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Growing Young National Series of Events

Is your church growing old …. or growing young?

How may SU Scotland walk with you, your church and young people towards growing young and offer some of our programmes and resources to support your work?

Growing Young is a contemporary piece of research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute in America. It “provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing – spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically.” The strategies identified to Growing Young may be exceptionally helpful for us to engage with and translate into our Scottish culture.

Our gatherings will give opportunity to talk and reflect on the six strategies a church would make, exploring what they may mean for us, as well as considering resources and ideas from SU Scotland that may help you grow young people in your church and community.

The Growing Young national tour is for church leaders (whether or not young people are in the church), elders, youth leaders and children's workers of all denominations, whether you have been to an SU Scotland event before or not – we would love to welcome you to one of the events as we explore together what Growing Young has to offer to inform work in SU and your local church.

Booking is essential.


Inverness 29 MayEdinburgh 29 May, Falkirk 29 May, Dunfermline 30 May, Glenrothes 30 May, Dumfries 30 May, Perth 31 May, Aberdeen 1 June, Borders 2 June, Glasgow 5 June & Ayrshire 6 June



Further information on Growing Young can be found on the Growing Young website. The book can be purchased from Amazon or many other suppliers.


Food Hygiene & Catering training

Food Hygiene

Training dates for 2018: 

24 March 2018, Moodiesburn Church Centre, Glasgow

12 May 2018, Davidson's Mains Parish Church, Edinburgh

Both events are facilitated by a highly regarded food hygiene trainer. This is a day course leading to a certificate in Elementary Food Hygiene. Strongly recommended for all our Chief Cooks and Assistant Cooks.

Further details and booking information are provided on the Events pages on the website.


Catering Training Cook's School

Cook's School

Offering new ideas, sharing best practices, and ensuring you're bang up to date on all things that keep the kitchen running like a well-oiled machine. With not a soggy bottom, nor a saggy soufflé to be seen, we'll be exploring the art of planning and budgeting, looking at twists on old favourites, running the show, and preparing for the marauding masses as they gather for their daily refuelling from the kitchen hatch.


SU Holidays activity training

We offer volunteers training for leading sessions in archery and trail cycling, as well as a one-day first aid course.

For further information or to book for any of the training days, please email volunteers@suscotland.org.uk or call 0141 352 7610.

Training for archery or trail cycling gives you the skills needed to lead safe and enjoyable activity sessions, as well as to perform quick and basic equipment maintenance during an event. Please note those leading trail cycling need a current outdoor First Aid qualification and be aged 18 or over.

Trail Bike Training (1)

Initial training to lead either archery or trail cycling requires you to attend both Day 1 and Day 2 events.



Trail cycling and archery training

26th & 27th June 2018, Lendrick Muir
14th & 15th April 2018, Alltnacriche

Overnight accommodation on the course dates is available at both venues.


First aid training

25th June 2018, Lendrick Muir


Renewing your training

Archery training needs to be renewed every 3 years and this can only be done by attending a Day 2 or by arranging to run some sessions at Lendrick Muir or Alltnacriche under observation, unless your training took place more than four years ago.

Trail cycling training needs to be renewed every two years either by attending the update course/furthering skills day or a Day 2 training session. Initial training must not have taken place more than three years previously.

Contact Fraser Morrison to discuss: fraser.morrison@suscotland.org.uk.


Information for Team Leaders

If your event offers Trail Cycling and Archery it must be led by people specifically trained to do so. Training from other organisations may be sufficient so please contact Fraser to discuss: fraser.morrison@suscotland.org.uk.

If you have any queries please contact us as soon as possible on 0141 352 7609 or volunteers@suscotland.org.uk.


COmMISSION is our exciting mission programme which gives you the opportunity to be part of a team taking the good news to children and young people in Scotland. Get training that will release your leadership potential, then go on placement with SU Scotland teams and live out the COmMISSION adventure. 


Urban training

We want to encourage and support local churches in their communities and training is available to help you equip your teams in urban children's and youth work. Please contact urban@suscotland.org.uk for more information.

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