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St Matthews Church of Scotland

Tay Street

Perth

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Hope in the Rural Church

A one-Day Conference organised by the ACTS Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG) and to be held on 1 May 2019 at St Matthew’s Church of Scotland Church, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ.

In June 2018 the SCRG launched a Report, Hope In The Rural Church, detailing reflections on the results of the 2016 Scottish Church Census. The report assessed the implications for Rural Churches in Scotland of the data from the Census as presented in “Growth Amidst Decline”. The general picture was one of falling numbers attending Sunday worship and an ageing church but it was also possible to identify other approaches to both worship and to participation in church linked activities that were flourishing. Building on these positive developments seemed important.

However to evolve so as to link with these green shoots of hope requires a significant change in both priorities within the church and significant changes in the use of resources. Effecting such changes is urgent and requires ecumenical action. It requires discussion within all of Scotland’s Churches There is thus a clear need for those in leadership roles within the church to discuss the actions needed so that the church can remain at the core of Rural life in Scotland. To begin the action is the aim of this conference.

The conference will be based around the three major themes of the 2018 Report, “Hopes for Growth”, “Fresh Expressions” and “Church in Community”. The conference will open with a scene setting plenary lecture followed by questions to the speaker. The following two sessions will be built around the format of a series of shorter presentations followed by round table and plenary discussion with a panel made up of the speakers.

The draft Programme is as follows

10.00 Arrival and Coffee

10.20 Introduction to the Day

10.30 Session 1 - Hopes for Growth

Mark Betson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England, based at Germinate Arthur Rank Centre

11.15 Session 2 - Fresh Expressions of Church

David McCarthy - Fresh Expressions

Craig MacKay - Filling Station

Jen Robertson - Scottish Bible Society

12.15 Round Table Discussions of Fresh Expression Presentations

12.40 Panel discussion of issues

13.10 Lunch (Provided at Venue)

14.10 Session 3 - Church in Community

Chris Blackshaw - Rural Chaplaincy

Mary Sweetland - Eco-Congregations

David Pickering - Pilgrimage

15.10 Round Table Discussions of Church in Community Presentations

15.35 Panel Discussion of Issues

16.05 Closing Remarks

16.10 End of Conference

FAQs

Who is the event for?

It is aimed at all of those interested in rural ministry in Scotland but particularly those in leadership roles


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

St Matthews Church is a short walk from both Bus and Rail Stations in Perth


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

David Atkinson on atkinson390@btinternet.com

What's the refund policy?

If you have to drop out we will provide a refund

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Action of Churches Together in Scotland is registered as a Charity No. SC000295 and as a Company Limited by Guarantee No SC348236. Registered Office: Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ, Scotland. website: www.acts-scotland.org

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