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, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ.

10 am to 4.10 pm. Tickets £7, including lunch.

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.

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