Welcome to another edition of Enews, giving information on events and resources from the Mission and Discipleship Council.
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Convener:  Rev Colin Sinclair

Edition 87
December 2013


Welcome to another edition of Enews, where you will find information on forthcoming Mission and Discipleship Council conferences and events, resources and other relevant information.

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Statistics for Mission
Every parish in Scotland can now download a PDF file showing the parish area and Census statistics including population age breakdown, religious affiliation, ethnicity, language use, reported health, provision of unpaid care and household tenure.  There is also a summary that expands on “If this parish were a village of 100 people…”  Congregational learning material and information sessions will be available in the early part of 2014, to assist in reading, interpreting and using the data provided.  Look out for further details in future editions of Enews, but in the meantime to download your parish’s PDF, click on Statistics for Mission

mission shaped ministry, Edinburgh, from January 2014
You are invited to share a learning journey in a supportive community, to be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church.

Individuals are most welcome, but it is particularly hoped that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come, as this will deepen the impact of this one-year, part-time course.

For full details and to book, click here

NB:  You will be taken to an external website.
More Than Gold
Welcoming strangers is a mark of Scottish hospitality.  The Athlete Family Homestay and Volunteer Homestay programmes offer the people of Glasgow and Scotland a unique opportunity to welcome strangers and actively participate in the hosting of the Games, by opening their hearts and homes to athletes' families and official Commonwealth Games Volunteers. To find out more, click here

(NB:  This link takes you to an external website.)
Pray Now 2014
This is a collection of modern prayers that can be used by all denominations, by individuals, prayer groups and leaders of worship.  Within its pages our relationship with God is explored through the theme of Paul’s Hymn of Love.  31 daily prayers and prayer activities are set in a different context for each month of the year.  

At only £7.99 per copy, it's an ideal Christmas present - the gift that keeps on giving!  Click here to purchase

NB: This takes you to an external website.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

To see what’s on this month, follow these links to the events page and December programme.  In December there are lots of children & family events, a Christmas craft fair, a Christmas concert – Forgotten Carols – and of course, storytelling events.

NB: These take you to an external website.
Different Voices
This is a free online magazine for people interested in the music and worship of the Church.  A number of back copies - containing a wide range of articles to point you towards people, events and musical offerings that will hopefully resource and inspire you - are available from both the Resourcing Mission website  and the Church of Scotland website
Quick Guides
These are free resources which do exactly what they say. These downloadable files contain information on a wide range of topics in the areas of mission, discipleship and worship.

Missional opportunities are all around us and, for rural congregations, local country shows provide very good ones.  Download 'Church Stands at Country Shows' and start planning now for Summer 2014!

Read more here...... offers key mission resources for purchase* and download (eg Quick Guides) and an online booking facility for Mission and Discipleship Council events.

* NB: our Pray It Forward cards are sold out.  Please look out for news of a re-launch in the New Year.

We welcome feedback - if there is something you would like to see on this site, please use the 'website feedback' option on the 'Contact Us' page.
Future Focus:  the way ahead
This 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
December Starters has Advent contributions from Rev Dr Derek Browning, Susan Miller (Theology & Religious Studies Tutor on the Access Programme at Glasgow University), ALTERnativity, The Very Rev David Lunan, and there is material on Vocations Sunday from the Ministries Council.  Click here for December Starters

In addition, Starters for Sunday links to FREE articles published The Expository Times, a journal which has for the past century distinguished itself from other periodicals by successfully combining an interest in all pastoral matters, practical and theoretical with the latest international biblical and theological scholarship.  Click here  NB: This will eventually take you to an external website.
GA Youth Reps
Nominations for Presbytery Youth Reps to the General Assembly of 2014 are now open, for 18-25 year olds. Click here for full details and nomination forms
Life and Work
In the January edition:
• Feeding the hungry – the rise of foodbanks across Scotland.
• Acts and Actions – Rev Dr Martin Fair begins a series on Acts by reflecting on the call to prayer.
• Fresh Expressions – a new partnership supporting new ways of being church.
And from the News section of the website:
• An Aberdeenshire minister has entered a national film competition to tell the Christmas story in a different way.
• BBs Raise £12,000 for Malawi.

To subscribe to the magazine and to find the latest news and exclusive features on the website, click here
 NB: This takes you to an external website.
Freedom and Faith: A Question of Scottish Identity
New Book out now!  £14.99
Discussions about Scottish identity are most often defined by political, cultural, social, ethical and international questions.  But is there a spiritual or religious dimension to our identity that we really need to understand?  If so, what is it? Does the religious question belong only to the past - or does it also lie squarely in front of us in the future? Why do so few debates ask this question?
In challenging and absorbing style, Donald Smith sets out to help us to unravel the fundamental spiritual dimension of Scottish identity and enables us to confront our national potential - and our demons - as never before. 
Available via all good booksellers, or call direct on 01603 785925, or click here to order

NB:  This takes you to an external website.
This is a resource day featuring a keynote speaker on a relevant topic, plus a variety of seminars/workshops to help local congregations be more effective in their mission.  There are three events planned for 2014: 
Ayr:  22 March
Kirkcaldy: 14 June
Inverness: 20 September 

Further details will be given in Enews in due course, but in between editions please check to see if information/booking has become available on our Resourcing Mission website
COSY collective fund now open for business
The COSY COLLECTIVE special trust is a pot of money set aside for the use of young people in projects that enable them to reach out creatively to their communities.  Small grants (normally up to £200) will be given to projects in local communities (not overseas) run by young people (aged 25 or younger, involved in the Church of Scotland).  Applications from individuals or groups will be accepted.  For guidelines and an application form, please email
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 1 March and 28 September.  Read more……
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