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

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, 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 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 –

Seminar – Being godly online

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.

my-passport-photoName – Rachel Sloan

Lives – Edinburgh

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

Being godly online

What is the seminar about?

This seminar will be looking at how we behave as Christians online.  We will look at the change the internet and social media platforms has made to our world and how we communicate with one another.  We will explore the pitfalls and benefits of an increasingly online world.  We will also investigate what the Bible has to say about our behaviour in this area.  

Who is the seminar for?

Anyone and everyone!  This session is not just for the ‘internet savvy’ as we all live in an increasing online world.  All of us are living lives which are being shaped by social media, some of us more than others.  But even if you don’t spend much time online you will have family members who will or you may be discipling someone who does.  Do you know what the issues they face through online media and do you know how to encourage them to be godly in their behaviour.

Why is this area important?

There has been a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and more and more of us are using digital technology.  As Christians we want to find a place where our use of digital technology is not just thoughtful and informed but it is informed by the Bible.  We don’t want to be Christians who completely reject digital technology any more than we want to be those who embrace them without thinking.  Instead we want to be disciplined in discerning to embrace what can be embraced and reject what can be rejected. 

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

I think I am most looking forward to seeing women from all over Scotland coming together to learn from God’s word.

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.

Seminar – Ordinary fuel for running the race

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.


Lives – Sileby – a large village situated in the Soar Valley between Leicester and Loughborough

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

The working title is “”Ordinary fuel for running the race” though I have been pondering “Ready Brek for the soul” – probably breach of copyright there! Perhaps “Porridge for persevering pilgrims?”

What is the seminar about?

The seminar is about how we keep going as Christians, how we keep running the race – what has God provided for us that we need to take hold of? We will discover how God’s word, His fatherly goodness to us and our communion with him in prayer, our brothers and sisters in Christ and our fellowship with them and giving and receiving in service and day dreaming about heaven will keep us running the race til the end.

Who is the seminar for?

For any one who has ever felt like giving up on the Christian life– whether due to failure, fatigue, faithlessness and anyone who is running well at the moment but is conscious that none of us are promised that following Jesus will be easy.

Why is this area important?

The longer I have been a follower of Jesus, the more I see that it is the ordinary life, the day to day keeping on that is often the silent killer of faith. Crisis of faith, tragedy – they make us more aware of the testing times, but in the day to day slog we become complacent. Yet this is where the battle is fought too. And sometimes we have been guilty of giving the pat answer “Just read your Bible, pray and go to church.” Which I endorse entirely – but I want to remind people why God has given us these gifts for our perseverance and why we should keep coming back to them with renewed joy and delight.

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

Being back in the homeland, catching up with dear friends who I don’t see often and being encouraged by their perseverance. I have been involved with the Midlands Women’s conventions over the last couple of years and I am keen to encourage this convention in Scotland, knowing how helpful it has been to women in the Midlands. And maybe having chance to enjoy a sneaky white pudding supper while I’m there!

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.

unnamedThis week we asked Jon Gemmell, minister at Bruntsfield Evangelical in Edinburgh, why he is encouraging the women in his church to go and is volunteering his help behind the scenes.

Jon writes, “I am so excited about the inaugural Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. Women gathering around God’s Word and seeking the Lord together is always a thrilling and fruitful endeavour and one hopefully modelled and catalysed at this Convention. Women’s ministry is under-resourced across Scotland as a whole. I am praying that this convention can go some way to addressing this urgent need, spurring the church to take seriously its responsibility to serve, nurture, grow and unleash women to be confident, dynamic and dangerous for the gospel.”

Thursday Spotlight

On Thursday’s 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 them 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.

IMG_20160603_141326Meet Miriam…Miriam lives in Edinburgh with her husband.

What are you usually doing at 2pm on a Wednesday?

Sat at my desk, working. Not all that exciting, I’m afraid! I work as the Admin Co-ordinator in the Free Church of Scotland offices in Edinburgh; the administrative/financial hub of the work of the denomination. It’s a varied role that largely depends on what’s going on and what others need, but it gives me a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the church. It’s so easy to forget the everyday tasks that go on behind the scenes to allow gospel work to happen, but it’s actually really fulfilling (and challenging!) to know that everything you do, however mundane it may seem, is for the glory of God.

How did you become a Christian?

I’m very blessed in having no memory of a time when I wasn’t a Christian. My parents are deeply committed Christians and my dad is an Anglican vicar, so Jesus Christ and faith were integral to our everyday family life. I was always encouraged to develop a living faith of my own through prayer and Bible study, but there was never a question about God or the Bible that I couldn’t ask. My faith has matured over the years, but one of the key periods for me was studying Theology at university, when I specialised in the New Testament. There is something remarkable about being taught to translate the gospel from Greek to English that really makes you own the truth for yourself.

How do you serve within your church?

I’m part of St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh, where I serve as part of the church praise team. I’ve always loved music, and the Free Church tradition of singing unaccompanied psalms  has made me appreciate the psalms as worship far more than I ever had done before. I also write the church prayer diary and help my husband Dean, who is one of the church elders, with a house group.

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

It took me a while to find my answer to this question, but I think it would have to be how to appreciate seasons of blessing. The last few years have been a real time of blessing and encouragement from the Lord, and this has helped me to mature and settle in my faith, and has taught me that God’s biblical promises of protection and benefit to His people are not just for eternity; they can be for now as well. This season of stability and peace has also enabled me to develop good habits in terms of supporting others and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord. In the end, we need to put our trust in God over and above all others things and people, and the blessings of recent times have given me the trust in Him to do that. Of course, I know that trials will still come, but I hope and pray that the lessons I have learnt in the good years will stay with me through any lean times in the future.

How did you get involved in planning the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention?

By being in the right place at the right time! We were having tea at the manse one night with our minister and his wife, Derek and Catriona Lamont, and Derek just asked me straight out to get involved. His words, so far as I can remember, were: ‘Miriam, I’ve had an email asking if there’s anyone in the congregation who would get involved in the steering group for a new Christian women’s conference. Are you keen?’ My answer was: ‘Absolutely!’

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

It may sound geeky, but my answer has to be robust biblical teaching for Christian women. All too often, material for Christian women is aimed at emotional stimulation, rather than mental sustenance and challenge. The Bible can be hard to grapple with, but the message of God was never meant to be an easy comfort. It is meant to sustain us through the challenges of the Christian life, and sanctify us for eternal life with the Son. I’m so glad, therefore, that the SWBC aim is to ‘equip women with the Word’, giving them the tools to delve deeper into God’s Word for themselves, and the confidence in the gospel to share their faith with others. Our faith and fruitfulness can only grow when we understand the Bible better.

On a very selfish note, I’m also hoping to be able to actually make it to the Convention! I’m due to give birth to my first child on the 7th October, the day before the Convention, so I’m hoping the baby will be a few days late so I can come along. We certainly don’t want any dramatics on the day, but I don’t really want to have to wait until next year to be there in person!

Our venue

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Convention.  This week we are excited to introduce you to our venue.  This year the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention is happening at Charlotte Chapel on Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.  Check out their newly refurbished premises at this write up from the fiec –
This fabulous building is the venue for the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention on 8 October.  There are 600 seats and we would love to fill every one.  We’ve decided on a place for the 10ofthose bookstall, a room for nursing mums and we’re working out the best configuration for the coffee queues.  We’d love to see you there – at the Convention, not just in the queue!
Don’t forget to get your early bird tickets for £8 on Eventbrite.