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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 108, September 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

Booking now open for Shetland - 3 October and Linlithgow - 8 October

Download the Going for Growth flyer

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

Please note that it's been necessary to cancel the event scheduled for 
Oban on 12 September.

*** LAST CHANCE TO BOOK ***  Youth Work Summit - 12 September
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   Registration closes on the 6th.

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Upcoming events include:
The World of Gaelic Psalmody, 19 September
A day exploring the depths and complexity of Gaelic psalmody, including demonstrations, comment and discussion about links between piping, folk music and Gaelic psalm singing
11am-5pm Gaelic Psalms insight
7.30pm The Lewis Psalm Singers in concert
Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks
   Click for details and to book a place at the final retreat in this year's series.
*** LAST CHANCE TO BOOK  ***  Inverness 3 October 
Registration closes at 4pm on the 25th.

'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 ***   Learn: Exploring Faith
Pre-order discounts now available!

Save up to 45% on the cost of the new Learn: Exploring Faith publication.
Order now for delivery in November 2015

*** NEW ***  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

*** NEW ***  Features in the September edition include:
an exploration of the various facets of Christian healing; how an ancient well dedicated to a Celtic saint was rediscovered; and the Moderator saying that a Christian life must involve head, hand and heart.

  [NB: this takes you to an external website]

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

*** NEW ***  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.
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.

Available now (£3.50 for 5 copies)

This autumn the Church & Society Council is asking people in local churches - and in every part of Scottish society (politicians, voluntary organisations, people from every walk of life, including those who are the most disadvantaged and excluded) - to help them develop new ideas and priorities to work on in the future.
Click here for more information

Head over to the National Youth Assembly Facebook page
for news and photos of the recent event.

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]

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]

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. 

 Two most popular workshops being repeated in response to demand:
Community Research in Dundee on 15 September and
Mission and Ecclesiology in Edinburgh on 7 October.

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