Seminar – Speech

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.

Shona Hannant, from London, will be leading a seminar called “A Way With Words”.

What is the seminar about?
Speech and how our words can do great good or cause great harm and what difference the gospel makes to our words.

Who is the seminar for?
Anyone! We probably all need to think more about the effect our words have and how in our speech we can honour the Lord Jesus

Why is this area important?
Women have a reputation for speaking more than we listen…and most of us know the awful shame of having spoken badly, but the gospel brings hope and transformation.

Besides your seminar, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Convention are you looking forward to and why?
A trip to Edinburgh (a real treat for a Londoner), catching up with old friends.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Seminar – Teenage Girls

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.

Laura Porteous, from Glasgow, will be leading the seminar for teenage girls again this year and has taken time to tell us more. If you are signing up for this stream, please indicate that you are under 18 when purchasing your ticket.

What is the title of your seminar at the Scottish Women’s Convention?

20,000 words a day – what are you saying?

What is the seminar about?

It is about our speech and all those moment when we have that sinking feeling when you think to yourself, ‘I shouldn’t have said that!’ or that equally well known feeling when you think to yourself, ‘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. 

Who is the seminar for?

Any teenage girls who come to the convention! The seminar will be aimed at S3-S6. For girls prepared to get their noses stuck into their bibles and brains in gear about glorifying God and loving others with our words.

Why is this area important?

As girls, we’ve got so much to say but is it all helpful? Are we known for our words of encouragement or for our grumbling and groaning? We need the Bible to teach us how to use our words for good and the encouragement of one other to do this well.

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

The mutual encouragement – joining together with so many friends from around Scotland and learning from their wisdom. I also love the music and the singing!

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Speaker – James

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. We asked our speaker Lizzy Smallwood to share more about what she will be speaking on.

What are you speaking about at the Scottish Women’s Convention and why?
We are going to do an overview of the book of James. It is such a challenging book for us Christian women as James gets right under our skin and exposes what Jerry Bridges called our “respectable sins.” So it won’t be comfortable but it will potentially be life changing as we allow the Spirit of God through the Word of God do some serious heart surgery on us.

Besides speaking, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are you looking forward to and why?
Seeing Agnes Brough – because she is a one of my heroes and I’m overdue for a sighting of her.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets

Introducing our Speaker

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 Lizzy, our speaker…currently in Dagenham, Essex. Very soon – somewhere in Cornwall

Can you tell us a little about yourself including your family, what you do etc?
So, I have been married to Simon for 25 years. We have three children Sam [22], Ailie [pronounced Eilidh] [18] and Beatrice [9]. For 23 years we have been doing Gospel ministry in a Church on a housing estate on the outskirts of East London in Dagenham. But that is all about to change as Simon becomes the Pastor of a tiny Christian Community Church in Bodmin, Cornwall. At the moment I spend my time being a Vicar’s wife, mum, & part time teacher and Bible teacher at Women’s events.

What are some of the challenges and joys of being a Pastors wife and being involved in gospel ministry?
We try and run an open house policy so there is usually someone to feed or chat to in the kitchen. We usually have lodgers who come and live with us as part of the family and muck in at church. So life is always full of interesting people: Lots of laughing; Lots of mess; lots of heartbreak when people drift off, or give in again to that temptation or give up.
I think one of the challenges is seeing so little obvious fruit of the Spirit in some people’s lives when Simon faithfully teaches the bible week in and week out. One of the encouragements is when you see cart loads of fruit in others lives; those who listen, hear and visibly grow in their relationship with Christ are such a joy.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
The big lesson I am learning at the moment is to step out in faith and trust God with the big stuff. The new church we are going to has no house for the Pastor, no church building and only enough money to pay Simon for two years. So I am having to curb my natural tendency to tell God his business and trust that in some miraculous way, he is going to provide what we need [not necessarily what we want] to do this ministry in Bodmin. So watch this space. Hopefully by October I will be able to tell you what happened.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – Tickets


Tickets for the 2019 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are now on sale for the early bird price of £8. This price will be available for June and July and then from August until on the day, tickets will be £10.

Get your tickets from here now. Don’t miss out. Each year we have sold out!

2019…Here we go!

We are really excited to announce that tickets for the 2019 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention will be on sale from 1st June. You can purchase them from The early bird price of £8 is available until the end of July. Don’t miss out!

Our speaker this year is Lizzy Smallwood.  She will be teaching us from James.  We will be profiling her on the blog soon.  There will seminars on a variety topics which we will share information about in the upcoming months.

Missed the Convention? Catch up here

If you missed this year’s Scottish Women’s Bible Convention or just want to re-listen to Amy Wicks’ talks, you now can. Amy’s first talk was on Romans 8:1-17 and can be found here – Session 1  The second session was on Romans 8:18-30 and unfortunately the recording didn’t work. The notes will be uploaded soon.

Seminar Resources

We know some of you wanted to attend more than two of the seminars, so here are some of the resources the seminar leaders used or recommended.

The songs sung on the day were the following:

  • Come People of Risen King
  • Man of Sorrows
  • All I have is Christ
  • Jesus paid it all
  • Forever (Give thanks to the Lord)
  • How Great is our God
  • O Praise the Name
  • Cornerstone

If you have any feedback on the convention or any questions regarding the teaching do get in touch at

Finally, next years convention already has a date – 5th Oct 2019 – do get it in the diary now!!  We will be back at Charlotte Chapel and our speaker will be Lizzie Smallwood.  Looking forward to having you all with us next year.

Running Order

Scottish Women’s Bible Convention 2018


9am Doors Open

10am Session 1: Amy Wicks

11.15am Tea and coffee served. Bookstall open.

12noon Seminar Session 1

1pm Lunch

2pm Seminar Session 2

3.30pm Session 2: Amy Wicks

4.30pm Finish. The bookstall will remind open.

If you do have any questions about the day, please do get in touch at

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, 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 if you have any questions.  Also, do remember in your prayers our speaker and the seminar leaders as they finalise their preparations.

Tickets are currently sold out and you can join a waiting list at


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.

Morning seminars

Empty cradle and early grave – Miriam Montgomery

The seminar will look at the place of grief and suffering in the Christian life. We will explore what different Biblical texts, from the psalms to the gospels, have to say on the subject. We will also discuss how the church, and individual Christians, can comfort those who are dealing with trials.

Bird’s Eye View of Romans – Amy Wicks

We’ll be looking at a Bird’s Eye View of Romans – trying to understand what the book of Romans is about as a whole and why Paul bothered to write it.

A better story about Gender for our Children – Eleanor Dickson

How we help our children and young people navigate the complex challenges of life with regard to the gender agenda.

Afternoon seminars

Prayer – Sharon Dickens

How often have we heard a sermon or read a book on prayer that has challenged us to pray more? Yet, no matter the prayer plans we make the challenge somehow doesn’t move us to pray more regularly. All too often it’s a struggle to pray. Why are we not desperate to pray? We become self-reliant. All too often when we do pray it becomes more about us than God. How can we love to be desperate to pray and become dependent on God?

How to grow in Godliness – Karen Clark

Growing in godliness is what are supposed to do once we are saved but it’s not always easy!! Why should this be our life’s goal? How do we do it? And how do we not get discouraged and give up when it gets tough!

How to be a Christian Friend – Alison Watson and Rachel Sloan

How to develop friendships that build and encourage each other as we walk through real life together, each one as an integral part of the body of the church of Christ.

Morning and afternoon

Lies girls believe – Laura Porteous

The first seminar will focus on the lie that ‘God’s ways are too restrictive’ and the second seminar will focus on the lie that ‘If I’m not in a relationship or having sex then I’m missing out’.