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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 111, December 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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The Church of Scotland is initiating research into new forms of church across Scotland, attached to all denominations and none.  These new ways of being church - whether missional communities, church plants, Messy Church, Fresh Expressions, or known by other names - are making an increasing impact in a variety of areas.  Research within the Church of England has raised the profile of Fresh Expressions, offering clarity and hard data to those responsible for resourcing and training people for this work.  If you lead such a group and are willing to be part of the Scottish research, please complete an online questionnaire (entering your name in the reference box)
by 11 December.
If you would prefer to speak to someone at ‘121’, please do not hesitate to contact Sara Deeks on 0131 225 5722 ext 2365.

National Youth Assembly Planning Weekend
5-7 February, Arbroath

Get involved with the planning for the NYA 2016, whether you've attended a previous event or not.  Open to anyone aged 17+ with an interest in NYA, and it's FREE to attend.
Click for further details and to register
NB:  Booking deadline is 14 December

GA Presbytery Youth Reps
Nominations are being invited for those aged 18-25 to become Presbytery Youth Reps to the General Assembly in May 2016.  Nomination forms need to be completed and sent to Presbytery Clerks by 1 February 2016.  Each presbytery can have one youth rep – make sure yours has one!  
Watch the new promo videoClick here for full details

Community of Faith conference
This day conference - held in different locations across Scotland - will explore new and exciting ideas, and will resource and inspire ministry in congregations that have few or no children and young people. 
For more information and to download the flyer, click on the event you would like to attend:

13 February 2016 - Glasgow
12 March 2016 - Dumfries
23 April 2016 - Inverness

Book now at:

2016 Vision Days
Imagine church for those who don't 'do' church.  Come and explore new ways of building a Christian community.
Kilmelford â€“ 6 February  Booking now open 
Newton Stewart – 27 February – to book, please contact Renita Boyle on or 01988 402314

More information will be available soon for
Linlithgow (23 April) and Shetland (24 September)

Download a Vision Day flyer 

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

Click for further information and to book
NB Places are limited
Download the flyer

Steve Aisthorpe lives in Kincraig, a small village on the edge of the Cairngorms.  He is married to Liz and has two teenage sons.  His role as C of S Mission Development Worker involves challenging, encouraging and inspiring churches in the Highlands & Islands to embrace a missional focus.  For the first half of his life, Steve was an agnostic/atheist. His late teens and twenties were spent climbing throughout Europe, the Himalayas and South America.  Since becoming a Christian his time has been split equally between South Asia - especially Nepal, where he was Executive Director of the International Nepal Fellowship, and Afghanistan (pictured) - and the Highlands.  In recent years he has researched ‘churchless faith’, conducting in-depth interviews with Christians who do not attend church as part of a doctoral study and then implementing two extensive surveys.  He is a regular contributor to New Daylight Bible reading notes and is author of The Invisible Church: Learning from the experiences of churchless Christians.  

National Youth Assembly video
Ever wondered what the National Youth Assembly is all about?  Check out their new promo video and use it in your congregations to encourage young people to get involved.  If you would like a copy to use in your church, without the need for internet access, contact Suzi Farrant

Learn:  Exploring Faith
This welcoming resource for new communicants can be run by your local church as a short and inspiring course.
Click for further information and to take advantage of introductory discounts

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.
Click for further information and to order

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

Check out the latest news and features
The January edition of the magazine is now out.  If you haven't already done so, subscribe now
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Scottish Storytelling Centre
We wish the Centre luck in its nomination as 'Venue of the Year' as part of the Trad Arts Awards, which take place on 5 December in Dundee.
Events for all ages including Forgotten Carols on 12 December.
[NB: links take you to an external website]

The Committee on Church Art & Architecture
Any alteration to the exterior or interior of a Church building that affects its appearance must be referred to CARTA for approval, preferably at an early stage.  Please complete the General Application Form in the first instance.
CARTA also advises congregations and presbyteries regarding the most appropriate way of carrying out renovations, alterations and reordering of interiors, along with the installation of stained glass, tapestries, memorials, furniture and furnishings. Ask CARTA or check out their Quick Guides.

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!

 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]

 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.
A full programme of learning events for 2016 is being developed
and will be available in early January.

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