Re-Imagining Church Conference

Re-Imagining Church Conference

'Re-Imagining Church' conference 11th-13th Jan 2019. As part of our desire at Sanctuary First, to contribute to the future shape and mission of the church. Sanctuary First is hosting a conference at Tulliallan Police College to seek to inspire ministers and congregations to begin to re-think how church might be in the future. Our keynote sessions will ask the following questions:

What does it mean to be a church... Shaped by the Gospel? Shaped by Friendship? Shaped by our Locale? Shaped by the Gifts of God’s People?

POLICE SCOTLAND COLLEGE, TULLIALLAN CASTLE, KINCARDINE, FK10 4BE
£135 FOR 2 NIGHTS - £90 FOR ONE NIGHT
Book online: www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk/conference
This is a conference sponsored by Sanctuary First, Falkirk Presbytery’s Pioneer Ministry
Falkirk Presbytery is a charity registered in Scotland, charity no. SC018587

Revd Stephanie Couvela on Christmas Pressure #Blog

Revd Stephanie Couvela on Christmas Pressure #Blog

Read our new guest blog from Revd Stephanie Couvela of Keele University about Christmas pressure: "Christmas was a slightly brittle time when I was growing up. My Mum started planning the whole thing in about September, a slightly desperate attempt to create a “perfect family moment” when we would all be gathered round the tree with glowing faces and happy smiles. The difficulty was that we simply weren’t that kind of family – have you ever noticed that the more functional a family is, the less hard they have to try to appear functional?"

Jo Penn and Scargill Community at Christmas #DailyWorship

Jo Penn and Scargill Community at Christmas #DailyWorship

We thank Christian Aid's Wendy Lloyd for her Daily Worship and we welcome Jo Penn (pictured bottom left) + the Scargill Community. Jo and the other contributors are members of the international, intentional Christian Community at Scargill House in the Yorkshire Dales. Scargill welcomes people for holidays, conferences and retreats. "Together we share hospitality, creativity, fun and really good food." They continue our Christmas Round The World theme taking us to several places including India, Hungary and Lebanon... (Photo credit: Patrick Baker)

James blogs about Christmas and chubby geese!

James blogs about Christmas and chubby geese!

Read our latest blog from James Cathcart: "Christmas comes with a lot of pressure and expectation, not least of all from my stomach… But if we are able to take a moment to reacquaint ourselves with the story of Christmas - of God’s journey to our world as a vulnerable refugee with a message of hope - there’s an invitation to enter the mystery, the celebration, the wonder… at our own pace."

Check out our Christmas Round The World Resource Page

Check out our Christmas Round The World Resource Page

See our Christmas Round The World Resources page for ideas of things to do over the season that relate to our theme. Keep an eye on the page as we will be adding to it through December.

New Year theme material for January online

New Year theme material for January online

Our theme for the New Year ‘Re-Imagining Church’ taking the theme from our January conference is online now and covers 30 December - 02 February. We will be exploring ways of renewing, revitalising, and restarting ‘church’ beyond boundaries and outwith walls. What is church anyway? Why do we do it? 

Over five weeks we will wrestle with questions of what it means to be and do church in 2019. We will consider where we can celebrate tradition and where we can champion new emerging practices...

Read Albert’s blog on ‘Re-Start Church’

Read Albert’s blog on ‘Re-Start Church’

Read Albert’s latest blog post Re-Start Church: “When the history of the Church of Scotland is written for the early part of twenty-first century it will be seen as a time of great challenge and upheaval. It will be understood as a time when like so many other high street names the church on the high street was forced to either close or re-imagine itself...”
 

Advent theme + questions ‘Christmas Round the World’

Advent theme + questions ‘Christmas Round the World’

This Advent our theme is Christmas Round the World exploring the various traditions that bring us together across oceans, across languages, and across time. Group discussion questions adapting the material for small groups are now available Discussion Questions. How can the story of Christmas - of God’s journey to our world as a vulnerable refugee with a message of hope - inspire us in new ways to address inequality, conflict and suffering in our world?