Tuesday 23 June 2009
Proclaiming the Gospel at the Royal Highland Show
Scotland s Christian Churches will unite to share a pavilion at this year s Royal Highland and Agricultural Show at Ingliston (25-28 June) one of the largest events in the UK, attended by up to 7% of the population.
Although individual churches have had stands at the show, this year, the Scottish Churches Rural Group has brought them together in a Scottish Churches Pavilion. The pavilion demonstrates the united witness of Scotland s churches and in 2009 will be the focus for visits by church leaders, with Cardinal Keith O Brien visiting on the opening day 25th June.
Commenting on the move, Scottish Churches Rural Group member Rev John Woodside said;
We are delighted that ˜Scottish Churches Pavilion will be part of this year s Highland Show. It provides quiet space in a busy show ground, and a place to talk to visitors, especially school children about issues such as fair trade, migrant workers and faith.
Rev Woodside added;
We are also grateful that for 2009 the Churches have been invited to have a presence in the show s education centre and with that the opportunity to touch on a wider range of issues.
Notes to Editors:
1. For more information contact: Rev Bryan Kerr, Convenor, RHAS Planning Group. firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 07889841511
2. Cardinal O Brien will visit the Church s Pavillion at 10am, photographs will be available from Paul McSherry “ 07770393960
3. Scottish Churches Rural Group (formed 2005) seeks to engage with the changing rural scene and the role of the church within that through interaction with agencies working in the rural sector, being present at the Royal Highland Show and working with church partners in England and Wales.
4. Future themes to be addressed by SCRG include: Nurturing and Teaching: Rural Ministry Needs and Training, Offering Loving Service: The development of Care Farming in Scotland, Transforming Society: Rural shops and Post Offices, Caring for Creation: The future for Scotland s Food and Environment