Missed the Convention? Catch up here

If you missed this year’s Scottish Women’s Bible Convention or just want to re-listen to Lizzy’s talks, you now can.

The links for the talks are below. There are video and audio recording. The password for the video’s is ‘swbc2019’.

Seminars

We know some of you wanted to attend more than one of the seminars, so below are the audio recordings for seminars. The discussion times may be in recordings, apologies!

If you have any feedback on the convention or any questions regarding the teaching do get in touch at scottishwomensbibleconvention@gmail.com

Finally, next years convention already has a date – 3rd Oct 2020 – do get it in the diary now!!  We will be back at Charlotte Chapel and our speaker will be Leonie Poole.  Looking forward to having you all with us next year.

Running Order

Scottish Women’s Bible Convention 2019

Programme

9am Doors Open

10am Session 1: Lizzy Smallwood

11.15am Tea and coffee served. Bookstall open.

12noon Session 2: Lizzy Smallwood

1pm Lunch

2pm Seminar Session

3.30pm Session 3: Lizzy Smallwood

4.30pm Finish. The bookstall will remind open.

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

What you need to know

There are now only 5 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 9am and tea & coffee with be available.  Do give yourself time to sign up for your Seminars.
  • The first session will start at 10am and the last session will be finished by 4.30pm.
  • 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.  There is a NCP multi-story carpark nearby as well.  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.

Seminars

On arrival at the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention everyone will need to sign up for their seminar. To avoid long queues, we’d encourage everyone to have decided beforehand what they’d like to sign up for. Below are the seminar description with links to the post from the seminar leader sharing more about the topic.

Afternoon seminars

An Open Door – Maud Kells and Jean Gibson

Maud Kells will be speaking about her experiences of working with WEC in D.R. Congo over a period of 50 years. Jean Gibson will also be speaking about her call as a writer, and giving some background on her biography of Maud, ‘An Open Door’, the remarkable story of an ordinary woman who decided to walk through the door God opened for her, whatever the cost.

A Way with Words – Shona Hannant

This seminar will look at speech and how our words can do great good or cause great harm. Most of us know the awful shame of having spoken badly, but the gospel brings hope and transformation. This is an opportunity to think more about how we can honour the Lord Jesus through our speech.

Money, money, money – Caz Dodds

We give it, spend it, invest it, save it, work for it, and raise it. Jesus spoke about it more than almost any other subject and yet we seldom give thought to how being a Christian impacts our view of money. In this seminar we’ll consider what scripture says about money and our hearts.

20,000 words a day – what are you saying? – Laura Porteous (For teenage girls)

This seminar is about all those moments when you think to yourself, ‘I shouldn’t have said that!’ or, ‘Why didn’t I say that?’ We’ll have an honest look at our bad speech habits and let the bible shine a light on how our words really do make a world of difference.

Seminar – Money Money Money

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. For the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you a bit more about the range of Seminars that are on offer.

Caroline Dodds, from Edinburgh, will be leading a seminar called “Money Money Money.

What is the seminar about?

We give it, spend it, invest it, save it, work for it, and raise it. Jesus spoke about it more than almost any other subject. And yet we seldom give thought to how being a Christian impacts our view of money. In this seminar we’ll consider what scripture says about money and our hearts.

Who is the seminar for?
Anyone who spends money, and has a heart (everyone…I guess!).

Why is this area important?
Money is an area that we are reluctant to talk about – much like sex or death! Yet unlike those subjects, money hasn’t received much air-time in many church cultures. What does it mean to follow Jesus with our wallets? How do our relationships – with church, to parents, husbands or friends impact our decisions about money?

The Bible is full of strong warnings about money, that ought to make us sit up, listen, and consider how we might be double-minded about this subject. I’m praying this will be challenging, encouraging, and Jesus-exalting.

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

The teaching on James, because it’s a joy to be taught the scriptures by a sister in Christ!

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Seminar – Open Door

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. For the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you a bit more about the range of Seminars that are on offer.

Jean Gibson and Maud Kells, from Northern Ireland, will be leading a seminar together. Let’s hear from them what it will be about.

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

Jean – Having just published ‘An Open Door’, the biography of Maud Kells who worked with WEC in DRCongo over a period of fifty years, I will be speaking about my call as a writer and giving some background to the book before Maud shares some of her experiences in DRC.
It is our prayer that hearing what God can do through a life dedicated to him will encourage us all to a greater openness to God’s work in our lives and a greater determination to follow his call whatever the cost.

Maud – I shall be sharing my life-story and sharing the reasons for writing it down in book form, with the help of Jean.

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

Jean – I’m looking forward to meeting other Christian women, making new friends and being inspired as we share together. I’m looking forward to hearing from God as well as speaking for him.

Maud – I am looking forward to listening to others ministering God’s word; also to visiting Charlotte Chapel, where I received wonderful and powerful teaching from Pastor Alan Redpath as a young Christian, while doing my midwifery training in Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh, away back in 1964!

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Meet Maud Kells

On Thursdays we want to give you an insight into the lives of some of the women involved in the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention.  Some of these women are involved in full time ministry in the local Church, while others balance serving in the church with a secular job.

Meet Maud, one of our seminar speakers from Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was brought up to go to church and Sunday School as a child, but did not become a Christian until I was doing my nursing training in Belfast. While doing midwifery training in Edinburgh, God called me into full-time work. Then I went to the WEC Missionary Training College in Glasgow where God called me to me serve in the DRCongo. I arrived there in October 1968.

What area of ministry do you work in?
I have been a full-time missionary since then – working mostly in medical work, Bible School teaching and construction work (supervision). I worked mostly in Dem. Rep. Congo but also in S. Sudan for about 2 years.

How did you come to work in this particular area of ministry?
As mentioned above, I received God’s call into missionary work in D.R.Congo while seeking His will for my life on completion of my midwifery training. The church leaders asked me to train midwives which led to the building of a maternity unit and eventually a little hospital.

What are some challenge and some joys of working in gospel ministry?
Working in a ‘Third World Country’ where the economy has depreciated in value year by year, has been a real challenge to the church in Congo. People in D.R.Congo are very open and responsive to the gospel, so it has been a great joy to lead many of them to the Lord.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
The Lord has taught me much over the years – and to quote from John the Baptist, “He must increase and I must decrease”. My desire to glorify Him in all aspects of my life has increase with the years. It is so encouraging to know that He is sovereign in all situations of life and in our world today.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets