Welcome to another edition of Enews, giving information on events and resources from the Mission and Discipleship Council.
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Convener:  Rev Colin Sinclair

Edition 86
November 2013


Welcome to another edition of Enews, where you will find information on forthcoming Mission and Discipleship Council conferences and events, resources and other relevant information.

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Letters From John retreat
16 November - Orkney (Kirkwall East Church)

Would you like to refresh your spiritual life?  Why not come and join a retreat?  Following the success of the ‘Inside Out’ retreats that have been running in various parts of the Highlands and Islands, a retreat is being run in Orkney.  The theme will be ‘Letters from John’ and the retreat will explore some of the key themes of John’s letters (love, truth and hospitality).  There will be times of meditation on scripture, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship.  Places are still available, and booking will close on 14 November.  For further information and to book, click  Orkney
mission shaped ministry, Edinburgh, from January 2014
You are invited to share a learning journey in a supportive community, to be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church.

Individuals are most welcome, but it is particularly hoped that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come, as this will deepen the impact of this one-year, part-time course.

For full details and to book, click here

NB:  You will be taken to an external website.

More Than Gold
Churches all over the country are engaging with the Commonwealth Games.  Over 3,000 people heard the More Than Gold vision as the team toured the country from Inverness to Stirling, and Oban to Aberdeen. 

Further ways to find out more and get involved include:

Invite a More Than Gold ambassador to come to you.

Connect with the More Than Gold team at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Edinburgh on 27&28 November

Pray that this event is an incredible catalyst for connection and commitment 

Nominate someone to carry the baton when it comes to Scotland

(NB:  These links take you to an external website.)
Starters for Sunday
This a range of suggested material, including music, 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.

All of the material is written by people who are experienced in leading worship regularly, though not all are ordained. Our hope is that we reflect the wider voice of the church through our contributors.

Advent material from AlterNativity, Rev Dr Derek Browning and the Very Rev David Lunan will be available here

In addition, Starters for Sunday will be linking to FREE articles published The Expository Times, a journal which has for the past centuary distinguished itself from other periodicals by successfully combining an interest in all pastoral matters, practical and theoretical with the latest international biblical and theological scholarship.  Click here  NB: This will eventually take you to an external website.
Pray Now: Revealing Love
This is a collection of modern prayers that can be used by all denominations, by individuals, prayer groups and leaders of worship.  Within its pages our relationship with God is explored through the theme of Paul’s Hymn of Love.  31 daily prayers and prayer activities are set in a different context for each month of the year.  Available to purchase from November.  Read more……  NB: This takes you to an external website.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

See what's on and buy tickets via the new website or by calling the Box Office on 0131 556 9579.  To access the website, click here

NB: This takes you to an external website.
Different Voices
This is an online magazine for people interested in the music and worship of the Church.  The latest issue contains a wide range of articles to point you towards people, events and musical offerings that will hopefully resource and inspire you.

Mark Cameron is back with another insightful album review; Clarsach player Eilidh Munro shares a bit about her fantastic musical gifts and how they might be of use to your church; Robin Hill reports on the Heart and Soul Swing Band; and Russell McLarty explores how to manage conflict whilst making changes in worship.
It is available from both the Resourcing Mission website  and the Church of Scotland website
Future Focus:  the way ahead
This is part of the wider Future Focus initiative, designed to help congregations to look afresh at their community, to examine their congregational life and to discern what it is that God wants them to be and to do in the next phase of their life and witness.  A new handbook is available here.
Quick Guides
These are free resources which do exactly what they say. These downloadable files contain information on a wide range of topics in the areas of mission, discipleship and worship.

The Parish Magazine: an effective tool for mission
The purpose of this Quick Guide is to help harness the significant potential of the parish magazine for mission.  Read more here......
Future Focus/Facilitation Training
23-24 November, Conforti Institute, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS

The Mission & Discipleship Council is offering free training for those interested in facilitating Future Focus within congregations, which will be useful for both experienced facilitators wanting to know more about this resource, and those who would like to develop more facilitation skills generally.  Book here
Presbytery Trainers' Day Conference
7 December 2013, Perth

This event is for those involved in the PAT and PYCT Network. Our theme for the day will be ‘faith seeking understanding’. If you are involved in one of these networks and have not yet received details of the event, please contact Lesley Cameron (Senior Administrator – Congregational Learning) 

Statistics for Mission
This is vital information for the Church of Scotland. For every parish, there is a unique PDF file containing parish maps and data from the 2011 Scottish Census.  As more data is made available by NRS (National Records of Scotland), the Statistics for Mission Group will update the PDF files. Training will be available in the early part of 2014 to help congregations make the most of this information.  Look out for further details in future editions of e-news!  For further information and to download your parish's PDF, click on Statistics for Mission

Life and Work
In the December edition:
• A trip to Romania with Blythswood Care's Christmas Shoeboxes.  • Christmas reflections from the Moderator, Ron Ferguson and James Simpson.  • The challenges facing an autistic adult.  • The work of HIV/AIDS charities in Scotland and Africa

To subscribe to the magazine and to find the latest news and exclusive features on the website, click here
 NB: This takes you to an external website.

Learning In Congregations 
We are currently in the process of consultation with our Presbyteries regarding the development of ‘learning in congregations’. We are seeking to support and resource learning in our congregations for the journey of faith in the changing nature of church and society. For more information on the consultation and the developments in this area of work, please contact David Plews (Congregational Learning Development Worker)
How to Pray
No matter who we are, where we have been, what we are like – everyone can start where they are and begin to pray.  We do not have to wait for a special teaching, a particular moment or spiritual feelings – we can quite simply begin as we are and take it from there.  For anyone who is unsure where to start, help is available!   Read more on How to Pray……
A resource day organised by M&D staff was held in Penicuik North Kirk on 5 October, and 60 delegates attended.  The keynote address - "Being Relevant" - was given by Rev Graham Duffin, and delegates were able to attend two workshops from a choice of Anam Cara, Cafe Church, More Than Gold, Messy Church, Websites Made Easy and Worship For Everyone.  Comments afterwards included:  "what an interesting and well-run event!", "well organised, great delivery and interesting content" and "today has restored my faith in the Church of Scotland!"

Further Equip events are in the pipeline, and one definite date for your diary so far is 14 June 2014, in Kirkcaldy.  Keep checking e-news for further information! offers key mission resources for download (eg Quick Guides) and purchase (eg Pray It Forward cards) and an online booking facility for Mission and Discipleship Council events.

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Mission & Discipleship Special Trusts
The Council has limited funds available which have been set apart for individuals, local congregations and other groups to access if it can be demonstrated that the money will be used in certain ways, for example:  an individual learning a new skill/undertaking a course of study that will add value to their ministry in the local church/community;  a local church engaging in innovative work that develops learning congregations or enhances worship;  a project to develop an area of the life and witness of local congregations.  Grants normally do not exceed £500 and applications are considered throughout the year.  For Guidance Notes click here… and for an Application Form click here…
Go For It is about funding change in church and community, aiming to encourage creative ways of working that develop the life and mission of the local church and are transformative for both communities and congregations.  The focus is very much on ‘the local’ and any application must be able to demonstrate clearly its association with at least one Church of Scotland congregation.  The closing dates for submitting a Main Grants application are 1 March and 28 September.  Read more……
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