On Sunday 21st February there will be a joint Worship Service in the Parish Church at the Village at 11am. After worship there will be a Congregational Meeting to elect the Nominating Committee which is the next step in the vacancy process. (Note: the Nominating Committee is what the church formerly called the Vacancy Committee.)
At this Congregational Meeting we will be seeking to elect up to 13 people to the Nominating Committee and will need a Proposer and a Seconder for every Nomination. It is important that the Proposer has the Nominee’s agreement before nominating him / her. If we get more than 13 nominations then we go to a vote. If we get 13 or fewer then all of the nominees will be deemed to be elected.
A couple of things to be aware of:
Nominees do not need to be at church on 21st February; however, Proposers and Seconders do; and
Proposers, Seconders and Nominees must all be on the recently attested Electoral Register.
Following the Congregational Meeting and the election, the Interim Moderator and Session Clerk will have a very brief meeting with the newly elected Nominating Committee.
Both the joint service in Church and the Congregational Meeting will be led by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Grace Saunders. Please note that this 11am worship service replaces our usual two services at 10.15am and 11.45am, and so there will be no service at Balloch on 21 February.
There has been a gap of several months since we last posted anything on this blog, so a wee bit of catch-up is required.
Most of what appears below is of historical interest only – the dates for most of the events in these newsletters have passed – but we’ve decided to post the links in any event, if only for the sake of completeness since the newsletters for the early part of the year had already been posted.
The latest newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland introduces Heart And Soul 2013, when the church will take over Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh for an afternoon of celebration on General Assembly Sunday (19th May), which is also the Day of Pentecost. In recognition of the 1450th anniversary of Columba landing on Iona, Heart and Soul 2013 will be inspired by Celtic Christianity, with all the richness of its themes, including: hospitality, pilgrimage, journeying, creation and its care, representing Christ to the world, and ‘being on the edge’.
The newsletter also has news of two retreats being organised to take place in the Highlands in June, the National Youth Assembly in August and a conference for Session Clerks planned for September.
Among the many items listed in the ‘resources’ section are two new websites: www.resourcingmission.org.uk offers mission resources from the Church of Scotland for download (e.g. Quick Guides) and purchase (e.g. the popular Pray It Forward cards), and an online booking facility for Mission & Discipleship events (e.g. National Youth Assembly). www.lifeandwork.org is a new online presence, offering readers and followers an enhanced and up-to-date experience of the Church of Scotland’s popular magazine. In addition, regular updates on Life and Work’s new pages will appear on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LifeandWork) and Twitter (@cofslifeandwork).
The latest monthly newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has, as always, a whole raft of events, activities and resources of interest to church people throughout Scotland.
The February 2012 newsletter from the Church of Scotland’s Mission & Discipleship Council contains details of a number of events, conferences and resources of interest to church folk all over Scotland. There is something here for everyone.
Among the events listed is HEART and SOUL 2012: the follow-up to last year’s Roll Away the Stone celebration on General Assembly Sunday in Princes Street Gardens. This year’s event will embrace the full length and breadth of West Princes Street Gardens, with more attractions, stalls, exhibitors, and activities for children and young people. Sunday 20 May, 1–6pm. For further information and to apply, visit the Heart and Soul website.
Another is a series of conferences called WHY BELIEVE? Two conferences have been organised to help people ‘give a reason’ for the faith. The emphasis will be on workshops to help church members explore contemporary ways of responding both to new questions and classic issues, like science, suffering and pluralism, and also to explore the opportunities of today’s changing social contexts in presenting the claims of Jesus Christ. The first is called “What can I say? – commending faith in a sceptical age” and takes place on 12 May in Edinburgh and the second, “How can I say it? – sharing faith in a post-modern age” is on 27 October in Glasgow. More details in the newsletter.
Life and Work feature writer, Jackie Macadam, has a request…
We’re thinking about a series called ‘The Sign of the Cross’, where we’ll feature special crosses in churches across Scotland. Some churches have crosses made for a special reason or by a special person. Maybe even out of a special material. Or for a particular reason. We’ll be looking for a good photograph of the cross and tell its story. Could I ask people working in churches across the community to keep an eye open for interesting crosses and get me in touch with someone who will tell the story. Please email jmacadam [at] lifeandwork.org and tell her all about the cross that holds a special place in your church or community.
Read the full newsletter at Mission & Discipleship 65 – February 2012
The December 2011 edition of the Church of Scotland’s enews from the Mission & Discipleship Council features information about a large number of events and resources to start the New Year 2012. Among them are a series of Contextual Bible Studies run by Christian Aid and a program of events focusing on worship and leadership from the Mission & Discipleship Council.
Information is given about PRAY NOW 2012 – Daily Devotions on the Theme of Time from the Pray Now Group. This popular annual collection of modern prayers, written by individuals, prayer groups and leaders of worship, is for everyone, whatever their denomination. It offers a place to start when you feel you have no words of your own, and prayer activities that allow time to think and space to listen. This year’s theme is ‘Time’. The Pray Now Group is a team of experts who care deeply about the role of prayer in our lives. Drawn from an ecumenically minded Church of Scotland group, their work is written for a wide, diverse and international readership.
In addition, there is information about PRAY IT FORWARD – a new initiative from Mission & Discipleship featuring an attractive collection of high quality cards carrying a range of blessings inspired from scripture, for churches and individuals to give away free to others. The aim of the cards is to encourage and bless the recipient, and to encourage them to pray for, and bless, someone else in turn, i.e. to focus outward, and not just on what God can do for ME! They are ideal for use in outreach, pastoral care and personal contexts, e.g. pop one in with each Christmas card you send. Each box of 80 cards features an assortment of 8 different designs. £5 per box.
Read the full enews at Mission & Discipleship 63 – December 2011
The Church of Scotland has joined the world of social media with an official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/churchofscotland) and Twitter account (@churchscotland). This is one of the news items on the latest edition of the Kirk’s Good News bulletin. If you are a user of these social media sites then why not add the Church of Scotland to your list of favourites? There is also a Youtube page (www.youtube.com/churchscotland) but this looks to be still at the embryonic stage.
Also in the newsletter is an invitation to take part in The Big Blether. Dr Steve Mallon, Mission and Discipleship Council Secretary, said:
“We are keen to hear peoples’ views on how they understand the word ‘mission’ today. In the 21st Century, post-modern, post-Christian, disconnected and connected world that we all live in how can the Church of Scotland engage with the 90 per cent of people who have nothing to do with any of the churches? We want to hear views on three key elements of congregational life: worship, witness and discipleship. We want to re-imagine the understanding and practice of these elements so that we can do them in ways that will stand a chance of being noticed by the people to whom we are currently invisible.”
The Council is eager to connect and engage with people and get your views, experiences and perspectives. To join the discussion visit http://www.bigblether.net and have your say on issues such as:
How accessible is the church to new people? and
What could we be doing to get more people through the door?
Elsewhere in the newsletter, the Right Reverend David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, gives his views on the recent (current?) phone-hacking scandal, welcomes the UK Government’s decision on the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre and reports on the launch of The People’s Bible project in Edinburgh. Read the latest edition of the newsletter at Good News – July 2011
As ever, the latest newsletter from the Church of Scotland’s Mission & Discipleship Council is packed full of events, activities and resources of interest and covers everything from academic seminars to worship events to children’s activities, and much more. Among the many items listed this month are: AN EVENING WITH DAVE BILBROUGH: a worship-orientated evening supplemented by some solo songs and anecdotes from Dave, who has three decades of experience in the worship arena. ‘All Hail the Lamb’, ‘I Am a New Creation’ and ‘Abba Father’ are among his many compositions that are sung worldwide by Christians of all denominations. Recent years have seen him developing a vision towards integrating musical influences from around the world to create authentic new sounds of worship. His ministry brings an emphasis on the grace and faithfulness of God, and uninhibited praise and reconciliation. 8 September, 7.30pm, Falkirk Old & St Modan’s Parish Church £8 (£6 concessions) SAMOSA SUNDAY: Churches are invited to hold a special lunch (samosas, soup, sandwiches etc) on behalf of The Well Multi-Cultural Advice Centre in Glasgow. A resource pack (sermon outline, children’s resources and information about The Well) are now available. 11 September – the 10th anniversary of ‘9/11’. This can be used as an opportunity to show Christ’s love to those of other faiths and cultures. THE GLASGOW PASSION 2011: a new and modern interpretation of the greatest story ever told. Over the centuries it has been expressed in different ways but this fresh adaptation, by Scottish playwright Rob Drummond, engages with contemporary culture and promises to enthral and challenge today’s audience. 6 October, 7.30pm, George Square, Glasgow. Free, but tickets are required for entry.
Read the full newsletter at Mission & Discipleship 58 – July 2011