How can they hear if nobody tells them? (Romans 10:14)
Estimates suggest that 95% of children and young people in England and Wales don’t have regular contact with a church. Scripture Union believes that every child should have the opportunity to explore and respond to the good news of the Bible.
Scripture Union was established as a charity over 140 years ago and now works in more than 120 countries with children, young people and families. The purpose is to encourage people of all ages to meet God every day through the Bible and prayer, with the goal of helping people to grow in Christian maturity and become not only committed church members but also servants of a world in need.
Today in the UK they respond in innovative and exciting ways to encourage younger members of society to explore what a faith in Jesus might look like for them. For example, they organise a wide range of holidays throughout the school break and they estimate that this year over 1400 children and young people will attend – they ask that we pray for them all, and the leaders and volunteers, that they will have fun in a safe environment and feel God’s presence.
Another example of the outreach in the coming months is the annual Light Party, an alternative to Hallowe’en celebrations. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5)
The organisation also offers us suggestions about how to talk to children about Jesus: be yourself, keep it short, pray, stick to your theme, keep it simple and just do it! Good advice for sharing the good news with everyone, not just children!
We can support Scripture Union physically by holding activities or using any of their resources, financially through donations and prayerfully each day. For more information visit their website www.scriptureunion.org.uk
For more information about Scripture Union, contact Kate Butcher