Regional Workers, North East & Shetland
With schools closed and residential events cancelled, and in common with almost all SU Scotland staff, we are "on furlough" under the terms of the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We are therefore unable to work for or volunteer for SU Scotland for the time being. In the meantime, contact with SU Scotland should be by email to email@example.com and the most suitable active staff member will get back to you.
Cheri Young and Pamela Sloan are the dynamic duo who cover the North East & Shetland in their position as Regional Workers. They are on fire for God and are passionate and determined to provide opportunities for more young people to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus.
Below is a snap shot of what is going on. If you want to get a fuller picture, please register for my termly newsletter, which you can do on this page. Also there are so many opportunities to further the Good News, we always need more volunteers! If time is too limited to volunteer, you can support the region financially on this page too. The more people involved in volunteering and giving - the more we can do!!
So what’s on in the North East? …
Prayer is the key priority in all that we do and the result is so many new doors being opened to us in schools. We actively promote our Pray for Schools programme to encourage people to pray for the schools around them and, in particular, to pray for all the primary schools which feed into the secondary schools. We know that teachers and parents feel so blessed that their schools are being prayed for.
There is a monthly prayer meeting in Aberdeen on the first Monday of the month at 7:30pm. Open to everyone, we can guarantee you a very warm welcome . Email Jane Lloyd or telephone 01224 486749. But you don’t have to wait for the monthly prayer meeting! You can pray with us anytime. Please just pick up the phone or send us an email. We would love to hear from you.
God is doing amazing work in the North East & Shetland. Doors are opening in schools after years of prayer and the number of SU Groups is growing every month! In the 2018/2019 academic year, 44 SU Groups ran each week in the region – an incredible increase of 12 on the previous year. And even more incredible, at the start of this new 2019/2020 academic year, there are already another 12 new SU Groups set to start before Christmas! All praise and glory to God.
The SU Groups take all shapes and forms, they can be a group of pupils having a chat or a busy classroom of pupils engaged in a fun activity. The groups normally meet at lunchtime in an available room and run with the agreement of the school’s senior management team. The Bible is central to the programme, and activities can include games, drama, film and music clips, crafts and reflection. Programmes are designed to be inclusive as groups are open to pupils of any faith or none – as well as creative, fun and age appropriate. We have fantastic resources for both primary and secondary groups.
We enthusiastically assist in all areas of getting a new group up and running and will be delighted to meet, train and support all team members. But we don’t just assist new groups - we help, support and encourage all existing volunteers. Without our valuable volunteers there would not be 44 SU Groups running in the region. We are so grateful for every one of them.
We are eager for every young person to have an opportunity to access an SU Group so please do get in touch if you would like to know if there is a group running in the schools near you, and if not, with prayer and your help, we will get one started. We are always looking for volunteers so if you can spare an hour a week, please let us know.
There are also various training opportunities for North East volunteers and pupil leaders. We regularly partner with Christian Values in Education (details here), but also run our own training days.
SU Holidays and Weekends
SU Holidays are one of our front-line ministries, and we are always keen to get North East young people to camp! Cheri also runs one North East primary weekend and one North East secondary weekend each year. Please contact us for weekend dates and to receive our full camp brochure or visit the SU Holidays website. We’d love to answer any questions you have about SU Holidays!
We would love to support churches if we can, even though the North East & Shetland is a very large region! If you would like to consider starting a Mission, perhaps with other Churches in your area, we would be delighted to explore that with you. Or, if your church currently runs a Mission or Holiday Club, please talk to us about a partnership with SU Scotland which may well complement and support you in the event’s continued development. Please do get in touch.
Powerpoint is a fantastic youth worship night for young people in S1-S6. It includes great worship music, Bible teaching and group games. We’re excited to see this ministry grow and for young people from around the region to be encouraged in their faith. For information on upcoming events visit the Powerpoint Scotland website here
Our prayer event, Encounter, led by young people for young people from P7 upwards is coming up on Sunday, 17 November 2019 at Norwood Hall, Aberdeen from 3pm-7.30pm. Encounter is an inspiring, fast-moving prayer event with the aim of encouraging the next generation to pray. The programme includes worship, testimony, Bible teaching, mini-workshops and different opportunities to pray. Young people love it!
JUMP: Aberdeen Children’s Ministry Network
JUMP runs an annual Children’s Ministry Conference, as well as smaller workshops and training opportunities! Click here for more details on the JUMP website.
We would love to keep in touch. Please do sign up for our regular prayer newsletter to find out more of God’s amazing work in the North East & Shetland.
Thank you for taking the time to find out about all the exciting work going in this region. We would love you to support us by praying, volunteering, giving and keeping in touch.