For over 100 years, Scripture Union has organised CSSM at Portrush, as well as at lots of other seaside locations. This year Portrush CSSM was a particularly successful venture, and as the pictures show, the sunset special (with sunshine!) on the east strand was well-supported by children and their parents.
The abbreviation, CSSM, (which stands for Children’s Special Service Mission) is not particularly catchy, but for many grown-ups it brings back wonderful memories of childhood days spent at the seaside. For many people, it was a decisive turning point in their lives as they committed themselves to following Jesus Christ. I am not unbiased; my own children have benefitted enormously from its ministry at Portballintrae, and my son and daughter continue to be involved as leaders .
Dr John Gillespie, the leader of Portrush CSSM, has been involved for almost forty years as man and boy, and each year he continues to recruit and lead a great team of dedicated young people. The large number of children and young people attending this year is testimony to the quality of the leadership and the attractive programme of music, fun, quizzes and activities.
There are so many parents and grandparents who are grateful to Scripture Union and CSSM teams for continuing to provide such a significant influence for good and for God in the lives of their children.