News from the Mission and Discipleship Council
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March 2017
Starters for Sunday is becoming 'Weekly Worship'
Weekly Worship (formerly Starters for Sunday) offers a range of suggested material which can be used each week for individuals and congregations to develop. Sometimes there may be background material to the readings, at other times it may be ideas for deepening prayer, or involving children, or using drama.

Find the ‘Weekly Worship’ material here.
Conversations in Worship
What if our stories shed light on, or had something to say to our patterns and practices of worshipping together?
The Resourcing Worship Group have produced a new resource called ‘Conversations in Worship’ that helps us to explore how we can grow in our worship together. 
For more information on how to host a Conversation in Worship, contact our Worship Development Worker – Phill Mellstrom.
Core Skills
Core Skills is an interdenominational modular scheme offering foundational training for all those involved with church-based children and family ministry. Forthcoming training is on 11 March; 29 April and 10 June. For more information or to book a place please contact Isobel Booth-Clibborn.
Vision Day - Glasgow
22 April 2017
Book now and join us at the next Fresh Expressions vision event to explore new ways of being church and how to form them. In a fun and interactive way, vision events give you the chance to: share your story; think about what it is to be church; ask questions; find out about fresh expressions; discover resources; and build networks and relationships.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Registration now open for our Dumfries Equip, Saturday 22 April. Workshops include: Café Church, Working with the elderly/those with Dementia, Rural Church work and Sharing Faith. Open to all.
Going for Growth Summer School
The Heart of the Matter
5-8 June 2017
Building upon our Summer Schools of 2015 and 2016 the focus of our 2017 School will be on discipleship. What does it mean, in the fresh contexts in which God has placed us or into which He is calling us, to follow Jesus in a whole-life, life-long way?  Book now!
Pastoral Care Conference
Exploring Pastoral Care - Why? What? & How?
24 June 2017
Vine Conference Centre, Dunfermline
A new Learn Conference to enthuse and inspire local congregations with a vision of Pastoral Care. Exploring Pastoral Care from biblical, missional and practical perspectives, it will provide hands-on ideas for the first steps towards effective Pastoral Care.  Come and join us for a day of exploration and discovery. Book Now!
National Youth Assembly 2017
21 - 24 July 2017
Gartmore House
A platform for young adults (aged 17-25) to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland.  Booking should be available from 17 March with an early bird price of £85 available until 30 April.
Community of Faith Conference
26 August 2017
Booking is now open for this conference which will be launching our next Learn publication, which focusses on ministry with children and young people.  Following the three chapters in the publication - being church together, working together and forming together - you will hear from 12 different speakers and have opportunities for discussion and sharing with one another.
Understanding Our Faith
New Publication
Available November 2017
A new volume in the Learn series. Learn: Understanding Our Faith follows on from the Learn: Exploring Faith publication. It takes you on a journey through seven core issues of Christian faith, and will equip everyday believers to understand and communicate their faith more clearly and with more confidence. 
Pre-order available from April.
Understanding Our Faith
Launch Conference
4 November 2017
Another Learn Conference brought to you with the launch of the Learn: Understanding Our Faith publication. Contributors to the publication will deliver talks on each theme and lead open discussions. This day conference will offer a great learning and development opportunity for local congregations for the deeper and clearer understanding of Christian faith.
Booking available from April.
Life and Work
Life and Work magazine is packed every month with features, news and opinion on Christian life within Scotland and further afield.  You can enjoy the magazine as a new subscriber with an introductory offer and receive 6 ISSUES for ONLY £12 delivered direct to any UK postal address, simply sign-up here.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
Visit the Scottish Storytelling Centre website for upcoming events.
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