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The Rev Colin Sinclair, the outgoing Chair of the International Council of Scripture Union, reflects on the charity’s development and work overseas.

ALL around the world throughout 2017, Scripture Union movements celebrated SU’s 150th anniversary in a whole variety of ways.

In England the Queen attended a service at St Mary’s Church in Islington, North London, close to where the organisation’s first meeting was held in December 1867.

Their 150th anniversary service featured the popular classical singer Katherine Jenkins and was recorded by BBC’s Songs of Praise for future transmission.

Here in Scotland, among other activities, hundreds gathered in a large Edinburgh church to celebrate the special anniversary.

There were volunteers and staff going back to the 1950s and up to the present day and it was a wonderful day of reunions and thanksgiving.

Photos on social media have portrayed the variety and creativity of the SU family as they marked this important milestone in distinctive ways. However, this year was also an important milestone for the global movement. Five years ago representatives from all over the world had gathered to reaffirm our aims, beliefs and working principles, but also to identify the challenges for mission, leadership and training for the future. Behind the scenes these last five years have been a busy time trying to get SU ready for its 150th birthday!

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