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Looking Back

June 1962

New Thrusts In Scottish Parishes

The Home Board reported two notable lines of evangelism: in the industrial chaplaincies by the appointment of the first whole-time industrial chaplain of Greenock (the Rev. W. Cameron Wallace); and in the pioneer work of the rural panel in encouraging country ministers and congregations to try out new methods of reaching and holding the people – a small beginning involving about 100 ministers but one with great potentialities.

In both cases there is a determined effort to "break through" in a difficult situation. Experiments in youth work and in the development of the congregation’s work in its parish are a sign of new determination to tackle the Church’s basic job.

The continuation from “Tell Scotland” takes the form in part of the setting up of a panel of experienced missioners who will be available “to plan new adventures in evangelism”, and to help in local situations where wanted. Dr. A.C. Craig has promised to give his assistance, Congregational mission is basic to the Church and we are still only at the beginning of discovering its meaning in this day of widespread unbelief.

The Home Board’s help covers a wide range of the Church’s life and work: in Lowland and Highland mission station, in chaplaincies in industry and hospitals and prisons, in mission to the Jews in Scotland, in holiday missions, in lodging-houses, in publicity and audio-visual aids, and in financial aid for halls and other congregational necessities.

The total look of it, taken along with the Maintenance of Ministry, gives the Assembly some idea of the kind of concern which the Church of Scotland has towards the people of Scotland in Christ’s name.

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