We are pleased to announce that SU Scotland has been gifted a property which we believe will enhance our ministry with children and young people in Scotland.

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of its present owners, SU Scotland will take ownership of Gowanbank House in Darvel, Ayrshire at the beginning of July 2017.

Presently run as a Bed and Breakfast which utilises only some of the rooms, we hope to create bed spaces for around 40-45. Detailed work is still to be done on the kind of activities we will run at Gowanbank but as the Board and Leadership Team prayerfully explored the possibility we sensed a strong connection between our current strategic focus on “Growing the Team”, with its emphasis on training and equipping and the provision of a property well suited to smaller groups in an extremely pleasant environment. We also see potential for development of work best done with lower numbers; work with children and young people with Additional Support Needs, more niche residential events with less demand for outdoor activities, groups from smaller churches etc.

Gowanbank House

You can see more images of the house at www.gowanbankhouse.com/interior-gallery.

Given the current financial pressures on SU Scotland, the Board and Leadership Team have carefully weighed up the situation and take confidence from the shared sense of God’s leading in saying ‘yes’ to this remarkable offer. Gowanbank will be self-financing to the highest extent possible, and should not lean on general funds to the detriment of existing activities.

We are delighted to announce that Michael Cook, in addition to his continuing role as Lendrick Muir Centre Director, will oversee the transition of Gowanbank to SU Scotland and its initial development as a centre for SU Scotland ministry. It is difficult to think of someone better suited to take on that role.

Please do pray that God will lead us on to see Gowanbank become a place of blessing for many.

Andy Bathgate

Andy has been CEO of SU Scotland since 2001. When he's not busy with us, you'll find him playing with his grandsons or in an art gallery with his wife.