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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 109, October 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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Going for Growth Strategy Days
Going for Growth is a series of events run regionally by the Emerging Church Group (a partnership between the Ministries and Mission & Discipleship Councils), which encourage mission through the creation of new worshipping congregations.  Events are being held in every region of Scotland
over a period of three years.
Download the Going for Growth flyer   
Last chance to book for Linlithgow on 8 October. 

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

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Upcoming events include:
The Sixteen, 24 October.  The world-famous choir sings works by Guerrero and Lobo.  Tickets £26/£22/£15 from the Queens Hall Box Office 
Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks

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

Booking will open soon at

*** NEW ***  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!

*** NEW ***  Learning Disabilities Working Group
Do you have a passion for enabling your congregation to be a community in which those with learning disabilities can meaningfully belong?
The Council, through its Learning Disabilities Working Group, seeks to develop sustainable ways to connect, resource and inspire
congregations to do just that.
If you would like to find out more by receiving the Group’s regular updates, please email Learn

Learn: Exploring Faith
Pre-order discounts available!

Save up to 45% on the cost of the new Learn: Exploring Faith publication.
Order now for despatch from 12 October

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Stories Without Borders
 23 October - 1 November

A ten-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.
 Events for all ages from Oct-Dec
 [NB: the links take you to an external website]

Inter-faith and Mission Report
An ideal reference document for discussion groups, events and conferences offering helpful and practical insight based on significant international interfaith reports and consultation within the Scottish context.
Order your free copy here

 Check out the latest news and features
  [NB: this takes you to an external website]

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. It will take you through four steps, helping you to put in place
a plan for your ministry with children and young people.

Available now (£3.50 for 5 copies)

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]

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

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. 

 Bookings are now open for penultimate event this year:
“Reporting to Go For It” in Dundee on 29 October.

 The final 2015 event will be the Annual Conference on Tuesday 1 December
at the Thistle Hotel, Inverness - further information coming soon!

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