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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 113, February 2016

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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*** BOOKING NOW OPEN ***  Elders and Office Bearers Conference
29-30 April, Tulliallan Police College, Kincardine-on-Forth
Coming shortly before the launch of the important new Learn 'Office Bearers' publication, this conference is an exciting opportunity for office bearers in local congregations to connect with one another, to be resourced for the tasks ahead, and to be inspired in their important work.  Join us for workshops, speakers, worship, and time to meet others serving across the country!

Community of Faith conference
This day conference - held in different locations across Scotland - will explore new and exciting ideas, and will resource and inspire ministry in congregations that have few or no children and young people. 
For more information and to download the flyer, click on the event you would like to attend.  NB 13 February 2016 - Glasgow - is fully booked.

2016 Vision Days
Imagine church for those who don't 'do' church.  Come and explore new ways of building a Christian community.
Newton Stewart – 27 February – to book, please contact Renita Boyle on or 01988 402314

Booking will be open soon for Linlithgow - 23 April at

More information will be available soon for Shetland - 24 September

Download a Vision Day flyer 

Going for Growth Summer School
6-9 June 2016, 
West Park Conference Centre, Dundee
'The map is not the territory'
Come and learn more about mission and leadership in
21st century Scotland.  Speakers are confirmed as: Rachel Jordan (see below), Michael Moynagh and Steve Aisthorpe.

Click for further information and to book  NB Places are limited
Download the flyer
Rev Norman Smith, Convener of the Emerging Church Group who ran the 2015 event said, "We have seen our Going for Growth events really encourage and inspire people in their faith across Scotland. The Summer School was a significant moment for the attendees, with many encountering Fresh Expressions for the first time whilst others moved further along their journey. As a church, we are very happy with how it went and are looking forward to our 2016 school".
Rachel Jordan is the National Adviser for Mission and Evangelism for the Church of England. In her role she works across many departments in the National Church encouraging everything to be shaped by mission and evangelism. One of the joys of her role is leading the Mission network; this network includes Diocesan Missioners and many others with a calling for mission and evangelism in the Church of England. She partners with the mission agencies and works alongside the Fresh Expressions team, Church Mission Society, Church Army and HOPE. She has a PhD in church history and has worked amongst prostitutes and drug addicts in Amsterdam's red light district. Rachel's home is the base of a missional community that regularly meets in her living room, a gathering of young adults who come together to create and deliver social justice projects. Some are followers of Jesus, others are on a journey towards him and some are not sure of what they believe or who they are following. This keeps her grounded in the realities of mission and evangelism.

*** SAVE THE DATE ***    EQUIP - 18 June
Coldside Church, corner of Isla Street/Main Street, Dundee DD3 7HT

Practical workshops and seminars to connect, resource and inspire members of congregations in Dundee and surrounding presbyteries.  Delegates will be able to choose from workshops covering:  Elders' Visits, Sharing Your Faith, Finding Funding, Statistics for Mission and Preparing for Young People.

More information and booking will be available soon at

Feedback from delegates at previous Equip events:
"All workshops I attended were both informative and of benefit to our church and congregation. They gave new ideas and different ways of approaching and adapting our existing outreach."
"I enjoyed the day very much. Many thanks to the organisers for an enjoyable and uplifting day."

Latest features on the website include:  Christmas Card competition for 2016, Children Theme for World Day of Prayer (4 March) and
 Parish News Roundup.
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Scottish Storytelling Centre
Full programme of events, including
Song Among the Stones with poet Kenneth Steven on 5 February
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 Living Stones is the theme of the current Pray Now booklet, which contains weekly devotions and monthly prayer activities. 
Order from St Andrew Press.  Discounts
are available for bulk purchases.  [NB: this takes you to an external website]

Learn 'Exploring Faith'
This welcoming resource for new communicants can be run by your local church as a short and inspiring course.
Click for further information and to take advantage of discounts

Learn 'How will our children have faith?'
A short guide to engage congregations in a series of discussions to explore 'why' you should work with children and young people, before you ask 'how' to do that.
Click for further information and to order

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

The Committee on Church Art & Architecture
Any alteration to the exterior or interior of a Church building that affects its appearance must be referred to CARTA for approval, preferably at an early stage.  Please complete the General Application Form in the first instance.
CARTA also advises congregations and presbyteries regarding the most appropriate way of carrying out renovations, alterations and reordering of interiors, along with the installation of stained glass, tapestries, memorials, furniture and furnishings. Ask CARTA or check out their Quick Guides.

Mission & Discipleship Council Facebook page
We are now using this form of social media as an additional way of disseminating information about our events and resources.  If you're already on Facebook, please 'Like' and 'Follow' the M&D page!

 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.


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 events throughout 2016. 
Bookings are now open for the next three events this year: 
 Go For It Roadshow, Community Research Workshop and Mission & Leadership Development Course.

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