Missions and holiday clubs provide a fabulous setting for children to have fun together and find out more about Jesus. We partner with churches, providing support, advice, training, teams and resources.
Missions and holiday clubs happen in cities, towns and villages right across Scotland. With nearly 30 missions in local churches and communities around Scotland this year, you're bound to find one near you!
This spring, we ran Cascade which is our new training event for SU Mission and Holiday Club teams. Cascade is for all Team Leaders plus two of their experienced team members. They will receive training and resources in two core areas to help equip them to deliver the training to their whole team on a date and time suiting local needs.
For 2017 our two core areas are:
- Leading a small group effectively
- Helping children engage with the Bible
We are delighted that so many missions and holiday clubs were able to make use of the training materials and we look forward to hearing how this training is cascaded and develops their wider teams this summer.
Cascade will return in 2018 - watch this space
Wherever children and young people are – in cities, towns and villages - we want to provide imaginative ways for them to find out more about Jesus and what it means to follow him.
"Please allow me to express our deep appreciation to SU Scotland for the help, guidance, and support you have provided over these three years of partnership. I do not think it is hyperbole to suggest that we would not be at this point without you! Thank you!"
Tom Jackson, Pastor, Centrepoint Church, Bathgate
School holidays are a fantastic time to engage with children and young people in your community. We provide mission events with a fun, engaging, active programme that presents key stories from the Bible, introducing the Christian faith.
Our desire and aim is to support local churches to run mission events with appropriate follow up ministry. We will partner with you for a few years, building confidence in your local team until the event becomes sustainable without our support. We can help provide:
- one day events to whole week missions
- Mission Team Leader and team to serve alongside local church members
- training for local church team members
- resources and ideas for working with children, young people and their families
- follow up resources and ideas for ongoing developing relationships
If you’d like to start a conversation, please contact our Missions Development Manager, Tim Raynes.
Holiday Club resources
New for 2017, we recommend you use the holiday club resource that is produced by Scripture Union England and Wales – Guardians of Ancora: Treasure Seekers. The resource is devised from the faith-based app game of the same name. The holiday club resource can be used without any need of using the app/technology during your event, but it is easy to hook up a tablet/iPad to a projector to show the game in action! You can easily then signpost children to the app for when they get home.
Guardians of Ancora
How excited do you get when children really engage with God’s word? Our Regional Worker Bruce Lockhart recently ran a couple of SU Groups and an evening event where the children got excited! We used the new app Guardians of Ancora to have fun exploring the stories in the Bible. Perhaps some wonder how something digitally orientated could be of any use at a mission, but think again!
Volunteer for a mission team
Team members come from all backgrounds, with many different gifts and abilities - every year we need many volunteers - would you consider serving on one of these teams this year? If you are interested in becoming a team member, or would like to discuss starting up a mission where you are, please contact our Missions Development Manager, Tim Raynes.