Thanks for looking at this page… maybe you accessed this by typing in suscotland.org.uk/martinspage? However, I just wanted to make it clear that this isn’t an ego trip (apparently – according to my wife – it isn’t all about me after all!), but is to make it easier to access. I want to make that clear because SU Scotland’s work in the region doesn’t rely on me but on the many volunteers who are working in different places and different ways to bring give young people an opportunity to open the Bible and discover who Jesus is.
For instance, we hope to see a new SU Group starting up in a local primary soon, and a local minister is planning on using It’s Your Move with P7s in another school as they head up to high school after the summer. Alongside that, there is a volunteer prepared to cook at a second weekend away this year – where would I be without him? The chippy (“43 bags of chips please!”) is the obvious answer there!
Megamix is a monthly event for young people in P5–P7. It's aimed at children in SU Groups and church groups in the East Renfrewshire area. It runs for two hours on a Saturday afternoon, with fun, games, a Bible theme and a snack at the end. If you would like to know more, please get in touch. Dates for the next academic year will be confirmed towards the end of summer.
In-service day special Megamix! Tues 27 May Maxwell Mearns Castle Parish Church - find out more on the event page.
We had a weekend for primary-age pupils in January and a further one is planned on in May at Lendrick Muir (8 – 10 May).
Another event on the near horizon is Basecamp – more information is on the COmMISSION pages. I will be at the week-long event in Arran in June and is for S5-S6 pupils. If you’re interested in finding out more, please drop me a wee note or call me.
As I mentioned above being part of discipling young people is a crucial part of SU Scotland's ministry and one of the highlights of my year. Our COmMISSION programme aims to do this with various events during the year.
Please consider if you have any young people in this age bracket in your church that would benefit from this training. It will increase their knowledge of the Bible, help them grow in confidence in their faith, show them some really practical ways of playing a positive role on a team and introduce them to a peer group of Christian young people who will encourage them in their walk with Jesus.
I continue to work with chaplains, youth workers and parents as we plan events in schools for their Religious Observance. It’s great to work with such creative people and the schools are so appreciative of the quality of events which are run. In recent years, setting up room for reflection of various topics has allowed pupils to explore and ask questions as we present a Biblical worldview. If you would like to know how you could be involved please get in touch.
Finally, let me mention the SU Groups again. These are great opportunities to meet regularly with children and young people and for some this will be there only opportunity they have to meet people with Christian faith, to hear them pray and watch them handle the Bible. Could you be that person? Could you give some time to your local school to run a group? If you are not sure what that might entail or would like to hear more about this please get in touch.