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Ministry Snapshots

Schools Ministry

We are very grateful that primary and secondary schools in Scotland largely remain open to the ministry of SU. Recently the Scottish government stated: ‘we recognise the substantial and enduring influence of the Christian faith in transforming and inspiring Scotland's people and culture. Faith-based education and religious observance have an important part to play in the development of our young people’.

It means SU groups run in about 20% of Scottish schools, with many more welcoming SU staff and volunteers into schools to conduct assemblies or to lead events at Christmas and Easter. We are delighted by the growth of Bible Alive which takes children through an overview of the Bible story in six weekly lessons. One child commented ‘Every Thursday morning I just could not wait to get to school’.

The limiting factor to growth is lack of volunteers to lead groups. A major priority is to envision and train teachers, parents and primarily young people to start school groups. How long will this opportunity be open? A minority in Scotland would stop this ‘brainwashing’ immediately if they could. Our argument is that every child should have the freedom to ‘explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus’.

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Scripture Union Scotland

70 Milton Street
G4 0HR

Tel: +44 141 332 1162

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Chairperson: Jim Dewar

Treasurer: Sally Sydserff

Chief Executive: Andy Bathgate

PA to CE: Gail McLay

Director of Residential’s & and Resources: Robin MacLellan

Director of Development: Jackie Ringan

Director of National Ministries: Dave Rickards

Head Office Staff

Prayer & Church Partnerships Coordinator: Elizabeth McDowall

IT Coordinator: Noel Slevin

Human Resources Manager: Jane Lloyd

Human Resources Adviser: Nicola Affleck

Support Development Manager: John Mowat

Communications and Marketing Manager: Eilidh Marks

Finance Manager: Susan Wylie

Holidays Manager: Chris Macrae      

Assistant Holidays Manager: Graeme Stangoe

Volunteers Manager: Graeme Cuthbertson

Volunteers Administrator: Alastair Colquhoun

Gap Year Coordinator: Kirsten Thomson (volunteer)

Young Leaders Development Coordinator: David Clipston

Lendrick Muir Staff

Centre Director: Vacant

Acting Centre Director / Facilities Manager: Marek Homoncik

Office Manager: Ruth Stothard

Schools Programme Manager: Rachel Luxton

Activities Manager: Fraser Morrison

Catering Manager: Rhoda Broadley

House Manager: Louise Slowman

Alltnacriche Staff

Centre Director: Paul Bayton

Assistant Manager: David Moss

Gowanbank Staff

Centre Directors: Sylvia Campbell & Colin Campbell

Regional Ministries Team

Team Leader (East): Angus Moyes

Team Leader (West): Kenny McKie

Team Leader (North): Gordon Roy

Regional Workers

Borders: Vacant

Dumfries and Galloway: Owain Evans

Dundee & Angus: Susie Ford

East & West Dunbartonshire: Kenny McKie

North East & Shetland Isles: Cheri Young / Pamela Sloan (mat cover)

Highlands and Islands: Colin Carmichael

Renfrewshire, E Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & Argyll: Jenny Hamill

Ayrshire, Perth, Kinross & Fife: Bruce Lockhart

Stirling and Clackmannanshire: Gordon Roy

East and Midlothian: ML Stone

West Lothian and Falkirk: Gavin Thomson

Edinburgh Schools Team: Zonya Bewick & Lesley Crawford                        

Independent Schools East: Jenny Thomson

Lanarkshire: Vacant

Glasgow: Vacant

Independent Schools (West & Central): Vacant

Missions Development Manager: Tim Raynes

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