General Assembly 2018

The Church of Scotland is holding its annual General Assembly from 19-25 May 2018 at the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh.

More than 730 commissioners from congregations across Scotland and beyond will come together to take part in the event, a unique mix of debate, tradition and worship

Over the course of the week they will be joined by more than 150 people from associated partners and other organisations who work with the Church. The public gallery is open each day for any members of the public who are interested in observing the proceedings.

This year the General Assembly will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of women to the ministry of word and sacrament. Take part in the celebration.

The theme for this year's General Assembly and for the Heart and Soul festival is 'Peace be with you'.

General Assembly website

A dedicated General Assembly website has been designed and launched for General Assembly 2018. This new website features all that was previously available (including the content) featured in the now discontinued App.

Lord High Commissioner

Each year HM The Queen appoints a Lord High Commissioner as her representative to the General Assembly, unless she attends in person. This year, Her Majesty has appointed His Grace Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL, FSA, FRSE.

General Assembly timetable

Saturday 19 May - 9.30 am - Opening of the General Assembly

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Roll of Commissioners laid on the table
  • Election of Moderator and Prayer of Consecration
  • Commission to the High Commissioner to be read, and order given for recording it
  • Her Majesty’s Letter to be read, and order given for recording it
  • Address by the High Commissioner, and Reply by the Moderator
  • Address by Retiring Moderator
  • Appointment of Committee to prepare Answer to Her Majesty’s Gracious Letter
  • Report of Standing Committee on Commissions
  • Submission of Standing Orders
  • Appointment of Committee for arranging Order of Business
  • Appointment of Panel of Tellers
  • Appointment of Committee to prepare Minute on Deceased Ministers, Missionaries and Deacons
  • Intimation of arrangements for celebration of Holy Communion on Monday 21 May, at 9.15 am.

Circulation Break

  • Appointment of Depute Clerk
  • Presentation of Delegates and Visitors
  • Report of the Assembly Arrangements Committee
  • Report of the Scottish Bible Society and Presentation of Bible to Moderator
  • Report of the Delegation of the General Assembly
  • Minutes of the Appeal Hearing before the Judicial Commission
  • Minutes of the Ministries Appeal Panel
  • Report of the Committee on Overtures and Cases.

Lunch

  • Report of the Legal Questions Committee.
  • Joint Report of the Ministries Council and the Legal Questions Committee.

Circulation Break

  • Report of the Council of Assembly – except Strategic Plan and National Office Building
  • Joint Report of the Council of Assembly, the Legal Questions Committee, the Mission and Discipleship Council on the resourcing of Local Church Review.

Sunday 20 May - 10 am

  • 10.00 am - Assembly Service (St Giles')
  • 12.30 pm - Gaelic Service (Greyfriars Kirk)
  • 1pm - 6.00 pm - 'Heart and Soul 2018', Princes Street Gardens

Monday 21 May 9:15 am

  • Holy Communion
  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Report of the Business Committee
  • Reply to the Queen’s Letter
  • Report of the World Mission Council
  • World Mission Council – Special Report on Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Report of the Council of Assembly Strategic Plan
  • Report of the Council of Assembly – National Offices.

Tuesday 22 May 9:15 am

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Minutes
  • Report of the Ministries Council
  • Order of the Day – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament
  • Report of the Ecumenical Relations Committee
  • Report of the Panel on Review and Reform
  • Report of the Safeguarding Committee
  • Report of the Iona Community Board
  • Report of the Church of Scotland Guild.

Wednesday 23 May 9:15 am

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Minutes
  • Report of the Church and Society Council
  • Order of the Day – Stevenson Prize
  • Report of the Registration of Ministries Committee.
  • Report of the General Trustees

Thursday 24 May 9:15 am

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Minutes
  • Report of the Committee on Chaplains to Her Majesty’s Forces
  • Report of the Social Care Council
  • Report of the Theological Forum
  • Overture – Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles on the Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Report of the Church of Scotland Pension Trustees
  • Report of the Housing and Loan Fund
  • Report of the Church Hymnary Trustee
  • Report of the Church of Scotland Trust
  • Report of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust

Friday 25 May 9:15 am

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Minutes
  • Protestations called for
  • Report on the Printing of Acts
  • Draft Minutes of Sederunts not yet submitted to be read if required
  • Report of the Nomination Committee
  • Report of the Selection Committee
  • Report of the Mission and Discipleship Council
  • Report of the National Youth Assembly 2017

Closing session 3:00 pm

  • Constitution of Assembly
  • Report anent Deceased Ministers, Missionaries and Deacons
  • Appointment of Committee to revise Minutes
  • Act Appointing Commission of Assembly
  • Act Appointing diet of next General Assembly
  • Presentations to the Moderator
  • Moderator addresses the General Assembly
  • The High Commissioner, addresses the General Assembly

National anthem

  • Dissolution of the General Assembly

The Benediction