From September to December this year the local SU Scotland team is larger with two gap year members joining us. Fergus Munro and Rachel Barr are working with SU Scotland and Out of the Box before being based in Glasgow for the second half of their year with Foolproof Creative Arts. Let's meet them...

Rachel Barr

I am having a great time in the Highlands and feel very settled in Inverness. So far in Gap Year I have been on a film set, been taught the art of puppetry and had my face covered in shaving foam and cheese puffs!

With Out of the Box there is time devising and rehearsing sketches, taking part in schools work and helping at church family events... featuring Mick and Mack the Glaswegian camels! I was also part of the team for a P5-7 weekend away run by Colin Carmichael.

Rachel & Fergus - gap year

One of my roles was leading a group in discussion about the Bible story we hear. I had been nervous about this but felt that my group responded well and made some thoughful comments about the teaching. I also gave a short talk about 'my Bible hero' for which I picked Deborah. I really enjoyed preparing and sharing this talk.

A weekly commitment is the P1-7 Monday Club at Kinmylies Parish Church where the young people play games, do crafts and explore the Bible. I am involved with teaching a song, taking part in a messy challenge and writing and performing a short drama. It is great to have the opportunity to build up relationships with the children who attend.

I have so much to be thankful for but here are a few highlights:

  • The move to Inverness went well and I am settling in to the city
  • I get on well with all my colleagues
  • I have known God's peace throughout the start of my Gap Year

Fergus Munro

It was great starting the year in Edinburgh, although I must admit, coming from Fort William it took a while to get used to navigating buses, trains and trams! One of our weeks was spent on the set of a film called Dalriata's King. I loved finding out about how large scale films are made, and being on hand to help with everything from catering, to making fires, to making brief cameo appearances as an extra.

Our time with Out of the Box is spent learning about everything they do including the practical, hands-on skill of using puppets well. (A surprisingly technical business, I may add!)

Working with Colin Carmichael has taken us to all sorts of places already including an SU prayer meeting in Dingwall. During our first two weeks with Colin we were preparing for the September Highland Schools weekend away at Alltnacriche. It was a good weekend.

Give thanks for the 31 children attending. Pray also that what the children heard would remain in their hearts and that they would reflect on it.


This article first appeared in the October 2015 North Highlands, Westerns Isles & Orkney prayer newsletter.

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