General Assembly and Heart & Soul

There was a lot to tell us about and for those that want more detail, please do look at the convenient Daily Updates page on the General Assembly 2019 website. This will open in a new window.

Heart & Soul, the Sunday afternoon celebration of the Kirk held in Princes Street Gardens, realised quite a few freebies which Sarah distributed to the children. Included was a “Postman Pat” van which can be used to collect used stamps for the World Mission Stamp Appeal. This year they will support the Chigodi Women Centre in Blantyre Malawi who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. A donation box template can be accessed HERE.

Also from World Mission was a simple board game which highlights stories and facts relating to their work with partner churches and organisations (counter, dice and Bible needed but suitable for all ages) “Around the World in 36 steps”.

Other items included ‘Holy Socks’ (not distributed but to show); Malawi Fruits collection sheet; “Postman Pat” postcards; “Together we Pray” bookmarks;

We heard about the Scottish Bible Society’s “Bible 2020” initiative hoping to inspire a global community to read the Bible aloud across the world, everyday throughout 2020.

Tearfund’s Rubbish Campaign launched this week. And it could improve tens of thousands of lives in some of the world’s poorest countries (your prayers needed please).

Engage Worship’s Thy Kingdom Come Family Prayer Adventure Journal (part of the Worship & Music Foundation) and links with Ascension day (Thursday 30th May) through to Pentecost (Sunday 9th June). Please note that these resources have a cost.

There were many other items which Sarah told us about during her later address. This year’s Assembly was certainly one of radical change where administration will be trimmed back to become more efficient, and encouraging all congregations and presbyteries to consider collaboration so that skills are suitably deployed. As time progresses, I am sure we will see how these recommendations and instructions could affect us.

“The pain of not changing may be greater than the need to change”