The Church of Scotland will hold its annual General Assembly from 20-26 May 2017 at the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh.
More than 730 commissioners from congregations across Scotland and beyond will come together to take part in the event, a unique mix of debate, tradition and worship
Over the course of the week they will be joined by more than 150 people from associated partners and other organisations who work with the Church. The public gallery is open each day for any members of the public who are interested in observing the proceedings.
On the Thursday, sometime after Chaplain’s Prayers, our minister, Norman Smith, will be delivering his first report to the Assembly as Convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council on Thursday 25th May – and of course he would appreciate our prayers for his work and the work of the Council.
First held in 1560, the General Assembly is the Kirk’s highest court, made up of commissioners who are generally ministers, elders and deacons, as well as youth representatives and around 40 international emissaries from partner churches around the globe. The General Assembly considers reports from each of the Church’s councils, discusses issues of national and international importance, and makes decisions that help set the Church of Scotland’s direction for the coming years.
Decisions made at the General Assembly can have an historic and long-standing impact on the future of the national Church. However, the Church of Scotland values thoughtful, well considered decision making, and seeks consensus whenever possible, so contentious issues are usually debated for several years before a final resolution is reached.