The main focus of our work in primary schools is on supporting those who run Scripture Union groups there. These are voluntary groups that meet at lunchtime or after school and are designed to help children explore and live out the Christian faith.
We also have staff members, volunteers and resources to help with RE and assemblies.
There have been Scripture Union groups in Northern Ireland schools since the late 1940s. The work has grown considerably over the years so that today there are around 300 groups meeting in Primary, Post-Primary and Special Schools across Northern Ireland.
What Is An SU Group?
An SU group is a voluntary group, which meets regularly within the school and is designed to help pupils explore the Bible and live out the Christian faith. The leaders are approved both by the school principal and by Scripture Union.
Our vision is to give pupils the opportunity to meet and be transformed by Jesus through the establishment of a community that is Bible-based, discipleship-oriented and mission-focused in every school in Northern Ireland.
Each group is free to develop a programme relevant and appropriate for its own circumstances and for the children who attend.
Support from SU
If you are already involved in a school SU group, check out the SU Leaders Area of our website for loads of ideas and resources to help you run your SU group. Scripture Union staff members are also available to support you in any way we can. So please get in touch with us if there is anything we can do for you!
Starting A Group
If you are interested in starting or registering a group, please let us know! The Primary Schools Coordinator would be pleased to meet up with you to discuss the practicalities, show you some resources and offer our support. You can contact him by email by clicking here or phone 028 9073 4365.
Helping as a leader in a school SU group
To find out how to become involved as a leader in a school SU group click here
RE & Assemblies
SU staff and volunteers are also available to contribute to RE lessons in primary schools. There are a number of specific lessons that we can offer, all linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Religious Education. Click here to find out more.
Scripture Union staff members are available to take assemblies in primary schools within the greater Belfast area and where there is a local E3 Schools Worker. To find out if there is someone available to take assemblies in your area, or to book an assembly, get in touch with Paul.
We are also in the process of developing a series of 72 assemblies designed to take children through the Bible in the course of three years. As well as giving an overview of the Bible story, the assemblies provide an opportunity for children to explore key Christian beliefs and their application to life today. These Bible Time Line Assemblies are free to download and may be used by teachers, ministers and others who lead assemblies regularly in primary schools.