May 2018




My Ministry with Rev Dan Harper



“We are a busy church full of good people trying to do good things.”

Rev Dan Harper, minister at Bridge of Allan Parish Church, tells us how he was called to ministry and why his community inspires him.


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Our Church: Geneva



“It is a dynamic community, with new people arriving – and others moving on, almost every week. Our service is in English, which is appreciated by many from across the world whose first or second language is English.”

This month Rev Laurence Twaddle, minister of the Church of Scotland congregation in Geneva, writes about being based in the spiritual home of the Reformation.


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General Assembly 2018



The 2018 General Assembly gets underway on 19 May with the installation of Rev Susan Brown as this year’s Moderator.

During the week commissioners will discuss reports, vote on church law and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women to the ministry of word and sacrament.

A live webcast and all the information you need to follow the proceedings will be available through the Church website.


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Moderator pays tribute to war dead in Islay



The Moderator of the General Assembly has paid tribute to hundreds of American soldiers and crew who lost their lives in two separate ship wrecks off the coast of Islay a century ago.

A commemorative service in Port Ellen also remembered the valiant efforts of the islanders who tried to rescue them and the 200 Islay men who died during the Great War.


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Join us at Heart and Soul 2018



“We’ve changed how it looks and feels to encourage people to engage more with the exhibitors, and we’re looking forward to hearing some of the resulting conversations.”

With over 60 exhibitors, two stages and around 5,000 expected visitors, the 2018 Heart and Soul Festival will be bigger and better than ever. And this year there is a special concert for young people the night before on 19 May.

Everyone is invited so mark your calendars and join us on 20 May.


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Six life-changing projects announced as Guild partners



The Church of Scotland Guild has chosen six life-changing projects from Scotland and around the world to receive fundraising support over the next three years.

The last fundraising cycle, which is drawing to a close, raised more than £600,000 for charities chosen in 2015.


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Women’s ordination 50th anniversary walk



The 50th anniversary of the ordination of women to the ministry of word and sacrament will be marked on Tuesday 22 May at 1.15pm with a procession from the foot of the Mound to New College quad in Edinburgh.

Women ministers will lead the procession followed by family, friends, colleagues and everyone who would like to add their support. The Moderator will lead a prayer in the quad before entering the General Assembly Hall for the afternoon session.


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Church members support makes “real difference” in Nepal



The director of an organisation overseeing reconstruction work in Nepal following a deadly earthquake has urged Scots not to be “cynical” about foreign aid.

Joel Hafvenstein said it would have been “impossible” for the United Mission to Nepal, (UMN) and its local partners to help thousands of people rebuild their shattered communities if it wasn’t for £310,000 donated by generous Church of Scotland members.


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Emotional family tribute to Kirk missionary heroine



The niece of a Scot who gave her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust has paid an emotional visit to the Nazi extermination camp where she died.

Deirdre MacDowell said it was “overwhelming” to lead a memorial service to Jane Haining outside the block at Auschwitz-Birkenau where her aunt is said to have spent her final hours.


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