Give the Gift of Belonging
Starting university can be both an exciting and daunting time. Though the circumstances may be different this year for many first-year students, the worries and excitement will look very similar. For students of faith there will be an added element of wanting to find a community of like-minded individuals with whom to learn and grow. Although conservative evangelicalism only represents a portion of Christian students, the Christian student scene is often over-represented by this demographic, which leaves many students struggling to find a place they can call home. SCM offers an alternative.
As a radically inclusive, progressive, student-led movement, SCM has been a quiet but powerful presence in university life, and indeed in the wider Christian world, since 1889. SCM also has a vital role to play in the lives of today's students. Not just for those for whom there is no other LGBT+ affirming Christian community on campus, but for those who want to explore an open-minded Christian faith, to pursue justice, and discover the beauty of ecumenism. SCM Friend Revd Paul Parker said of his time as a member, “I am so thankful for SCM, because it has made me the Christian I am today. I feel certain that without SCM, the friends I made, the events I attended and the resources I used, my faith would be very different.” Being part of SCM is so much more than just a three year membership! For this reason, we’d love for you to share everything that SCM is with a student you love through gifting them a three-year membership to SCM.
“[I] joined SCM as I believe that there is a need for student led Christian community to include people from the LBGTQ + community, as I believe that it is important to have a safe space for everyone. I think as Christians we have a duty to fight against injustice whether that’s climate change, homelessness or mental health.” - Liz Todd
“SCM is beyond amazing, and it’s the thing I never knew I needed” – Miriam Samuels
How Does It Work?
Click the link below to buy a three-year membership to SCM for your student for just £15. Everyone who buys a Gift Membership will receive a Membership pack in which you’ll find:
- A code to redeem the three-year membership to SCM.
- A booklet about SCM which details our values, introduces our trustees and staff, and shows how to get involved with the movement.
- Lots of wonderful SCM goodies including a copy of Movement magazine, an SCM lanyard, badges, postcards, coasters, tea bags, a wooden holding cross, plus more!
You can choose to have the Gift Membership pack delivered to your house or sent straight to the giftee. There is no obligation for the student to redeem the membership, but we hope that after seeing what SCM is about they’ll be keen to get involved! Once they’re a member they’ll have access to:
- SCM SOC, our student online community who meet over Zoom for prayer, socials and Bible studies.
- Opportunities to campaign with us on issues of peace and food equality.
- Invitations to attend regional and national events on a range of engaging topics
- The option to join an SCM group in their university city
- And more!
Gift Membership is the perfect gift to give to a student you love, to provide them with a lifelong community, to help them think critically about and act on issues of social justice, celebrate the diversity that exists within Christianity and the world, and to develop a resilient, hard-wearing faith that can "accommodate all the murkiness and messiness of life". So what are you waiting for? Give the gift of a lifetime today.
If you're gifting SCM Membership to a student (or students) as a church, here are some more ideas of how you can bless them as they head to university for the first time.
Gift Memberships can be purchased on behalf of anyone who is a student at a UK-based Higher Education institution, or has graduated in the last three years from a UK-based Higher Education institution. Please be aware that Gift Memberships are non-refundable, and there is no guarantee or obligation that the student will redeem their membership.