As I finish my first year working with es-team, it has been especially rewarding to be involved in city-wide events. These are run to engage children and young people with the Bible and get them excited about knowing Jesus. 

We have had great groups of young people at both monthly Bible studies – Network (S4–S6) and Spotlight (S1–S3). I’ve been personally encouraged to see those in Network continue to develop as leaders at SU Scotland events, and also within their churches and schools. The Big One, an action-packed day for P4–P7 was a big hit at St John’s Colinton Mains Church in the autumn. The team are looking forward to another great day at St Thomas’ in Corstorphine on Saturday 23rd April.

Powerpoint

Another personal highlight has been Powerpoint, a Friday night of fun, worship and Bible teaching. I have been bringing young people to Powerpoint since 2013 and I am in awe each time, watching 800–1,000 young people and their leaders worshipping together, engaging in and responding to the teaching. During ‘The Mix’, the halfway break, it’s is great to see young people run about re-uniting with friends from SU Holidays or school, genuinely excited to be together at a Christian event on a Friday night. It has been encouraging to see the event grow to the point where two events can run simultaneously in Glasgow and Edinburgh, full to the brim with young people!

What a testimony in Scotland to see so many young people committing their Friday to spending time in fellowship. In addition to the young people, a committed core team of volunteers give up several hours that day, and many beforehand, to make things run smoothly. I look forward to the coming year as we develop support for this team and the young people who attend.