Canopy

Canopy 

Canopy 23-25 October

Canopy is a new online gathering for all Scottish Baptist Churches. Over the weekend we will pray together, listen to God’s word, hear inspirational speakers, tell stories of what God is doing in his church and expect him to speak into our lives and communities.

The programme will begin with a national prayer event on the Friday evening. There will be two plenary sessions on Saturday morning, plus special programmes for children and young people, then a wide range of seminars on Saturday afternoon. Lockdown restrictions permitting, we hope that groups of friends will meet in their homes to watch together and share food and conversation around the events.

Canopy will conclude with an online worship event on the Sunday morning, which local congregations can join in with in full, or include a segment of this in their worship gathering.

Speakers

John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday. 

He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. A church built around the very simple idea of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland. As for education, John Mark holds a master’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Garden City, Loveology, God Has a Name and The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

You are welcome to follow more of John Mark’s teachings via the Bridgetown Church podcast or you can also pursue more of his work at www.johnmarkcomer.com.

Brian is the founder of the Underground Network. A serial entrepreneur, he has helped to start hundreds of missional enterprises, including churches, nonprofits, and businesses all over the world.

Brian holds a degree in communication from the University of Florida, a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida in Religious Studies, and a Masters Degree in Applied Theology from Spurgeon’s College. Brian has lived in intentional community in the inner-city for more than twenty years, embodying the ideas that drive him and is now living and working in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and two youngest kids.

Rebecca McLaughlin grew up in the UK and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge and a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London.

Two things have always fascinated Rebecca: the power of words and the message of the gospel. Rebecca’s first book, Confronting Christianity: 12 hard questions for the world’s largest religion, was published by Crossway and The Gospel Coalition in 2019.

Mark has been Pastor at Dennistoun Baptist Church in the East End of Glasgow since 2015. He has led the church through a replant process which has resulted in new growth and exciting opportunities into unreached parts of the city.

Mark is married to Pauline and they enjoy time with family, sports and travelling around Scotland.

Ruth Rice lives in Nottingham with her husband Mark. They have 3 grown up children and a small neurotic dog. She loves the sea, coming from the Isle of Man, and is passionate about wellbeing having been through a period of burn out. When leading a local Baptist church she set up a small wellbeing cafe, a quiet shared space where it’s ok not to be ok, to share her habits of prayer and hobbies with her community.

This proved really helpful to many and very simple to run. She now leads Renew Wellbeing, a national charity helping churches set up similar wellbeing spaces in their communities to practice rhythms of prayer and to make connections for wellbeing. 

We will also be joined by various other voices from our churches across Scotland and a number of guest seminar speakers over the weekend. 

We are pleased to have a Canopy ‘house band’ formed from gifted people from around our network of churches, who will be leading us in times of worship and aiding us in our reflections.

Programme

Friday 23 Oct

Evening Prayer Gathering – 7.30 – 8.30

Entering God’s Presence Together – awakening to God’s love and worshiping him

Praying for the churches – sharing stories and praying for churches across Scotland

Praying for the nation – bringing the nation before God

Praying for the world – joining with friends from BMS World Mission

Yielding to God – pausing to offer ourselves to God afresh

Evening Youth Stream

Youth Gathering 1 – 8.30 – 9.00 – Presence – Living Differently – Called to live as a response to God.

The Big Online Quiz – 9.15 – 10.00 Get a team from your church and battle against other churches across Scotland – BIG PRIZES AVAILABLE

Saturday 24 October

All-age Programme – 9.00am – 9.30am

A 30 min fun-filled programme for families to use including downloadable resources and activities.

 

Session 1 – What really matters?  10.00am – 11.00am

Noticing God at work during the pandemic, including:

Keeping Watch  what churches have been discovering during this season

Listening to Scripture – with Mark Morris, Pastor of Dennistoun Baptist Church

Global Perspectives – how churches around the world have responded to the pandemic

 

Session 2 – Where is God leading us? 11.30am – 12.30pm

Looking to the future for our churches, including:

 What Will Be Different? – church leaders reflect on what will never be the same after the pandemic

Supporting Mental Health – Ruth Rice, founder of Renew Wellbeing, shares how churches are creating new spaces to support mental health

Keynote message – Brian Sanders, founder of the Underground Network, will open up the challenges and opportunities of the microchurch movement

 

Youth Stream

Youth Gathering 2 – 12.30 – 1.00 

Peace – Anxiety and Mental Health – Shalom being people of peace

 

Afternoon Activities 

Online Games Competition – Let the games commence – one for the gamers.

Strava Mileage Challenge – Get out and walk, run and cycle.

Tiktok Challenge – Create a fun and innovative dance for Canopy.

 

Seminars 1.30pm – 2.30pm 

Microchurches – Brian Sanders will be telling stories of microchurches and asking what part they might play in the future church in Scotland

Explaining The Truth –Rebecca McLaughlin, author of the best-selling book ‘Confronting Christianity’, will consider the challenge of apologetics and consider how in today’s world we give a reason for the hope we have

The Challenge of Mental Health – Ruth Rice, founder of Renew Wellbeing, will share how local churches can support good mental health through Renew Wellbeing Cafes.

 

Seminars 3.00pm – 4.00pm 

The Bible, The Environment and The Climate Crisis – A close look at how Scripture addresses one of the most urgent global challenges we face

Engaging with Younger Generations – The lockdown has been a difficult time for young people and the number of people participating in church youth ministry has been diminishing during this time. The seminar will explore how churches can connect well with young people through and beyond the pandemic.

Is Digital Church Here To Stay? – We have all started to learn what digital church looks and feels like. What might we want to keep and what will we be glad to lose? Is digital the key to future mission or an impersonal second-best form of church?

Sunday 25 October

All-age Programme – 9.00am – 9.30am

A 30 min fun-filled programme for families to use including downloadable resources and activities.

Sunday Morning – Gathering Under God’s Canopy

10.30am – 11.30am

A worship celebration for Baptist churches across Scotland, with music, prayers, Scripture, and voices from around the country.

John Mark Comer, lead pastor at Bridgetown Church, Portland, Oregon, will be speaking on The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

We will bring Canopy to a close with worship and blessing one another as we serve Jesus across the land.

Youth Stream

Youth Gathering 3 – 11.30 – 12.00

Prayer – Hope of Eternity – Living with hope.

Resources

On these pages you will find information, advice and support for church leaders. This includes guidance on ministry, mission, training, safeguarding, financial and legal compliance.

Prayer

Prayer is at the heart of our Union. The prayer calendar is a framework to help individuals or congregations pray for all our churches throughout the year.  Every Sunday evening several hundred people from our churches across Scotland join in our National Prayer Livestream.