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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 103, April 2015

Welcome to Enews, which gives information on the events and resources that Mission & Discipleship provides for congregations and individuals.  The links will take you to the appropriate page within our Resourcing Mission website  and if a link takes you to an alternative website (other than the main CofS one), this will be stated.  
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‘Back/Come to Church Sunday’ Training Sessions
St Kane’s Church, New Deer.  Saturday 11 April, 10am-3pm.
Founder Michael Harvey will explain how churches can develop their confidence and skills in inviting, welcoming and retaining new folk at church.  The event is organised by Buchan Presbytery's Mission & Discipleship Committee and folk from other Presbyteries are very welcome.  
Contact Rev David Locke on  or 07776 448301

University of Dundee
Saturday 6 June
A day conference to connect, resource and inspire those with a passion for enabling their churches to be communities where those living with learning disabilities feel that they belong. 
Full details & online booking  Book now!  Registration closes 15 May.

Fresh Expressions Vision Day
Imagine church for those who don't do church.  Come and explore
new ways of building Christian community!
Perth 30 May - registration closes 25 May.

Going for Growth Summer School: Dundee 22-25 June
Main speakers:  Phil Potter, George Lings and Doug Gay.
(£300 - approved for Ministers' Study Leave)  
  Full details & online booking

Check out the Fresh Expressions website for news, stories, resources and much more!  [NB: This takes you to an external website]

Orkney 25 April  - places still available.  Book now! 
 Lairg 13 June,  Inverness 3 October.

......details of an Equip event at St Kane's Church, New Deer
Saturday 13 June

Sunday 17 May, 1-6pm, Princes Street Gardens
The Mission & Discipleship marquee will feature a café and book stall, and COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) and the JECG (Joint Emerging Church Group) will also have a presence.

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Upcoming concerts include:
Dunedin Consort, 25 April.  Edinburgh Academy Chamber Choir, 9 June.
Afternoon Tea accompanied by John Kitchen on the organ, 25 June. 
Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks
The Why Believe? group needs your help!
A resource is planned to 'signpost' people to 'finding faith' and 'sharing faith' courses produced by other agencies.  Have you used any of the following? 
With whom did you use it and what's your opinion of the course?

Give feedback on 'Connect'
Give feedback on 'Identity'
Give feedback on 'H2O - a journey of faith'
Give feedback on 'Christian Life & why it makes sense'
Give feedback on 'Blowing your cover'
Thanks in advance!

*** NEW ***  Living Stones is the theme for this year’s Pray Now.
  It is also the theme for Heart and Soul 2015. 
Living Stones will be published on 30 April 2015. 
Pre-orders and discounts are available from
St Andrew Press.

*** NEW ***  Video clips of Bible Readings in Worship, highlighting some of the pitfalls and how to rectify them.

The pages 'for anything and everything
to do with church music'

Downloadable organ accompaniments - 26 popular hymns featuring the playing  of renowned organist, John Kitchen.  More to follow soon.
There are also MP3s and PDFs of new music.
Check the weekly blog for articles on many different styles of music and interesting topics.

Have a look at the April edition of Life and Work.
Visit the website
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Workshops April - June
TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), have put together a fantastic programme of professional development opportunities across the length and breadth of participative culture activities. Storytelling, Music & Song, Dance and Specialist Development Days are perfect for anyone involved in arts, education and community work across Scotland.
 [NB: Links take you to an external website]
View photographs of work undertaken in the re-ordering and renewal
of sanctuaries, following advice from
the Committee on Church Art & Architecture.

   Learn Eldership – exclusive discounts available!
Save up to 40% on the bestselling Learn Eldership publication.
Learn more here and Order your copy now

COSY Guide to Ethical Living
Ideas on how to live more ethically. 
Free downloadable PDFOr buy the booklet.

Pray It Forwards cards
Available in boxes of 160 (£10) or refill packs of 80 (£5).
This website  - which is being supported by Mission & Discipleship for the next 5 years - collates ideas for evangelism projects, resources and initiatives.

Go For It Fund
Small Grants of up to £5000 and Main Grants of up to £45,000 over three years are available.
Full programme of free learning and training events throughout 2015.

 Mission & Discipleship Special Trusts
Grants up to £500.  Click the link for Guidance Notes and Application form.

COSY Collective Fund
Grants up to £200.  Click the link for Guidelines and Application Form.
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