On the Road

On The Road - Listening, Sharing, Planning

We are going ‘On the Road' this autumn running a series of day and evening events across the country to listen to the voice of people in the local Church – to hear your views on what we need to do to enable a flourishing Church into the 2020s and beyond.

Watch live!

You can watch live - and participate in - the session to be held in St Andrew's Church Bo'ness, at 6:30pm on Wednesday 30 November

‘On the Road' is a process designed to enable the national Councils, who exist only to support the local Church in its mission and ministry, to plan well for the future. Like every household throughout the land, we need to prioritise what we do and what we spend – and we need your ideas and wisdom to do that well.

These events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church. Whether you are a regular worshiper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church or simply drop in from time to time – ‘On the Road' wants to hear from you. We want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don't leave it to someone else - come and have your say, like people did at our first event in Glasgow.

‘On the Road' will take time to listen to your thinking. It will also share some new ideas which the General Assembly has agreed we should try out, asking how you respond to them.

This process of listening and sharing will contribute to future planning – prioritising what we do to be more effective in supporting discipleship, mission and ministry.>


A main feature of ‘On the Road' events will be space to hear what you have to say about helping the Church of Scotland to be a thriving Church. We will look at key parts of our Christian life, such as Worship; Nurturing Faith; engaging in our communities. What do you have to say about the way we do these things and how we might do them in future?


There will be an opportunity for us to share with you some of the key new ideas which Councils of the Church have been developing and to hear your response to them. Do these things ‘scratch where we are itching'? How might we shape them to meet the needs you see in Church and community?


The Council of Assembly is coordinating ‘On the Road', principally working with the Ministries Council, Mission & Discipleship and the Panel on Review and Reform. Others such as the General Trustees, who play a key role in the care of buildings, will also be present. All of these bodies are working together to help the Church plan for the future – and we need your help in doing that.

Event dates and locations

Day events will run from 11.00am-3.00pm and Evening events from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

Glasgow Renfield St Stephen’s Saturday 10 September Day
Dumfries St Mary’s Greyfriars Wednesday 14 September Evening
Dundee The Steeple Wednesday 21 September Day
Kirkwall Kirkwall East Wednesday 28 September Day
Oban Oban Parish Saturday 8 October Day
Evening Martin’s Memorial Tuesday 18 October Evening
Duns Duns Church Thursday 20 October Evening
Aberdeen Queen’s Cross Saturday 22 October Day
Inverness Inshes Thursday 27 October Day
London St Columba's Wednesday 2 November Evening
Fort Augustus Fort Augustus Saturday 5 November Day
Perth Letham St Mark’s Wednesday 9 November Evening
Newton Stewart Penninghame Thursday 17 November Day
Edinburgh St Andrew’s and St Georges Thursday 24 November Day
Lerwick St Columba’s Saturday 26 November Day
Bo’ness St Andrew’s Wednesday 30 November Evening