The Church of Scotland has released an ecumenical report which charts the early progress of churches in their goal of working in partnership.
In 2010, the General Assembly received a report from its Special Commission on the Third Article Declaratory, which affirms the Church’s duty to care for the entire country. This calling remains very important to the Church.
The report was requested by the General Assembly, the Supreme Court and ruling body of the Church, in order to examine the possibility of sharing their responsibility with other churches in Scotland.
The Committee on Ecumenical Relations and the Ministries Council then carried out a comprehensive survey of current ecumenical activity, the first of its kind within the Church of Scotland. It was carried out by congregations from every presbytery to give a full picture of how churches are used and what they are used for.
Results indicate that over 40 percent of those who attend church belong to a ‘Churches Together’ or local ‘Council of Churches’. The World Day of Prayer and Holy Week services are some of the activities that worshipers engage in, with Joint Bible Studies and Sunday School considered the best way to strengthen links between congregations.
Other activities that take place inside Scottish churches, including Christian Aid week events and social gatherings, were also thought to be highly regarded ways of encouraging fellowship between those sharing a building.
The hope is that local churches and the denominations will work together to tackle the challenge of ensuring that the Christian story is made available to all those who want to hear it, regardless of where they live in Scotland.
Rev Dr Martin Scott, Secretary of the Ministries Council said: “The Church of Scotland counts it a real privilege to work together with Christians from many other denominations in ensuring that folks everywhere across the country have the opportunity to know more of God’s love for all people.”
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