SU Groups create a place for young people to explore the Christian faith, bring friends, share ideas and enjoy time together. Through storytelling, open discussions, encouraging questions and sharing experiences pupils are invited to discover where faith can play a part in individual lives and the community.

Every SU Group is different. Primary or secondary school, large or small, it just depends on who comes along. Some groups are led by pupils, others by staff or parent volunteers. What they all have in common is people who want to spend time together thinking about God and looking at what the Bible has to say about life today in Scotland.

But some things are always the same….

  • SU Groups are an optional activity, often at lunchtime or maybe after school
  • Anyone who wants to come is welcome
  • It’s a place to explore the Bible and think about faith for yourself.

Learn more about SU Groups by reading our document, Values of an SU Group.

Find an SU Group

Connect with your Regional Worker to find out about what’s happening in a particular school - 15% of primary schools and 34% of secondary schools in Scotland have an SU Group.

Why SU Groups?

We believe that the Christian faith is as relevant today as it has ever been. SU Groups create opportunities for interested pupils to grow and develop spiritually, and are a place for them to explore the Christian faith and how it plays a part in people's lives.

Our starting point is that children and young people are capable of making their own informed choices and acting in their own interests. We are committed to educational approaches that are holistic and inclusive, and offer support to schools in developing, in all children and young people, their capacities as Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

All our work in schools is conducting according to our Partnership with Schools Protocol.

SU Volunteering in Schools is a summarised version of the Partnership with Schools Protocol, particularly suitable for volunteers in schools.  

Primary SU Group resources

We have great ideas for places you can get material and ideas to use with your primary SU Group...

You’ll find plenty of  great resource ideas listed in the SU Group Leaders Manual, and in this resource overview document

It's Your Move

It’s Your Move is designed and published by SU England & Wales. Now in its 6th edition, over a million copies have been distributed to pupils across the UK in their final year of primary school. It is designed to be a fun and friendly guide to support pupils as they look to move up to secondary school and allay any fears they may have. It is a resource which has been used in many schools in Scotland.

It's Your Move lesson resource

It's Your Move guidance notes

Guardians of Ancora

How excited do you get when children really engage with God’s word? Recently I ran a couple of SU Groups 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 in an SU Group but think again!

Download ideas on how to use Guardians of Ancora in your SU Group 

JAFFA

JAFFA - Jesus A Friend For All - was produced initially by SU Australia then published in the UK, but has been out of print for a number of years. (If you do have copies you no longer use then please pass them on to your local SU Scotland office from where it can be sent back into circulation with current SU Group leaders.)

JAFFA is written for a 30 minute lunchtime club in a primary school, so needs less adapting to that situation than some other materials - though you may have to change some Aussie references! Book 1 is available to download for free and the other two books are available to buy and download as a PDF from SU Australia's online shop.

5 minute filler games

The games session is planned, organised and coming up later, but what happens when the digital projector goes off, the minibus is running late, a visitor needs to be spoken to by the person up next on the programme or the games leader turns out to be the First Aider? Then what? Well, you turn to this list of games collated by some of the leaders of the games sessions at our LaunchPad training days. 

Download 5 minute filler games PDF

Other ideas

Evaluating your SU Group

How can you make your SU Group the best it can be? For every group there will be a different answer. To help you think through what it might be for your group, we’ve created an SU Group session called Evaluating your SU Group.

In addition to exploring a Bible story, it will help the young people reflect on what they have learned so far and it will help you think through SU’s Values of an SU Group in relation to your group.

Secondary SU Group resources

Here's a useful selection of books, websites and relevant ideas to help you make your secondary SU Group all it can be...

You’ll find the SU Group Leaders Manual a good place to start, and this resources overview document.

Guardians of Ancora

How excited do you get when children really engage with God’s word? Recently I ran a couple of SU Groups 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 in an SU Group but think again!

Download ideas on how to use Guardians of Ancora in your SU Group 

Poverty

One in five children in Scotland live in poverty. Rachel Bolton, one of our MSYPs, has produced this secondary SU Group session which helps us reflect on the issues surrounding this and consider what Jesus desires and how we should respond.

Download the session PDF

Download the session PowerPoint

Beatitudes

How does God want us to live? Do I need to give up loads of things to be a Christian? How can I find lasting happiness and satisfaction? What fills my life?

All of these questions and more are tackled in this short series based on the Beatitudes, Jesus' recipe for his followers on how to be truly blessed by God.

These sessions are geared at younger secondary pupils with little Bible knowledge or experience of the Christian faith. However, they could also be used with older pupils and those with a definite Christian faith.

Download the Beatitudes series PDF (3 sessions)

Daniel

Daniel lived out his faith in a highly multi-cultural, multi-faith environment. To a certain extent, he adapted to the situation he found himself in, but he never compromised his faith. As we see how he tackled the issues raised by living for God in the Babylonian and Chaldean empires, we can pick up tips on how to live for God in 21st century Scotland. This is a series probably more suited to older pupils who have a little understanding or experience of Christianity.

Download the Daniel series PDF (8 sessions)

David

This four part series looks at three incidents in David's life: his anointing, the killing of Goliath and his affair with Bathsheba. It also looks at Psalm 145, an example of his writings about his experience of God. The material makes no assumptions about previous Bible knowledge and is aimed at the younger end of the secondary age group. The series makes use of DVD/video, photographs & pictures, Bible study and games. We suggest a flip chart page or similar is used during the series to record the lessons from David learned by the group.

Download the David series PDF (4 sessions)

New Term - New Start

A new term is full of new beginnings! Sometimes we face the new year with excitement and relief, glad to be putting the last year behind us; sometimes we face it with uncertainty and fear, not sure how we will cope with the days ahead.

A new start gives the opportunity to reflect again on the values that are important to us. It is also a time to remember that, despite all the changes around, God never changes and he continues to have standards for our lives.

This series will give your group a chance to look at what the Bible says about some of the issues that are central to life at school - change, rules, friends, gossip and attitudes.

Download the New Term - New Start series PDF (5 sessions)

Joseph

Families, disputes, jealousy, temptation, living for God, guilt, forgiveness, power and finding God in tough circumstances - all of these are issues that young people (and adults!) will encounter through their lives. The story of Joseph and his family in the book of Genesis provide an excellent base to explore these topics with your group. 

Download the Joseph series PDF (4 sessions)

The Parables

Parables can run the risk of being simplified as children's stories or overlooked as being "too symbolic" for young people to grasp. In fact these are compelling tales which give many teenagers safe space to consider their own lives. This series seeks to help your group explore why Jesus used stories to structure his teaching and help them access levels of understanding that may have been glossed over when they were younger. 

Download the Parables series PDF (4 sessions)

The Psalms

This series of four Psalms (Psalms 139, 32, 73 and 121) explores the Psalmist's relationship with God, particularly how he engaged with God at a personal level. It aims to encourage young people to engage with God for themselves.

Download the Psalms series PDF (4 sessions)

James

2000 years ago, James wrote to Christians to encourage them to view life from God's perspective. It meant having to trust God, hold their nerve and often swim against the tide. Today, we face the same sort of issues and challenges. The book of James tells us to look at things God's way because what we see around us is often not the way that things really are. Are we prepared to look at life from God's point of view?

Download the James series PDF (5 sessions)

Teach Yourself Bible Reading Groups

Opening the Bible with a group of young people is an exciting adventure and a core part any SU event. We've put together some ideas to help you get started, and it really is about going back to basics and allowing God to speak through his word.

Download Teach yourself Bible reading groups PDF

5 minute filler games

The games session is planned, organised and coming up later, but what happens when the digital projector goes off, the minibus is running late, a visitor needs to be spoken to by the person up next on the programme or the games leader turns out to be the First Aider? Then what? Well, you turn to this list of games collated by some of the leaders of the games sessions at our LaunchPad training days. 

Download 5 minute filler games PDF

Evaluating your SU Group

How can you make your SU Group the best it can be? For every group there will be a different answer. To help you think through what it might be for your group, we’ve created an SU Group session called Evaluating your SU Group.

In addition to exploring a Bible story, it will help the young people reflect on what they have learned so far and it will help you think through SU’s Values of an SU Group in relation to your group.

Start a new group

If you are interested in setting up an SU Group in your local primary or secondary school we'd love to hear from you.  

We know of many schools where there is a desire to have an SU Group, but currently no volunteers available to make that happen. SU Groups may be run by teachers, pupils, parents or others and anyone running a group must be an approved SU volunteer.

  • Contact your regional worker to discuss your plans. They can help you connect with other volunteers and provide advice about, applying to become an SU volunteer and getting the group started.
  • Read our guidance on Starting an SU Group for details on the best approach.

SU Volunteering in Schools is a summarised version of our new Partnership with Schools Protocol, and provides important information about how we work in schools.

Volunteer

All over Scotland people volunteer in schools and make a difference. SU volunteers run groups, pray for their schools and provide different kinds of practical support.

  • Find out more about volunteering with SU Scotland in schools.
  • Serve Your Local School is a partnership with other Christian organisations. It aims to help churches in Scotland see the potential to play a part in their local school community and to make a real practical difference for the teachers, staff and pupils in the school.