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General Assembly 2017

Assembly Fringe

Monday May 22
CrossReach (Social Care Council)
Place: St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace
Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Have your cake and eat it at CrossReach’s Fringe Event. Come to St Columba’s by the Castle to find out how you can bring to life what it feels like to live with a mental health problem – in a cake! Buffet lunch provided.
Mission and Discipleship Council: Resourcing Worship Team
Place: Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace (meeting room)
Time: 12.30-2pm

How do we have deep conversations with one another? How do we Pray? How do our buildings inspire worship? How can I get the most out of CH4 if I don’t read music? Where can I find online worship materials created in Scotland? We warmly invite everyone with an interest in prayer, worship, music or art to come and see the range of worship resources and hear how they might help you develop worship that meets us in the heights and depths of our living. (A buffet lunch will be provided).
Tuesday May 23
Chaplains' Handbook Launch
Place: St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace
Time: 12–2pm
Come and hear about the new Handbook for School Chaplains, a limited number of printed copies will be available, but the handbook is available as a pdf on the Church’s website.
We have invited Steve Younger to come and talk about the handbook and its importance to both chaplains and headteachers. Come and chat, share stories over a cuppa.
Lunch will be provided (On a first come first served basis)
Participatory Budgeting

Place: St Augustine’s, George IV Bridge

Time: 12-2pm

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic form of decision making that empowers local communities to take financial decisions. Over the last four months, as part of a Scottish Government scheme, the Church and Society Council has been supporting four congregations to set up and deliver PB events in their local communities. Come along and hear about their experience and the opportunities and challenges of being church at the heart of community transformation.
Lunch will be provided (On a first come first served basis)
Playlist for Life
Place: Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace
Time: 12.30-2pm

Please come and join Sally Magnusson’s charity, Playlist for Life, for lunch, and learn more about how the music which gives you ‘that flashback feeling’ can become a lifeline if you develop dementia. Former Moderator, the Very Rev Dr John Miller, will facilitate a panel discussion about Playlist for Life and its work with St Andrew’s Church in Carluke. If you would like to know more about incorporating Playlist for Life activities into your church please join us.
‘From Reform to Renewal: Scotland’s Kirk Century by Century’
Place: New College Foyer
Time: 1.15-1.50pm
Finlay Macdonald will give a short presentation on his new book, ‘From Reform to Renewal: Scotland’s Kirk Century by Century.’ Copies will be available in the Assembly Bookshop in the Martin Hall.
Church Service Society Annual meeting, address and supper
Place: GreyfriarsKirk

Time: 5.30pm

The speaker at this year’s Church Service Society’ annual meeting is the Rev Dr Stephen Holmes, whose theme is ‘Salvaging Sacred
 Signs: the Reformation and the interpretation
 of worship’. Supper booking should be made to dgalbraith@hotmail.com
Wednesday May 24
Housing and Loan Fund Fringe Meeting
Place: Senate Room

Time: 12.45pm

Ministers and their spouses are very welcome
to come along to a brief presentation detailing the assistance offered by the Housing and Loan Fund. Thereafter there will be an opportunity
for questions, and also to make individual appointments to discuss personal situations with regard to retirement housing.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Go For It and Priority Areas Present Stories of Change
Place: St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace
Time: 12.35pm to 1.50pm

Come and relax over lunch and be inspired by the stories of the work being done in Priority Areas parishes and projects that Go For It has funded. Through photographs, video and in conversation, you will find out about the work being done across Scotland by both of these initiatives, and how your congregation might
 be supported to make a difference. Lunch and free resources provided.”
Mission and Discipleship Council: New resources from the Learning Disability Working Group
Place: Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace (Hall)
Time: 12.30-2pm
Launch of an inspiring and practical pack of resources to guide churches as they develop into communities of belonging, responding to and reaching out to those in 
our communities with learning disabilities.
 It joins the new animation film and the Learn Discussion Starter to form a comprehensive suite of resources from the Learning Disability Working Group.
Thursday May 25
Launch of the Health and Safety Toolkit
Place: Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Street, Edinburgh (meeting room)
Time: 12.30-2pm
The General Trustees invite Commissioners to attend the launch of the Congregational “Health and Safety Toolkit”. This innovative toolkit will help congregations understand their roles and responsibilities for health and safety, including risk assessment, asbestos management, electrical safety and fire risk assessment.
During this event, you will hear interactive presentations from the General Trustees and the Safe Buildings Consultant on various health and safety issues, followed by an open questions and answers session.
Women in the World Church – World Mission Council
Place: St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace
Time: 12.30-1.45pm
Come and listen to the voices of some of our international partners as they share about the role and status of women in their own context. Learn from them the challenges of living out their calling, seeking to change deeply-ingrained belief systems which do not recognise the contributions and ministries of women. Hear how women are subject to discrimination and structural injustice, yet play a vital role as agents bringing about positive change.
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