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.

The 2020 General Assembly will be held in the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. It will open on Saturday 16 May and will close on Friday 22 May. The public gallery is open for members of the public who wish to watch the Assembly.

Convener speeches for the General Assembly 2019 can be downloaded and read on the Speeches and additional documents section.

Moderator of the General Assembly 2019

Rev Colin Sinclair

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.

Read the General Assembly publications online

You can find the following documents on the GA Publications website: Assembly Reports (Blue Book), Order of Proceedings, Annual Report and Accounts, Assembly Papers, and Remits Booklet.

Guide to the General Assembly

Who attends the General Assembly? What are deliverances, motions and overtures? Explore our Guide to the General Assembly for more information about terminology, history and procedures.

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.