Mission and Discipleship: Sign up now for the final Community of Faith conference

Community of Faith Glasgow
Participants share thoughts at the Community of Faith conference in Glasgow.

The Community of Faith conference will hold its third and final session in Inverness on 23 April, after the first two sessions sold out.

Anyone interested in ministry with children and young people who wants to explore new and exciting ways to engage with young people is invited to attend. The theme for the 2016 conference is 'For churches with few or no children'.

The Community of Faith conference is just one of the ways the Mission and Discipleship Council is working to connect, resource and inspire you. The council's publications are flying off the shelf as congregations use them to guide their work.

Learn 'Eldership' now in its second printing has now sold more than 7700 copies, while 'How will our Children Have Faith?' has sold more than 1100 copies. And for those working at the other end of the age spectrum 'Mission and Older People' provides valuable guidance.

Rev Colin Sinclair, Convener of theMission and Discipleship Council said,

"The breadth of our mission is vast, but as convener I am very encouraged to see how our events and publications are bringing together people of faith who are exploring ways to reach out to people of all ages in our community.

"Through events such as theCommunity of Faith conferences and through publications such as "How will our Children have Faith?" the council is responding to the challenge of equipping congregations to work with families and children.

"At the same time we are helping resource the Kirk to support and minister to older peoplein Scotland with our useful study guide, "Mission and Older People".

"We have been amazed at the enthusiastic response from congregations across Scotland who tell us our events and publications are essential to the important work they are doing.

"I would just appeal to others to join in anddiscover what others have definitely benefited from."

Sarah Murdoch, an elder at St.Columba's Parish Church in Stirling who attended the Glasgow session, said she would strongly recommend the conference for both new and experienced youth outreach workers.

"We were encouraged to continue toinvest time nurturing the faith of parents and carers- because without them the younger children cannot attend church. In a rapidly changing and often frightening world the Christian message of non-judgemental love, hope, purpose and direction can make a critical difference."

Susan Miller,a youth worker from Shettleston said she left the Glasgow session feeling encouraged and uplifted.

"If it hadn't been sold out I think it would have been very useful for other people in my church to hear the messages and understand the bigger picture," Susan said. "We have a lot of good volunteers,but they are not all used to working with young people. It was a good place to communicate with like-minded people and share our stories."

The final Community of Faith conferencesession will include workshops on messy church, working with schools, building community, spiritual styles and worship with young people. The keynote speaker will be Suzi Farrant, the Church of Scotland's Children and Young People's Development Worker. Lunch will be provided.