The Scottish Churches Parliamentary office (SCPO) have produced a resource for churches/church groups to use in the lead up to the European Parliament Election on May 23 – based on a previous resource that we published for local council elections a few years ago. This and other resources can be downloaded from the SCPO website.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come (30 May - 9 June), it is hoped that everyone who takes part will
- Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for God's spirit to work in the lives of those they know
- Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
How to take part
Please find links for information below:
The Scottish Churches Rural Group is hosting a one day conference entitled "Hope in the Rural Church".
It will take place on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at St Matthew's Church of Scotland, Perth.
The keynote speaker will be Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of Germinate Arthur Rank Centre.
The 2018 Church of Scotland Ecumenical Relations Committee &
Action of Churches Together in Scotland autumn conference
took place on Saturday 27 October 2018.
If you unfortunately were not able to attend,
all of the presentations were recorded and are available
via the links below.
- Opening worship was led by the Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- "Making Connections" the opening session led by the Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- Rev Canon Professor Charlotte Methuen, Professor of Church History at the University of Glasgow, led the conference through a reflection on the "Appeal to all Christian People" (1920) . . . as a response to the catastrophe of WW1 and as the catalyst for ecumenism in Britain and Ireland in the years thereafter.
- Mr John Barrie, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, and Rev Kevin Mackenzie, Church of Scotland, ended the day with a presentation about local ecumenical working in East Kilbride - the Community Integration Project
ACTS has supported ALTERnativity to produce an advent resource for 2018. A link to download the resource is at the bottom of the article.
ALTER nativity want to encourage people to get back to the heart of the Christmas message, God being born amongst us to proclaim a new way: the way of liberation, freedom and justice for all peoples.
• Too many people are living in grinding poverty, denied basic freedoms and rights.
• Climate change is displacing people from their land as erratic weather makes traditional farming increasingly untenable.
How we celebrate Christmas in a world where so many of our sisters and brothers are hungry is a constant challenge to us as people of faith.
With this challenge before us, at ALTER nativity we want to find ways to help people think through their actions at Christmas and yet still have a joyful, meaningful and fun celebration.
In preparing for Christmas we encourage people to consider:
• What does it mean that God became human?
• How do we see the holy family as real people, coping with change, pressure and joy?
• Can we resist the pressure to over-spend?
• How do we respond to Mary's concern for the poor?
Our culture has changed beyond recognition and we are now involved in ministry with children in an unknown land, which gives us brilliant opportunities to be creative and to share God's story in meaningful ways. But how do we do that well? And where do we find time to stop and think when we are often overwhelmed by merely keeping going with what needs to be done week by week?
There seems little doubt that it is a hugely challenging time for children's ministry in Scotland but this conference will focus on ministry that seems to be thriving, perhaps in small but important ways.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed," tiny and easily overlooked, but that is where God's kingdom is at work. Come and join us and be part of sharing what those little seeds look like in Scotland today and how they have been growing!
10.30am-3pm, with registration and refreshments from 10am
Lunch and refreshments included in ticket price.
To book a place please click here
Scottish Churches Disability Group
Presentations and AGM
Saturday 22nd September, 11am
Pilrig St. Paul's Church, 1b Pilrig Street, Edinburgh
Coffee and registration 10:30 am for 11:00 am
Guest Speaker – Rev. Jeremy Balfour M.S.P.
(Chair of Cross-party Group on Disability)
Outline of Programme
10:30 Registration and coffee
11:00 Welcome by Rev. Dan Harper – Chairman
11:20 Guest Speaker Rev. Jeremy Balfour MSP
12:00 SCDG Presentation and introduction to website – Accessible information group (Theology of Disability Group and ecumenical group)
12:30 Sung Grace-Denis Shovlin
13:15 Chairman's report and AGM
13:45 Exchange of ideas
14:00 Closing Worship
ACTS Transition Group Requests
Prayer Intention 1: To Seek God's leading
Prayer Intention 2: To Listen carefully
Prayer Intention 3: To Develop, and share, a clear vision for ACTS
Prayer Intention 4: To Support mission in Scotland
Prayer Intention 5: To Develop a vision for collaboration
Prayer Intention 6: To Offer a structure which enables and enthuses
Prayer Intention 7: To Encourage and Support local ecumenism
Prayer Intention 8: To Broaden the churches who are involved with ACTS
Prayer Intention 9: To Be A collective church voice in Scotland
Prayer Intention 10: To Develop leadership
Prayer Intention 11: To Support the staff of ACTS
Prayer Intention 12: To Be radical
Prayer Intention 13: To Give thanks for the intercessory ministry of Christ
Gladly recognising that the Christ who seeks unity for his people (John 17) prays on our behalf to Father, we invite you to join with us in offering grateful thanks to God who invites us, together, to engage in God's mission and who beckons us forward as his people.
We especially value your prayers for these specific days:
Tuesday and Wednesday 24th and 25th July, when the Transition Group shall be meeting to reflect together and draft the main body of the Report.
Monday 3rd September and the following two weeks, during which time the Report shall be considered by the members of ACTS.
Wednesday and Thursday 12th and 13th September, when the members of ACTS meet, among themselves and thereafter with members of other churches in Scotland, to determine the way forward within the providence of God.
The Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG), which brings together churches within ACTS with rural interests, has attempted to tease out from the Census figures a rural orientated analysis.
Our report on the Census has a dual focus. We have looked at the church as it is now and assessed what we think are its ramifications for the future. We ask, what are the trends we currently see in the rural church? What conclusions can we draw? And what action needs to be taken to ensure a thriving future for rural ministry?
The information from the Census is not the only information which has recently become available. In 2016 Steve Aisthorpe published the results of a study he had undertaken into why some Christians no longer go to church, under the title 'The Invisible Church: Learning from the Experiences of Churchless Christians'.
In our report we have also tried to make use of this information in order to come to conclusions as to the way ahead, using all the information which has recently become available.
The World Council of Churches celebrates its 70th anniversary on 23rd August 2018. Prayers and songs are available for congregations and groups to use.
Link to the main WCC website: http://www.oikoumene.org/en
Link to the WCC 70th anniversary web pages: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/wcc70/
Link to worship resources: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/wcc70/prayers-and-songs
Created in 1948, the World Council of Churches is a Christian organisation dedicated to the search for Christian unity. It is a voluntary fellowship (association) of 348 member churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. Churches in the fellowship of the WCC pursue the vision of ecumenism as they:
- seek visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship;
- promote common witness in work for mission and evangelism;
- engage in Christian service by meeting human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation.
The aim of the WCC is to pursue the goal of the visible unity of the Church. This involves a process of renewal and change in which member churches pray, worship, discuss and work together.