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Convener:  Rev Colin Sinclair

Edition 84
September 2013


You will find information on forthcoming Mission and Discipleship Council conferences and events, resources and other relevant information below.

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Spiritual Journaling
21 September 2013
Would you like to refresh your spiritual life? Why not come and join a day's retreat focused on journaling, an old and rich practice that charts our journey towards God.  The retreat will be led by Merryn Glover (Author) and Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker). Places are still available - book now!!  Read more...
Quick Guides  
Do you know someone who suffers from nerves when doing the Bible readings on Sunday morning?  Are they struggling to project their voice?  Stumbling over words?  Reading in mono-tone?  Quick Guides are available, which are full of practical tips to help anyone contribute to worship through reading the lessons well.  Why not email them these three links to our ‘Quick Guides to Bible Readings in Worship’?
Part 1 Managing Your Nerves 
Part 2 At the Lectern 
Part 3 Creative Readings 
Fresh Expressions Vision Day
2 November 2013

Come and learn what the Spirit is doing through new forms of church.  The day will include:  Stories of fresh expressions of church in Scotland and beyond; Input from Scottish church leaders plus Bishop Graham Cray and Andrew Roberts of Fresh Expressions; Creative worship and prayer; and a celebration of the Church of Scotland joining the Fresh Expressions partnership.  Read more......
Scottish Storytelling Centre and Network
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

For full details of all events, click here to be directed to the Scottish Storytelling Centre's website.

Different Voices
Different Voices is an online magazine for people interested in the music and worship of the Church, featuring articles on music projects, reviews, worship ideas and events.  The NEW issue will be available from 9 September 2013, containing a range of articles for ministers and musicians to explore how to use music in Worship and Outreach.  It is available from both the Resourcing Mission website  and the Church of Scotland website.
Future Focus:  the way ahead
Future Focus: the way ahead is part of the wider Future Focus initiative, designed to help congregations to look afresh at their community, to examine their congregational life and to discern what it is that God wants them to be and to do in the next phase of their life and witness.  A new handbook is available here.
Starters for Sunday
A range of suggested material that can be used each week for individuals and congregations to develop.  Current material is available here.
More Than Gold
With less than a year to go now until the Commonwealth Games – 23 July to 3 August 2014 – the clock is ticking!  More than Gold aims to help churches make the most of the mission opportunities the Games offer – although they are hosted by Glasgow, churches the length and breadth of Scotland can get involved by holding community festivals, being involved in Sports Ministry, supporting the event in prayer, etc.  Read more on the More Than Gold website......

Saint Andrew Press
In September, Saint Andrew Press is publishing Barclay on the Lectionary – Matthew: Year A.  Based on the Sunday Lectionary pattern of readings set for Year A, these deeply insightful narratives are instantly enthralling and ideal for worship leaders, individuals and groups.  In passages drawn from his much-loved, internationally acclaimed commentaries on the New Testament, William Barclay’s clear and inspiring explanations unlock the depth of meaning in the scriptures in a way that is designed to guide readers ‘to know better their Bible, their God and their Saviour’.  A special launch price of £12.99 (RRP £14.99) is available for all orders placed via the website by 30 September.  Click here......
Mission & Discipleship Special Trusts
The Council has limited funds available which have been set apart for individuals, local congregations and other groups to access if it can be demonstrated that the money will be used in certain ways, for example:  an individual learning a new skill/undertaking a course of study that will add value to their ministry in the local church/community;  a local church engaging in innovative work that develops learning congregations or enhances worship;  a project to develop an area of the life and witness of local congregations.  Grants normally do not exceed £500 and applications are considered throughout the year.  For Guidance Notes click here… and for an Application Form click here…
Go For It is about funding change in church and community, aiming to encourage creative ways of working that develop the life and mission of the local church and are transformative for both communities and congregations.  The focus is very much on ‘the local’ and any application must be able to demonstrate clearly its association with at least one Church of Scotland congregation.  The closing dates for submitting a Main Grants application are 28 September and 1 March.  Read more……
Equip: Inspiring and resourcing your congregation
5 October 2013
This resource day will feature speakers, practical ideas and useful resources to help congregations be more relevant in reaching out to local communities. Keynote Speaker, Rev Graham Duffin (minister in Loanhead, and Congregational Development Co-ordinator for Lothian Presbytery) will speak on ‘Being Relevant’.  Read more...
Letters From John retreats
  2 November - Lochaber (Caol)
16 November - Orkney (Kirkwall)

Would you like to refresh your spiritual life?  Why not come and join a retreat?  Following the success of the ‘Inside Out’ retreats that have been running in various parts of the Highlands and Islands, registration is now open for retreats in Lochaber and Orkney.  The theme will be ‘Letters from John’ and the retreats will explore some of the keys themes of John’s letters (love, truth and hospitality).  There will be times of meditation on scripture, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship.  For more information and to book, click Lochaber or Orkney offers key mission resources for download (eg Quick Guides) and purchase (eg Pray It Forward cards) and an online booking facility for Mission and Discipleship Council events.

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Eldership Consultation
Following on from the first phase in a consultative process, the Mission & Discipleship Council will begin a second phase in the Autumn when the discussion paper from phase one will be sent to all Kirk Sessions.  A letter has been sent to Kirk Sessions giving advance notice of this.  For background information visit the Eldership Consultation section of the website.
David Plews, the newest Mission and Discipleship staff member, introduces himself……
“I am the Congregational Learning Development Worker – joining Ron Clarke and Suzi Farrant in the Congregational Learning Team – and have responsibility for supporting and developing learning networks alongside presbyteries and local congregations.  I am keen to hear about different experiences in the area of continued Christian learning and development/discipleship – if you have an interest in this area, then please drop me an email:
More about me: I have just completed my Masters at New College in Theology and Ethics with a focus on Karl Barth’s theological ethics.  I enjoy reading, horse-riding and great coffee.”


Statistics for Mission 
A group – comprising members of staff from Mission & Discipleship and Ministries councils, plus co-opted individuals with specific gifts and knowledge – has been working hard and enthusiastically behind the scenes for a number of years now, in preparation for data being received from the National Records of Scotland following the 2011 Census.  In due course, every congregation in Scotland will be able to download from the Church of Scotland website a PDF containing data specific to their parish, which will be useful for Planning for Mission, Characterising Parishes, Church Tourism and Applying for Funding.  Training will be available to help congregations make the most of this information.  Look out for further details in future editions of e-news!

Pray It Forward
This popular resource features an attractive collection of high quality credit-card sized cards carrying a range of blessings inspired from scripture, for churches and individuals to give away free to others.  The aim of the cards is to encourage and bless the recipient, and to encourage them to pray for, and bless, someone else in turn, ie to focus outward, and not just on what God can do for ME!  They are ideal for use in outreach, pastoral care and personal contexts, eg why not pop one in with each greetings card you send throughout the year?  Each box of 80 cards features an assortment of 8 different designs.  £5 per box, plus postage.  To order, click here....
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