ROLL AWAY THE STONE is an event on the Sunday of the General Assembly (22nd May) from 1-6pm in Princes Street Gardens. It is shaping up to be a wonderful afternoon of Celebration, Inspiration and Discovery for the whole church family.
Three separate stages and the main avenue running east-west in Princes Street Gardens will host an exciting variety of music, drama, recitals, comedy, stories, puppets, interviews, participative workshops, choirs, contemporary bands, clowns, buskers – all celebrating the Christian message and exhibiting the wide range of the church’s work. Entry to the event is completely free.
Momentum is building!
We’ve heard of congregations hiring buses and planning to make it a church day out. There’s even talk of chartering a train to bring a whole presbytery!
Already more than 360 people in 22 choirs from the borders to the north-east have signed up to sing in the massed choir that will lead the closing act of worship; and we’re well into the teens of the Youth for Christ organised 5-a-side football teams that hope to compete on Sunday 22nd May.
What should we bring to the event?
Bring yourselves, your friends and your church family of course. But also bring:-
A STONE. In fact bring SEVERAL STONES. We’re going to build a cairn at the event with stones from all over Scotland and beyond. Bring one stone to represent your congregation as a whole, one for your Sunday School or Junior Church, your Youth Group, Guild, Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, … Why not creatively label your stones and at the end you’ll be asked to take away a different stone and invited to pray for that church, congregation, youth group.
PLASTIC BOTTLES. We are also going to build a church! We will need hundreds of plastic bottles on the day, so that we can build a recycled church in the park. Bring your empty plastic bottles and help the Eco-Congregation project make a big impact – we hope that the Moderator will be able to conduct a service in the ‘building’ before the end of the day!
For more information about the programme and to register your congregation, singers, or 5-a-side football team visit this website: www.rollawaythestone.org.uk
The Minister is a Commissioner to the General Assembly and plans to be at this event. Any folk from Carnoustie Panbride will be made welcome