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.

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 ( 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

Convention 2020

It’s not long now until the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention – online!  This year, we are joining forces with the Midlands and Northern Women’s Conventions.

The MWC band has recorded wonderful music, Agnes Brough (from the SWBC planning team) has recorded talks on Jonah and the Midlands Convention team have recorded all the rest of what usually makes up a day at the Convention: reading and praying together, interviews and even an online bookshop from

The videos will premier on and on Youtube at 9:30 am on Saturday 3rd October. Each session will run for about an hour with a 15 minute break between them so the programme will look like this:     

  • 9:30 am  Session 1 – Jonah 1:1-16
  • 10:45 am  Session 2 – Jonah 1: 17 – 2:10
  • 12:00 noon  Session 3 – Jonah 3-4

You can watch the convention at those times as soon as they go live, or later. In fact, you can watch the Convention any time you like after then as we will leave the videos up on the website and Youtube. So, you can take longer breaks, watch it all again, watch the convention another day or watch over a few days or weeks.

Here are some ideas for using the videos – you probably can think of more! Make sure you meet safely remembering your current local Covid guidelines.

  • Get a group of women together to watch it all on one day – as few or as many as you can in your home, another building or outside – weather permitting!
  • Take a break in the evening or on the weekend from busyness, work, kids or school to feed on God’s word.
  • Share the videos over Zoom or share the link and watch with others who can’t meet physically. Ask someone who is housebound or overseas or isolated.
  • Use one session per week in a women’s Bible study or book club.
  • Watch on your own, knowing that many others are watching with you!
  • Send the link to a friend who doesn’t know Jesus yet.

We hope you will spread the word and that what we miss by not being all together physically, we will make up for by being able to share the convention far and wide with women who have never been or might never be able to come otherwise.

We are praying that God will use it to encourage us all to love and live for Jesus. 
Yours in Christ
Agnes, Rachel, Karen, Karen, Miriam, Amy and Naomi (SWBC Planning Team)

SWBC 2020 – online

We are delighted to announce that we have decided to join forces with the Midlands Women’s Convention as we take the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention 2020 online.  The speaker for this joint event will be Agnes Brough (chair of the SWBC planning team).  Her talks will be recorded and live-streamed on 3 October. 

Depending on the restrictions in place at the time, we hope many women will be able to watch with others either at home or in their church buildings – lots of little local gatherings around God’s word.  It will be different – but we pray it will still be a great encouragement to us all.  

Check back here for further details – or leave us your details and we will be in touch.

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’.


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

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


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

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.


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