Celebrating 150 years

2017 is an exciting year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of Scripture Union ministry across the world. Let's all join together to celebrate! We'll keep updating this page throughout the year with more details and information - make sure you check back regularly!  

Stories project

We invite you to share in our thankfulness to God for all he has done. We are gathering stories to encourage each other and inspire us for the next 150 years, and we’d love to hear your memories.

How has involvement with SU helped you grow in faith?

What is your favourite memory of SU? 

Visit stories.suscotland.org.uk to read how God has been at work in others, and to add your own story!


a global celebration

Curious about how the 150th anniversary is being celebrated around the world? Visit the Scripture Union Global website to find out more.


Selfie competitions

Sport a Josiah Spiers tash with your SU Group, or take one of our 150th anniversary beach balls on holiday, and send us back a selfie! Keep an eye on our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) or search for #150yearsofSU.



International day of prayer | 2 June

2 June is the anniversary of the very first SU ministry gathering in Islington, London. We are holding an International Day of Prayer to mark the occasion.

EDINBURGH 10:00am - 12:30pm
We will be praying together on Cramond beach, then gathering at Cramond Kirk for tea, coffee, scones and more prayer.

GLASGOW 12:30-2:00pm
In our Milton Street office we will have lunch together and pray, focusing on the needs of children around the world.

If you would like to participate in this special day of prayer individually or in a small group, there is a Prayer Guide and SU Timeline you can use.

International trips

Young people will work with SU Rwanda and go to the International Leadership Conference in Ukraine this summer - find out more about volunteering internationally here.

Elie Beach Mission | 21 JULY

Josiah kicked us off with ‘God is love’ in the sand - join us as we recreate it at Elie!

All activities are on the beach just down from the library or in the church hall, left of the Braids Bar.

Big Celebration | 19 Aug | Lendrick Muir

Our annual family-friendly event will have a special focus on international ministry, including several guests from other SU movements. 

SU 150th Celebration – North | 26 aug | inverness

Saturday 26th August 2:30-4:30pm

Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS

Anniversary service | 28 Oct | Edinburgh

Saturday 28 October 2.30-4.00pm

Charlotte Chapel, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 5RT 

We'll be looking back with thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness; looking forward and committing ourselves afresh to reaching the next generation of young people. 

The service was live-streamed online - watch it below.

Celebratory Dinner for East & Midlothian | 11 nov

Saturday 11 November at 6.30pm

The Longniddry Inn, Main Street, Longniddry, EH32 0NF

A chance to celebrate 150 years of Scripture Union and the work in East & Midlothian; to share memories and stories, past and present, of what God has been doing through the ministry in this area.