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 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.

 

2017 resourceS

Resources for the 2017 church service are currently being prepared and should be available from May onwards.

The 2017 theme is "Be wise", and explores the person and character of King Solomon, the wisest king who ever lived. Discover how he is

  • A WISE KING who KNOWS GOD
  • A WISE KING who KNOWS HIMSELF!
  • A WISE KING who PLEASES GOD

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.

Encounter

What is encounter?

Encounter is a youth prayer event run by SU Scotland in partnership with Urban Saints and is held in two locations - Grangemouth and Aberdeen - each March. In 2017, almost 200 people came together to be inspired into more confident prayer. Here's what some of them said at the end of this year's event:

I feel like today I have learnt so much like trusting God and that I shouldn't be afraid to pray and talk about anything! P7 girl

Today has helped me feel closer to God; it has helped me realise I can have a personal encounter with God. S2 girl

I reckon God has been asking me to surrender my time to him, as there is a lot of stuff I want/need to do, and I find myself struggling to fit it all in. I shall have to be bold and comply. S4 boy

Many thanks for all the hard work that went into making encounter happen. Our young folks had a great day! They agreed the Bible message was really helpful and relevant. The praise band was well received and they all enjoyed the worship time. All left the event feeling they had grown in their understanding of prayer. Youth leader

 

AIMs OF ENCOUNTER

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

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 volunteers to serve at the events as youth helpers (aged 16 to 18) and as stewards and on the tear-down team.  (Please note that all helpers will be asked to apply for accreditation as an SU Scotland volunteer and to have a current PVG certificate.)

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 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.

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.