WELCOME TO CANOPY 2023

CANOPY SUMMER is an exciting opportunity for our Scottish Baptist churches, friends and family, to gather from around the country and spend a day together again!

Canopy Summer is taking place on Sat 3 June, at Larbert High School, and is a space for us to worship, learn, connect, pray, create, have fun and listen to God!

We really hope you can join us! Tickets on sale now!

Canopy is an event being organised by the Baptist Union of Scotland, in partnership with many of the local Scottish Baptist churches around the network. We have volunteers and contributors from Aberdeen, Saltcoats, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Dumfries, Stirling, and many more!

For all the details on our Seminar Options you can click the link and open the PDF/ Word doc, or scan the QR code on your phone and access the options on the go!

One of the best things about Canopy is the opportunity to learn, worship and pray together, to welcome God’s presence and listen for all He has in store for us. Our focus this year is on Increase, the word we believe God has given us for this season.

These main sessions will involve teaching from a guest speaker, and worship led by a team from around the Scottish Baptist churches.

We will also be sharing stories and testimonies of God transforming lives, to inspire and encourage each other, and to remind ourselves that we are part of God’s bigger story in Scotland!

The message and theme of Increase involves 3 elements: Prayer, Pathways & Planting, and more of this will be unpacked throughout the day!

At Canopy 2023 you will find a brilliant range of seminars to inspire, challenge and equip you!

During the afternoon there will be two seminar streams, each with two options to choose from. There will also be an opportunity to pray and connect with others.

Keep an eye here on the website and on our socials for more details about these in the coming weeks!

If you are wondering what a seminar at Canopy is like you can find all of our previous Canopy Online content on our Youtube channel, to give you a sense of the range of content and contributors!

https://www.youtube.com/scottishbaptists

We can’t wait to see you there!

CONTRIBUTORS

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill, Edinburgh, and we’re delighted to welcome him as our main speaker.

He and wife Angie started the church in 1998, and today, City on a Hill is a multi-site church with several locations throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Peter is passionate and strongly believes that the Church should be training, sending out and supporting church planters.

He is the founder and apostolic leader of Go Global, a growing international family of churches in Scotland, in Poland, and across the African and Asian continents, who are united in their love for Jesus and whose focus is to plant healthy churches and make disciples around the world.

Peter is committed to facilitating unity prayer movements among pastors in Edinburgh, and across the nation, to pray for revival.

We are really anticipating what God will share through him at Canopy 2023.

Zak Robb

Zak Robb will be leading worship at Canopy Summer 2023. He can usually be found at Central Church in Edinburgh, where he is responsible for worship and gatherings.

Zak has a longstanding love of both music and theology, getting the privilege to study both at Aberdeen Uni as a student and discover the many ways the two complement one another! He is now part of a staff team at Central shaping the worship life of the community there.
He has a particular passion to see church communities discover the gift of worshipping Jesus together, and has a heart to see new songs written which give a bigger picture of who God is and who He calls us to be in response.

We are delighted he will leading us at Canopy this summer as we worship God, and brings together a team of talented musicians from around Scotland.

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Jo Hood

Jo is a passionate follower of Jesus and the All Blacks (that order is very important!). These days she lives in Melbourne, Australia, and leads the organisation, mainly Ministries, that she founded over 30 years ago.

Having graduated from Carey College in New Zealand with a B Applied Theology, she is always looking for new ways to see Jesus revealed in everyday life, both through words and actions.

Her heart beats for people to know hope in Jesus; her heart beats even faster when mainly Ministries is instrumental in helping the local church and agencies connect with families on the margins.

Jo will be hosting Mainly Music workshops for the under 5’s and sharing her experience and wisdom in the seminars.

Dez Johnston

Dez is an ordained Baptist Minister, has been working as the Director of Alpha Scotland and was recently appointed as Europe, Middle East and North Africa Youth Director for Alpha. Before becoming a Christian, he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgow, and his life was transformed when he encountered God on an Alpha course.

Dez is a graduate of the Scottish Baptist College and has ministered within a number of our family of churches, as well as leading an incarnational church plant in an area of mass deprivation near Glasgow.

Dez will be hosting one of our seminars and we can’t wait to hear what God has to teach us through him.

Adam Otoo

Adom Otoo leads IJM’s work with churches, volunteer champions and communities across Scotland.

Originally from Ghana, Adom came to Scotland as a child and is passionate about God’s love for renewal in freedom. While working and serving in a missional church in Aberdeen she discovered God’s heart for justice and mission and is excited to part of the same story being written internationally.

IJM is a global organisation partnering with local justice systems to end modern slavery and violence against people living in poverty.

You can hear more about the work of IJM and Adom in our afternoon seminar programme, we are excited to learn more from her!

Stephen Crothers

Stephen is the Lead Pastor at Adelaide Place Baptist Church, and the founder of the Liturgy Collective. Stephen has led the church in Glasgow through an exciting season of growth and development as the church has recently been transformed through the building renovation.

After a season of sabbatical and reflection last year Stephen founded the Liturgy Collective, a new community for those who care about the craft of worship and hunger for the presence of God.

We look forward to his seminar exploring more of this!

…more to follow, watch this space!

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Wee Pink Trailer

Providing quality, local coffee, a selection of snacks and baked goodies and some super friendly chat, don’t miss this wee caffeinated trailer of delights!

Milk & Honey Ice Cream Cart

Whether you’re a toasted coconut, strawberry shortcake or straight up vanilla, this Stirling-based cart of icey treats has got you covered!

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10OfThose Bookshop

Come and browse the book shop area, where you will find plenty of interesting reads relating to our Canopy themes this year!

CANOPY FOR ALL AGES

We have a fantastic programme for both Kids and Youth with sessions throughout the day!

Drop your youngsters off with our Kids and Youth Ministry leaders during the main sessions.

then enjoy games, sports, activities and picnic time sessions as a family during the afternoon.

The Hangout area is open all day so there is plenty to keep everyone entertained!

0-5 KIDS

Pre-school Programme

  • Drop-off or stay and play*
  • Mainly Music Sessions

Feat. fun, songs, inflatable soft play and Mainly Music sessions for parents and carers to stay and play!

*EDIT: due to unforseen circumstances, parents and carers will now be required to stay with their under 5’s at all times. We apologise for any incovenience this may cause, as we had planned to facilitate a drop-off option.

PRIMARY KIDS

Primary age Programme

  • All primary age children
  • Drop-off during main sessions

A jam-packed, exciting programme feat. fun teaching, crafts, songs, games, inflatables and more…

Youth Programme

For all high school age young people

  • s1- age 18
  • Full day programme options available

Worship, prayer, discussion, teaching, giant inflatables, gaming, nail bar, cafe and more!

Journey to Canopy

By Martin Hodson, General Director, BUS

We are delighted to announce that this year there will again, be two Canopy events.

Canopy Summer on Saturday 3 June 2023 in Falkirk and Canopy Online later this year.

For the last few years Canopy has been a tremendously encouraging opportunity for Baptist churches around Scotland to connect, share and encourage one another.

The pandemic forced us to create an online gathering and this proved to have many benefits: people from remote parts of the country could join in as easily as those in the central belt, and for the first time we held a shared Sunday worship service for congregations across the country.

Canopy Summer

So on Saturday 3 June Canopy Summer will happen at Larbert High School. It will be a day of worship, teaching, sharing and having fun together. The adult programme will include a morning session with a guest speaker, seminars in the afternoon and a plenary session at the end of the day.

Alongside these there will be a programme for youth and children, plus sports and activities for all ages in the afternoon (under the June sunshine!). Throughout the day there will be plenty of time to meet, talk and eat with others.

Canopy Online

We hope people from across the country will join for Canopy Summer, but we know for many the advantages of joining an event online will be compelling. So in October Canopy will be online again, with more details to follow.

Connecting with one another across our network is a source of refreshment and strength, building us up in Christ and encouraging us to bold and imaginative acts of faithful obedience to Jesus as we learn from one another.

I hope you will join at least one Canopy event. Or better still, have your cake and eat it by coming to both!

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