Hope for the Hebrides

We want to share the true hope of Christ with people of all ages on Scotland’s beautiful Outer Hebrides.

Dates

5 August 2023 – 12 August 2023

Cost

AUD 515.00

Application Deadline

19 May 2023
Note: Prices do not include flights, visa, insurance or any vaccinations required.

Open to

Singles

Open to

Marrieds

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Families

Open to

Groups

We are planning a partnership between OM and local churches to share the gospel across a group of Isles off the coast of Scotland.

The ministry will be in three teams in three different areas. However, we will begin with a day’s training together and end all together with a Ceilidh (party). The first team will help with a kids club, youth outreach and personal evangelism. The second and third teams will be conducting personal evangelism in a rural context. There will be apologetic evenings and other events throughout the week which volunteers will help with. After arriving on the Saturday, we will eat dinner together, brief on the mission, and get to know each other. Then on the Sunday, we will worship at the host churches and enjoy fellowship together. Monday will be a day of evangelism training in the morning and outreach in the afternoon. You will then spend four days in your teams doing different types of outreach. The week will culminate in a family friendly Ceilidh on the last evening. Please note: some details of this plan may change depending on local circumstances and numbers of volunteers.

We need people who love Jesus, know His gospel, and want to share it with others. Team members should be energetic and friendly. The isles are bi-lingual with Scottish Gaelic and English. However, a good grasp of English will be sufficient for communication. People who love working with children will be needed for the first team though prior experience is not essential. Please let us know if you definitely do not want to be involved in youth work. This outreach is in a rural location with variable weather so be prepared to change plans if the weather does and be equipped for wet and dry. Any volunteers with particular gifts, e.g. music, evangelistic/apologetic talks, art outreach, etc we will find opportunities to use them during the week if we are informed in advance. Volunteers may be asked to share their testimony, but no-one will be required to speak at a public event.
Will there be accomodation provided?
You could be staying with local families, church manses, holiday homes or a church hall. You may be asked to share a room with people of the same sex. There are a small number of double beds which married couples can use but we can't guarantee this as it depends how many couples join. For families, adults and children may need to share a room. Some accommodation will have Wi-Fi but this is not guaranteed. All accommodation has showers available. You may be required to bring a sleeping bag.
Will there be food provided?
Meals and snacks will be provided by the hosts. We can cater for vegetarians. Please discuss with us in advance if you have allergies to see if we will be able to accommodate your requirements.
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
We will pick up from ferry terminals and airports if notified of arrival times, there will be an additional charge for this. Please arrive at either Balivanich Airport, Lochboisdale Ferry Terminal, or Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal on Saturday 5th August. If travelling with own car, please drive directly to An Caladh, East Camp, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula, HS7 5LA for 5pm.
What should my health condition be like?
A basic level of physical fitness will be needed for walking between houses. Church buildings are accessible by flat floors or ramps. However, we cannot guarantee local houses are wheelchair friendly.
Do I need a visa?

UK Visa needed for some nationalities. See: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Under 18's are welcome to join with parental consent and accompanied by a responsible adult. If anyone would like to stay in the Hebrides until Monday 14th, you'd be welcome to join a feedback session, do some outreach in North Uist and follow up in other areas. There will also be an outreach BBQ in North Uist on Saturday afternoon/evening. On the Sunday, you could join church services and then have a church meal/fellowship time together and you could travel home the next day. There will also be an alternative option to extend this outreach before and/or after for additional ministry with a church in Perth, mainland Scotland. You would arrive in Perth on the 4th August for ministry, stay over and travel to the Isle of Benbecula for 5pm on Saturday 5th. On Saturday 12th you would travel to mainland Scotland to the same church in Perth for further ministry, stay over and share and fellowship with them on Sunday 13th before travelling home after lunch. Please state in your application if you would be interested in extending either way. You will be required to have a police background check for volunteering with children, which may cost an additional £15.

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