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SCHOOLS CHRISTIAN GROUPS
SU is active in hundreds of primary and high schools across South Africa, where our staff train and support voluntary workers to run evangelistic programmes. Through this work thousands of otherwise unchurched children and young people are learning more about the good news of Jesus Christ. Given the multi-faith nature of our schools, it is vital that Christian teachers are also supported and encouraged to witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. School Christian Groups play an important role in achieving this objective.
Through our Lifeskills programme for primary and both junior and high school pupils, young people are taught how to develop a positive self-image; make right choices; handle sexual and family relationships responsibly and how to overcome prejudice and cope with the temptation of crime.
SU believes in the benefits of wholesome and healthy outdoor activities in young peopleís development. We run many childrenís and teensí camps, where young people enjoy the fun of being together, and have the opportunity of thinking more deeply about spiritual things.
Non-residentual holiday clubs under the SU banner are a feature in many communities, where for no cost children enjoy the fun of activities and learn more about Jesus Christ and His love for them. It is a five day evangelistic activity aimed at reaching out to churched and unchurched children with the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the context of their families, communities and churches, by a team of trained and committed Christians, who are acquainted with the values of SU.
Intergral to all our programmes is the training given to all our leaders. Scripture Union staff train and enable thousands of volunteer leaders who serve on our activities, as well as leaders of School Christian Groups. Team building exercises, spiritual challenges and training in communication skills lead to a growth in personal development and character. These young people return to enrich their own communities through new skills learnt.
Trendsetters - Training in Evangelism and Discipleship
The Trendsetter programme offers young volunteer leaders a 6 to 12 month personal growth and leadership training experience. The programme begins in mid January and ends after the camping and holiday club season in July or December.
Successful applicants receive training in personal discipleship, basic theology, personal leadership development, counselling and programming, as well as presentation skills such as drama and clowning. Trendsetters are also trained in the facilitation and presentation of the SU Lifeskills course.
After the initial training period, the Trendsetter are each assigned to one of a SU Community Schools Worker. He/she will work alongside the Schools Worker for the period that he/she is involved in SU. Trendsetters will help the Schools Worker present the Lifeskills courses in schools. They will also be involved in running camps on weekends and during the holidays. Trendsetters may also be required to perform certain admin duties as well as help in the general maintenance of SU property and equipment (for example: work on a campsite).
Each Trendsetter needs to enlist friends who will offer prayer and financial support. Fees need to be paid at the beginning of each month. Fees cover training costs as well as all the fees of the camps that the Trendsetter attends. Overseas candidates and candidates from other provinces will also need to raise additional financial support in order to cover their board and lodging. Help and advice will be given to students accepted onto the programme in the raising of the required support.
Who can be a Trendsetter?
"The greatest thing about the SU Trendsetter programme is the variety of activities; from leading a mission at a private school to camping with kids from poverty-stricken townships, running school Christian Union groups and confirmation classes Also being involved in summer mini camps as well as camps for underprivileged children - itís amazing!" -Natalie
"I could talk endlessly about the openness and honesty of
the children that I have met during this year. It surprised me and made me realise how desperately they need God in their lives and how important my role is." - Jackie
Scripture Union is a Non-profit organisation and we rely entirely on donations and love gifts. Your donation will help us reach the world through vehicles such as ministry projects within schools, churches and leadership camps. It will aid us in continuing to supply free ministry resources and material to the people we know God can use to transform and change lives.
Thank You for your ongoing generosity and support. God Bless
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For volunteer opportunities within the SU body, please contact Diane Evans via email on firstname.lastname@example.org