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 they benefitted from last years convention, why they’ll be coming again and encouraging others to buy tickets.

Caroline Dodds from Glasgow (for TWO MORE WEEKS!!) came last year and answered some questions for us.

What were your highlights from the 2016 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention?

The convention helped to lift my eyes above the newborn-twin-chaos which I was inhabiting! I was feeling completely overwhelmed, exhausted, and unsure of what use I would be in the kingdom of God as a burnt-out milk machine. Being taught from the Bible about God’s purposes, and hearing the encouragement to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, was a lifesaver. Meeting with other women who were facing similar challenges, or were a little further along the road than I am, made a huge difference during a very difficult time. The twins seemed to enjoy bits of it too (particularly the nursing mums room) and screamed through other bits (thanks to everyone who helped!).

Why would you encourage someone to go this year?

The Bible teaching is top notch, the singing is super-encouraging, and the seminars cover lots of aspects of the Christian life which will help you to worship Jesus in everything you do.

What one thing about the 2017 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are you looking forward to and why?

Seeing other sisters from all over Scotland who love the Lord and want to make him known in their spheres of influence, because that always inspires me to do the same!

 

 

Tickets can be purchased for £10 from Eventbrite here –Tickets

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 they benefitted from last years convention, why they’ll be coming again and encouraging others to buy tickets.

Alison McKendrick from East Kilbride came last year and answered some questions for us.

What were your highlights from the 2016 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention?

I thought the whole convention was excellent – the organisation, the speakers, the worship team, venue and hospitality.

The encouragement received from the talks was just what I needed.  To fix our eyes on Jesus, finish the race well.  Remove all the obstacles that slow us down, confess negativity, pride, self-righteousness.  Be honest and completely open in our relationship with God.  1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, ‘Turn from idols to serve the living and true God, as we wait for Jesus to return’.  God is not working for our happiness but for our holiness.

Why would you encourage someone to go this year?

To engage with other Christian women who face the same struggles as us.  To learn more of God’s promises and purpose for our lives.  To take time out of our busy lives to focus on Jesus and worship together as women of God.  To be open and to listen to what God is speaking into our lives.

What one thing about the 2017 Scottish Women’s Bible Convention are you looking forward to and why?

Being with women of God as we worship, share and learn together, so we can grow in holiness, with the power of the Spirit of God, to be more like Jesus.

Tickets can be purchased for £10 from Eventbrite here –Tickets 

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.”

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.

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

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.
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

Tickets – Early Bird

The countdown is on to grab your early bird tickets of a bargain £8.  On Monday 1st August ticket prices go up to £10.  Don’t miss out!  You have 4 days to get them!  That extra £2 will be a valuable contribution towards your lunch on the day or could be used towards a fabulous book from the bookstall.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here – tinyurl.com/swbc16tix

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Seminar – Running the race in tough times

On Monday’s 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.

Staff_Sharon_Dickens-300x400Name – Sharon Dickens

Lives – Niddrie, Edinburgh

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

The title that I have been given is Endurance – running the race when the going is tough.

What is the seminar about?

I need to give it more thought but probably ‘How to keep on keeping on when life and ministry sucks!’

Who is the seminar for?

Any women who isn’t a deluded Mary Poppins wanna be – “Practically perfect in everyway”

Why is this area important?

Life is full of struggles we can’t avoid them basically there are times when it out right sucks. We need to learn how to run the race with endurance, relying on God and in doing so grow in our faith. We also need to teach young women how to do this well. Far to often as older women we perpetuate this Mary Poppins myth that we are practically perfect in every way and in life nothing phases us or is going wrong, it’s the “I’m Fine” syndrome magnified. We all know it’s not true or helpful.