News - What's happened this month
Spree In The Borders 2019
Thank you all who prayed for Spree in the Borders to be a Camp full of impact, fun and learning for young people. We had a wonderful weekend with good weather, great teamwork and God moving in each teaching & worship session.
Over 200 young people and their leaders joined us at Spree in the Borders. We had a fantastic time getting to know youth groups from across the centre & south of Scotland. Whether exploring our theme of “Who do you Trust?” while on the zip wire, taking part in the Colour Run or spending time with their leaders, young people took new steps in their journey of faith.
Youth camps can often be life-changing opportunities for young people to spend extended time in a worship-focused and safe environment where there are times to explore questions of faith. Hearing the gospel in a fresh way and meeting new Christians away from familiar environments is a highlight for many young people’s year.
One youth leader sent us a message saying,
“…all our kids had a great time, in particular the 7 mostly young children coming for the first time. It was amazing to see some very anxious children push past their normal comfort zones, build relationships and experience worship and teaching in a way very different than our little church with no musicians/children’s workers can provide”.
Additional Needs Ministry in Scotland
Mark Arnold, our Additional Needs Ministry Director has spent some time in Scotland this month, and is already planning his next trips!
Mark was in Glasgow a fortnight ago doing some training in a church wanting to find out how they could make their services and youth work more inclusive. He had a fantastic night with leaders and members from lots of different ministries.
Recently Mark received an email in response to the seminar he held at Deep Impact in Aviemore.
“We met at this year’s Deep Impact in January and I told you how I felt God was saying for me to get involved in supporting a young man in our church who is on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you for the advice and encouragement you gave me. Every Sunday is now a joy as I spend time alongside 'E' during our Sunday School sessions...'E' and I are developing a wonderful friendship, he inspires me.
His mum says he looks forward to Sundays now and the whole church has come together in a way that can only be described as God-led in supporting the family. She says she feels so loved by the church and I believe that 'E' and his family are teaching us how to be a better Church".
In August Mark will be advising the Presbytery of Glasgow on inclusivity, and will be running a day of training for a church in Edinburgh in September. To find out more please contact Mark - firstname.lastname@example.org
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