December 2020 Newsletter

From the GROW MANAGEMENT TEAM

To all our dear friends

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.

TEAM MEMBERS

The year 2020 has seen changes in our team, Oskar has now taken up his position at Culduthel and because of Covid restrictions we have been unable to replace him.  Committee members were able to give Oskar an appropriate farewell, meeting up with him to present a token of our appreciation for the work he has done in GROW. We acknowledge his work which was so appreciated by chaplains, school staff and pupils of Glenrothes.

Chris and Mike have left for Arbroath, where Chris has been ordained Minister of Arbroath West Church.  We wish them every joy and happiness in their new ministry while we will miss the immense input they have given over 19 years of serving GROW. We are grateful that Mike continues as treasurer but we are praying that someone will come forth to replace him and so release him to his new work in Arbroath.   We also appeal for someone who will be willing to come forward as Chairperson.

Father Gerry Dillon, St Luke’s, has joined the management team and we are very grateful for his skills and input.  Davina has taken over as Secretary from Craig.

STRATEGY MEETING on Saturday 22 August 2020

The Chairman had invited all interested parties to take part in re-evaluating, and re-structuring the work of GROW.  Some exciting ideas were put forward, but It was felt that these should not be rushed. With current restrictions, we have an opportunity to ‘breathe’, to take time to listen to one another, and to schools, as they assess their priorities after going through this unique period of time.

Naturally, movement is limited just now, but Members have reported activities going on in the town and are aware of where GROW can get involved.  We are making the most of these opportunities by being alert and reporting with churches in the area.  Most of the churches remain connected to their youth and children by way of zoom meetings. After our next meeting in January it is hoped that we can proceed with existing and fresh plans for 2021.

We very much value Friends of GROW and invite you to suggest any activity in which you feel we might become involved.

We wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Yours in Christ

Davina Saunders,  on behalf of the GROW Management Team

COVID-19 Update

Dear Supporters and Partners,

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.

The Government’s scheme will make a significant difference to how best we can continue to support Oskar personally as well as helping to protect the future sustainability of GROW. The Trustees and Management Group have therefore taken the decision to furlough Oskar from 1st April for 2 months with a review, depending upon the situation at the end of that period. The Government pays 80% of Oskar’s salary and the Trust has committed to fulfilling the remaining 20%. Oskar is then free to volunteer in other fields to support the vulnerable during this crisis rather than having little to do at home and the Trust maintains its reserves.

Unfortunately, one of the rules of furloughing is that Oskar will be unable to respond to anything GROW related on a paid or a voluntary basis during this period. We will keep you updated as time goes on of our decisions and ask that you keep Oskar and the young people of our town in your prayers as they face unprecedented challenges. If you need to get in touch, please contact Chris or Mike Hay at chris.hay@blueyonder.co.uk

UPDATE FROM SU SCOTLAND ON SUMMER 2020

It is with deep sadness that SU Scotland has taken the decision to cancel all residential events up until the end of August due to coronavirus. This includes SU Holidays, Weekends, Basecamp and LeadUP and our programme of SU Missions. We have been monitoring the situation very closely, following Government advice and consulting with our Team Leaders and other partners.

Over the past week the Scottish situation has changed considerably and there is great uncertainty around whether there will still be significant restrictions in place during the summer.

Please pray for the Holidays team as they deal with the practicalities of cancellation with parents and others who are adversely affected by our decision.

SU Scotland 27/03/2020

Yours in Christ,
Chris Hay
GROW

Glenrothes Area Christian Youth Trust SC034830