General Assembly

The General Assembly is a significant annual event in the Church of Scotland calendar. Throughout the week, commissioners to the General Assembly examine its work and laws and make decisions that affect the future of the Church.

People enjoy watching the proceedings for the passionate debates, special guests, festivities and large-scale worship.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 General Assembly was regrettably cancelled. The 2021 Assembly will be held in the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. It will open on Saturday 22 May and will close on Friday 28 May. The public gallery will be open for anyone who wishes to watch the Assembly.

Relive the General Assembly 2019

Rev Colin Sinclair

The General Assembly 2019 was held from 18-24 May and had more than 700 commissioners.

The Assembly notably debated the radical action plan, fossil fuel divestment, and the future of the National Youth Assembly.

Convener speeches, Moderator's worship, and supporting documents, are all available in the General Assembly 2019 section. You can also re-watch any session of the Assembly or listen to the summary podcasts of the Assembly's morning and afternoon's business.

Moderator of the General Assembly 2019

A Stirling University economics graduate who spent three years living out of a car in Zambia is the newly appointed Moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly for 2019.

Rev Colin Sinclair, who is the minister for Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh, began his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2019 at the General Assembly, succeeding the 2018-19 Moderator Rt Rev Susan Brown.

Laws of the Church of Scotland

Visit our Church Law section for more information about the Acts, Regulations, and Constitution of the Church of Scotland, and the Barrier Act.