Scum for Scotland
As God leads us,
we will respectfully serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ in Scotland’s anti-mainstream community.
We will baptise, teach, and pastorally support willing new believers as they follow Jesus.
God wants us to give the community the opportunity to respond positively to Jesus’s service and good news.
(Receive forgiveness of sins, be saved from death, receive His Holy Spirit, and enter an eternal life and relationship with God).
God us wants to bring hope and healing to the community when it is affected by the; spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and physical issues often found within it.
(Disaffection, alienation, hate, bitterness, anxieties, depressions,
and the destructive/self-destructive behaviours and consequences they can produce).
God wants us to let the community know that He loves them as they are, and that His aim is to transform lives, not stifle, or disregard their creativity, expression, and indignation.
Why Scum for Scotland?
We chose Scum for Scotland, for two reasons.
The positive influence and support of Scum of the Earth Church in Denver.
We share the vision of their community, and the scripture they took their name from. 1 Corinthians 4:13 where Paul writes, “To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.” This reminds us of how we ought to be, as we serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Why as God leads us?
because Jesus let God lead Him.
because Jesus was respectful.
because Jesus served.
Why share the good news?
because Jesus tells us to.
Why baptise, teach, and pastorally support?
because Jesus tells us to.
Why the anti-mainstream community?
Because God loves them too.
Because there is a barrier between the good news of Jesus Christ and the community.
Very few churches and ministries in Scotland feel called to specifically reach the community, and as a result the community, (unless they are in great need or have a pre-existing interest), are unlikely to engage with them, no matter how helpful or good they are.
The scepticism, dislike, and sometimes hate of the Church and Christianity present in the community, paired with the style and approach of these ministries, can mean that the community will simply not engage.
Because there is great need in the community.
Mental & Emotional Health issues: (depression, anxieties, self-harm, suicide, identity crises)
Sexual Health Issues: (Sexual Regret, Sexually Transmitted Infections)
Substance Misuse: (Alcohol, Legal and Illegal Recreational Drugs)
Social and Relational Issues: (Distrust, Mistrust, isolation, alienation)
Who is, and what is Scotland’s anti-mainstream community?
By anti-mainstream we mean, those who are, sceptical of, dislike, and in some cases, hate mainstream culture, it’s lifestyles, art, music, film, media, fashion, entertainment, philosophy, and religion (including and often especially Christianity).
They are not a community in the sense of living in the one place, congregating together for the purposes of being anti-mainstream, or even sharing the same characteristics, but simply as people who share anti-mainstream attitudes and beliefs. However, there are smaller groupings within the community that often do self-identify and meet as a type of anti-mainstream community. (E.g. Punks)
Where is Scotland’s anti-mainstream community?
The community can be found throughout Scotland, and is perhaps most visible at music, art, film, spoken word, fashion, political and entertainment events where key people with anti-mainstream sentiment perform or speak.
What do we mean by respectfully?
We mean without pressure, aggression, or manipulation, and by not disregarding out of hand the community’s rules, boundaries, and expectations.
How do we serve the community?
How do we share the good news of Jesus Christ?
How do we baptise, teach, and support willing new believers?
What is Truth?
CHuRch for mISfiTs
We meet with those we encounter as often as we can and, to offer prayer, encouragement, comfort, scripture, and guidance when asked.
We pray daily for the community, especially those God has put in front of us, and in our lives.
As God leads, we share the good news of Jesus Christ through personal testimony and biblical contributions to the conversations we have with those we serve. We pray also that our interaction with them reflects Christ’s love for us all, and that this too will help to highlight the good news of how Jesus can transform lives.
Stuart and Lynsey Gilmour
Scottish Missionaries in Scotland
Being like us, with Christ
To people like us, without Christ
In response to Christ's command to;
"go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,"
and in response to His call upon us to reach Scotland's anti-mainstream community,
we have set up, and continue to serve in the mission of Scum for Scotland.
We are Scum for Scotland
1 Corinthians 4:13 "when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world--right up to this moment."
Through Scum for Scotland we are able to serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ with Scotland's rarely reached,
(punks, goths, metal-heads, and whatever they or others like to call them).
We have been called to this
and we obediently follow the leading of the Holy Spirit,
in partnership with His Word,
and with support from our various sources of spiritual, mental, and emotional support.
Christian Associates Network, (Glasgow), Communitas International, (Centennial, Colorado), Cornerstone (Shotts), and Scum of the Earth Church (Denver, Colorado).
We invite you to share in our walk with Christ,
to pray for us and Scum for Scotland,
and to ask God if He wants you to financially support His mission here in Scotland.
God bless you all.
Stuart and Lynsey