General Assembly

UPDATE: ALL REPORTS INCLUDING FULL VOLUME OF REPORTS (THE BLUE BOOK) WILL BE AVAILABLE BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS FRIDAY 7TH MAY

Pre-Assembly Gatherings

13th May at 3pm and 18th May at 2pm have been floated as possible dates for Zoom gatherings to consider business coming to Assembly. If you attended the briefing meeting on 29th April and have given Donald your email address you will be sent the links and details for these gatherings – we’ll probably run with both. If you haven’t received recent emails from Donald – you could ping him a message to be added to that distribution list (Lochaber @ Churchofscotland.org.uk). Ministers with CofS emails have also been sent a message via MS TEAMS.

General Assembly 2021 opens on Saturday 22nd May 2021 and runs to Thursday 27th.

It will be accessed online using:

  • Zoom for the audio and visual
  • Assembly Hub – a dedicated web based facility for giving advance notice of a question, voting and alerting the Moderator that you wish to speak, 

Login links for the Hub have been forwarded to commissioners and the Zoom Webinar links for each training session and sessions of General Assembly will be on the Hub. 

The Hub is at : www.hub.churchofscotland.org.uk – and you will have a unique login (email address) and password (which you will set on first use)

If you are a commissioner and have not received your login details – check your JUNK folder – before contacting the Office of General Assembly (pcoffice @ churchofscotland.org.uk)

It is important that commissioners, corresponding members and others attend one of the 5 online training sessions to ensure that all are familiar with the online facilities.  If you are participating in GA2021 you will receive an email inviting you to attend a training session. Training sessions are on Monday 10, Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12th May – with sessions at 10.30am and a evening session on Monday and Wednesday.

Reports and Deliverances

Reports and Deliverances for each Forum and Committee will be published online from week beginning 26th April, and by 7th May all will be available, along with the full Volume of Reports

This section of this Highland Presbyteries site will help you make the most of your GA experience – and will help you be a part of the Church’s decision making in these times of change.  Bookmark this page, share it – tell others about www.highlandpresbyteries.org.uk/GA2021

About the General Assembly on the Church of Scotland Website

churchofscotland.org.uk/ga is the dedicated page for all things GA related.

Conveners have prepared a video introduction, of up 10 minutes, to their reports – these will be available shortly to view online. Conveners will have 2 minutes to introduce and formally present the report and move the deliverance.

Order of Business (agenda) can be viewed below

GA2021 Order of Business

Reading the Volume of Reports

You should read over the reports prior to Assembly – ideally from cover to cover! A realistic approach is to skim through the volume of reports, 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.

Fast-track – in this online Assembly we are using a process whereby the Moderator will intimate for example, ‘nobody has indicated they wish to speak on items 2,3,4 & 6, can we take those as approved’ – after a brief pause if no one registers a notice of motion or requests to speak these deliverance sections will be approved with no further debate.

Any Questions

If you have any questions please contact D McCorkindale @ ChurchofScotland.org.uk or your Presbytery Clerk.

Video from the briefing session April 29th linked above.

and how to change your Display name on an iPad, below:

If your only device is an iPad, it is possible to use split screen, but you may wish to consider borrowing a second device for the week of Assembly.

You can split screen on iPad