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360 Degree Photography

Information on using 360 degree photography in your church or worship space.

360 Degree Photography Quick Guide
Access for All

Information on some of the issues you may have ensuring that your church is accessible to all.

Access for All
Accessible Church Buildings: Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

How to make your church building more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Deaf and hard of hearing
Audio Induction Loops

Information on Induction Loop Systems.

Audio induction loops
Audio Visual

Information on using audio visual in worship.

Audio Visual
Bible Readings in Worship: At the Lectern

This Quick Guide to Bible Readings in Worship: At the Lectern offers tips on reading bible passages in a more engaging way. You can view video clips highlighting some of pitfalls and how to rectify them below.

 

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Bible Readings in Worship: At the Lectern
Bible Readings in Worship: Creative Readings

The Word is central to Reformed worship. All that happens in worship should flow from it and respond to it. It is the supreme authority that governs not just the Sunday Service, but all of the acts of service and worship we offer God in our daily lives. In our gathered worship however, what sometimes happens is that the preaching of the Word becomes the main event and the reading of the Word is viewed as a supporting act.

Bible Readings in Worship: Creative Readings
Bible Readings in Worship: Managing Your Nerves

Let us begin by congratulating you on volunteering (or being volunteered!) to read a Bible passage in the first place. In doing this, you are not simply ‘doing a reading’ but taking part in the leading of worship.

The problem may be, however, that you may be one of many people who can get very nervous speaking in front of a congregation.

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Bible Readings in Worship: Managing Your Nerves
Church and Cafe

Today, many churches throughout Scotland are using, or are at least considering the use of, cafes to further their ministry.  In this guide, we will highlight a modern trend in social networking, physically not electronically, and report on some successful and varied models of churches that are running church cafes.

There is also a Church and Cafe: Frequently Asked Questions Quick Guide which provides some helpful guidelines, together with information on resources and websites.

Church and Cafe Quick Guide Church and Cafe Frequently Asked Questions
Church Heating and its Impact on Pipe Organs

Information on church heating and how it impacts on pipe organs.

Church Heating and its Impact on Pipe Organs
Church Lighting

This Church Lighting Quick Guide has been provided to assist churches looking to make changes to their lighting.

Church Lighting
Church Notice Boards

Advice on the care and maintenance or installation of a new church notice board.

Church Notice Boards
Church Stands at Country Shows

This guide provides some helpful tips and advice for those congregations who may wish to host a stand at a Country Show.

Church Stands at Country Shows
Commissioning a New Stained Glass Window

Everything you need to know for commissioning a stained glass window from design through to the approval stages.

Commissioning a new window
Commissioning Window Conservation Repairs

Information on commissioning window conservation repairs.

Commissioning Window Conservation Repairs
Dementia Friendly Church Buildings

This Quick Guide has been written by Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, to help make your church building dementia friendly.

Dementia Friendly Church Buildings
Ecumenical Relations

I am part of the Church of Scotland but want to be part of the Church in Scotland and the worldwide church, where can I begin?

Ecumenical Relations
Faith in Community Scotland

Faith and Community Scotland is a national anti-poverty organisation who are part of the Mission Forum, if you want to know more…

Faith in Community Scotland
Fire Safety in Church Buildings

Information on Fire Safety in church buildings.

Fire Safety in Church Buildings
Getting the Most out of Group Discussions

This Quick Guide provides information on getting the most out of working in groups.

Getting the most out of group discussions
Graffiti Workshop

Stencil graffiti, with its careful advance planning, enables participants to be confident of a very good, eye catching, well-executed result, without the fear of having to rely on drawing ability.

Graffiti Workshop
How can I find out more?

I feel I know so little from other faiths. I don’t want to cause any offence but I do want to make contact. How can I find out more?

How can I find out more?
How can I offer hospitality?

I want to be friendly to my neighbours, but we are different from them, and want to show hospitality. What is the first step?

How can I offer hospitality?
How can we be confident but not arrogant

In what spirit should we approach people from another faith? How do we get the tone right? This Quick Guide explores 'How can we be confident but not arrogant?'

How can we be confident but not arrogant?
How can we reach across cultures?

Sometimes when people are very different from us, we don’t know where to start so how can we reach across cultures?

How can we reach across cultures?
Interfaith and Mission Report

IMG coverThe resource offers an accessible, attractive and readable format of the General Assembly 2014 Report entitled "Interfaith and Mission".

Liturgy

How can I shape a discussion around the Mission Forum Report? This liturgy gives some ideas…

Liturgy
Messy Church

This Quick Guide describes what Messy Church is, looks at reasons you might or might not want to do it, and finally touches on some practical considerations.

Messy Church
Opportunities for Young People

Are there any opportunities for young people in the wider Church? Where can I find out more?

Opportunities for Young People
Organs and Musical Instruments

This Organs and Musical Instruments Quick Guide has been produced to provide information on the use of organs in churches.

Organs and musical instruments
Overcoming barriers, building bridges

What are the things that make contact with people of others faiths more difficult and how can I find practical ways to build a good relationship? Here are some ways to overcome barriers and build bridges.

Overcoming barriers, building bridges
Panel on Review and Reform

How does the Church find a vision for its work? If you want to know more about the Panel on Review and Reform read on.

Panel on Review and Reform
Parish Magazine

The purpose of this Quick Guide is to help harness the significant potential of the parish magazine for mission.

The Parish Magazine
Pray it Forward

Pray it Forward is a simple, yet remarkably versatile resource which has been widely used across the globe.  It consists of eight different credit card sized cards, each with a blessing inspired by words from the Bible, and an invitation to pray for someone else and pass the blessing on. Pray it Forward cards are available from the Resourcing Mission shop.

Pray it Forward
Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women

This Quick Guide has been compiled by the Church Without Walls team of the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland in response to the report on Domestic Abuse by the Church and Society Council to the General Assembly of 2012. It is not exhaustive but aims to suggest some ways in which individuals and church congregations can make a difference for women who are, or have been, the victims of domestic violence, and provides links to some of the organisations and agencies who can help.

Preventing and responding to violence against women
Raising Awareness

How can we become more aware of the work of the wider Church. How can I raise my awareness of the issues they address?

Raising Awareness
Refugees and the Church of Scotland

Find out more about how the Church is working with refugees and how you and your congregation can welcome the stranger and assist those in need.

Refugees and the Church of Scotland
Removing or Altering Pews

Things to consider when removing or altering pews.

Removing or altering pews
Reordering Church Interiors

This Reordering Church Interiors Quick Guide has been prepared to give information on making changes to Church interiors.

Reordering church interiors
Sacramental Vessels

This Sacramental Vessels Quick Guide provides advice on the disposal or storage of sacramental items.  There is also a Quick Guide to Storage of Sacramental Vessels.

Sacramental Vessels
Setting up a Rural event

Things to consider when setting up a rural event.

Setting up a rural event
Skinny Sketches

Tips on taking the drudge out of drama!

Skinny Sketches
Speaking Out

How can I make my voice be heard in support of the work of the wider Church? There are various ways of speaking out…

Speaking Out
Stained Glass: Maintenance

Information on the maintenance, cleaning and repair of stained glass windows.

Stained Glass Maintenance
Storage of Sacramental Vessels

This Storage of Sacramental Vessels Quick Guide provides information on how communion ware can be stored safely.  There is also a Sacramental Vessels Quick Guide.

Storage of Sacramental Vessels
Stories

I would love to hear more about the impact on people who are part of the wider Church. Here are some stories from Mission Forum members...

Stories from Mission Forum members
Turning Dreams into Reality: Managing Change

Managing change in your congregation.

Turning Dreams into Reality
Volunteering and Vocation

What opportunities are there to do something for the wider Church either as a volunteer or even as a vocation? Here are some ways...

Volunteering and Vocation
Why should we engage with those of other faiths?

My faith matters to me but shouldn’t I respect other people’s privacy, why should we engage with those of other faiths?

Why should we engage with those of other faiths?