So much has happened in the last few months; three SU Holidays, two weekend camps, one holiday club and a new addition to the family in the form of my beautiful daughter-in-law Judah! That is of course alongside the weekly SU Groups , assemblies and events like Pray Together! for families.

We can all be incredibly busy doing good things, getting caught up in a project then dive from that into the next important thing. Several times during this busyness I have been reminded to stop and take time to just "be".  

"Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
Psalm 46:10

Whatever battles we face, whatever challenges, whatever busyness, it is good to stop and remember that God will be exalted. For me, being near water, walking in a forest or up a hill, is needed to get a little perspective when busyness takes over. To be at Alltnacriche, our residential centre near Aviemore, was then the best place for me to be involved in two SU Holidays this summer.

Jenny T AV7

Surrounded by beautiful hills, trees and with a stream running by, I couldn't help but take time to be still. So now, at the beginning of term, with my diary already quite full for some time, I must become more intentional about "being still".

Many of the children and young people and most of the volunteers I work with face this same struggle. School life is demanding with course work and clubs, family life is busy, church life is busy. Our schedules are full. Where do we fit in time to "be still"? Perhaps what we must do is schedule in that time instead of expecting it to appear in the midst of everything else. With this rest and reliance on God, we find strength to serve.

Jenny Thomson

Day to day work as Independent Schools Worker is as varied as the wonderful schools I visit! During term time I can be found visiting SU Groups and taking part in assemblies. As part of es-team I have been involved in events like Spotlight and Powerpoint for senior pupils and The Big One for primary aged children.