Who are you and what do you do? I'm the Parish Assistant in Kinmylies Church in Inverness. I've been doing the job for four years now and absolutely love it.
What's your involvement with SU Scotland? I've got an SU Group each lunchtime: Monday at Charleston Academy, Tuesday at Kinmylies Primary (P5–P7), and three at Muirtown Primary from Wednesday to Friday (P5, P7, and P6).
Why are these groups important to you? In today's culture, there is very little Christian input for children growing up and only a tiny percentage of children are in church. Therefore it's a real privilege to be able to go into a school and spend time looking at the Bible with young people, giving them the opportunity to understand the significance of Jesus and his relevance to their own lives.
Are there any stories you want to share? There are many stories of God at work in the lives of individual young people and so it's hard to pick just one. There's the P7 boy from the Kinmylies Primary group who now comes to church by himself every Sunday morning. Or the young person whose first contact with Christians was the group in Charleston, who is now strong in her faith and has just started studying for a degree in theology. Or the first year girl, also from a non-churched background, who asked for a Bible to take home and is now reading it by herself as well as in the group.
In an era where there are many challenges facing the church in Scotland, it is encouraging to know that God is still active, his word is still powerful and lives are still being changed. There is hope for the future!
What can we pray for? Give thanks that so many children, particularly primary aged, are keen to come along to the groups and pray that they would keep coming. Pray that what they hear would sink in deep and impact their lives both now and in the future.
Anne talked to Alan Myles, the Regional Worker for Moray, South Highlands and Islands, and Schools Programme Coordinator at Alltnacriche. If you'd like to find out more about volunteering in your area, we'd love to discuss it with you.