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Christian Women’s Scottish Conference
March 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - March 25, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
66TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
23rd – 25th March 2018
Parables and The Kingdom of Heaven
The Atholl Centre
Christian Women’s Scottish Convention
The Convention grew out of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. Every woman who joined Churches of Christ was automatically considered to be a member of the C.W.F. and were encouraged to be part of its life and weekends for study, fellowship and worship, this dates back to the 1920s. In Scotland, the bible studies at Scottish Churches House, Dunblane, organised by the Women’s Union is also part of our history and for the Convention is open to women from all denominations.
In recent years a small number of men have come to convention, mostly to bring wives and friends, but they are encouraged to join in, ALL ARE WELCOME.
The Atholl Centre is a purpose built conference centre on the main road in Pitlochry and is situated behind the Baptist church next to the Tourist Information Office. There is adequate car parking and the centre is only a few minutes walk from local shops and the railway station.
The venue is wheelchair friendly and special dietary needs can be catered for, providing you let us know in advance, on your booking form. If numbers exceed the capacity of the centre, accommodation is at local, good-quality guest houses (with meals provided at the Atholl Centre). This may incur an extra charge, so book early!
March 23rd to 25th 2018
Speaker – Rev. Dr. Carla Grosch-Miller
Carla is a practical theologian, educator and the author of Psalms redux: Poems and Prayers (Canterbury Press 2014)
£108 over 16; £80 for youngsters 10 to 16 £66 for youngsters under the age of 10 years of age.
A bursary of £20.00 is offered for anyone in full time education
Application forms and a deposit of £20.00 (of which £10.00 is non-returnable in the event of cancellation) should be sent as soon as possible to:-
Mrs Margaret Higton, 68 Shawwood Crescent, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 5NB
Cheques should be made payable to :- Scottish Christian Women’s Fellowship Convention.
The balance of payment due to Mrs Margaret Higton by 20th February 2018, prompt payment would be appreciated.
Northern Synod will consider applications from URC members to cover cost of conference fee
The Convention Secretary – Mrs Margery Tate will be pleased to provide any further information :-
5, Parkside, Hepscott, Morpeth NE61 6LZ
THINGS WE DO
Meet old friends *Meet new friends *
Recharge our batteries *Learn new things
Bible study *Worship*
Enjoy free time around Pitlochry
Get lots of good ideas to take back to our churches, and communities
Generally have fun and a laugh
*Have time for ourselves
NO cooking, cleaning or washing up!
Friday – 23rd March
19.45 Welcome – President Phyllis Crook
20.00 Evening Activity – Suzanne Hamnett
20.30 Introduction to the theme – Why Parables?: Story and Life Rev. Dr. Carla Grosch-Miller Jesus is known for having spoken many parables, a unique and unusual way to tell a story. Why? What was the purpose of the parables? How do they “work”?
21.00 Epilogue – Betty Robinson
Saturday 24th March
09.30 Morning Worship – Susan Rand
09.45 1st Session – Expecting the “Kingdom of Heaven/God” In the parables we find an intense expectation of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. This Bible study will give us a sense of what that expectation was about and what it means to us today.
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 2nd Session – Exploring Parables from the Inside Out We will tap into our embodied knowledge by using creative methods to explore some of the more challenging parables.
13.45 *Bring and Buy Sale (please price items)
(*Proceeds to aid Convention Funds.)
17.00 Business Session (looking for ideas)
19.30 Entertainment – Margery Tate
21.00 Epilogue – Margaret Gillen
Sunday 25th March
10.00 3rd Session – Can we read the Bible as a whole as a parable? I will propose that God has a mission and God’s method is conversation. The whole Bible can be read as an invitation to participate in the conversations that bring about the “Kingdom of Heaven.”
12.00 Communion Service – Phyllis Crook