the genealogies can seem impenetrable and we may skip over them quickly. Yet in many cultures where ancestry is valued, passages such as Matthew 1 are central, pointing readers to Christ’s authority as the Messiah. Culture is one reason why wherever possible Scripture Union tries to produce resources in the vernacular and not just translate them from British – or US or Australian – English. Nevertheless, it’s not always possible to provide locally written resources, so choosing appropriate ones for adaptation is important. SU Vanuatu is currently working on a resource from SU South Africa to provide a 12 month Bible guide for Pacific islanders. The key word there is adapting – they are not just translating. In many western countries we are rightly concerned about the decline in Bible reading and engagement. Globally however, this is a far from universal picture. So perhaps we in the UK need to regain our confidence in sharing God’s word with people. At last year’s winter camp in Moscow a boy said to a leader, ‘Will we have Bible study tomorrow? I so liked reading the Bible! I’ve never read such an interesting book before.’ And wherever we are in the world, reading and reflection are only the start. As James says (1:22), we are to do what God’s word says! Emlyn Williams Former Regional Director, SU Britain and Ireland Emlyn Williams was Regional Director of Scripture Union Britain and Ireland. In that role and also with SU Europe he had significant contact with SU movements around the world. He left SU after 35 years on staff in England and Australia in a variety of roles. He is currently a freelance speaker, writer, trainer and consultant and lives in Milton Keynes in England.
Global Bible resources • thewordspace.mobi • wordspaceonwheels.org • thestory.scriptureunion.ca • wordlive.org • sunpilot.hk/wp catalystforum.wordpress. com/hong-kong-update-onthe-'sun-pilot'-bible-readinginitiative • faithcomesbyhearing.com
In Scotland our SU International committee is active in building links with SU ministries around the globe. For more info, contact Jim McNair, email jim-mcnair@ virginmedia.com
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Taking a Year Out When I started at Stonelaw High School, the SU Group there was run by local youth workers who were also connected to my church, so it felt natural to go along. By 5th and 6th year I was involved in leading sessions there, helping to model faith for younger pupils in the school and was also enjoying helping with groups at church. One of my youth leaders, Ross Murray, suggested that I take part in the COmMISSION programme in 2012, so I headed oﬀ to Basecamp, the leadership training event. This was great preparation for volunteering on a mission in summer and then an SU Holiday in the October break. I also got involved in the team that hosted Strictly Come Praying, a big event that draws young people from across Scotland together to pray.
that come to the centre for the Classroom Outdoors programme. I’ll be back working with them again in the spring by which time I’ll have a First Aid Certificate and an Archery qualification which means I’ll be able to instruct that activity. “Feet oﬀ the floor” time is an important element of the school visits each evening, where there is a reflective topic to explore and time for the children to get to know us and each other better.
As I was finishing school last year, I applied to university, but didn’t feel the timing was right for me to go straight there. I became aware of the opportunity to spend a gap year with SU Scotland and after praying about it, felt that was where God wanted me to be for the year.
In February I’m looking forward to travelling to Ukraine with the gap year team to spend around 12 days working with Open Bible, which is the SU movement there.
So, my gap year with SU Scotland started back in August with an intensive two weeks of training at Alltnacriche, which turned out to be a great opportunity to get to know the rest of the team and get ready for what was ahead. My year’s placement is based at Alltnacriche so as the rest of the team headed oﬀ in diﬀerent directions I settled in to life in the Highlands and learned how to cook for myself! It’s a huge contrast living here compared to living in Glasgow. It’s not that I’m homesick, but it has been an interesting challenge to work out how to spend my free time. Having a ski pass in the winter season has been great! For the first few months at Alltnacriche I was working with the centre team looking after the school groups 14
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At the moment I’m working with Alan Myles, Regional Worker for Moray and South Highlands. This means visiting schools, taking assembles and supporting local SU Groups. To start with I was watching and learning, but I got to take my first assembly at Milnes Primary in Fochabers back in December. Because of the area where we work we spend a lot of time in the car travelling. You get to see some stunning scenery en route to visit schools!
Alongside the practical work, there is a personal discipleship programme too – gap:engage – with particular books to read and weekly questions to reflect on. So it has been a really rewarding year. I’ve learned a lot about how God provides and how much you can depend on him. I’ve learned new practical skills and more about myself, and think I’ve developed as a person learning qualities such as patience! Next year I’m planning to go Stirling University to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics and am looking forward to being a student. Calum Keys gap year participant
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