God continues to move powerfully through SU volunteers to keep (safely) reaching out to children, young people and families in NSW with Gospel hope. The Pandemic has highlighted the prayerful dependence, adaptive strength and persevering spirit of our Movement as we have adapted what we do and how we do it to meet the new ministry reality we find ourselves in amidst COVID-19.
Thanks to new COVID-19 safety guidelines, many Camps have been modified to be COVID-safe and are going ahead!
The situation is being monitored constantly, and updates will be provided as necessary. Each SU Camp will have a COVID-19 Marshall overseeing cleaning and hygiene. Camper health will be monitored as they arrive on-site and strict plans are in place to monitor the health of Campers throughout each event.
New SU PopUp Events are COVID-safe and designed to run locally for 2-3 hours, providing a safe space for children and young people to hear a Gospel message, enjoy fellowship, grow in their faith and have some fun as well. SU staff are here to support anyone interested in hosting these small, local events. Find out more here and do get in touch!
SU Camps are operating in a very different world because of the pandemic, and yet, there is genuine excitement and momentum for the future!Full update in SU News Spring (page 6).
Strange times called for a new approach and, despite restricted travel, the Summer 2020-21 mission was on! Teams found creative ways to ‘Stay Keen’ for mission and ‘Stay Connected’ to the communities they know and love.
Lots of activity!
Activity packs were a popular way to reach communities with God’s Good News:
Gerroa SUFM had a lot of fun preparing and delivering packs (photo, top right) and Teens were invited to watch some live events hosted by leaders on their Instagram account. Check out (@gerroasufm_teens) to see more.
After Culburra SUFM team members left the site, their caravan park agreed to keep handing packs out on behalf of the team until they were gone!
Brooms Head SUFM sent their packs to the caravan park, then found a COVID-Safe opportunity after Christmas to do some team training and introduce the new team directors for 2021. Social media also proved a valuable tool.
Evans Head SUFM released a series of video stories and activities on social media each day over the mission period for their mission community.
Many ISCF and SUPA Clubs have been on hold while DoE restrictions remain in place.
However, we have been absolutely delighted to hear of many students and teachers who have decided to step up and find appropriate ways to continue ISCF and SUPA Club lunchtime groups (with permission from the Principal), keeping a space open for students to explore and express their faith at this time.
A range of high-quality Bible resources have also been developed to assist children, young people and families to meet God daily in Bible reading and prayer. SUPA TV is back for Season 2 and an upcoming 10-session video resource— ‘Luke: Exploring the Life of Jesus’ —for high-schoolers is coming soon. Stay tuned!
We are continuing to seek ways to support Christians who are teaching in NSW schools, including through gathering them for encouragement and prayer at online and in person events!
Encouraged by these great initiatives within Schools Ministries, we grow in excitement for the new ministry season ahead under God!
We are so thankful for your support and prayers. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].