SWBC is for you!

Wondering whether you should go to the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention and why you should be excited about “another Christian conference”?  To help we asked different people why SWBC is for all women and is something we should all be excited by.  These people have either already booked their tickets, are involved in planning or are enthusiastically advertising at their churches.

This week we asked Alan McKnight, minister at Harper Church in Glasgow and part of the West of Scotland Gospel Partnership Steering Group, why he is encouraging the women in his church to go.

Alan writes,”When God’s word is faithfully taught his voice is heard and lives are changed. That’s why I’m so encouraged by the work of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention because it is all about God’s Word and it provides a model for women opening up God’s word with other women.

We are encouraging all of our Harper women to go along and enjoy a feast of good teaching together with a varied range of seminars that will help with living the Christian life in the world as it is today. We see the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention as a model that our women can learn from and that it will enrich women’s ministry in the local church as well as building friendships across the various congregations supporting the event.”

Seminar – Gender

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

my-passport-photoName – Rachel Sloan

Lives – Edinburgh

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


What is the seminar about?

This seminar will be an introduction to gender looking at the current cultural viewpoint and how we should think about this topic biblically.  It will also look at how we care for those who struggle with gender dysphoria.

Why is this area important?

In the past Christians living in Western culture have enjoyed the benefit of being in world which largely shared our assumptions on sexuality and gender.  We can no longer assume that is the case.  In the past 30 years there has been a fundamental shift in our culture’s view of sexuality and in recent years the traditional view of gender is changing. As a result, as believers, we can find ourselves increasingly in the minority and misunderstood.  So how should we respond to all this?  How should we respond to what we hear in the media but closer home in our communities, schools, families, and churches?  How should we relate to someone who is transitioning gender or has already transitioned?  

We don’t want to be Christian women who rage against the tide of a changing culture.  Nor do we don’t want to be so ill-equipped at talking about this issue that we remain silent.  Instead we want to go back to our Bibles and think carefully about what God is saying – holding up society’s views and, our own, to the truth-revealing mirror that is God’s word.  Only then can we be truly Biblical in our response and show the world around us a different view with love and grace.  

Who is the seminar for?

Anyone and everyone!  We all need to be confident and assured that what the Bible says on sexuality and gender is in fact good news.  Whether is it helping our children understand the different views they are hearing at high school or so we can love well a member of our congregation who struggles in this area, only when we believe the goodness of God’s word, will we be better equipped to share this truth with others.

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

It was such a joy last year to see women from across Scotland come to together to learn from God’s word that I think I am looking forward to more of the same!

Speaker – Luke 7

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Convention. We asked our speaker Clare Heath-Whyte to share more about what she will be speaking on.  Clare will also be running a seminar “Women of faith – hidden heroines of the Reformation”.

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

I am speaking on “Faith” from Luke 7. Faith is central to the Christian life, but there is so much confusion about what it actually is. Seeing Jesus meeting various people in this chapter helps us to understand what faith is (and is not) and what a faith filled life looks like in practice.

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

Women of faith – Hidden heroines of the Reformation.

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation – when the wonderful truth of Justification by faith alone was rediscovered by Martin Luther. The names of some of the male reformers are well known – but the role of women was vital too. We will be looking at the fascinating lives of a couple of these women to see how justification by faith alone and the doctrine of scripture alone transformed their lives – and how they influenced the world around them.

Why is this seminar topic important?

Seeing how women in the past, with far fewer advantages and opportunities than we have, served Christ in their lives can challenge and encourage us today. Will we, like them, allow ourselves to be transformed by scripture rather than being conformed to the world?

Thursday Spotlight

On Thursdays we want to give you an insight into the lives of some of the women involved in the Scottish Women’s 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.

We sent various people a questionnaire asking them to give us a taste of what they do, the challenges they face and what they are looking forward to about the Scottish Women’s Convention.

clare mugshotMeet Clare, our speaker…Clare is a wife, mother, speaker and author from Morden, South London.

What area of ministry do you work in?

Pretty much everything – I’m the minister’s wife.

How did you come to work in this particular area of ministry?

I married a minister – in fact I married an airline pilot, who then became minister!

Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry?

Seeing the most unlikely people turn to Christ and have their transformed.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?

That I am not as capable as I think I am and he is far more capable than I ever imagined. 

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

Coming to Edinburgh!

Tickets on sale now!

We are really exciting to announce that tickets for the 2017 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are now on sale.  You can purchase them from swbc2017.eventbrite.co.uk  The early bird price of £8 is available until the end of July.  Don’t miss out!

Our speaker this year is Clare Heath-Whyte.  She will be teaching us from Luke 7.  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.  Sign up for seminars will happen on the day.

Talks – Hebrews 12


If you missed the first Scottish Women’s Bible Convention or just want to re-listen to Carrie Sandom’s talks, you now can.  The links are all below.

Carrie’s first talk was on Hebrews 1:1-3 and can be found here – Session 1  The second session was on Hebrews 12:4-11 and can be found here – Session 2.  The talk starts with some singing which is have kept in, as it sounds AMAZING!

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 – 7th Oct 2017 – do get in the diary now!!  Looking forward to having you all with us next year.

What you need to know

There are now only 11 sleeps until the first ever 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 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.  There will be more information on lunch spots in the convention programme.
  • 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.

Tickets are still available for £10 from – tinyurl.com/swbc16tix


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
This seminar will look at how to endure when life and ministry sucks.
How to use the means God has given to keep us going in the Christian life.
The joy set before us – Agnes Brough
A good look forward to the New Creation – to encourage us to run the race to the end.
Afternoon seminars
How to read, understand and apply the Old Testament today.
Being godly online – Rachel Sloan
Help to think through what can be embraced and what should be rejected in digital technology.
Keeping going in evangelism – Katie Piggot and Karen Clark
Lots of help and motivation to keep sharing the good news of Christ with others.
Tickets for £10 can be bought from – tinyurl.com/swbc16tix