In 1901, CSSM (Children’s Special Services Mission) started a beach mission in Port St Mary for the holiday makers who flocked to the island’s beaches. Over time the number of holiday makers who attended decreased and the local numbers increased. This led the team (now under the guidance of Scripture Union) to start praying about there being a consistent group of active Christians on the Island running events all year round for those young people who attended and came to faith or wanted to explore faith further.
In the 1980s, a volunteer started running lunchtime groups in the Island’s secondary schools. After a while, this became unsustainable for one person to do by themselves, so Scripture Union Ministries Trust (SUMT) was born.
For several years, SUMT was made up of one worker, and the occasional gap year student. In the 2010s this became multiple workers and gap year students as well as administrative staff, all based in a community house in Port St Mary. As a new decade arrived, SUMT found a new home in Manor Ark (the former Police House) in Pulrose, where we aim to support work with children and young people in the local community alongside our work Island-wide.
The work we do has grown and adapted over the last 30+ years. We still run lunchtime groups in the secondary schools, but we are also involved in collective worship (assemblies), curriculum days and lessons, after school clubs and residential weekends. We seek to resource and support schools in the holistic development of children and young people and provide training and resources for churches to enable bringing Faith Within Reach of every child and young person on the Isle of Man.
In 2023, SUMT was invited to become a member of Scripture Union International (SUI), being recognised as a national movement in its own right. This enables us to share good practice and learn from other similar Christian charitable organisations around the globe, enriching the work we do on the Isle of Man. Learn more about SUI here.