Christian Unions

Christian Unions (CUs) are groups within schools for young people to explore Christianity and develop their faith, usually meeting during a lunchtime. Step’s vision for CUs is that they should be student-led, usually by sixth formers and we support the group and the leaders. Some CUs will also have teachers present, whereas some won’t. Each one is very different but we really want to encourage each group to be outward looking (either to their non-Christian friends or through prayer and mission in the school). We also offer training sessions for CU leaders, where they are given the opportunity to meet other students who are running similar groups. 


Youth Alpha is a 13-week course, often used in Christian Unions as an introduction to the Christian faith, which tackles questions such as 

  • Who is Jesus? 
  • Why did he die? 
  • What about the Holy Spirit?
  • Does God heal today?


Many Christian young people find it difficult to explain their faith outside of church. This interactive, three-session course aims to encourage young people in school years 7-9 to consider what being a Christian means to them and how they might go about sharing this with their friends so they understand them and their faith better. It also offers an opportunity to express and deal with some of their fears around this topic that may be present.