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Mission in Schools

Schools ministry is all about taking the good news of Jesus into schools and creating opportunities for children and young people to Connect with others, Explore the Bible, Respond to Jesus, and Grow in their faith.

Opportunities in schools

We have seen lives changed and school communities impacted by the witness of faithful Christians sharing the good news of Jesus within their local schools and invite you to consider what this could look like for you and your church! 

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Through Assemblies, acts of collective worship and workshops, the local church can often bring a great depth of wisdom, creativity and experience that adds to the pupils' experience of the Christian faith!
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Working alongside your local school, you and your church can serve them well by offering to run events and activities that tie in with the curriculum.
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Christmas, Easter and Halloween provide fantastic opportunities to develop links with schools. Running exciting lessons, assemblies and worshops has never been easier with our free resources packs and support.

Training and Support

Whether you're looking for training support for you and your team, or you need some training to help you get the most out of our resources, we're here to help equip you and your church as together we reach children and young people with good news of Jesus.

For more opportunities, bespoke training requests or advice on next steps, get in touch with your local Mission Enabler by completing the contact form below. 

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Designed for those new to schools work, this course is aimed at schools workers and church-based youth and children’s workers – both paid and unpaid – as we create space for learning, conversation and networking.

Join us to be equipped and encouraged as you explore schools work in a way that’s relevant for your community!
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Spending time in prayer before embarking on schools ministry is key.

Discover key partnerships, along with ideas and inspiration to help you bring others together to pray for you and your schools.
Young Leaders Training
With the right support and resources, young people can become great leaders of Christian groups in their schools. This free training is designed for you to equip, support and raise up the leaders in your schools.

More 'peer to peer' resources can be found below.
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Working for, or in the name of, SU?

Building good relationships with schools with both students and staff is essential.

For those who work for, or in the name of, Scripture Union, we offer guidelines on how to help you do this well.

Resources

We have a wealth of resources to equip you and your church in your schools work. To discover the full range of all that are available please visit our Resource Centre

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With flexibility to suit your age groups and contexts, you can search by age group, Bible book, season and keywords, discover the most recent SchoolsLive syllabus' here.
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Discover our range of free resources to help you plan and deliver great sessions in schools.
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We've got loads of resources to help you share the good news of Jesus with children and young people in schools. Discover all that's available for school and beyond!
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It's Your Move

It's Your Move is the only secondary school survival guide children will ever need! Available in English and Welsh, this great resource, packed with advice, real-life testimonies and Bible reflections, has helped support over 2 million children navigate the transition from primary school to secondary school so far!

Over the last 20 years we have developed, and continue to regularly update the book itself as well as free guides, workshop resources and assembly outlines so that you can make the most out of this resource!

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Guardians of Ancora

Guardians of Ancora is a world-class digital game – an amazing virtual world that 8- to 11 year-olds can enter, and a place where the Bible stories come alive.

It's completely free to download and play (no hidden charges or in-app purchases!) and with lots of resources available in our Resource Centre to support you as you take it into schools, Guardians of Ancora is a great way to get children into the Bible.

Peer to Peer: Equipping the 5%

Did you know that 70% of the young Christian people we surveyed as part of a research project agreed that they should try to encourage others to become Christians?

And though they largely view themselves as confident, they want to be more confident in sharing their faith. Take a look at the recent research findings alongside some brilliant resources that can help you equip Christian children and young people as they share their faith with their peers.

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Influencers: Peer evangelism amongst young people in the UK.

A partnership project with the aim of understanding how young people (age 13-18) have been influenced by peers in their journey towards becoming a Christian, as well as seeking to understand how they influenced peers themselves.
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'Shine in Schools' is all about two things; EQUIPPING Christian young people to live for God at school and providing opportunities to EXPLORE the Christian faith at school.

With new content released every Autumn, click on the link above to discover more as you encourage children and young people to share their faith and 'shine' in their schools.
Shine Your Light
Released in 2022 'Shine Your Light' explores the importance of young people reaching their peers with the good news of Jesus – and provides you, as a youth leader or Faith Guide, with some practical ways in which you can unpack this with young people.

Download this free resource today.

We're here to help you

Local Team
Based all around England and Wales, our Mission Enablers have years of experience and expertise to equip and support you and your church as you get connected with your local schools.

With a passion for empowering the local church, whether you are brand new to schools work, or have been doing it for years, your local team are ready to support and enhance your mission in schools.
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Passionate about helping you and your church discover just how simple it can be to use sports, games and fitness activities to share the good news of Jesus in schools, the SU Sports Team are ready and waiting to talk to you!

Meet the team and start a conversation today!
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Scripture Union partners with local groups that have a vision to work with children and young people in their area. Each mission partner is encouraged to be a local expression of SU, reflecting our aims and vision in ways appropriate to the locality and they are a brilliant source of local knowledge and connection.

Discover who is based in your area (as well as the National Partnerships) and get connected.

95% of children and young people in England and Wales do not go to church but the majority do go to school!

We want to inspire, encourage and equip you and your church to connect with your local schools, to enable all children and young people everywhere to discover the difference Jesus can make to the challenges and adventures of life.

If you would like help discovering your first, or next, steps in schools ministry, fill in your details below and your local team will be in touch!

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Holiday Clubs

Connecting with your school isn't just limited to school hours and after-school clubs.

Running a holiday club is a great way of introducing children to the good news of Jesus. Take a look at our full range of holiday club resources – we're sure we've got a theme to excite you AND the children who will be attending! 

And if you're unsure which one to use, why not speak to your local Mission Enabler? Click here to find your local team!

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Creating safe spaces for exploring faith in Jesus

At Scripture Union, keeping children safe is of paramount importance, and the need to provide adequate care for children and young people is at the forefront of any event planning.

Take a look at our Safeguarding Policy and discover resources that you may find useful.

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The Revealing Jesus mission framework

With 95% of under-18s not in church, the task of reaching them is huge. But so too is the opportunity!

The Revealing Jesus mission framework is designed to help your church journey into faith with the 95. Find out how Scripture Union can support you on that journey. 
 

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6
 

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Together, we can reach the 95% of children and young people not in church

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