What gives you hope?

This year our Easter assemblies are encouraging pupils to think about what gives them hope. Hope is an incredibly powerful and important thing to us all. Hope can give us courage and can help us to carry on when things are hard. This year we wanted to look at the power of hope and the living hope that we have in Jesus’ resurrection.

HOPE - multicoloured letters

To introduce the theme of hope we are looking at the Global Goals for Sustainable Development that were launched by the United Nations four years ago. In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to a series of seventeen goals created to make our world a better place, to help end poverty, fight inequality and to stop climate change. These goals seek to shine light into dark places and dark situations and they exist to bring hope that by the year 2030 our world can be a better place than it is today.

Before exploring the Easter story and the living hope we have in Jesus’ resurrection (1 Peter 1:3) we are also introducing pupils to the band Switchfoot as the lead singer, Jon Foreman has stated that “Hope deserves an anthem” and that he believes “Hope waits in the shadows and it shines brightest in the dark and broken places, in restless pursuit of the lonely and forgotten.” We explain to pupils that we believe there is no situation so dark that hope cannot shine through, and we’re using this as our link to the Easter story.

Before finishing our time we want, as we often do, to show faith in action. Following on from our Valentine’s assembly where we introduced pupils to the organisation Tearfund, we are focusing on the fact that the motivation behind Tearfund’s work is found in their faith in Jesus and his resurrection. The hope that they have, motivates them to bring hope to millions around the world in very practical ways and they “won’t stop until poverty stops.”

As I finish this post, I will end by asking you to think about the questions we are encouraging pupils to consider. What brings you hope? And what can you do to bring hope to others?

Happy Easter – The Lord Has Risen!

Oskar

A New Chapter

Oskar ForbesHello,

Welcome to the new GROW Blog (and our new look website). There is a lot going on with GROW at the moment and loads to look forward over the coming weeks and months, including a series of film nights, the continuation of Gener8 (our new intergenerational project) and a couple of different residential weekends with Scripture Union, at Lendrick Muir.

Coming up in the not so distant future is the Perth, Kinross & Fife Secondary Schools weekend at Lendrick Muir (2-4 November). The weekend promises to be loads of fun as young people from across the region are able to join together to discover more of what it means to follow Jesus today and enjoy an action packed weekend including archery, crafts, trail biking, Ice Skating & Swimming and a glow stick party! For more information or to book online please visit www.suholidays.org.uk/wnlm7

Are you in S4-S6? Looking for some great Bible Teaching, Worship and Fellowship with other young people who want to live for Jesus? Then why not come and join us at Lendrick Muir for the GO Conference (12-15 October). The Go Conference is SU Scotland’s national youth conference for S4-S6 pupils who want to grow in their relationship with God and understand how the Bible shapes all areas of life… home, school and church. For more information please visit https://www.suscotland.org.uk/events/go-conference-2018/

We are hoping to run another Gener8 course towards the end of the year and if you are aged 60+ and/or retired, own a bus pass or are a member of SAGA, and you would like to be involved in a project that has already proving to be exciting, fun and dynamic then please get in touch.

As a result of Gener8, I took some time towards the end of the year to reflect on what it means to be a “youth worker” for GROW,. In one week I worked with children as young as five, to adults who were considerably older than five, and a lot of young people and adults who sat in between.

The amazing thing about Jesus and the message of the gospel is that it can transform and shape lives no matter what age a person is and it is such a great joy for me to be able to work with such a diverse group of people (whether young or old) because of my faith in Jesus.

As I mentioned above there is a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks and months and if you would like to get involved or find out more please get in touch.

God Bless,

Oskar