Students come from every walk of life, representing a rich tapestry of experiences, cultures, traditions and languages. We know that the transition to university represents a wonderful opportunity to encounter Christianity, helping people tackle difficult questions, grow in faith and discern a future vocation. By reaching out to students and supporting young people through churches, we believe a transformation can happen: a world acting more justly, a people speaking up for the poor, and a church bringing God’s love to broken communities.
Do you have students in your congregation, or are you near to a university and want to find out more about starting a student ministry in your church? Perhaps your church has young people aged 16-18 and you're looking for resources to help them prepare for the transition to university? Either way, you're in the right place!
Our team of Regional Development Workers are available to help churches in their student ministry. Whether it's discussing student engagement, how to run a student group, or visiting your church to preach or run workshops, we are excited to join with you in your mission to engage students with church. We also run Student Ministry Forums, which are events that seek to gather student workers from local churches and chaplaincies to discuss ideas, share experiences, and receive training. If you want to learn more about how we can help your church, click here to email us.
Become an SCM Link Church!
The best way for your church to get involved with SCM is to become an SCM Link Church. These churches support the aims of SCM, and are seeking to minister to students and young people at this crucial stage in their lives. Some do this through running student groups, promoting SCM and our events, or celebrating Student Sunday. Others share our Going to Uni guides with young people in their congregation and hold them in prayer as they move to university. Each Link Church is different, but in every church students will feel welcomed as they are and loved by their community.
By signing up as a Link Church you will have access to a whole host of resources, including Going to Uni guides and workshops for 16-18 year olds through our SCM Connect project, and Welcoming Students to Your Church resources if you are a church looking to grow your ministry with university students. Link Churches also receive:
- Support and advice from our team of Regional Development Workers
- Information about and the opportunity to host Student Ministry Forums
- Publicity materials such as flyers, coasters and postcards
- Copies of Movement magazine twice per year, and mailings with information about new resources and upcoming events for your students and young people
- Churches near to universities will also receive a profile on SCM Connect, our online directory, which includes a short description of your church, a photo and details of how students can get in touch
To become a Link Church, click the button below to sign up through SCM Connect. If you would like to speak to a member of staff about becoming a Link Church, click here to email us or give us a call.