How we work.
What's the thinking behind what we do?
Education / Curriculum
Because God cares holistically.
Because spirituality matters.
As a Christian charity, we truly believe that God is interested in healthy ways children and young people can explore faith for themselves.
As such, we offer opportunities for them to hear about the challenge of the Christian worldview and respond at whatever level is appropriate.
We do not confuse education with discipleship.
As such, we offer opportunities for churches to serve young people and children by enhancing, or enriching what churches already offer. We use people from local churches who want to work together, and enable the covenant for mission (signed by all major denominations) to be put into practice.
That's why we run Christian groups, weekend residentials, leadership courses, church services, holiday clubs and a festival.
Providing opportunities and places for children and young people to appropriately respond to the challenge of the Christian worldview and the person of Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP: Groups in schools
SUMT facilitate school Christian Union groups or Bible Clubs in every government secondary school on the Island and a few primary schools as well. These are places where young people can come and debate issues, explore their faith, and support each other freely.
SUMT provides excellent assembly material, bringing a spiritual and a moral challenge at the appropriate level in both Primary and Secondary. Assemblies are the crossover point between education and discipleship as the aim of as assembly is to provide a challenge and invoke a response. However, we are always aware that pupils do not have the option as to whether they attend assemblies or not, and so assembly material never requires a response or assumes a faith position. Assemblies are always appropriate for children, young people and staff of all faiths and none.
DISCIPLESHIP: Residential Weekends
SUMT run Christian residential weekends for young people, where amidst crazy fun and food, we explore the Bible and allow spirituality to be explored at a more meaningful pace and in a safe setting.
DISCIPLESHIP: CONNECT services
SUMT run CONNECT - monthly youth services designed to connect churches together and connect young people with God.
DISCIPLESHIP: PSM Beach Mission
Started in 1901, the PSM Beach Mission attracts almost 400 children and young people a year and is an annual opportunity for them to hear and respond to the message of Jesus should they choose - all in a lively and contemporary setting.
A youth-festival for 12-18's, this festival is designed to be a lot of fun with the opportunity to explore faith as part of the package.
DISCIPLESHIP: 412 Youth Leadership Course
A few years ago we developed a course based around 1 Timothy 4.12 for emerging leaders. This course (412) enables young Christians to think through the kind of leaders they want to be.
DISCIPLESHIP: Trainee opportunities: Gap Year/Degree
Helping young adults test their sense of future calling to Christian vocations, SUMT run a Gap Year (1 or 2 year opportunities) which have the options of a certificate in Biblical Studies (from the IOM), or a youth work qualification through George Williams College (level 3 diploma). The Gap Year opportunities are fully funded with applicants simply providing their own spending money. As well as that students looking for higher level study can apply to both us and Moorlands College to do a 3 year full-time placement degree, with SUMT as their placement. This means a diverse experience and a degree (with many internal options) and is funded through the usual degree funding routes.
DISCIPLESHIP: Church Services
SUMT staff are available to come and help churches run all-age services, or simply to come and speak at churches about the work of SUMT. This can be as little input as a 5-10 minute slot during the service, could be the sermon slot, or could be handing us the whole service to run. We're also available to come and speak at prayer groups, Bible studies, or be guests at youth/kids clubs.