The start of a new term is a busy and exciting time of year in the life of the college. This year we had much to praise and give thanks to God for.
Interest in the BA(Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) based in Parkhead has grown. This term eight new students have joined the returning second year students in September, and there are also people attending individual classes. SSCM’s students joined with Nazarene Theological College students in Manchester at the start of term for an ‘intensive’ introduction to the course.
Meanwhile, in August a group of young people based in Dunoon started a PDA inYouth
Work, and Perth Council has sponsored students on an HNC Working with Communities unit looking at Community Capacity Building. That course was completed mid-October at the start of term and the students are already asking about delivery of the next unit! It is fantastic to collaborate with local partners to make this happen has been.
In September we were privileged to have Bob Ekblad lead a student and staff seminar. Bob and Gracie Ekblad are founders and co-directors of Tierra Nueva in Burlington, Washington. Bob is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is known internationally for his courses on reading the Bible. He also serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Westminster Theological Centre. Bob skilfully unpacked scripture for us in a fresh way while weaving insights from his own ministry among marginalised people. Our thinking was challenged and minds stimulated, but more than this, God worked on our hearts as we considered our own ministry and participation in mission in the light of Bob’s teaching.
Bob was also our speaker at the Commissioning Service for the start of the new academic year. It was good to gather, as students, staff, members of our board of directors and friends of SSCM, to praise God for all that He is doing and commit ourselves afresh to God. We were delighted to have Alia Pike from Nazarene Theological College in Manchester with us to bring their greetings and prayers.
We also celebrated with our first graduate, Jen Fraser, who gained a CertHE Theology (Pioneer Ministry). Alistair MacIndoe and Judy White interviewed Jen to find out the exciting things she is involved with and to pray for her that she would continue to know God’s blessing in all that she does.
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