It is very wet here today. We have storms blowing in from the Irish Sea leading to strong winds and heavy rain. The Teviot Water is close to breaking its banks, with a few short stretches of road in Hawick underwater. It comes at a bad time. During this week we have been in Hawick High School with a team of Scripture Union workers plus a music and drama group from Vis-a-Vis. Many of the lessons for S1 have been led by our volunteer team and PSD and Music by the band.
This is what Scripture Union call Christian Focus Week, which allows us to teach a number of subjects openly on a Christian theme – in this case, peace. We were due to have an evangelistic concert in the school this evening, but the impending flood has put a stop to that. Instead, Vis-a-Vis will lead an extended S1 assembly tomorrow morning which will include some of the material from the concert.
The whole week has gone very well, with good co-operation between the school and the visiting team. Give thanks to God for this opportunity to reach out to largely unchurched children. Please pray that the “mini-concert” tomorrow will have an impact.
We hope to be able to follow up with a Check it Out club for those who are interested in learning more about Jesus. We have also recently set up a chaplaincy team in the school – myself with three other local ministers and the Borders Scripture Union Rep. All of this is creating a good relationship between the churches and the school. We want to help support the pupils but also to have opportunities to speak to the children about our faith.