THE 2019 ARGYLL CONVENTION TAKES PLACE IN THE CORRAN HALLS, OBAN, FROM TUESDAY 6th TO THURSDAY 8th AUGUST.
THE MAIN SPEAKERS ARE
ALISDAIR PAINE (CAMBRIDGE)
ALEX MACDONALD (EDINBURGH)
Mornings: 10.00 prayer meeting; 11.00 Alasdair Paine
Afternoons: 2.00 Christian organisations report on their work. Time for Q&A
Evenings: 7.30 Alex MacDonald
Venue open all day
Titles of talks will by posted later
With roots in the Oban area Alasdair is a frequent visior to the Argyll Convention along with Rachel and their children. He spoke in 2015 on 'The True and Living God'. A former Head of Geography at a leading English school he puts his teaching skills to good use in his Bible expositions. After working in Bournemouth and Exeter he moved to Cambridge in 2011 to become Vicar of St. Andrews the Great. He is also an author and a trustee of the Keswick Convention. A recent production is 'The First Chapters of Everything: How Genesis Chapters 1 to 4 Explains our World', published by CFP.
Sometimes called a 'hippy' in his early years Alex became a pastor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He also edited 'The Monthly Record', served on local authority education committees and 'finally reached respectability by preaching before the Queen'. His books include 'Tell Me the Story: The Carpenter', a retelling of gospel narratives. He is known for his clear communication of the Bible's teaching and an ability to apply it to life today. Now retired after four decades in pastoral ministry, he is still very active. This picture hints at one of his favourite occupations, writing songs that look at life from a Christian perspective.
The 2018 Spring ConFerence, titled 'CONFIDENT CHRISTIANITY', was led by Dr Andy Bannister of SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity
It was designed to help participants share their faith with confidence,
engage with atheist friends, and discuss the uniqueness of Christ in a multi-faith society.
See some of SOLAS work at this link - https://www.solas-cpc.org/wp/shortanswers/
The main event is an annual 3-day conference in early August. It is funded by donations, so there is no charge for taking part. You can come to as many or as few meetings as you wish.
People come from many parts of the country as well as the local area.
The day begins with a time of prayer, followed by a break.
The morning and evening meetings major on explaining a passage of the Bible and applying it to our lives. Also, various Christian organisations tell about their work, from helping the persecuted, through Bible translation, to caring for families.
The mix of activities includes stalls, book reviews, and the opportunity to explore ideas with the speakers and mingle with everyone taking part.
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The Convention was started in 2013 by the leaders of several churches in the Oban area of Argyll to hold Christian conferences in this part of the Scottish Highlands. It is a summer event, providing for the area's many tourists as well as local people. In addition, a day conference is now being held in the Spring. It is an independent non-denominational charity and in 2017 it became part of the Keswick Fellowship. Its purpose is:
1. Is this another church?
2. I’m not a Christian. Is this for me too?
3. What can the Convention do for me that my local church can’t?
4. Do you expect us to just sit and listen?
5. What will it cost me to come?
6. What’s in it for local church leaders?
7. Is there children’s or youth work?
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Summer Convention: Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th August