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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 104, May 2015

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Going for Growth Summer School: Dundee, 22-25 June
Come and learn more about mission and leadership in 21st century Scotland.  The conference is open to all - ministers and others, Church of Scotland and beyond - who are passionate about mission and the future of God's Church.  This is part of a three-year initial programme, encouraging the church to explore what it means to be part of God's people in Scotland at this time, engaging at a local level (Going for Growth events and Fresh Expressions Vision Days) and gathering together for an annual encounter (Summer School) to take things further.
Main speakers: 
Phil Potter is the Archbishops' Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions team. As well as leading the team and implementing the overall strategic aims, Phil is involved in continuing to develop Church of England policy to allow fresh expressions of church to flourish.
George Lings has directed the Church Army Research Unit since 1997, where his focus is ecclesiology and the re-imagination of Church.  Previously a curate and vicar for 22 years, he served on the working party producing the 1994 church planting report Breaking New Ground. George later wrote large parts of the 2004 publication, Mission-shaped Church, which has had a seminal effect in several continents.
Doug Gay was licensed in Glasgow by the Church of Scotland in 1994, ordained in London by the United Reformed Church in 1996 and returned to the Church of Scotland in 2005.  He was appointed as Lecturer in Practical Theology in October 2005 and as Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow,  in 2011.  Doug is the author of several books, including Alternative Worship and Remixing the Church.
£300 for accommodation (full board).  Â£170 without accommodation.
The Summer School is approved for CofS Ministers' Study Leave.
  Full details & online booking

University of Dundee
Saturday 6 June
*** LAST CHANCE TO BOOK ***    Registration closes 15 May!!!
A day conference to connect, resource and inspire those with a passion for enabling their churches to be communities where those living with learning disabilities feel that they belong. 
Full details & online booking

Fresh Expressions Vision Day
Imagine church for those who don't do church.  Come and explore
new ways of building Christian community!
Perth 30 May - Registration closes 25 May

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

*** NEW ***  St Kane's Church & Church Centre
Church Crescent/Fordyce Terrace, New Deer, Turriff AB53 6WE
Saturday 13 June
FREE resource day, open to anyone from the congregation.
Attendees may attend two workshops, chosen from:  Sharing Your Faith; Meals & Mission; Finding Funding; Reaching/Keeping Young People;
and Messy Church.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided, so registration is required. 
Full details & online booking.

   Lairg 13 June,  Inverness 3 October.
Places still available.  Click links for further information and to book! 

*** NEW ***  The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
15-17 June

From Fresh Expressions, this gathering - for learning from each other, storytelling and prayer - aims to connect people who enable
fresh expressions to flourish in the countryside.

Full details and booking
[NB: This takes you to an external website]

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Upcoming events include:
Church Music's Greatest Hits of 1865, 17 May.
Pentecost Celebration, 24 May.
Edinburgh Academy Chamber Choir, 9 June.
Afternoon Tea accompanied by John Kitchen on the organ, 25 June. 

Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks

Sunday 17 May, 1-6pm, Princes Street Gardens
The theme of the event is Living Stones.
Look out for the Mission & Discipleship marquee (café and book stall), 
COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) and JECG (Joint Emerging Church Group).

*** NEW ***  Living Stones is the theme for this year’s Pray Now booklet 
(tying in with the Heart and Soul 2015 theme). 
Order from St Andrew Press.  Discounts
are available for bulk purchases.

*** NEW ***  Graffiti Workshop
Art can be transformational for individuals and communities, but many people are stuck with the idea that they can’t draw.  Graffiti enables participants to be confident of a very good, eye-catching, well-executed result, without the fear of having to rely on drawing ability.

Quick Guides on a wide variety of subjects are available for free download

The pages 'for anything and everything to do with church music'

*** NEW *** 
Click here for info on Salaries for Organists.

Downloadable organ accompaniments - popular hymns featuring the playing  of renowned organist, John Kitchen. 
There are also MP3s and PDFs of new music.
Check the weekly blog for articles on many different styles of music and interesting topics.

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View photographs of work undertaken in the re-ordering and renewal
of sanctuaries, following advice from the
Committee on Church Art & Architecture.

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

COSY Guide to Ethical Living
Ideas on how to live more ethically. 
Free downloadable PDFOr buy the booklet.
This website  - which is being supported by Mission & Discipleship for the next 5 years - collates ideas for evangelism projects, resources and initiatives.

 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 (up to £5000) and Main Grants (up to £45,000 over three years) are available.
Full programme of free learning and training events  throughout 2015. 
Booking is now open for Fit for Funding Workshop in Glasgow on 26 May and Reporting to Go For It Workshop in Perth on 2 June.
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