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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 110, November 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 ***  Development Worker (Congregational Learning)
Edinburgh : £31,563 - £35,170
For further information and to apply, please see the
Vacancies and Volunteering section of the Church of Scotland website.
Closing date is 16 November at noon.

*** NEW ***  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

*** NEW ***  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

*** NEW ***  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. 
The day will start at 9.30am for registration, and run from 10am - 4pm.
For further information and to book, click below:
13 February 2016 - Glasgow
12 March 2016 - Dumfries
23 April 2016 - Inverness

*** SAVE THE DATE ***  Vision Days
Oban -  6 February 2016
Linlithgow – 23 April 2016
Shetland  - 24 September 2016
Download a Vision Day flyer 
More information to follow, but if you have any questions meantime,
please contact Sara Deeks

*** BOOKING NOW OPEN ***  (NB: Places are limited)
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 confirmed as: 
Rachel Jordan, Steve Aisthorpe and Michael Moynagh.

  Click for further information and to book       Download the flyer

This year-long Festival of Worship & the Arts at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh - which M&D has been supporting - is nearing its conclusion.  
Final events include:
Choral Festival Worship for All Saints Day, 1 November
Remembrance Sunday, 8 November
Advent Sunday, 29 November
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus Concert, 3 December

Details in the SPARK brochure

Nicola Whyte is M&D’s new Congregational Learning Development Worker, based at ‘121’. Previously Associate for Christian Education and Pastoral Care at Morningside Parish Church, she has varied experience of working with people of all ages across the Church of Scotland and beyond.
Her role is to support and stimulate Christian learning and development of those involved with our congregations to enable them for faithful
discipleship, mission and worship.  Contact Nicola

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.  The latest article has the intriguing title Make the Most of What You’ve Got (or how to do worship with 3 flutes and a ukulele)!!!

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.

*** NOW AVAILABLE ***  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

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

Check out the latest news and features
including 'Pilot Project to forge new paths for churches', and 'A new NIV Bible app has been released, featuring the full text read by actor  David Suchet'.
[NB: this takes you to an external website]

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Events for all ages including 'Knox Unbound', 20 November
[NB: links take you to an external website]

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!

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:  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

God's Own Country
This 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. 
Click to download 
[NB: this takes you to the Church of Scotland website]

 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

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 and to take part

 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.
Bookings are now open for this year's final event: 
All About Go For It  Annual Conference, 1 December, Inverness.
A full programme of learning events for 2016 is being developed
and will be available in early January.

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