HISTORY OF SCRIPTURE UNION, AND ITS ORIGIN. 

Scripture Union is an international inter-denominational Evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in the year 1867 by JOSHUA SPIRES in London, United kingdom and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world.
The organization's aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adult to know God.
The movement is located across; Did-cot, England and United kingdom

ORIGIN OF SCRIPTURE UNION.

On 2nd June Josiah SPIERS spoke to fifteen children in a drawing room in Islington, London and began the work of sharing the Christian message with children in a way that related to their real needs.

Josiah taught the children hymns, and choruses and told them stories of Jesus in a way that they could understand. It was so lively, so informal and so different from the boring sermons that they had sat through in their churches that all the children returned the following week with some of their friends.

By 17th November, the Hughes's had a capital crowd of fifty children in front room . They needed a larger auditorium.

This led to the establishment of the CHILDREN'S SPECIAL SERVICE MISSION (CSSM) which was founded on 8th December in the school house in Islington with 65 children attending.

Bishop Tim, God's servant has begun running similar meetings for children in South London. He meet JOSHUA SPIRES in 1868 and they began working together under CSSM
****_THE BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN*
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Josiah was on holiday at the Sea side at a place called *Llandudno in North Wales.
So Josiah saw an opportunity. He called a group of children to him and suggested they make a text on sand.
He marked out the word "GOD IS LOVE", and encouraged the children. He told Bible stories to the children. There the first scripture Union beach mission was born.


THE BIBLE READING CARDS (1879)


The first children scripture Union bible reading card appeared on 1st April 1879 attracting 6000 members, all Children.
It was an immediate success and within months there were scripture Union as far as Belgium, Spain an Russia including members with the introduction of adult bible reading cards.


In 1887, there were 328,000 members in United kingdom alone and by 1889 there were 470,000 cards printed in 28 languages in different countries.

In 1893 CSSM had distributed 3 million children leaflets in fifty languages.
The unique combination of ministry with children and bible ministry spread quickly to many countries around the world and eventually the name of the movement became
SCRIPTURE UNION.

_THE BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN

Josiah was on holiday at the Sea side at a place called *Llandudno in North Wales.
So Josiah saw an opportunity. He called a group of children to him and suggested they make a text on sand.
He marked out the word "GOD IS LOVE", and encouraged the children. He told Bible stories to the children. There the first scripture Union beach mission was born.

ANNIE MARSTON:
Was a young Sunday school teacher in KESWICK in the North of England who wanted to encourage the children in their Sunday school class to read the Bible each day.
Every Sunday she wrote out list of passages totally them to read during the week. The next Sunday she discussed the passages with them, and answered their questions..


As time went by, more and more children asked for list of passages. So Annie Marston, wrote to CSSM (children's special service mission) in London suggesting that they should print the list of bible passages for children to read by the time the CSSM was printing leaflets useful for the ministry.


However the first reaction of the general Secretary and the committee to Annie Marston was negative but she kept writing to them and eventually they were persuaded to publish an annual card of daily Bible reading for children.


CHRISTIAN CAMPS(1892)

In 1892, two students from Cambridge University came up with a novel idea. They wanted to organize a boy's camp.
They wrote "Our plan is as follows", "To collect together as many as possible in tents, to provide for them all sports and amusements dear to the hearts of boys and while in the midst of these enjoyments to influence them more by example than by words".

They did just as they planned and it reported that on the last night some of the most unlikely ones who has come to the camp as a joke, told how they found Christ that week.

SCHOOL MINISTRY
By the 1940s the ministry of scripture Union was become more diverse talking on local flavor. Booklets of notes were published for British troops in the trenches during the great war from 1914-1918 and led to the first issue of daily notes for adults in 1923.
After the second world war, scripture Union England developed a new kind of ministry in state schools, the inter school Christain fellowship (ISCF). The commencement of these school groups paved the way for the development of the schools ministry in other movements around the world.


SCRIPTURE UNION AIMS, BELIEVE STATEMENT AND WORKING PRINCIPLE

(1986)
By 1985, Scripture Union was present in over 70 countries. It was agreed that more was needed to ensure the unity of the movement.
At an international gathering in Harare, Zimbabwe, Scripture Union leaders from around the world agreed the aims, believe statement and working principal.
AIMS
"The scripture Union worldwide has a vision for this age to make God good news known to all people of the Earth, especially to young people and families and to promote daily teaching of the BIBLE"
In 2017 SCRIPTURE UNION celebrated her 150years.
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SCRIPTURE UNION IN NIGERIA.

Scripture Union entered Nigeria on Jan 1, 1885, from the efforts of Rev. Gollmer, a CMS missionary at Westley Chapel, Tunubu square in Lagos with 204 Children
It was officially registered on October 9th 1967 as a not-for-profit-organization
*SCRIPTURE UNION, A GLOBAL MOVEMENT (2012)
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By the turn of the country, scripture Union was present in over 120 countries with a strong commitment to expressing the aims of S U in a way appropriate to each context


COUNTRIES UNDER SCRIPTURE UNION.

Scripture Union is a collection of Christian movement in more than 130 countries. They follow the same beliefs, and working principle but organize their work in a way appropriate to their countries culture and situations.

These countries ranges from:
Africa, America, Britain, and Ireland (with FSR), East Asia, Europe, Pacific, south Asia..
Some Countries under scripture Union.

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameron, cape verse island, central African republic, Congo, Brazil ville, Congo democratic republic.

Eygpt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritiea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Sierra Leone, south Africa,

Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, tchad, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada Chile, Colombia, coast Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, french Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras,..

Jamaica, Mexico, USA, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, England and Wales, northern Ireland, republic of Ireland, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ukraine, Macau, Philippines, Malaysia,

Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, south Australia.

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