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.
Can I start a new SU Group?

If you are interested in setting up an SU Group in your local primary, secondary or special 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 Scotland 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 Scotland volunteer and getting the group started.
  • Read our guidance on Starting an SU Group for details on the best approach.

The protocol for Scripture Union Scotland staff and volunteers working in Scottish schools provides important information about how we work in schools.

Are there resources to help me?

Yes! We've got lots to help you lead and run an SU Group. Look below for some options. We have more ideas on our online resource area using a web address that we give to accredited volunteers.

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 from your local staff member but here are some of our favorites.

ONE BIG STORY

One Big Story is a Bible overview resource. The resource came about as a result of seeing the effectiveness of the Bible Alive programme in schools, and the impact when children are helped to understand the Bible as 'one big story', seeing how the individual stories connect. 

This programme is aimed at SU Groups for children in P5-P7, to take them through a Bible overview over the course of two years. 

Find out more and download One Big Story.

Explore Online

Our Explore Online resources were created and uploaded in early summer 2020. As SU Groups are not able to meet in schools right now, we wanted to give you something to help primary pupils continue exploring the Bible at home.

God's Got this

Where is God during Covid-19? Lockdowns, shutdowns, cancellations, ‘bubbles’ and face coverings in school - 2020 has been the strangest year. This new Bible-based resource from SU Scotland – four sessions for primary groups and four for secondary – is designed to show children and young people that in a global pandemic or whatever trials we face, we can trust that God’s Got This.

More ideas

Talking to your local staff member and accrediting yourself as an SU Scotland volunteer will open up access to other online resources and advice on other good materials of primary SU Groups.

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...

 

NUA

NUA is a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith. Our friends at Scripture Union Ireland produced this engaging resource for the world to use.

We have permission to offer this resource to anyone in Scotland for free in a digital format. Please complete this form to access the NUA film series. Look out for NUA Origins coming out durign the first half of 2020.

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

Explore Online

As SU Groups were not meeting in schools during much of 2020, we wanted to give something to help secondary pupils continue exploring the Bible at home. Over the eight exlore online sessions with the NUA Film Series and SU Ireland, explore the Bible, be encouraged and be inspired to own your faith!

GOD'S GOT THIS

Where is God during Covid-19? Lockdowns, shutdowns, cancellations, ‘bubbles’ and face coverings in school - 2020 has been the strangest year. This new Bible-based resource from SU Scotland – four sessions for primary groups and four for secondary – is designed to show children and young people that in a global pandemic or whatever trials we face, we can trust that God’s Got This.

MORE IDEAS

Talking to your local staff member and accrediting yourself as an SU Scotland volunteer will open up access to other online resources and advice on other good materials of primary SU Groups.

One Big Story