What you need to know

There are now only 3 sleeps until the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. I hope you are all as excited as the planning committee. To make the most of the day there are a few things which we thought it would be useful for you all to know.

  • Firstly, doors will open at 9.30am and the bookstall will be open. Come prepared with your tea or coffee.
  • The first session will start at 10am and the last session will be finished by 3.30pm.
  • There will be a bookstall provided by 10ofthose.com, so do come prepared to purchase some awesome books!
  • Nursing Mums are more than welcome to bring their baby.  There is be a room with a video feed available if you want to breastfeed in privacy.
  • Lunch is not provided but there are plenty of places nearby to pick up some lunch, or why not bring something with you so you can use the lunchtime period to have fellowship with one another.
  • Charlotte Chapel is situated at 58 Shandwick Place and is easily accessible by public transport. The train is an easy option as Haymarket is a 10-minute walk from Charlotte Chapel. Tram or bus stops are just outside the church.  The Lothian Bus website will give you all the information needed. Parking around Charlotte is all on-street parking and pay and display.  Melville Street is the best place to aim for. It is possible to park a little further out where is it free on a Saturday and walk the rest. Edinburgh Council has an interactive map which shows the parking restrictions and where it is free to park on Saturday. If you are coming from Glasgow or over a bridge an alternative would be to park and ride at Ingliston You can park for free and then get the tram into town. The tram stop is 2 mins walk from the church.

Please do get in touch at scottishwomensbibleconvention@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Also, do remember in your prayers our speaker and the seminar leaders as they finalise their preparations.

Tickets can still be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Speaker – Esther

With the convention happening this Saturday we thought we’d ask our speaker Leonie to share a little more about she will be speaking on.

What are you speaking about at the Scottish Women’s Convention and why?

The middle chapters of the book of Esther because it’s a great story that tells the great story! What a delight to work through it again and relearn what I’ve forgotten and be taught anew. I find Esther intriguing – a cracking story but one that is quite dark and sinister, not for the faint-hearted. God gives us stories so that we might know in our hearts and not just in our heads what it means that He is with us in the midst of life in this world.

Besides speaking, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are you looking forward to and why?

You mean apart from the fact that it’s held in Scotland?!  Being together, as God’s covenant people, remembering together his promises to us.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Introducing our speaker

Meet Leonie, our speaker…from Wilmslow, Cheshire, where the high street has an Aston Martin dealership nestled between the Co-op and the Cancer Research shop! Colleen Rooney frequents the local Waitrose in our neighbouring village and various footballers live in the surrounding countryside. It has the appearance in the world’s eyes of “living your best life” but desperately needs to hear the offer of eternal life.

Can you tell us a little about yourself including your family, what you do etc?
I have been  married to Andrew for seven years. We don’t have any children and we are currently between dogs, which I hope is not going to be for long! I have been the youth, children and families worker at St John’s Lindow church for almost two years.

Andrew is a public rights of way inspector’s. Alongside that he has a great side-line in house-group leading with me and helping out with youth and children’s ministry – he plays a mean Pilate and recently played Barabbas at holiday club. Conversely, I often end up on forgotten footpaths “just to see where they lead to”.

What are some of the challenges and joys of being involved in gospel ministry?
Two snapshots of the last month sum up some of the joys and challenges of gospel work: I had a message recently from a member of the youth group who has been involved for the last 8 years. He’s not from a Christian home but has come faithfully since primary school to St John’s children and youth groups. He wrote “ I’m thankful for all the hard work you’ve put in for us but I have decided now is the right time for me to focus on other things. I hope you understand.” I’m heartbroken, does he know what he is turning his back on? I know if he is chosen he can’t escape God’s call but it is discouraging.

Yet we have been joined by 5 Chinese families in the last month – they sent their children to the holiday club, came to the holiday club special service and have stayed! 4 of the families are newly arrived in the UK, having decided to leave Hong Kong because of the political situation there. The other family have moved within the UK. Our Sunday school has doubled in size overnight and our church has suddenly become international, which are great problems to have.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
How important it is to live by faith and not by sight: believing that He will keep every promise He has made, that Jesus will return in glory as the judge God has appointed.I have found it hard when a global pandemic has not brought people to their knees to seek God but just to “hang on in there” til it’s safe to come out and then carry on as before.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets


Before the day we’d like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention, including our speakers.

Sharon James, from London, will be leading a seminar called “Glorifying God as a member of society”.

What is the seminar about?

Jesus is Lord of all! We don’t just live for him in our homes and churches – we are called to live for him in all we do.

Who is the seminar for?

As Christians, we are both members of God’s family, and members of human communities. How can we live for God’s glory in society?

Why is this area important?

We are called to to love God and love our neighbour.

Besides speaking, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are you looking forward to and why?

It is always encouraging to meet fellow Christians and learn from God’s Word together.

If you’d like the handout for Sharon’s seminar it can be found below

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets


On the day we will be following the current COVID protocols at Charlotte Chapel. We will be asking everyone to using hand sanitiser on their way into the building and to wear a face mask unless exempt. If you are sitting down to eat or drink, you can remove your face mask.

We have a reduced capacity from previous year and are running a shorter program. We will ensure the building is well ventilated and one-way systems where necessary.

If you have any questions about our plans please do get in touch (scottishwomensbibleconvention@gmail.com). We want to do what we can to ensure everyone is comfortable coming on the day. If you are unsure about joining us in person, the livestream option will be a great alternative.

SWBC 2021

We are pleased to announce the tickets are on sale for SWBC 2021. We will be at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh. We will have a reduced programme and capacity to previous years but the same fellowship and Bible teaching.

Leonie Poole is going to be bringing two talks from Esther. While Sharon James is going to lead our seminar on ‘Playing your part in society as a Christian’. 

Tickets are available here

  • In person (at Charlotte Chapel) tickets – £10
  • Link for livestream – £5

The programme for the day is below.

9.30am Doors Open – Bookshop open

10am Session 1

11.15am Break and bookstall open.

12noon Seminar (only one option)

1pm Lunch

2pm Session 2

3pm Finish. The bookstall will remain open.

Please wear a facemask unless exempt. Please bring your own lunch, or visit local cafes to get something. We won’t be providing tea and coffee so please bring your own or during the break get one from the local cafes.

If you have any questions about the event, please do get in touch at scottishwomensbibleconvention@gmail.com