Day – Wednesday
Time – Years 8 & 9 - 12.05 -12.40
Years 10 & 11 -12.40-1.15
Venue – Mrs Campbell's room
SU is open to all pupils in Years 8-11. We begin our meeting by having lunch and chatting to our friends. The rest of our meeting usually consists of a talk from a visiting speaker who teaches us how the Bible is relevant in our everyday lives.
The programme for each term is organised by the SU teachers and a very enthusiastic SU committee. The events for this incoming term are listed below. Please come along and bring your friends.
|8th March||Cat from Barnabas Aid|
|15th March||Henry Montgomery from Asia Link|
|22nd March||Danny from Exodus|
|5th April||Easter holidays|
|12th April||Easter holidays|
On the 8th March Scripture Union
Today at SU we had a brilliant quiz where pupils had to guess the flag of the country on the screen, then the iconic world landmarks and finally the country of some famous footballers. Congratulations to Owen Blackwell 9F who has an amazing knowledge and he won the quiz. Lucy Barnett 9M also showcased her fantastic knowledge of countries around the world.
We were humbled to learn about our visiting speaker Cat who grew up in a Romanian orphanage and now wants to help others around the world who are in need. He works for an organisation called Barnabas Aid and they work with schools and church groups to help people who are in a crisis situation. Recently they have helped the people in Turkey who have no home due to the devastating earthquake, by shipping out boxes of essential food supplies. Staff and pupils were surprised to learn that a bag of porridge can cost as little as 6p so we were all challenged to think about how we could help people who are in need.
On the 1st March Scripture Union was pleased to welcome Heather (past pupil) and Kathryn (HOPE 365) to speak to both junior and senior SU. They brought a message about giving and caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. They gave a presentation on their work in schools in Ethiopia and an interactive activity to educate us about what donations we can give to their shop in Ballyclare.
Next week we are looking forward to having Cat from Barnabas Aid, a charity that works with the persecuted church. Everyone welcome, especially those who haven’t been before.
On Wednesday 23rd November 2022, Hannah Rose, Ian and Kate were warmly welcomed to SU as many pupils knew them from Ballyclare Youth for Christ Drop In Centre. Ian immediately got pupils involved with an icebreaker game where pupils had to list things found in the kitchen without showing their teeth. This proved to be quite difficult but also hilarious. Hannah Rose read a passage from Philippians 4, 10-13 and challenged pupils to think about what makes us discontent. The focus was on the many possessions we own but somehow that doesn’t bring us true happiness as we always want the latest gadget, phone or item of fashion. Pupils spent a short time in discussion groups and chatted about this issue.
We were delighted to have Beth Montgomery with us on Wednesday 16th November from Asia Link. She spoke about Mongolia; the lifestyle, diet and living conditions there and brought some traditional clothing for the juniors to wear. We learned that ice-cream originated in Mongolia and that they host the world’s largest wrestling competition. She talked a bit about how climate change was impacting the people and forcing the population into cities where they face serious abuse of their human rights and requested that we remember this nation in our prayers. She told us about how the communist government in the past had stripped people of their name, if they didn’t like the name their family had given them, and replaced with a name which meant ‘no name’ and encouraged us with the verse from Isaiah 43:1 reminding us that God knows our name and that we are all unique and loved by Him. See some of the photos below.