General Assembly

On Thursday 26th April, at Duncansburgh Macintosh Church Halls, Fort William, 10.30am there will be a Briefing Meeting primarily for Lochaber Presbytery Commissioners to GA2018, but any minister or elder will be welcome to attend.

Over the coming weeks this page will be updated with some information, hints and tips to help you get the most out of – and put the most in to – your engagement with GA2018

About the General Assembly on the Church of Scotland Website

GAPublications.co.uk is the dedicated site for Reports and other publications relating the General Assembly.  It is currently being redesigned and will be launched during April.

So you are a commissioner to GA2018…

You have been commissioned by your Presbytery to be at the next General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  The notes and videos here will help you make the most of your Assembly experience – by getting the best out of it – and putting the best into it.

Your Presbytery Clerk or others in Presbytery will be able to assist you with any queries not answered here.  You can ask a question via the form at the foot of this page. First time commissioners will be invited to an event on the Friday evening at which there will be an introduction to the General Assembly -a very worthwhile event.

Prior to the Assembly

You should make accommodation arrangements for the week.  Expenses up to £60 per night accommodation and a daily allowance of up to £10 can be reimbirsed. Expense claim form will be sent to you and can be handed in towards the close of the Assembly or within a few days thereafter.

If you have requested a printed copy of the “Blue Book” of Assembly Reports this will be sent to you late April, otherwise reports can be downloaded from www.gapublications.co.uk.

You will also receive the Order of Proceedings Booklet – this will outline the timetable for the week, and also lists all the commissioners.  This booklet is also available as an electronic download.

Reading the Blue Book

You should read over the reports prior to Assembly – ideally from cover to cover! However a realistic approach is to skim through the book, noticing areas of particular interest to you. Prior to each report is the “Deliverance” (the proposals which are being presented by the reporting Council or Committee). The Deliverance will give you an idea of the topics which will be debated – and you can then focus in or particular areas of the reports. As you read and reflect upon the reports – think on how it will impact your setting and congregation – are there questions forming in your mind? Questions are in order at any time during the Assembly and will encourage meaningful debate.  Don’t assume that everyone else knows the answer.

Daily papers

On the Saturday you can pick up, or have previously downloaded “the daily papers”. These will outline the agenda for Saturday and Monday, along with information about Assembly Worship at St Giles, the Gaelic Service at Grayfriars and Heart and Soul.  There will also be “notices of motion” which have already been received.  Each day, Tuesday to Friday there will be updated Daily Papers.  For the printed copies you will want to retain previous days papers which may be required; the electronic copies will include prior days.  Daily papers will be available to download from early evening on the prior day.  If you are able to, it is advisable to download Daily Papers before you arrive at the Assembly Hall – to get an early look at the day’s business and to avoid over stretching the Internet provision at the Hall.

These and more video clips can be viewed at:

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/general_assembly/guide_to_the_assembly

Internet provision

Internet provision has been enhanced at the Assembly Hall this year with a dedicated Fibre optic connection.  (The facilities from New College provide back up should it be required during the Assembly). The logon details will be on the daily papers. This provision is primarily to enable to access GA publications, and commissioners are asked to minimise other internet use in the Hall.

Rainy Hall

The Rainy Hall, adjacent to the main Assembly Hall, is where the “Commissioners’ boxes” are located – each commissioner has a numbered box from where papers can be collected.  Note that Daily Papers will NOT be in Commissioners’ boxes – but can be collected in the Rainy Hall by those preferring not to use the electronic versions.

 

Speaking and Voting (section to be added)

Heart and Soul -will take place on Sunday 20th – HeartAndSoul.org.uk

Martin Hall

In the Martin Hall there will be various displays, bookstall and clerical outfitters.

Fringe Events (section to be added)

After Assembly

  • One  of the Presbytery’s Commissioners may be asked to bring a brief report to the June Presbytery meeting.
  • The entire proceedings will be available to be viewed on-line after the event
  • Remember to submit your expense claim – if you didn’t hand it in at Assembly – make sure it is posted to arrive within 14 days of the close of Assembly.
  • Over the summer period the “Assembly Remits” booklet will be available in printed and electronic formats – these are the decisions which having been made a General Assembly will be worked on in Councils, Committees, Presbyteries and Congregations

Any Questions

If you have any questions please use the form here – this will assist in the further editing of this page.