Are you looking for time out that provides personal growth and discipleship as well as opportunities to make a difference? If so, then a gap year with Scripture Union Scotland may be for you!

Our gap year programme runs from August to August each year, with a strong missional focus. Our aim is to train and equip young adults to be salt and light by providing them with opportunities to help children and young people encounter God through sharing their faith and exploring the Bible.

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Applications for 2017/18 are closed. Re-opening September.
Why do a gap year with us?


This is for you if you’re…

  • passionate about young people’s ministry
  • seeking guidance about your future
  • exploring a calling to mission or ministry
  • wanting to serve God in a hands-on way
  • looking to challenge your faith and move forward in your walk with God

What to expect...

  • A unique and exciting experience both here in Scotland and internationally
  • Specific and practical training for your placement alongside experienced practitioners.
  • To work with and affect the lives of young people in a huge variety of contexts.
  • Support, care and advice throughout your year and beyond.

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You have the chance to choose from a huge range of placement options to begin to shape a gap year that will meet your needs, gifts and interests.... and then shape you!

gap:local is a busy, varied placement in the front line of ministry. Alongside a regional worker you’ll help to run SU Groups, Weekends, SU Holidays, youth groups, holiday clubs, discipleship groups for senior pupils or training with volunteers. Be ready for the unexpected!

gap:urban is based with youth projects in urban priority areas across Scotland. You’ll help lead a range of social and emotional support groups and SU Groups; take part in detached work and drop-ins clubs; and be on the team for relevant residentials. Due to the nature of this placement it is only open to applicants over the age of 20.

gap:fusion is a split year between gap:local and one of our centres. Lendrick Muir and Alltnacriche provide school, SU and church residentials during term time, with activities from mountain biking to nature trails, and, of course, SU Holidays in between terms. You’ll work with groups directly as well as practically contributing to the day to day running of the centre.

gap:church is your chance to gain insight and expertise in what it means to work for a church. You’ll serve on staff at a local church with their youth and children through the week and participating in their Sunday programme. You will also spend part of your time with a Regional Worker to see how church and schools work complement one another.

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One gap:church option will run in partnership with Kirkliston Community Church. You'll be part of their staff team, reporting to Clive Parnell (Teaching/Development Pastor), as well as part of our gap year team.

You're main areas of work will include:

  • 1 to 1 mentoring of young people
  • small group Bible studies for young people
  • ID - Sunday night youth group
  • Deeper - young persons discussion group
  • Ignite - young adult home group
  • going with young people to Powerpoint events
  • developing links with South Queensferry High School
  • participation in Sunday services depending on gifting
  • service in community helping at the church cafe
  • helping serve in other areas of the church in practical ways such as stewarding.

gap:arts - there may also be opportunities within creative arts - speak to the Gap Year Coordinator for more information.


We’ll provide exciting and relevant training that will prepare you for the challenges you will face on placement and beyond. The training programme primarily takes place on-the-job by experienced practitioners ready to help you develop your gifts and interests. You will be amazed at what new skills you discover as the year goes on!

There are also a series of residential training blocks when the whole team can come together to reflect, refresh, receive teaching and develop practical core skills related to outreach.



Our study programme has been developed specifically for gap year and is tailored to fit you, whatever your age, ability or passion. You’ll explore the Bible in new ways, engage directly with God and be challenged in how your faith is shaping your life. Fear not - it’s not an academic exercise! We pray you find a passion for reading the Bible that will carry on for many years.

As part of gap:engage you will also be assigned a mentor who you will meet with on a fortnightly basis to provide pastoral support and guidance. This is a great chance to ask the hard questions of life and faith and to challenge yourself to move on in your faith journey over the year. For split location placements we provide an online tool for carrying on with the mentor meetings on a long distance basis.

Finances and accommodation

There's no way to get around it: gap years cost money. We’ll help you with ideas and resources to raise support for your gap year, as well as help to write regular prayer letters for your financial and prayer supporters.

Gap year without accommodation: £2800

Gap year with accommodation: £4000

Accommodation will be in an SU Scotland centre or with a host family local to your placement

Both options include the costs of the mission trip and specific travel expenses.


International trip

As part of an organisation working in over 130 countries, we want you to get a real taste of what international mission looks like! Prepare to step out of your comfort zone as you take part in a 2 week international mission trip. You’ll receive training before you go, support from a team leader and will find a huge variety of ways to serve the people you meet.

Ready to apply?
Applications are open from July - May for the following August
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