Having thoroughly enjoyed my first year on the Unite Management Team (UMT), I couldn’t wait to be a part of UNITE 2013. Not only did all 7 E3 districts come together for one big UNITE event, but we were also UNITING in the Capital, with the event taking place in the Belfast City Hall. From the moment Lindsay informed us of this we were very excited! The UMT meetings were buzzing with enthusiasm about the opportunity that lay ahead: the chance to share the Good News of Christ with our friends by inviting them to UNITE. It brought me back to the verse that my SU in Bloomfield Collegiate have focused upon for the past two years: Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all people.” This was our chance to go out into our school and invite people to come and hear this Good News. Bloomfield soon became covered in UNITE publicity posters and before we knew it, we were desperately ringing the SU office for more tickets! Finally, after many UMT meetings across Northern Ireland and a huge amount of work by the staff at SU, the night had arrived. On Saturday 9th March over 500 young people arrived at the City Hall for UNITE and what a night we had! Andrew McCourt challenged us from God’s Word, speaking about the Prodigal Son and reminding us that God is a Father who forgives. It was so encouraging to see so many young people give their lives to Christ and to have the courage to make that decision in front of their friends and peers. It brought me such joy to look around and see over 500 young people united in Christ. UNITE 2013 will always hold a special place in my heart because it helped one of the girls in my own SU group make the best decision she will ever make – to accept Jesus into her life as her Lord and Saviour. I have learnt so much from UNITE over the past two years and will take these lessons with me as I move on to university. Most importantly, I have been reminded that we have a God who loves us no matter what! In the words of Rick Warren: “God is love. He didn’t need us. But He wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing.”

Beth Davis,
UMT Member, Bloomfield
Collegiate School.