The annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland took place from 16th to 22nd May 2015 at the Assembly Halls in Edinburgh, where around 730 commissioners gathered from churches throughout Scotland and beyond. As always, there was intense debate on matters of social and national interest as well as Church policy and governance, all under the watchful eye of new Moderator Right Dr Rev Angus Morrison. There were lighter moments too, with Commissioners being introduced to Scott, the Hearing Dog For Deaf People of the Kirk's first born deaf Minister, Rev Mary Whittaker.
The congregation of Broom Parish Church has been fundraising since the start of 2015 for the Toilet Twinning Project, which provides clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world's most deprived areas. Members of all ages have been encouraged to deposit small change (literally spending a penny!) in a special talking toilet. With over £600 raised so far, Rev Jim Boag and his congregation have twinned their church loos with school toilet blocks in Chad and Uganda, and plan to twin with more.
For more on Toilet Twinning, click here.
The demand for help from Foodbanks throughout the city and beyond is growing all the time. If you need help from a foodbank, or would like to help your local foodbank, either by donating food or your time, click on the bag to see a full list of foodbanks within Presbytery's area (with contact details).
On 28th February 2015, Faith in Community Scotland, the Church of Scotland and the Centre for Human Ecology held a conference in Glasgow addressing food justice issues in Scotland today. To learn more (including videos of speakers, documents, social media feeds and responses/ideas), click here.
Thanks to donations from all over Scotland and beyond, the 2014 Stamp Appeal was an enormous success, raising a record-breaking £4,627, over £550 more than the previous year's total. The 2015/16 appeal will support the Church of Scotland HIV Programme, which helps partner church overseas and organisations in Scotland as they engage with the realities of HIV and AIDS in families and communities.
Donations of used stamps will help to:
All donations are welcome - no amount is too large or small, loose stamps or in albums. To visit the Stamp Appeal webpage, which includes a poster and details of how to donate your stamps, just click here or on the Stamp Appeal logo.