Hello my name is Aisling McMullan and I am a schools intern, based in North Down and Newtownards.
My highlight of the month would be doing a prayer space in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for Clandeboye Primary School. This was an opportunity for children to learn how to pray in creative ways, as part of the RE curriculum for schools. We were able to teach around 350 children how to pray anytime, anywhere and about anything. The prayer space was based around the Lord’s Prayer with different stations to encourage the children to say sorry and forgive, write down their worries, to be still and also to reflect on their friends, family and the world.
This was an amazing week, filled with so many stories and opportunities to work alongside an amazing bunch of volunteers, Clandeboye Primary and also St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Scripture Union Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Damian Wharton as the new General Director.
Damian has been involved in Christian ministry for over 20 years. After completing 3 years of youth work training with British Youth for Christ, he joined their national staff where he fulfilled a number of roles, including leading a creative arts team and overseeing their gap year programme. He went on to join the national leadership team as Director of Mission.
Damian has also been a youth pastor for a church in Worcester and worked for Spring Harvest leading their youth and student ministry.
He is a passionate communicator and has spoken at many national events including Manifest, Soul Survivor, Summer Madness and Youthwork the Conference as well as many local churches around the UK.
Married to Andrea, with 3 wonderful children, Damian and his family moved to Northern Ireland 4 years ago where he became the pastor of City Church Belfast. For the past few years Damian has been a member of the SUNI Council.
Damian commented, “I’m extremely excited about taking on the role of General Director and I’m looking forward to working alongside a strong and committed staff team, and hundreds and hundreds of incredible servant-hearted volunteers, as together we seek to fulfil our vision of making God’s Good News known to every child and young person across Northern Ireland.”
Damian will start with SUNI in early August, and we look forward under God’s guidance to him leading the movement on.
Why: To realise we are part of something bigger and to see what God is doing in schools right across our country
Pray for those staff, council members & previous team leaders who will be responding to the pastoral care phone line for our Camps & Missions throughout the summer. Ask God to grant them wisdom, discernment and peace.