The GROW Committee wish everyone a season of opportunities, health and happiness, and fulfilment in our efforts to spread the Gospel in the Glenrothes area.
We were greatly disappointed that our 2022 recruitment drive for a new full time GROW Worker did not bear fruit. However, the year was not wasted as we concentrated on getting our video out (refer June 2022 Newsletter) in an effort to bring GROW to the attention of more people to support our work, and to enrol additional board members and trustees.
The committee members have maintained prayer and board meetings with resolve and commitment each month, via zoom prayer meetings and meeting at various churches for committee meetings. It is important to us that we maintain this essential contact between local churches, and within Christian outreaches and local schools. This includes using our promotional video to strengthen the vision and presence of GROW through hosting a brief presentation at local Churches.
The Video has already been shown in St Margaret’s, St Ninian’s and at The Salvation Army.
With few outgoings our financial situation is that we have sufficient funds to employ a GROW worker for at least two years.
We continue to work closely with Scripture Union Scotland and join with them whenever we can to take young people to residential events (suholidays.org.uk) such as a recent weekend in February and to promote activity days. The activity days are for children linked with churches in the town as it is our passion to encourage young people in their faith and to give them encouragement to share it with others.
Our annual general meeting was held at St Ninians Church of Scotland, on Thursday 15th September 2022. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support from friends and supporters who attended.
We value your support and are grateful for your continuing, prayerful, input as we work towards strengthening our Board and re-advertising for a GROW Worker next month. We would appreciate hearing from you should you consider putting forward suitable nominations for these roles.
Yours in Christ,
Secretary, GROW Management Team
On behalf of The Board of Trustees and Management Team of GROW
As you are aware, we have been unable to enter schools during lockdown. This, coupled with the fact that we have been unsuccessful in our recruitment drive to find a replacement for our previous worker, Oskar, has caused a temporary halt to our outreach activities.
The committee members have maintained prayer and board meetings with resolve and commitment each month, via zoom and now in person. The previous success of the programme, together with the enthusiasm and dedication of the management board, have convinced us that we should continue to regain this essential contact between local churches and schools.
Not having to pay a salary for the past two years, our finances are such that a GROW worker could be employed for eighteen months. However, to sustain the work, we seek additional management committee members and trustees as well as financial supporters. To this end, we are planning a promotional campaign over the next three months. This includes recording a promotional video to strengthen the vision and presence of GROW in the Glenrothes area. Our desire is for each church to allow us a brief presentation with video.
During this campaign GROW will be running an activities day in Glenrothes with support from Scripture Union. The activities day is for children linked with churches in the town as it is our passion to encourage young people in their faith and give them encouragement to share it with others. We greatly value your support and ask that you might stay with us over the next few months as we regroup and work towards re-advertising for a GROW worker in the autumn.
Our annual general meeting will be held at St Ninians Church of Scotland, at 18h30 on Thursday 15th September 2022. An invitation will be sent to you prior to the event.
We thank you for your continued support of GROW. Your confidence in this work and prayer support is greatly appreciated.
The recruitment process is currently on hold, and will run again in September 2022.
SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES YOUTH WORKER
Are you an enthusiastic, energetic, self motivated individual who is passionate about sharing the Gospel with Young People?
Based in Glenrothes Fife, GROW is an established interdenominational Trust created by local churches in partnership with Scripture Union Scotland, to employ a youth worker to share the significance of Jesus in our schools working alongside existing Ministry teams and churches. You will also work with church teams supporting leaders and young people in their faith journey.
We offer you the opportunity to build on the existing structure with the flexibility to use your initiative and creativity to develop new ideas. You will be supported by our volunteers and management team and have the opportunity for ongoing training and development through our partner SU Scotland.
Contract: Initial 2 years with a view to extending the contract(37.5 hours Per week)
Salary: From £20,000-£25,000pa dependant on experience
This appointment will be subject to a satisfactory PVG scheme Disclosure. It is also an Occupational Requirement that the post-holder demonstrates a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
We are happy to present a final update for the year 2021.
Although the year brought more Covid 19 restrictions, the management team are optimistic regarding the future of GROW and trust God that a way will be made for us to have, once more, a GROW worker in the area. The past two years have been especially difficult for children and young people and we earnestly pray that restrictions will lift and that we can again reach out to our schools.
A recruitment campaign for a new GROW Worker will commence during the first week in January 2022 with the closing date being at the end of February. Allowing time for interviews, the proposed start-up date for the new worker will be after the Easter holidays.
The Board of Trustees and Management Team of GROW convey their thanks and appreciation for your continued support and take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Despite all going on around us, we are excited about what the year ahead will be like. One thing for sure is that the GROW management team are committed to the advancement of GROW in our area, as we continue to move forward via Zoom Meetings.
We are living through a period that will no doubt be written about extensively in the history books. The last few months have been a learning curve requiring a time of adjustment for everyone, whatever your age or occupation and the next few months also promise to be unfamiliar as we absorb the implications of the continued social distancing guidelines for our daily lives.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis the ministry of GROW has become severely restricted. With the indefinite closure of all schools and social gatherings Oskar is unable to continue to perform the majority of tasks that he undertakes on a regular basis.
The GROW Trustees and Management Group met via conference call to consider the situation, bearing in mind the welfare of Oskar personally and that of the future and longevity of the Trust and its work. We were able to take advice from the HR and legal department of Scripture Union with regard to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and how it might impact GROW.