Scripture Union Ministries Trust
faith within reach
[isle of man charity 436]
Scripture Union Ministries Trust are a charity based on the Isle of Man.
We've been here since the mid-eighties, and our purpose for existence is to bring faith within reach for every child and young person on the Island.
We do this in two ways.
Firstly, we're a charity that wants to help build bridges between the Christian community and the Education community - so we set up initiatives that build strongly into the curricular and wider-educational goals of schools, whilst also enabling local Christians to serve on those initiatives. These initiatives are educational in context, and so enabling children and young people to engage meaningfully with Christianity as a major faith is the focus, not asking them for a personal response to adhere to anything.
Secondly, we're a charity that wants to enable children and young people who do choose to investigate or follow Christianity personally, to be able to do that in ways that are meaningful, contemporary and spiritual - so we run Christian groups in schools, help churches with their children's and youth work, run residentials and missions, and train young Christian leaders.
Our emphasis is strongly on finding ways for local church members to do this, so we purposefully run with as small a staff as possible, and a small team of trainees and degree students.
We are 'local ministry partners' with S.U. (Scripture Union England and Wales). They provide us with help, guidance and support, but we are a locally managed, funded and run charity. It's a partnership working very well. To read their statement of faith, click here. To read a bit about what we believe, click here, or check out our flipbook newsletter below.
Watching the DVD clips below will also give you a really good picture of what we do, and why we do it.
More who's who?
Click on this button and see more details about our team and their beautiful faces!
Gap or Degree Trainee Details
Listen to our short clip outlining how you could come for 1, 2 or 3 years as a Gap Trainee or a Degree trainee.
SUMT Promo DVD
Why we do what we do
We shot this to briefly go through the key fingerprints of our charity. Watch this, and you'll see why we work in the way we do!
Trainees talk about their highlights
The 2013 team
Watch previous trainees speak about their time with SUMT and what it meant to them.
A day to remember.
Lifepath demonstrates excellently our curriculum-based work and how we network in hundreds of volunteers from local churches.
Time away with SUMT
Residential weekends, holidays and missions are key to the growth of faith. Temporary communities where it is socially acceptable to talk about faith, explore spirituality and time away from the norm enables engagement to be vibrant and real. Couple that with the social interaction, the freedom of timetable, the adventure of being away from home, and the ... well the food - and you can see why they are so key. We're seeing a new generation of young people growing up with shared faith development across age, geography, social and church boundaries. Imagine the impact when these guys are in charge of our local churches! Here's everything you need to know about residential weekends run by SUMT, including a link to the residential form (also available in the 'ministries' slider).
Here's the link you need to download the residential form for any weekend residential you go on. If it doesn't work on your device for any reason, just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the 'contact us' section below.
Here are all the dates for the weekends coming up. More info will appear closer to the time through the facebook page. If you're not on facebook don't worry about it - you can check out our latest status stuff through the facebook feed below.
Gap|Trainee and Degree|Trainee Options.
Since 2000 we've been running a vibrant and well-grounded Gap Year. We've spent years refining the experience, and as you can see from what's below, you can try for a Diploma in Youth Work if you want to as part of the year. It's all funded except your pocket money, we include you in the team house (a faith-community), and support you all the way as you build into our Island and the young people, churches and schools here.
We also now have a partnership with Moorlands College, where we are a placement for their 3-year placement degree in Theology. Their degree has many options to bolt on, is funded through the usual routes, but because you come to us, we have a very wide variety of internal placement options. That means you're not locked in to one church or set of activities, but get to shape your learning (in partnership with the call of God, and our needs too) in a huge variety of ways.
3 ways to serve, 3 ways to train.
Take a look at this flip book and share it with people.
Click on this link to download the fully funded Gap|Trainee application form for the one and two year options, with or without the bolt-on Diploma
TO apply for the Moorlands 3 year placement degree (full-time) you will need to apply through Moorlands and through us at the same time. Please check out the Moorlands site here, and contact us through the "contact us" section below (or simply email email@example.com).
SUMT is one charity, doing one thing in a huge variety of ways. Half of these are education-linked, and half are about faith formation/discipleship. All involve us working inter-church and across the Island to network young believers and mature believers alike.
Below are our ministries in brief. Scroll through them and use the buttons on each part to investigate further!
SUMT have developed and taken literally thousands of assemblies over the years. We deliver creative, credible, challenging and engaging material suitable for all faiths and none but with a strongly Christian ethos.
We help churches to run excellent residential experiences, networking teenagers together in an atmosphere of open questioning. Here, young people are free to explore or deepen their faith, experience God, meet Jesus and respond in varied and creative ways.
This stunning sex and relationships material takes pupils through a range of highly interactive lessons designed to engage them with issues surrounding sexuality. Geared for Y10 primarily, SUMT provide this service to 3 of the Island's 6 secondary schools.
It's Your Move
Delivering a handbook that helps pupils prepare for the transition from Y6 (Primary) to Y7 (secondary) this material can be a lesson or an assembly.
The team are available to come to you and help lead all-age worship (or youth services ... or adult worship!). Fully capable and qualified to design and lead a wealth of service styles in most denominations, we would love to come to you!
We have made a selection of excellent Christian books available for you to purchase through a "print on demand" site! Some are for children and make excellent presents. Others are for adults to re-think leadership or youth work.
Facts & Figures
Some numbers that help make up the bigger picture.
Y5 Children have attended Lifepath since it began.
Primary Schools who invite in an Open The Book ecumenical assembly team.
The number of churches with a youth group of over 3 young people (11-18).
Young people have graduated our youth leadership year (412).
Emerging leaders (18-30+) have been through our Gap Year (Trainee Scheme).
Over a third of the Island's Churches partner with us practically each year
People partnered with SUMT on something during 2014-15.
SUMT's reputation is built on 30 years of credible schools work.
The number of churches with any kind of Sunday School/Kids Church.
The make up of school 'Encounter' Christian union groups is usually about 60/40 church/unchurched.
Reaching this goal of individual givers would mean SUMT can serve churches and schools without charging.
The number of Trainees (Gappers) who have remained on the Island to work as youth workers.
Open The Book, plus our secondary assemblies engage over 10,000 pupils a year.
The number of staff SUMT have.
The number of young people it takes to change a school.
Ways to get involved with what's happening.
It's all about you!
Nothing SUMT do is geared towards us running a bunch of activities to make ourselves a job! We try to work everything to be about how normal church people can have opportunities to serve the young people and children of our Island. We want them to see YOU up and about, caring for them, caring about their education, and engaging them with faith.
So have a look below at the ways you can get involved, from prayer to running a full event, and everything in between. Scroll through and ask - "Is this me?"
Come to the annual pray day, get the termly newsletter email, subscribe to our weekly emails, or pop in to Mallmore!
Have a chat with us
Come and have a coffee with one of the Core Team, and we'll see where you fit best with the tons of ways to get your sleeves rolled up!
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