In these last few weeks, our year of planning for Summer 2020, has encountered a curve ball due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the measurers in place to stop the spread of the virus.

For all those who have signed up to volunteer as a leader at one of our Camps or Missions please know SUNI is still planning for Summer 2020 to go ahead.  SU Staff are however, in the process preparing for every eventuality.

We are still accepting applications for anyone interesting in serving this Summer.  Therefore, if you have already, or if you are planning on signing up, we have some important information for you:

Volunteer Applications 

Applications will still close next Tuesday 31st March.  Be sure to get your form submitted in the next few days!

www.sunivolunteering.co.uk

Access NI ID Checks 

It is necessary that we check every volunteers’ ID for Access NI as part of their SUNI application.

In light of coronavirus COVID-19 and the need to reduce non-essential social contact, we cannot complete ID Checks face-to-face.  Therefore, please see the NEW step by step instructions for how to get your ID checked. Click here.

New Leaders’ Event

Finally, for those who have never served with SU C&M before, the New Leaders’ Event that was scheduled for Fri 3rd April has been cancelled and SU staff will contact you as soon as possible with an alternative event.

We really value the prayers of everyone connected and involved in SU as we approach every Summer and especially this year, under the current circumstances.

Thank you for playing a vital role in the ministry of SUNI and we really hope to see you, in person, soon!

We are recruiting for two new posts. We are expanding our E3 Schools Work with positions in North West and North Belfast & Newtownabbey. See more below:

E3 SCHOOLS WORKER for the North West
BT47-49 & BT82
Full-time position

E3 SCHOOLS WORKER for North Belfast & Newtownabbey
BT13-15 & BT36-37
Full-time position

We are looking for people to serve the local school communities in these areas by involvement in lessons, assemblies, SU groups; working alongside pupils and teachers and empowering local churches to engage more effectively in their schools.

Applicants for all roles should be in full personal agreement with the Aims, Beliefs and Working Principles of Scripture Union.
 
Contact Joanne Coulter (joanne@suni.co.uk) for the relevant job description and application form.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 
12 noon on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new E3 Worker for East Antrim, Rebekah Ravey!

Rebekah is from Ballynure in County Antrim. After leaving school, Rebekah spent a year with Youth for Christ participating in different types of youth and schools’ ministry.

That experience confirmed for Rebekah that she wanted to pursue Christian ministry so she moved on to Belfast Bible College, where she has just graduated from 3 years of studying.

Rebekah says, “I’m very thankful to my home church, Glengormley Baptist, for all their support in recent years and for the experiences I have had there, serving in church and in the local community. As a resident of the East Antrim area, I am really excited to see what opportunities are available and how God is going to work right on my doorstep – I can’t wait to get started!”

Rebekah will be working in a Part-Time capacity, alongside Caroline Sleator. Please pray for Rebekah as she starts this new role and for Caroline and Rebekah as they establish a new working rhythm. Pray on, too, for the East Antrim DST, led by Rhyan McCoy, at this exciting new time! 

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.