Following on from the success of the two South Island E3’s, the new E3 North Island is here. Using the same framework of equip, explore and empower E3 North Island seeks to journey with youth on an 11 Day Wilderness Expedition from Tongariro National Park to the Tasman Sea or ‘Mountains to Sea’ whilst travelling using alpine travel, tramping, mountain biking, and canoeing. You don’t need to be super fit, just open to having a life-changing journey together. Get involved in a temporary community where you have a chance to ask the big questions around Christian faith and the connections with creation care and leadership. All during the critical time of life as you prepare to leave high school. E3 is aimed at year 12 and 13 students. Each E3 expedition is aimed at an average fitness level and all technical equipment and expertise is provided.
If you want more information about E3 check out the link below
Please ring Karen our Camps Administrator on (03) 214 1834 or email email@example.com if you would like information about options for camp scholarships.
Kick off the Easter holidays in style at Ponui Island Boys Fishing Camp. There’ll be heaps of different types of fishing to have a go at including; boat, kayak, long lining, surfcasting and barge. Experience catching, preparing and cooking your own feed of fish on the grill or in the smoker under the supervision of the adult leaders.
We’ll also have heaps more activities on the island to enjoy including cooking over open fires, camping under the stars, plus heaps more fun on and off the water. Along the way, we will explore questions of life, spirituality and Christianity.
For more general information about our youth camps click here
If you have any questions or comments about this camp please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Exodus Prime young leader training camp and mentorship programme from Scripture Union NZ equips young Christians to be leaders of impact, today and in the future. After camp each student meets with a mentor provided by their church once a month for 12 months. SUNZ provides training and all the resources for the mentor. Exodus Prime runs on a four-year cycle with each year as a stand-alone course. We hope that students will return to build on what they have learnt previously.
A different type of leadership camp.
Year 10 to 13 students who are ready to develop personally and as a Christian leader are nominated by their church or school to attend a five-day camp in Wellington, New Zealand in January. $250 covers the five-day Exodus Prime camp, plus the training and resources for the 12-month mentorship programme. We strongly encourage churches to support their emerging leaders by sponsorship and fundraising assistance.
Churches and schools
Identify candidates for Exodus Prime. In your first year of association with Exodus Prime you can send two young people from your church or school. An extra two students can be added each year over the next three years to a maximum of eight.
Nominate your candidates using the form below
For students who have been nominated by their church/school, we will review your details. Students who have successfully been accepted by us will be contacted by us by email (using the email address provided to us by your church/school) and we will send you a registration form for this camp.
If you need have any other questions or if you need any help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now register for E3. Take a look at our events below for more info.
11-day wilderness journey for Year 12 and 13 Students.
E3 is for Year 12-13 school students (ages 17-18). Travelling as a small community through remote wilderness areas of Aotearoa New Zealand, each expedition is focussed on developing the character of participants and strengthening their connections with God, others, and creation. Through a combination of shared experiences (back-country cooking, participation in citizen science projects and practical conservation, facilitating decision-making), daily discussions and solo-time, we will explore how we fit into God's story and reflect on what this might mean for the next season of life.
What's E3 About?
E3 is a partnership between SUNZ, Adventure Specialties and A ROCHA NZ. E3 ministries believe that wilderness experiences are significant - helping us to understand ourselves better and deepening our relationships with others, with God, and with God's creation.
What will be involved?
E3 Expeditions involve a range of outdoor pursuits (Rafting, Sea Kayaking, Mountain-Biking, Tramping) as together we pilgrimage through remote wilderness areas of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Each journey looks different.
Our journeys range from tramping through the Lewis Pass high country and a multi-day rafting expedition down the Waiau Toa/Clarence River, or scaling alpine passes in Aspiring National Park and sea-kayaking across Lake Wanaka.
What E3 campers have said.
“I learnt a lot about myself and others, also how amazing creation is! Seeing beautiful scenery I’ve never experienced before all created by God!”
“It was an environment that you could feel comfortable to share your feelings - this was a big help as it was encouragement for me in my faith journey.”
“Through E3 I have grown in confidence in myself. I also think my mental strength has improved. What I learned on E3 has already helped me in the leadership role I now have at school."
“I have a new respect for creation and the need to conserve and appreciate what we have been given.”
“We started off as a bunch of strangers and ended up like a close knit family.”
Make sure you don't miss out.
Because our epic E3 expeditions only take a tight knit group, spots on E3 usually fill up quickly. We can only take about 12 campers on each trip so if you like the sound of E3 then make sure you register quick!
Free Bible-reading app for youth in English and Te Reo Maori
Join Young Kiwis Exploring the Bible Each Day
Engage Daily Bible Reading App is a new way to engage with God through scripture. New audio Bible readings, along with discussion questions you can follow with on-screen, are released every day. A young Kiwi reads the scripture to you, and at the end of each reading they ask you a few thoughtful questions and they finish with a prayer. You can listen as a group or by yourself, and can link to a Facebook page to share your thoughts about the questions. Click here to view the Engage App Facebook Page
Available on all mobile platforms
The app is specifically designed for smartphones and tablets. It can be used on all mobile platforms and available for download from the following app stores: Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Marketplace and Amazon Appstore.
Available in Maori
As well as English, all the daily readings and scriptures are available in Maori.
Download audio readings
You can download all the bible readings in the app so you can listen to them offline at any time. Use the download manager to play the readings that you have downloaded, to delete them or even to share them.
Register for our Youth Events
In the Engage App you can see all of our current and upcoming events such as our youth camps. You can view all the details of our event and register all from right within the app.
The whole Bible in an app
We know that you probably already have a bible app on your device, but having the bible in the Engage App makes it that much easier for you. You can listen and read the reading in our App, but if you need to access the bible you don't even have to leave the app. You can view the ESV bible (with audio) right inside the Engage App.
A resource for the transition to high school.
'It's Your Move' is a book from Scripture Union NZ to help young New Zealanders transition into high school.Your church can sponsor the books for your local schools. This may lead on to opportunities to run in-school programmes based around the book.
The experienced SUNZ Youth Team train and support you as you run ‘It’s your Move’ assemblies, lessons or presentations. Using senior youth from your church to present ‘It’s Your Move’ at primary and intermediate schools can help make powerful connections with young people transitioning into their schools.
Email Andy at email@example.com for tips, free training and how to get max value from ‘It’s Your Move’
Connect with the ultimate storyteller.
An inspirational time of discovery and personal journey towards the real you. Our storytelling camps aim is for you to be inspired as you read and listen to the voice of God and step out into God’s story for yourselves. A weekend of Bible engagement and discipleship through storytelling, along with an amazing SUNZ camping experience jam packed full of fun activities and challenges.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
A co-operative approach for communities to respond to mental health and suicide.
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Engaging young people in local mission
YOUTHSERVE helps young people follow Jesus and put their faith into action in the local community. SUNZ will work with your New Zealand church to equip young people for a 1-7 day mission which tackles local service projects and reaches out to the local community through lifestyle evangelism.
Faith-sharing goes alongside practical service, as young people clear weeds, scrub graffiti , work with the elderly, run kids activities or meet any need in your own community. We have Bibles donated by the Bible Society to give out as your young people connect with community members and families, and build bridges to churches and SUNZ Youth schools work.
Upcoming YOUTHSERVE events:
There are no YOUTHSERVE events scheduled at the moment. Please check back later for updates.
For more information about YOUTHSERVE please contact Andy Banks at email@example.com
Dealing with real life issues in at-risk youth
Stay Real can help your school, youth group or community organisation develop at-risk youth programmes for your community.
Stay Real helps young people develop strategies to deal with real life problems like anger, bullying, drug abuse, relationships, parents, and peer pressure. Adventure camps with activities like canoeing, climbing or hunting can be included in the programme. We can create links with community organisations to promote positive changes in young people’s lives.
A non-threatening and non-judgemental environment
A sense of belonging
Strategies to deal with life issues
Teaching to help at-risk youth gain trust, respect and honesty
SUNZ has a range of outdoor equipment available for hire outside our SUNZ camps seasons. If you are interested in hiring some camp equipment please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Skills for moving out of school
Transitions gatherings help equip year 13 students prepare to transition into tertiary study or work:
Learn about budgeting, flatting, legal issues, and cooking
Plan for the future and how to connect in with a Christian community if you are shifting from home to another region
Hands-on interaction and giveaways from local businesses
Are you a Christian 18 years and older and enthusiastic about sharing your faith with young people?
Volunteering as a leader for Scripture Union NZ camps and clubs is an opportunity to share your Christian faith and develop leadership skills in a fun and supportive environment. SUNZ provides training and support to help you be an effective leader.
Spend time with young people at camp as they swim, kayak, mountain bike, horse ride, tramp, surf, sail. You will run games and sports, organise dramas and craft, share campfires and singing, encourage campers with Bible reading and prayer, and lead small group activities. You will come away with leadership skills and new friends.
Interested? Great! All you need to do is fill in the simple form below and one of our team will get back to you!
You can order NUA now by clicking the button below.
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NUA is all about exploration.
NUA is a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith.
NUA equips you with the ability to intelligently explore and understand what you believe.
We give you tools to discuss your worldview with credibility and confidence, while encouraging you to wrestle with the things that just don’t seem to make sense. At the end of the day, this film series is about impact—immediate and personal, as well as the long-term, life-changing experience of working out your faith.
We’re taking an honest look at questions many of us have.
NUA / nu: ʌ / noo-ah / Language of origin: Irish Adjective, meaning “new”.
NUA looks at questions about Jesus, the Bible, and what it means to be a Christian. It’s a fresh perspective, a different conversation — created in Ireland, hosted by an Irishman.
NUA is for everyone.
NUA is a series of eight short films (approx 15mins each) intended to be watched over time. NUA is ideal in an educational setting, church/parish, youth group, university or with friends. These are films to engage with and pick apart. More than anything, NUA is a fresh learning experience.
NUA has been put together by Scripture Union Ireland. NUA comes from many years spent with young people, listening to their questions. Doubt is the result of an active, engaged mind interested in seeking truth — something we love to see! So we set out to help young adults dig deeper as they explore faith and spirituality.
Putting NUA together.
Three writers and more than 30 reviewers — including chaplains, teachers, young professionals, parents, clergy, and actual young people — worked together to craft each episode.
We hired the best team we could find.
To put this series together we hired a creative video agency based in Dublin called Tiny Ark, along with director, Greg Fromholz — to create an artistic expression of common doubts, questions, and truths. Everyone involved brought something different to the project — but we have one thing in common: passion. Each of us cares deeply about investing in young people and their journey of faith.
A journey of faith.
Over the course of three years, the NUA team worked at funding, writing, planning, production, and editing. Today, we have a film series we can be proud of — one we hope will bring encouragement and spark discussion among young adults in Ireland and around the world.
The NUA Package.
NUA is now available for pre-order. The product range of NUA consists of three products. The NUA USB stick is packed with high quality HD episodes, training videos and more. The NUA Guide is an invaluable resource for lesson plans, engagement activities and discussion topics. The NUA journal is a beautiful and helpful tool where viewers can freely process and record their thoughts and ideas along the journey.
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