Victorian beach mission

Our history

Scripture Union started 150 years ago with one individual who saw an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with children and young people

God is love

Josiah Spiers

In June 1867 Josiah Spiers spoke to 15 children in a drawing room in Islington, London, pioneering a new approach to sharing Jesus with children.

These meetings grew rapidly and soon the Children’s Special Service Mission was formed, later becoming Scripture Union. The following year, Spiers went on holiday to Llandudno in North Wales and spontaneously held a children’s meeting on the beach. He wrote ‘God is love’ in the sand, and this simple but compelling message attracted the attention of local young people. Through games and stories Josiah Spiers empowered his young audience to engage with Jesus. 

Celebrate the Jubilee year with us – Read the full Scripture Union story with our history publications.

Much has changed since Josiah Spiers, but the big idea is still the same:

Share the good news of Jesus with the next generation

Through involvement in their activities, Josiah Spiers positioned himself where he could share the good news with the young people just where they were. Fast forward 150 years and the beaches may have been replaced by Instagram, Youtube and the sports field, but the mission and message of Scripture Union remains the same. Find out more about what we do now to connect with today's children and young people.

The 95 block

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

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