Welcome to Canopy!

Canopy is a new online gathering for all Scottish Baptist Churches. Over the weekend we prayed together, listened to God’s word, heard inspirational speakers, told stories of what God is doing in his church and heard him speak into our lives and communities. 

Main Sessions

Prayer Gathering

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

Session 1 – What really matters?

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?

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

Gathering Under God’s Canopy

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 Sessions

Youth Gathering 1

Presence

Living Differently

Called to live as a response to God

Youth Gathering 2

Peace

Anxiety and Mental Health

Shalom – being people of peace

Youth Gathering 3

Prayer

Hope of Eternity

Living with hope

Seminars

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

God's world, God's home

A conversation about the Bible, the environment and how to live as Christians in a time of climate crisis, with staff from the Scottish Baptist College. 

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.

Recording coming soon

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?

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.