We currently have 14 SU Groups around Dumfries and Galloway. The groups are led by people who are interested in investing in the lives of the children and young people in their local community: from school pupils to retired people, from teachers to ministers.
I recently asked the SU Group leaders why they lead their group, and to share some of the blessings and challenges that they face. I hope that these will be an encouragement to you and will also fuel your prayers.
Why do you lead your SU Group?
- To reach kids who have no church connection with the gospel.
- There is one Christian in the group - it gives her a chance to share her faith with friends.
- It gives me the opportunity to share the gospel with my peers, and get to know them.
- Building relationships with the children, and the schools are keen to have a group.
- It’s important to give the children a chance to hear the Christian message for themselves.
- Seeing year on year evidence of the children’s knowledge & love of Jesus growing.
- The young people are keen to learn.
- Because Jesus told us to share the gospel.
What are the blessings?
- Pupils taking their first steps into leadership.
- A great opportunity to sit down with a small group and be open about what I believe.
- The group are now more open to discuss their faith/beliefs with others.
- Pupils eager to read the Bible at home using the Topz notes.
- When we realise that the children are learning and remembering what has been taught.
- The school are very supportive and help us with getting permission slips back.
- Developing relationships with the kids - getting to know them & their home situations.
- Kids getting better at finding passages in the Bible.
What are the challenges?
- Finding time to prepare and working out what the teenagers will engage with.
- A slow start with numbers - no one came initially. We now have a regular group of 5.
- Low numbers at times & I feel like giving up - but then next week they’re excited to see me.
- Discipline: knowing how to react to certain children. Don’t want to exclude anyone.
- We’re an all boy group at the moment - how do we reach the girls in the school?
- The time available to us - lots to fit in, in a very short space of time.
- Keeping the pupils coming along throughough all the years.
- Finding the group clashes with school trips & other events that week that we didn’t know about.
Are you interested in getting involved?
If you would like to get involved in leading an SU Group then please get in touch with me (or your regional worker). We're here to support you (and your team) as you set up the group, and then begin meeting together. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see the number of SU Groups double, even triple?!