encounter 2017

We are passionate about mobilising young people into informed prayer that will impact their lives and the lives of others. Encounter is an engaging prayer event for P7-S6s and is suitable for ALL young people - those seeking as well as those who are committed Christians.

Our March 2017 events are happening as follows:

Sunday 12 March: Inchyra Grange Hotel, Grangemouth FK2 0YB

Sunday 19 March: Norwood Hall Hotel, Garthdee Rd, Aberdeen AB15 9FX - NEW!

Cost: £5 per person, dinner included


Bookings now open for Grangemouth and Aberdeen.


Email pray@suscotland.org if you would like to serve on the team at either event (S5-S6s as youth helpers, 18+ as stewards).

At Encounter we want to 

  • motivate and equip young people towards a lifestyle of prayer
  • create opportunities to pray – alone, with others, spoken out, creatively
  • hear God’s voice and increase faith through Bible engagement, worship, and testimony of answered prayer

Our theme for 2017 is taken from 1 John 5:13-15 and is ‘Come confidently… He hears us!’  We want to encourage confident prayer – not from a basis of our own goodness or merit – but because of what Jesus has done, and of our generous, amazing God. Whether you have never prayed before, or are a keen pray-er, at Encounter there is something for you. Come and enjoy worship, Bible teaching, testimonies, workshops, multi-sensory prayer stations, and of course dinner. Great value for only £5! Why not get your youth group organised to come?  Email elizabeth.mcdowall@suscotland.org.uk for more information or for flyers to hand round your group.

Interested in serving on the team?

If you are in S5 or S6 and within travelling distance of Glasgow, join us on the planning group - or in the team who serve as youth helpers at both events. Drop an email to pray@suscotland.org.uk to volunteer. We also need willing adult volunteers to serve as stewards and on the tear-down team. 

Strictly Come Praying Team

What next?

We would love you to keep on praying for your friends, family and school all year round. Why not hold your own "mini Encounter"?

  • Speak to other youth groups in your town or area and see if they are interested in joining with you.
  • Arrange a planning group. 
  • Choose a date and central location.
  • Book a local praise band and speaker.
  • Have a time of worship and pray out prayers of thanksgiving and praise.
  • Share a testimony.
  • Pray in small groups.
  • Organise prayer stations similar to those you have seen at Encoutner.
  • Come back together to worship and finish off.
  • Start a pupil prayer group at your school
Pray Together!

Pray Together! is a fun-filled, two-hour Sunday afternoon prayer event, particularly aimed at families with primary school age children who can discuss, read and write (although obviously older or younger siblings are welcome!). The vision of Pray Together! is to be

  • a place for families to discover new, uncomplicated ways to pray together
  • a place of fun, exploring as a family group what it means to talk with God
  • a place where Jesus is at the centre.

Pray Together North:  Sunday 20 November 2016 - NEW!

Drumossie House Hotel, Inverness IV2 5BE

Pray Together East: Sunday 5 February 2017

Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall EH52 6JS

Pray Together West: Sunday 23 April 2017

Crutherland House Hotel, East Kilbride G75 0QJ


All events run from 2:30–4:30pm. Booking is essential - click on the event above to book.

Hope you can join us at one of these three locations. If not, or if you would like to run Pray Together for your own church or location, do email pray@suscotland.org.uk. We hope to produce our resources on CD to enable that to happen!

Our exciting 2016-17 programme explores four different Bible stories. After meeting four different Bible characters, families engage in prayer activities in four prayer zones. After a short refreshment, families come together for a final session of testimony, worship and prayer.

Please note that activities require a certain level of participation and literacy, and the programme is most suitable for primary aged children. The programme includes

  • Bible reading
  • music
  • drama
  • crafts
  • storytelling
  • snack time
  • things to listen to
  • things to do
  • times to discuss and pray as a family
  • bookstall
  • take-home ideas

Here's what folks said following Pray Together! this past session:

I just wanted to write to explain what a huge blessing the Pray Together event you organised was for our family. Since we came along my son, who is 6, has been inspired to find times of peace to try to hear from God.  It is hard to explain stillness to your child as a parent and I feel like it was something I have never managed to explain to him myself in the way that you did. The other morning he was so excited that he had heard God speak to him saying very special things to him. He has been greatly encouraged in reading his Bible himself too. All of the ideas and resources were so useful and encouraging.

We greatly appreciated every ounce of effort that you and your team put in to all of the details, we were blessed by every single one. As parents, it was like feeling we couldn't quite believe the trouble you had gone to to bless us in that way. Thank you so much for the event and the prayer journal and the encouragement you have given our family. God really blessed us through you that day.

Annabel, Aberdeen

I want to thank the whole team for a wonderful afternoon on Sunday. Such a warm welcome, calm, unhurried and personal. The notebook you gave us has already been used to record bible verese, names of people we care about and want to pray for, and today my son (7) took his notebook to his new school, to meet his new headteacher....

At one of the stations my son suggested to me, "we could swap prayers; I could pray your prayers and you could pray my prayers." I liked the fact the event encouraged children and adults to be creative together, and to talk about prayer in a way that maybe we don't do very often. Thanks for the encouragement.

Julie, Glasgow

Pray Together February 2017
Back to School with God Sunday

Back to School with God Sunday is a fantastic way to pray for and support your young people and school staff at the start of a new school year. It is an excellent bridge between church and school, and an encouragement to Christian pupils and staff to consider the fact that God is not confined to church, but goes with them to school.

All the resources you need are provided for you to run a whole morning service or a 10-minute children's talk within a service. Resources include suggested ways of presenting the Bible story, teaching points, PPT slides, children's activities, and prayers.

Download your free resources and register your service today.

Join / Pray Day

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Join is a special week of prayer for Scottish schools (14-19 November), incorporating European Pray Day for Schools on Tuesday 15th November. We invite you to Join with us, wherever you are, to focus on and promote schools prayer during this week.

We have free resources suitable for school groups and adult groups. Check our events page to find out if there is a Pray Day or Join event happening near you – or let us know if you have one you would like to promote! Find out more here.

Day of Prayer

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Every year we set aside time to pray together as supporters, volunteers and staff – to seek God and express our dependence on him for all our needs. Our next SU Scotland Day of Prayer is January 2018.

We pray every day for things, so why do we need a special day of prayer?

A day of prayer is about prioritizing time with God to hear from him as well as speak to him about our concerns and needs, and our strategy for the future. On that special day it is great to know the loving, prayerful support of the SU family. You might like to take part in one of the following ways:

  • Our Church PowerPoint contains slides showing different aspects of SU Scotland ministry, including a prayer that people can join in to pray aloud. Obviously this is useful at any time, and not just on Wednesday 18th! Do consider using it on Sunday 15th or Sunday 22nd, either side of the Day of Prayer, or at a midweek meeting on a day other than the Wednesday.
  • By using our Day of Prayer Topics Sheet, either individually, or perhaps in a wider prayer group, action group or SU prayer group.
  • By joining us in person on the day: see our events page for where and when.

We would love to hear from you if you have taken part, and particular if you felt God saying something in particular with regard to SU ministry. Email elizabeth.mcdowall@suscotland.org.uk with your stories.

Pray for holidays & missions

Perhaps you can't physically go on an SU Holiday or Mission this year - but you can still join the team. We depend on our prayer partners just as much as those at the events.