Please note that the next service in Tarriebank will be on Thursday 15th August, 2019, which is the third Thursday in August and not the the second Thursday which is usually the case. It would be greatly appreciated if some of our people went along to assist Keith and add to the enjoyment of the residents.
Over the last few years HeartEdge has held a day conference in Scotland. This year the Conference is expanding to cover two days (2 and 3 October). A poster is attached.
The HeartEdge Conference is a practical, two-day intensive of ideas, theology and connecting. It includes workshops on enterprise and commerce, launching cultural projects, developing congregations and sustaining community response, plus time to make connections and find encouragements. This two-day intensive will pack in lots and prioritise practical input and resources.
HeartEdge is a growing network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, begun by St Martins-in the Fields under the inspirational leadership of Rev Dr Sam Wells. Dr Wells is giving the Chalmers lectures this year, a series entitled ‘A Future that's Bigger than the Past.' These lectures are concerned with the theology and methods of HeartEdge as a movement for renewal in the Church. The conference includes the opportunity to hear the final three lectures in the series; the first three in the series being held in September.
This October HeartEdge welcomes US theologian Winnie Varghese, asset-based community worker Cormac Russell, and many other exciting contributors for its two-day conference 'On earth as it is in heaven' – a gathering of the HeartEdge community in Edinburgh.
I will be taking part in the programme in conversation with Sheena McDonald on the theme of Renewing the Church, along with The Most Reverend Mark Strange (The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church) and Dr Sara Parvis (Senior Lecturer in Patristics, University of Edinburgh).
Among others taking part over the two days are: Rosie Addis; David Bradwell; Derek Browning; ID Campbell; Jonathan Evens, Sally Hitchiner; Simon Jay; Jonny Kinross; Tania Kovats, Deborah Lewer; Suzanne Lofthus; Maxwell Reay; Scott Rennie; Fiona Smith; Peter Sutton; and Bev Thomas.
The conference venues are the Parish Church of St Cuthbert and St John's Church, with the Chalmers Lectures held at Greyfriars Kirk. Further information is available from Revd Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar HeartEdge, St Martin-in-the-Fields (020 7766 1127 / email@example.com) and you can register at https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/ODYyLTEz/t.
I do hope I will meet some of you there.
Colin A M Sinclair
Rt Revd Colin A M Sinclair
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Church and Community Project Ideas and How to Fund Them
Aberdeen – 11.30am–3.30pm, Wednesday 7 August, 2019
Free Event: You are invited to join us at the
Go For It Regional Roadshow, Aberdeen
The Church of Scotland Go For It Fund supports projects that change church and community. This free event is open to those looking for inspiration for project ideas, or money to help bring their ideas to life. It provides an opportunity to learn more about Go For It and to hear from Go For It-funded projects about their work.
If you'd like to attend, the programme and registration form is attached.
The Committee to Nominate the Moderator of the General Assembly is inviting recommendations for Moderator of the General Assembly 2020-2021. Further information and the Recommendation Form can be accessed here
Any member of the Church of Scotland may recommend a candidate for the role but the person recommended must be a minister, elder or deacon and they must give consent to being recommended.
Completed Recommendation Forms should be sent to me Susan Taylor by 8 August 2019. The Committee asks that only one Form be submitted for each candidate.
The Committee expects to meet on 26 September when they will have conversations with a short list of prospective nominees before making a final choice.
‘Well equipped spaces in the right places'
Your opportunity to help shape the future land and buildings plan for the Church.
The General Trustees have been instructed by the 2019 General Assembly to submit a plan for the future of the Church's land and buildings for the 2020 Assembly. We have prepared a consultation paper which was welcomed by the Assembly, but instead of encouraging Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions to engage with the consultation process, the Assembly amended the Deliverance to instruct Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions to engage. We are therefore writing to give you advance notice of the consultation timetable, in the hope that you can plan your involvement.
For locations and dates, please see attached document.
Discipleship the Jesus Way at Kings Church Inverness3rd August 2019
10.30 – 4.30
Cost: £25 (lunch included)
Freddi Gilbert is going to be spending a day with us discussing Discipleship the Jesus Way. She is passionate about developing and discipling people who are intentionally wanting to live Jesus led lives. Dedicated to seeing people reaching their full potential.
Over the years she has been involved in planting churches, mentored Christian leaders and works in a team running the DNA Discipleship Training Course but NEVER has the need for converts to become disciples been more real.
It’s simply the case that our dreams of usefulness for God demand our development. And that development happens through the journey of discipleship. All of us are broken, and it’s the adventure of discipleship that makes us more whole, and as we become more whole, we become more fruitful. Only changed lives change lives.
So come and join us on a day’s exploration of the nature of Biblical discipleship. We will look at key models and tools to help us grapple together how to do discipleship well. We’ll look at how Jesus did this, exploring practical applications and hot tips so that we don’t just talk about discipleship but can go and be discipled and disciple others.
We are pleased to advise of the following MDS opportunity in Aberdeen and would be grateful if you could highlight this to anyone you think may be interested in applying.
Communications Officer, Aberdeen Presbytery
Please note that this role is exempt from the current pause on recruitment.
For more information on the above posts, or any other positions we currently have advertised, can be found under our Vacancies and Volunteering Section of the website.
Stephanie Thomson | Human Resources Adviser| Church of Scotland
121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)131 240 2220 Ext: 2375
DEPARTMENT OF SPIRITUAL CARE
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER LISTENER?
Spiritual Care Listener - “Helping people (re)discover hope and inner strength in times of illness, change and loss”
Can you be a good listener? Can you help someone explore what they are going through?
Listening to people’s concerns can help them feel less isolated and anxious while helping them feel more hopeful and valued.
Volunteers can play a vital role supporting the work of the Department of Spiritual Care in their work often being the initial point of contact.
Volunteering opportunities are available in
Members of the Department provide ongoing support.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Department of Spiritual Care an information afternoon is being held on Wednesday 21st August, 2019, from 2pm in the Wellbeing Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee.
If you wish to attend please contact Lynne Downie on 01382 423110 or email
There are still some places left on this year’s Centre for Ministry Studies Summer School so we would be delighted if you could share this information. We have a very strong line-up of presenters looking at the topical subject of ‘The Gospel in a Polarised Society: Finding peace and hope in a fractured world’.
The week will start with a keynote address from Rev Dr Richard Frazer and continue with a mix of talks, bible reflection, seminars, workshops, worship and fellowship. The other participants are:
Dr Helen Cameron
Miss Elaine Duncan
Rev Dr Jim Gordon
Rev Canon Dr Sarah Hills
Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey
Rev Professor Phil Ziegler
The week runs from 2pm on Monday 19th August to 1pm on Friday 23rd August on the University Campus in Old Aberdeen.
Residential £450; Non-Residential £250. Assistance with funding may be available.
I have attached flyers and more information can be found at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/summer-school-2017-877.php
Tickets, £10 to include refreshments, are now available for the Friends Concert taking place on Sunday, 25th August 2019, 7.30 p.m. These can be purchased in advance after Sunday morning worship; from office bearers; from the church office on Thursday mornings 9-12 noon. The office telephone number is 01241 230300 (Thursday mornings only). Please note that the church office will be closed on August 8th and 15th.
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