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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 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’.

  • Holidays Ministry

    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.

  • Internships

    Are you looking for time out that provides personal growth and discipleship as well as opportunities to make a difference? If so, then a gap year with Scripture Union Scotland, may be for you! Click here to read more.

Contact Details

  • Head Office

    70 Milton Street
    Glasgow
    Scotland
    G4 0HR





    • Leadership

      Chairperson: Jim Dewar

      Treasurer: Jonathan Innes

      Chief Executive: Robin MacLellan

      PA to CE: Gail McLay

      Director of Development: Jackie Ringan

      Director of National Ministries: Dave Rickards

      Director of Centres: Paul Bayton

      Chief Financial Officer: Lisbeth MacMillan

    • Head Office Staff

      Prayer & Church Partnerships Coordinator: Elizabeth McDowall

      IT Coordinator: Noel Slevin

      Human Resources Partner: Rachel Causey

      Support Development Manager: John Mowat

      Communications and Marketing Manager: Gillian Aitken

      Finance Manager: Susan Wylie

      Holidays Manager: Alan Myles

      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

    • Lendrick Muir Staff

      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

    • Alltnacriche Staff

      Operations Manager: David Moss

    • Gowanbank Staff

      Centre Directors: Sylvia Campbell & Colin Campbell

    • Regional Ministries Team

      Team Leader (East): Angus Moyes

      Team Leader (West) (interim): Carol Baird

      Team Leader (North): Gordon Roy

    • Regional Workers

      Borders: John Allan

      Dumfries and Galloway: Owain Evans

      Dundee & Angus: Susie Ford

      East & West Dunbartonshire: Craig Morris, Jenny Hamill

      North East & Shetland Isles: Cheri Young, Pamela Sloan

      Highlands and Islands: Colin Carmichael

      Renfrewshire, E Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & Argyll: Jenny Hamill, Lynn Hamilton, Graham McCallum

      Ayrshire: Carol Baird

      Perth, Kinross & Fife: Bruce Lockhart

      Stirling and Clackmannanshire: Gordon Roy

      East and Midlothian: Derek Harley

      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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  • Population

    5,373,000

  • Religions

    Christian 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, Other 1.6%, Unspecified or none 23.1%

  • Population under 15

    17.3%

  • Official languages

    English