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Ministry snapshots from Scotland

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 17% of Scottish schools, with many more welcoming SU staff and volunteers into schools 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’.

SU Scotland Holidays (‘camps’) still attract around 2,000 children and young people each year at Easter, throughout the summer and in October. We are hugely blessed to have five sites which host most of these events. Three of these are also very busy throughout the rest of the year with school residentials.

We faced decline in numbers at our Holidays after the year 2000 but the last few years have shown some reversal of the trend. Part of that is due to renewed conviction about the spiritual impact of residential ministry and partly it is varying the offering. We have increased the number of our Creative Arts camps (including Drama, Voice, Comedy) and we have introduced more specialised streams to our Activity camps (including Canoe Adventure, Mountain Biking and Sailing). We have also added some Family Camps to our more traditional list of events. The reversal of the trend in numbers is also partly it is due to new partnerships with more churches as well as enabling children with family members who are affected by imprisonment or refugee families to enjoy a holiday with us.

We are deeply grateful for the influence of SU camps across Scotland. Regularly we meet people across the Christian Church in Scotland who remember attending SU camps. Young people often identify an experience at an SU camp as being fundamental to their coming to faith. We want to live up to that heritage, prayerfully seeking God’s guidance in all that we do.

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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: Robin MacLellan

PA to CE: Gail McLay

Director of Residential’s & and Resources: Robin MacLellan

Director of Development: Jackie Ringan

Director of National Ministries: Dave Rickards

Associate Director of Centres: Paul Bayton

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: Gillian Aitken

Finance Manager: Susan Wylie

Holidays Manager: Chris Macrae      

Assistant Holidays Manager: Graeme Stangoe

Volunteers Manager: Janice Aitken

Volunteers Administrator: Alastair Colquhoun

Gap Year Coordinator: Kirsten Thomson (volunteer)

Young Leaders Development Coordinator: David Clipston

Centre Director: Marek Homoncik

Asst Facilities Manager: Andy Walker                        

Office Manager: Ruth Stothard

Schools Programme Manager: Rachel Luxton

Activities Manager: Fraser Morrison

Catering Manager: Rhoda Broadley

House Manager: Louise Slowman

Operations Manager: David Moss

Centre Directors: Sylvia Campbell & Colin Campbell

Team Leader (East): Angus Moyes

Team Leader (West): Kenny McKie

Team Leader (North): Gordon Roy

Borders: John Allan

Dumfries and Galloway: Owain Evans

Dundee & Angus: Susie Ford

East & West Dunbartonshire: Kenny McKie

North East & Shetland Isles: Cheri Young / Pamela Sloan 

Highlands and Islands: Colin Carmichael

Renfrewshire, E Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & Argyll: Jenny Hamill / Lynn Hamilton

Ayrshire: Carol Baird

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: Valerie Sim

Glasgow: Craig Morris

Independent Schools (West & Central): Lyndsey Cole

Missions Development Manager: Tim Raynes

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