The Convention was started in 2013 by the leaders of several churches in the Oban area of Argyll. The intention was to hold Christian conferences in this part of the Scottish Highlands. It is a summer event, and provides for the many tourists who visit the area as well as for local people. In some years a day conference is held in the Spring. It is an independent non-denominational charity and in 2017 it became part of the Keswick Fellowship. Its purpose is:
· to promote biblical teaching
· to present the challenge of the gospel in the teaching of Jesus Christ
· to encourage Christians to adhere to the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Bible
· to emphasise God's call to practical obedience to his Word including missionary responsibility
· to assist people in developing a greater understanding of the Christian faith and heritage including its local context
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?
Chairman Annual Report:
G. Cringles gave his report - Argyll Convention held 2nd to 5th August 2021. We were fortunate to be able to hold our Convention in 2021, having had to cancel it in 2020 due to Covid 19. However, for the first time, it was held via YouTube, on four evenings, with participants gathering in their own homes in front of their screens, and the Committee quickly had a fast learning curve!
The theme was 'Trusting God in Turbulent Times', which was thought to be particularly appropriate for a time of pandemic. Our speakers were Jonathan Lamb and John Risbridger, who based their addresses on the book of Habbakuk. The YouTube recordings were accessed via the Convention website, and a video was prepared which included prayers and readings recorded and read by friends from different churches in the area. Each evening's meeting was introduced by George, from the Pulpit Hill viewpoint overlooking Oban, and Archie also recorded interviews with both speakers.
The enforced 'virtual' nature of the 2021 Convention led the Committee to consider the implications for the future. It was subsequently agreed that, in addition to our on-going focus on providing good biblical teaching for 'tourists' and local church people, we should develop a more evangelical approach to the evening meeting, to make it potentially more accessible to people with less familiarity with the scriptures. It was also agreed to seek to further develop the use of the website as a tool of publicity in advance of each Convention, to build up awareness and interest.
At the time of writing the 2022 Convention is imminent, as an in-person event again, but with a larger on-line presence and with some changes to the format of the morning and evening meetings to reflect lessons learned in 2021. We praise God for his guiding hand on the proceedings of the Committee, and for the resources made available for the on-going work of the Convention. We are grateful to all the members of the Committee for their hard work and encouragement throughout the last year.
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