Take A Pew initiative gets off to a flying start

Take a Pew
Rev Neil Glover with the two pews that will be traveling around Scotland to host important conversations about the Church and its future.

From Hampden Park to the Callanish stones in Lewis, ideas for where people would like to see the church hold its new Take A Pew discussions have been pouring in. More than 100 locations and topics have already been submitted since the initiative was launched at the weekend.

The two church pews are being taken around Scotland this summer, to locations where invited guests will 'take a pew' with a Church of Scotland minister to talk about some of the big issues facing us today. Videos featuring the conversations will be shared online and across the church from later this month.

You can register online to be the first alerted when each new Take a Pew film goes live. And when you subscribe, you can also submit a topic you'd like to hear discussed and propose locations for our pews to visit in future. The diverse range of subjects already submitted online include how best to engage young people, how to maintain relationships with our older people, how we tackle poverty and inequality and how to maintain our historic buildings.

Rev Neil Glover, convener of the Ministries Council, says he is delighted at the warm reception the initiative is receiving.

"Thousands of people are watching the short introductory Take a Pew video and we have had a huge amount of fantastic feedback already. I realise people in the church are discussing these big ideas among themselves already, but I hope Take a Pew will inspire people to open up these conversations with much wider audiences. Some have already asked me if they can use this idea at a local level, so it's great to see its already capturing the imagination."

The redundant pews in the video were donated to the Grassmarket Project in Edinburgh, who refurbished them specially to make them more portable for filming in unusual places. The first Take a Pew video conversation will be released later this month before the General Assembly, and the pews themselves will feature at the Heart and Soul festival in Princes St Gardens on May 22nd.

Find out more about Take a Pew.