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22 May 2017

Scripture Union: sharing God's love for 150 years

Scripture Union: sharing God's love for 150 years

Alliance member Scripture Union (SU) celebrates its 150th anniversary on 2 June.

The charity, which works to disciple children and young people, started in a parlour room in London in 1867.

Staff, volunteers and supporters will gather to mark the day with prayer and celebration.

Janet Morgan, director of SU International, said: "This is an exciting moment for Scripture Union globally."

"We want this to be a special year of celebrating what God has done and is doing through the ministry of SU; a movement that has not just lasted but is vibrant and growing".

Josiah Spiers founded SU after gathering 15 children in his home in Islington, London, to help them understand the Bible in lively and creative ways.

As the meetings grew, they moved into a local church schoolroom before spreading across the UK and the world.

SU has now grown into an international movement ministering in more than 120 countries.

Globally SU movements have already begun marking the occasion and will continue throughout the year. Creative celebrations include selfie competitions in Scotland with young people dressing up as Josiah Spiers in beards and moustaches, to dozens of cakes being baked for supporters to celebrate the birthday with colleagues and family around New South Wales.

In Slovakia a God is Love colouring resource has been launched commemorating the text in the sand that launched the first beach mission and in Nigeria commemorative t-shirts are being produced for their days of celebration.

The SU in India has produced special badges for children and young people.

Find out more about how the anniversary is being celebrated, and how you can get involved via the SU website: www.scriptureunion.global

As a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Scripture Union is one of 600 organisations supported by the Alliance. We facilitate members' initiatives and campaigns and offer support to increase their impact. Member organisations have an opportunity to speak to the media on behalf of our membership, as we direct media and information enquiries to member organisations best placed to deal with them. The Alliance also provides training for organisations on how to engage with the local government and media. 

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