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MSP Welcomes Approval of Cross Party Group on Religious Freedom

Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has welcomed news that his proposal for a Cross Party Group (CPG) on Religious Freedom has been approved by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments (SPPA) Committee to run in the Scottish Parliament.

The group will provide a forum for MSPs, enabling discussion and the widest possible engagement with the multi-faith community, locally, nationally, and internationally.


Mr Thompson said,

I welcome that my proposal for a Cross Party Group on Religious Freedom has now been officially approved by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee to run in the Parliament.

MSPs will use the group as a platform to foster respect and tolerance in our communities and will consider issues from all faiths and none and will do so at a local, national and international level.


I look forward to working with and inviting the broadest range of religious groups and other interested societies, to ensure the widest possible representation”.


Dave went on,


I urge interested parties to keep their eyes on the Scottish Parliament website, where notice of future meetings will be advertised”.


The Baptist Union of Scotland was represented at the launch of this group by Brian Miller of Crown Terrace Baptist Church Aberdeen.


General Director, Alan Donaldson, said: "This is a very significant step in ensuring the Baptist principle of religious freedom continues to be upheld in Scotland."

October Connect

This month:

Martin Hodson in his editorial introduces himself as our new Ministry Development Coordinator. He replaces John Greenshield, who retires after 40 years of ministry. It's a big month for us as our Assembly takes place at the end of October. So we thought we'd ask a few of the speakers to give a taster of what we're in for. Plus Central Church, Edinburgh have shown how you can get creatively rooted together as a church via a new mobile application. You'll also find the monthly prayer updates for October and November

Read it in PDF (attached) or on ISSUU.
Look out for a few changes over the next few months, including a brand new design of Connect.

This will be the last you'll hear from me as I move on to other pastures. It's been a pleasure to produce this over the last year.

God Bless

Rory Martin

Youth Worker Wanted for Collydean Baptist Church



















Collydean Baptist in Glenrothes is looking to host a part time paid ministry intern 16 hours a week with a focus on children’s and youth work for 9 months. The church is set in a housing estate and is at the heart of the community. It is a small church that is down to earth and informal, reflecting its context and is looking to grow and bless those around.

As it is an internship, we are looking for someone that is keen to learn more about and develop in church ministry, particularly with a focus on youth and children's work. The daily ministry will be fairly practical, involving helping run a youth club for 10-13 year olds, primary school visits and potentially a scripture Union group. Musical giftings might be helpful as we are hoping to start music training nights for older teens, although this is not a necessity. Relationality is key as there is a great need to befriend and build relations. The intern will attend theological and pastoral training sessions once a week in St Andrews. These involve theological reflection alongside others who serve in varying but similar capacities.

The internship is in a Baptist church that is a member of the Baptist Union of Scotland and the Evangelical Alliance and so we would expect applicants to hold similar values. The person would have shown previous church commitment and involvement and have a suitable reference of Christian character and commitment from their local pastor.

If you know anyone interested please contact Rev. David Purves at
We would look to receive applications of a cv and covering letter of why the applicant would like to apply by the 9th October and pastoral references to follow. Please feel free to be in contact on a more informal basis earlier.

Facing the Unthinkable: Safeguarding Training for Ministers




















In conjunction with the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service the Baptist Union of Scotland is offering a bespoke training day for all accredited and pre-accredited ministers. Due to the essential nature of this training and the need for absolute excellence in this area across all our churches the course will be provided at no cost to ministers. The importance of this training cannot be over-emphasised, so please choose which venue you will attend and book immediately.

The dates and venues for each of the days are as follows:


November 18th Elgin Baptist Church, Reidhaven Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1QG
November 19th Central Baptist Church, 9 Ward Rd,  Dundee, DD1 1LP
November 20th Easterhouse Baptist Church, 18 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9DN
Time: 10am to 4pm.
Lunch: Delegates should bring their own lunch, refreshments will be provided
Bookings:, 0141 423 6169

Our prayer for the refugees

















"We pray today for refugees seeking sanctuary, peace and hope, and for those who will offer them a place of hospitality. We pray particularly for the Baptist churches in Syria and Lebanon who, for years, have been sharing all that they have with those in need. And as the crisis spreads, we pray for the churches across Europe who today are opening up their lives, finances and love to those who need compassion.

Pray also that God will touch our hearts, the hearts of our neighbours and our politicians, that we too will open up our lives to the plight of those who flee, fearing for their lives."

General Director Alan Donaldson