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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 107, August 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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*** NEW ***  Going for Growth Strategy Day
Oban Church Centre, Glencruitten Road, Oban PA34 4DN
  Friday 11 September

Imagine church for those who don't do church.  Come and explore new ways of building Christian community!
Refreshments and a meal will be provided, so registration is required.
Click for further information and to book 

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

*** NEW ***  Oban High School, Soroba Road, Oban PA34 4JB
  Saturday 12 September
FREE resource day, open to anyone from the congregation.  Delegates may attend two workshops, chosen from:  Sharing Faith, Fresh Expressions of Church, Mission & Older People, Worship, and Who is my neighbour?
Refreshments and lunch will be provided, so registration is required.
Click for further information and to book

*** NEW ***  Youth Work Summit, Nano Scotland
12 September, 10am - 4pm
Queen's Park Baptist Church, 20 Balvicar Drive, Glasgow, G42 8QS

Come and hear a variety of voices tackle two big questions facing youth ministry:  What does bible-centred youth ministry look like? and
What’s the biggest thing that needs to change in youth ministry?

Click for further information and to book 

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Upcoming events include:
Psalm for All Seasons Day, Saturday 8th August 10am – 5.15pm
This day is designed to explore the wide variety of ways in which the Psalms have been set to music and to give inspiration for introducing exciting new material into worship in your local church. Input from Dr Martin Tel, John Bell and The Psalm Project (who will be concluding the day with an evening of worship, which will also include the Scottish song writing collective ‘Satellite’).  Click for full details

Psalm Project Tour:  The Psalm Project has breathed new life into the many well-known melodies of the Genevan Psalter, creating contemporary compositions that seek to keep the Psalms alive and relevant now and for future generations.  They are playing at the following venues in August:  Edinburgh 8th, (special guests ‘Satellite’), Glasgow 9th, (special guests ‘Satellite’), Perth 10th, Arbroath 11thClick for full details

Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks

See also Sparking Ideas for Worship at Greyfriars in Different Voices.
   Click for details and to book a place at the final retreat in this year's series.
 Inverness 3 October  NB: Booking will close at 4pm on 25 September.

Going for Growth Summer School, 6-9 June 2016

This is what the Moderator said about the 2015 event:

I found the Going For Growth Summer School run by the Emerging Church Group such an enriching experience. Fresh Expressions has made me think anew about “What is Church?”  The Summer School programme was filled with grounded research and  inspiring stories that engaged fully with challenges that the Church in Scotland is facing.  I saw first-hand an engaged and energetic gathering of committed people who have a renewed vision for the Church of Scotland. The prospect of another Summer School next year is an essential appointment for the 2016 diary.

*** NEW ***  God's Own Country
This exciting resource for rural churches is designed to engender practical action and to affirm, encourage and inspire those in rural congregations as they seek to be effective disciples of Christ in their particular context.  Since rural churches often face specific challenges due to their context, these texts were created in order to support rural churches in particular.  This is a collection of six resources (which can be downloaded as PDFs and read online or printed) entitled Mission Opportunities; Sacred Space; Rural Theologies; Connecting With Your Community; Youth Outreach; and
Rural Scotland
Click to download 
[NB: this takes you to the Church of Scotland website]

*** NEW ***  If you have tried Table Talk before (available in a variety of editions from The Ugly Duckling Company), you will be pleased to know that it is now available FREE as an app on GooglePlay and iOS.  
[NB: the link takes you to an external website]

*** NEW ***  Features in the August edition include: a look at how one church is supporting families affected by the issue of male suicide; 21st century pilgrimage; and the Boys' Brigade.

  [NB: this takes you to an external website]

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

*** NEW ***  Community campaign for the Storytelling Festival  encouraging people to get involved with storytelling by looking for local legends in association with Dig It!

*** NEW ***  The Storytelling Centre is a venue for Edinburgh Fringe Events.  
Click for information on Centre events
 [NB: the links take you to an external website]

Learn: How will our children have faith?
 A small 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. It will take you through four steps, helping you to put in place
a plan for your ministry with children and young people.

Pre-order now (£3.50 for 5 copies) for dispatch w/c 7 September

Our Resourcing Mission website has recently been redeveloped to include:
•  A new look home page, including ‘what’s new’ and ‘events’ sections.
•  Simplified navigation to our resources.
•  Highlighting of related resources.

The pages 'for anything and everything to do with church music'
Check out the various genres and resources
Read the weekly blog for articles on church music related topics.

There is now a 'single gateway' process for all requests to CARTA
(the Committee on Church Art & Architecture).
Download the General Application Form

 Living Stones is the theme of the current Pray Now booklet. 
Order from St Andrew Press.  Discounts
are available for bulk purchases.  [NB: this takes you to an external website]

   Learn Eldership – exclusive discounts available!
Save up to 40% on the bestselling Learn Eldership publication.
Learn more here and Order your copy now
This website - which is being supported by Mission & Discipleship - collates ideas for evangelism projects, resources and initiatives.
 [NB: this takes you to an external website]

Mission and Older People
 This Study Guide (with 'interactive DVD') was produced by the
Mission Forum.  Â£7.50 + P&P. 
Further info and online ordering

 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 2015. 
 Book for the Applying to Go For It Workshop in Aberdeen
on 1 September and Mission and Ecclesiology Workshop  in Edinburgh
on 3 September.
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