Junior SU Report 2013-14

Junior SU kicked off in September with an event for Year 8s only.  We played some games, got to know each other and had a great chance to welcome them to GCS and Junior SU.  Tradition followed and the next week we held our annual Junior SU Olympics – only the most competitive sporting disciplines are included.  Time trial cracker crunching, marble maze run, chop sticks Smartie grabbing and straw wielding Malteaser movement were the chosen events for this entertaining spectacle.

We soon got stuck into our theme for the year which was, wait for it… Jesus!  We decided to look at the build-up to Jesus in the Old Testament and then His life and teachings in the New Testament.  School staff and guest speakers led weeks on topics that included:  Promises to Abraham, Egypt and Exile, Prophecies about Jesus, Jesus and light, Suffering, Love, Anger and self-control, Prayer, Easter and life in the Spirit.  We very much appreciated the work of Leanne Dunlop and Aaron Douglas and the senior girl leaders who led Junior SU every other week.  The small groups which they ran enabled the juniors to discuss the topics and grow and get to know each other better throughout the year in a smaller group setting.

Before Christmas the Junior SU girls planned and organised a SHINE event for their peers. The theme was BAFTAS (Bring A Friend To An SU).  We as staff were incredibly proud of the work and testimony of the girls involved in delivering such a fantastic afternoon.

Other highlights from the year included a Christmas interschool’s event at Bethany Baptist Church for Bangor Grammar, Bangor Academy and Glenlola SU pupils.  Ten Juniors also went to Storehouse North Down to help pack bags for food distribution in the Bangor Area.  One event which caused the most excitement seen in U24 for a long time was the visit of Ulster Rugby players Johann Muller and Ruan Pienaar. It was wonderful to hear how God had led them to Northern Ireland and how He has been using them to speak His fame around the province.

There are not many weeks left for Junior SU this year but we look forward to some “Tea, Toast and Testimony”  allowing the Juniors time to share how God has been working in their lives.  We are also planning a fun day away and BBQ.  We wish our Year 10s well as they leave us and pray they will continue to seek God in their lives as they move into middle school.  The work of the SU staff has been so much appreciated this year, as has been the efforts of all the guest speakers.

Looking back at how enjoyable and at times significant this year has been, we look forward to more of the same in Junior SU in 2014-15!

Junior SU Staff

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