Pioneer Ministry Conference

Pioneer Ministry is a way to seek contemporary answers to the old question – how do we genuinely spread the gospel beyond church, with the entirely unchurched?

The question is simple but answering it requires a practice-based, radical reimagining of words like ‘mission’, ‘outreach’, ‘church’, that is deeply faithful, so that the life-giving, liberating, good news of Jesus can be found among the communities of 21st Century Scotland.

This conference will be facilitated by five of the Church of Scotland Pioneers, working in five very different challenging and rewarding posts, resulting in five contrasting and innovative forms of ministry.

They will share their experience of pioneer ministry in their own cultural context and the context of the Church of Scotland. If you are thinking about or planning pioneer ministry, this conference could be vital, offering reflections on what has worked and not worked in each of their ministries and sharing the highs and lows of their experience so far.

Janet Foggie: Pioneer for the Presbytery of Stirling at the University of Stirling, will be speaking about ‘Dorcas: Sewing the Resurrection’. Janet is a smallholder, seamstress and gardener who shares faith in practice by bringing together practical skills and spiritual well-being for the student community.

Peter Gardner: Pioneer Minister for Visual Arts Communities, who is based in Glasgow’s Briggait studio complex and one half of visual artist duo Gardner & Gardner, will be reflecting on developing a spirituality around creative practice, working in the spaces between churches and creating artworks that seek to convey the mystery that is beyond words.

Stuart Davidson: Pioneer Minister who walks the streets and connects with the people of all sorts who live, work and travel though Ferguslie Park and the north end of Paisley, with the purpose of helping us all to discover the great love of Jesus.

Chris Blackshaw: Pioneer Farming Minister working amongst the isolated Agricultural Community of Ayr Presbytery. Working out of Ayr Mart and going onto farms across the Presbytery and beyond, Chris supports farmers who face problems and offers practical help and spiritual support to people with and without faith.

Elisabeth Spence: Working in a new housing development in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, Hopefield Connections is a project that aims to make connections, build community and share faith in a 1,200 house new housing estate.

Date: Sat, 26 October 2019   Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Bridge of Allan Parish Church Hall, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NW

Cost: £15

Booking closes: 17 October 2019

Book through: Eventbrite

Oxfam Scotland and Take One Action Film Festival

Oxfam Scotland has once again partnered with Take One Action film festival. They are supporting three films covering some of the most significant issues facing societies around the world, including modern slavery, unaffordable housing and the refugee crisis.

“After each screening, experts from Oxfam and a range of other organisations will take part in a panel discussion. Please join us as we delve into the films to better understand the issues facing us today and how we can all work to make a difference.”

The three films tackle major issues.

Push investigates the lack of affordable housing across the world.

•    Wednesday 18 September at 20:20  – Filmhouse, Edinburgh
•    Thursday 19 September at 19:30 – CCA, Glasgow

The panel discussion will feature: Oxfam, Shelter and UNISON 

Ghost Fleet  looks at trafficking into the global fishing industry.

•     Monday 23 September at 20:15 – GFT, Glasgow
•    Tuesday 24 September at 20:30 – Filmhouse, Edinburgh

The panel discussion will feature: Oxfam and Scotland Against Modern Slavery 

Midnight Traveler looks at asylum seekers.

•    Saturday 21 September at 20:15 – Filmhouse, Edinburgh
•    Sunday 22 September at 17:00 – GFT, Glasgow

The panel discussion will feature: Oxfam and the Scottish Refugee Council 

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Sign up now for Traidcraft Roadshows

Traidcraft are holding roadshows in Glasgow and Perth on 17th and 19th September 2019 respectively. Obviously, there needs to be a minimum number of people signed up to make the events viable.

If you intend to go to one of these events, please sign up quickly. Follow the relevant link above.