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Our ethos is to Connect, Resource & Inspire

Edition 102, March 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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Fresh Expressions Vision Days
Imagine church for those who don't do church.  Come and explore
new ways of building Christian community!
Kilmarnock 14 March - booking closes 9 March.
Dornoch 21 March - booking closes 16 March.
and Perth 30 May

Going for Growth Summer School: Dundee 22-25 June (Approved for Ministers' Study Leave)  £280 early bird rate until 31 March (£300 thereafter).  Full details & online booking

Check out the Fresh Expressions website for news, stories, resources and much more!  [NB: This takes you to an external website]
 Fort William 28 March - places still available.  Book now! 
Orkney 25 April,  Lairg 13 June,  Inverness 3 October.

Equip - for the Arts
Dalziel St Andrew's Church, Motherwell
Saturday 28 March
Practical workshops for anyone in the church, to help make connections with congregations and community.  Choose from Craftivism, Doodling in Tongues, Drama, Graffiti, and Worship Spaces
FREE, but registration is required.  Full details & online booking 
Places still available - book before 19 March.

University of Dundee
Saturday 6 June
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

COSY International Opportunities

There are two separate opportunities for two young adults (aged 18-26):
I love Taiwan Mission Camp, Taiwan.  30 June to 19 July. 
Starpoint Festival, Tata, Hungary.  19-26 July.
Full details & nomination forms
Deadline for submissions is 8 March.

M&D is supporting this year-long festival at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  There will be concerts, inspiring worship and workshops, talks and outreach projects exploring the place of creativity and the Arts in the worship of the church. 
Download the full SPARK brochure or SPARK lectures & talks
......details of M&D's involvement in this year's Heart and Soul event (Sunday 17 May from 1-6pm in Princes Street Gardens), and its 'Fringe Events' during the General Assembly, w/c 18 May:  CARTA/General Trustees, Fresh Expressions, Learn and Mission Forum.

*** NEW *** 
 on the pages 'for anything and everything
to do with church music'

Downloadable organ accompaniments - 26 popular hymns for Lent featuring the playing  of renowned organist, John Kitchen.  More to follow soon.
For those looking to develop skills as a church musician, there are Video Tutorials from Richard Michael, one of Scotland’s most versatile musicians. 
Check out our weekly blog too, for articles on many different styles of music and interesting topics.
The Why Believe? group needs your help!
A resource is planned to 'signpost' people to 'finding faith' and 'sharing faith' courses produced by other agencies.  Have you used any of the following? 
With whom did you use it and what's your opinion of the course?

Give feedback on 'A Life Worth Living'
Give feedback on 'Emmaus - the way of faith'
Give feedback on 'The Y Course'
Give feedback on 'Two Ways to Live'
Give feedback on 'Becoming a Contagious Christian'
Thanks in advance!

In March’s Life and Work, Dr Helen Bond of the University of Edinburgh looks at the role of mothers in the Bible, and Lynne McNeil looks into the archives to recall the life of Mary Slessor. Visit the website for daily news and exclusive features, and to subscribe.
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Quick Guides are now filed in categories: Children & Young People, Interfaith, Mission, Rural, Society, Worship Places and Worship Practice. Why not have a look at The Parish Magazine - an effective tool for mission,
Church Stands at Country Shows and Re-ordering Church Interiors

   Learn Eldership – exclusive discounts available!
Save up to 40% on the bestselling Learn Eldership publication.
Learn more here or Order your copy now
Workshops March 2015 | Offering a Cultural Feast
A variety of workshops, eg storytelling, singing and dance calling.
 [NB: Links take you to an external website]

COSY Guide to Ethical Living
Ideas on how to live more ethically. 
Free downloadable PDFOr buy the booklet.

Pray It Forwards cards
Available in boxes of 160 (£10) or refill packs of 80 (£5).
This website  - which is being supported by Mission & Discipleship for the next 5 years - collates ideas for evangelism projects, resources and initiatives.
View photographs of work undertaken in the re-ordering and renewal
of sanctuaries, following advice from
the Committee on Church Art & Architecture.

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 and training events throughout 2015. 
Booking is now open for Outcomes, Indicators & Methods Workshop
in Edinburgh on 12 March and Community Research Workshop
in Glasgow on 2 April.

 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.
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