It’s all change in the Schools’ Department with some changes in personnel in the works! (see the previous post about E3 jobs!) We’ll be announcing these changes in the coming weeks and today we are excited to announce some changes in our East Belfast E3 District!
Lyndsey Marks, the East Belfast E3 Worker for the past 6 years has recently been appointed to the role of Children’s Ministry Coordinator in our Training and Resources Department. Whilst we’re sad to say goodbye to Lyndsey from the Schools’ Team, we are thrilled that she is staying with SUNI and are excited to see how God will use her in this new role. Pray that in the coming months she would finish well and that this would be the start of an exciting stage for our newest department!
We are delighted to announce that our new East Belfast E3 Worker is Sarah Coghlan. Sarah joined the SUNI team last year to cover Caroline Sleator’s Maternity Leave in our East Antrim District and we are so glad that she’ll be remaining as part of the Schools’ Team as the Worker in our longest-established E3 District. Please pray for Sarah and for the East Belfast DST at this time of transition. Pray that Sarah would quickly feel integrated into her new role and that she and the volunteers and Churches she words with would be used by God to build on and continue the legacy of engaging, equipping and empowering that this District has known.
Last night Scripture Union Northern Ireland received two of the five awards given out at the very first Irish Youth Ministry Awards. Craigavon Senior High SU took home the prize for ‘Best Youth Evangelism’ while the SUNI ministry as a whole won ‘Best Bible Engagement’.
Damian, our General Director commented “There is so much creative and inspiring youth ministry happening across Ireland so to be recognized for the way in which we consistently keep Bible Engagement central to all that we do and for the fact that evangelism is a key aspect of our ministry, is incredibly encouraging. And, there is still so much more to be done!”
As well as winning those two categories there were runners up prizes for SUNI’s Camps & Missions (Best Intergenerational Youth Ministry) and for Shine, a partnership between Scripture Union, CJM and LMI (Best Youth Evangelism).
My highlight of the month would be getting to take an assembly by myself at Willowbridge Special School in Enniskillen. Having previously been in Willowbridge for an assembly with Jeff, I had grown to enjoy the atmosphere in the school and felt really welcomed by the pupils and staff alike.
I talked to them about the life of Joseph and how God could help us through the “ups & downs” in our life just like he had helped Joseph. Afterwards, we sang a song with a couple of actions in them, and seeing the smiles on their faces as they sang along really warmed my heart and helped me understand more that this is what ministry is all about: bringing the good news to everyone regardless of age, race or ability!