News from the Mission and Discipleship Council
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Enews: December 2016
Seasons Greetings
Thank you for your support in 2016. Advent speaks of anticipation and readiness. This month’s Enews echoes this.
Please take a moment to save some event dates in your 2017 diary – why? 2016 events feedback told us they make a difference.
May the Prince of Peace be a blessing  to you this Christmas.
The perfect gift this Christmas
Six issues of Life and Work ONLY £12

Why not gift the award winning magazine of the Church of Scotland this Christmas and have it sent to a family member, friend or someone in your congregation?

To order, visit the Life and Work website, call 0131 225 5722 or download the order form.
Advent Reflections
At 6pm every day during advent there will be a short reflection put on the NYA facebook page.  Through these the NYA youth reps will be sharing what Advent means to them as young adults with faith.  Do join them as we journey through advent preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ.
NYA 2017 Planning Weekend
3-5 February 2017

If you’d like to be involved in the planning of NYA 2017 please book now for our planning weekend 3-5 February 2017 at the Windmill Christian Centre in Arbroath.  It’s free to attend but bookings close 16 December 2016.

Put the dates for NYA 2017 in your diary now 21-24 July 2017.
Community of Faith Paid Worker's Conference
8-10 March 2017

A conference for those who are paid to work with and minister to children and young people in the church.  The theme will be faith formation, with time set aside to share good practice in small learning communities.  In particular we will think about worship, the bible, intergenerational ministry and leadership, exploring some of the latest research and thinking in these areas.
Book soon - closing date 16 December 2016Resourcing Mission.
Creating a Culture of Invitation
29 March 2017
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Organised by Alpha Scotland and the Church of Scotland Why Believe? Group
Save the date! Join us for this day conference for Church of Scotland ministers, elders and mission conveners at Hampden Park, Glasgow, to become not just a welcoming but an inviting church.
Booking will open soon on Resourcing Mission.
Saturday, 22 April 2017

Save the Date! On Saturday, 22 April 2017, we will be holding an Equip resourcing day in Dumfries, a day of resourcing, inspiring and encouraging congregations.

More information to follow – We hope to see you there.
GA 2017 Presbytery Youth Reps
Nominations are being invited for those aged 18-25 to become Presbytery Youth Reps to the General Assembly in May 2017. Nomination forms need to be completed and sent to Presbytery Clerks by 1 February 2017.  Each presbytery can have one youth rep – make sure yours has one!
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
24 June 2017

An opportunity to explore pastoral care for the contemporary Church, thinking about Why? What? & How? from biblical, missional and practical perspectives. This will stimulate congregations to lay firm foundations for their ongoing pastoral care ministries and envision their future with models of pastoral care. Further details are to follow.
Community of Faith Conference
26 August 2017

Some advance notice of the date and location for our Community of Faith Conference that will see the launch of our next Learn publication, which focusses on ministry with children and young people.  This conference will only run once so please get the date in your diary now!.
Rural Working Group - New Banners

We have created four new banners to be used at events all over the nation. The simple banners say ‘Church in a community near you’ and display beautiful images of rural Scotland. If you would like to borrow a banner for your event please contact Wayne Morris.
Place for Hope
Place for Hope accompanies and equips people and faith communities so that all might reach their potential to be peacemakers who navigate conflict well. 

They provide training, workshops and resources for understanding and working with conflict as well as hosting and navigating difficult conversations.

To receive regular information, join their Peacemaker's Network.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
Visit the Scottish Storytelling Centre website for upcoming events.
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