At the start of January we welcomed Jen Robertson to our team in the new role of Children’s Resources Manager. Below, Jen explains more about this new role and our goals for creating Bible-based resource materials for use with children, families and small groups of multiple ages.
What was your background prior to joining the team here at Bible House?
I have had the privilege of spending much of my life with children and young people exploring the Bible together and discovering what it means to follow Jesus. For the last 11 years I have mainly done this as the church/schools youth development worker with Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and Scripture Union Scotland in beautiful Lanarkshire. This involved me leading residential events for young people, supporting and encouraging volunteers in congregations, working with and equipping school Chaplains, helping churches build good links with their local schools, and lots more besides.
What attracted you to this new role at SBS?
Over the last few years I have become increasingly aware of the unused opportunities within our churches for us to explore the Bible together, irrespective of our age, in order that we increasingly become the Church that God calls us to be in Scotland. This new role gives give me the opportunity to consolidate all I have learnt over many years, to create accessible and useful resources to help us do this.
What does your typical day look like?
At the moment my typical day involves reading and chatting. Two of my very favourite activities. Taking time to catch up on what is happening with Bible engagement through resources and research, and meeting people to think together how we can best resource the church.
Where is the need?
We may often think of Bible “reading” as something we do on our own, but Paul’s letters, when they were first read, were read in front of the whole church audience, all ages and backgrounds together. Faith was never meant to be kept in a little compartment but as part of our whole lives, “Talk about it when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7. We need to rediscover the excitement, challenge and relevance of engaging with the Bible, creating community and a place where we can meet with God in a relaxed and meaningful way. I hope that I can help churches to create these spaces, and in turn, they will help young people in their own journey with God.
I would be delighted to hear from you (I do like a good chat!) if you have any ideas, suggestions and comments on how we can best help children, families, and all ages get into the Bible together. Please email me or give me a call on 0131 347 9820.