Building relationships & community with young people

Relationships are crucial to our faith development. It isn’t a private thing, it grows, is challenged and nurtured by being with other people. I just completed an MA in childhood and youth studies and was privileged to do a little bit of research as part of that with young people in a Church of Scotland congregation. These young people spoke of the relationships with older people in their congregation which were life giving, however they also craved community with peers who were Christians. How we relate with young people and the communities we build with them matter. If it takes a village to raise a child it also takes a whole church to nurture young people in the faith.

With the Gideons at Arran High School

I’ve enjoyed a couple of visits over to Arran this term. Once to visit and take part in Messy Church at Whiting Bay Church, where I met Evelyn who goes into Arran High School with the Gideons. We got talking...

Pure Ragin’

Psalm 39 1 I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin;I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.’2 So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good.But...

In a Hole

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Commit, Trust, Be Still & Wait

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

Why do you lead your SU Group?

I recently asked the SU Group leaders why they lead their group, and to share some of the blessings and challenges that they face. I hope that these will be an encouragement to you and will also fuel your prayers.

Weep, Mourn and Wail

1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

"It’s really not hard, is it?"

There are so many exciting stories to share about what is happening in the SU Groups! Some children and young people are discovering more about who Jesus is for the first time and others are growing deeper in their faith....

It’s such a privilege

Liz Beadie and Mary Buchanan talk about running the SU Group at Calderhead High in Shotts. MARY It was our pastor’s suggestion that I might go in to the high school and set up a group. We got going in...


1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.


1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

Shades of Grey

The world today is full of nice people who always try to do the right thing. At least, that’s the message that society would feed us. (Apart from bad people like murderers, terrorists and politicians, obviously.)