Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has been invited to send a ‘youth rep’ (aged 18-25) to the church’s General Assembly, which takes place in Edinburgh from 18th-25th May 2018.
Youth reps from the church’s presbyteries spend the week together and far from being dull, everyone who goes says it’s one of the best weeks of their year.
Anyone interested in being a presbytery rep should download the Job Description and a Nomination Form, both available from the church’s website) have a read through and think about whether this is something you would like to do.
If it is, then please complete the Nomination Form and send it to your presbytery clerk by 1st Feb 2018. On the form you need to give some details about yourself and why you want to be a rep, and then get two different people to nominate you (one of them needs to be your minister / youth worker). The form also needs signed at the bottom by your minister. Putting your name forward doesn’t mean you will get chosen, but if you don’t put your name forward, then you definitely won’t!
Rev. Tomas Bisek, a former Associate Minister at Condorrat Parish Church in Cumbernauld, has published a book called “Finding My Way“, memories of a Czech Dissident 1939-2008.
The book tells the story of Tomas’ life in what was then Czechoslovakia: his early childhood during the Second World War; his youth and army service under the Soviet Communist regime; his life as a minister in the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren; his signing, along with his wife Daniela, of Charter 77 and their subsequent persecution by the regime leading to their exile in 1985. Tomas relates how they then came to Scotland with their young family and, struggling with the pain of exile, he worked as a minister in Cumbernauld and in Glasgow until they were able to return in 1996, after the collapse of the Communist regime, to a Prague that was much changed.
Tomas and Daniela will be in Edinburgh to attend a launch event for the book during the Church of Scotland General Assembly. The launch will take place on Wednesday, 25th May at around 1pm in the Augustine Centre on George IV Bridge. A complimentary light lunch will be served from 12.30 and copies of the book will be available to buy at the cover price of £9.95. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion. You are warmly invited to attend this event.
Copies of the book are also available to buy at a pre-launch price of £8.00, before May 25th. If you would like to order a copy, please contact John & Mary Miller by email: mary.miller15 at btinternet.com, or by post to 0/1 98 Kirkcaldy Road, Glasgow G41 4LD.
There will be a Service at Brightons Parish Church, Falkirk on Thursday 15 May at 7.30pm and a time of prayer at The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth on Saturday 17 May from 10-11am. All are welcome.
The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh from Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May. All the relevant information, e.g. timetable, reports, etc. and a link to a live webstream of the proceedings is available from the Church of Scotland website.
A cheery bus-load of people from the five Cumbernauld churches headed off to Edinburgh on Sunday 20 May to visit the Heart & Soul 2012 event in Princes Street Gardens. The event was being run to coincide with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and featured stalls from the various councils of the church, bands, speakers, games – you name it, it was there! The event closed with an act of worship and, not only was the seating at the Ross Bandstand full, hundreds of people gathered on the grass, the paths and even Princes Street itself to join in. A truly memorable occasion.
A selection of photos from the event is shown in the slideshow below.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh from 19-25 May. You can watch proceedings on a live video feed here: www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/general_assembly.
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The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh from May 19th – 25th. There are many people interested in the work of the Church of Scotland and many who wish to pray for the General Assembly. The following two prayer diaries, with prayers for each day of the General Assembly, may help.
The first has been produced by the Fresh Expressions team of the Church;
The second has been produced by Greyfriars Parish Church, Lanark and made available for everyone to use.
Please feel free to save a copy and circulate these resources if you wish.