General Assembly

The General Assembly is a significant annual event in the Church of Scotland calendar. Throughout the week, commissioners to the General Assembly examine its work and laws and make decisions that affect the future of the Church.

People enjoy watching the proceedings for the passionate debates, special guests, festivities and large-scale worship.

The Assembly does not shy away from discussing the big political topics of the day. In recent years the Assembly has received national and international attention for debating Brexit, same-sex relationships, the war in Syria, and fossil fuel divestment.

The 2019 General Assembly will be held in the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. It opens on Saturday 18 May and closes on Friday 24 May. The public gallery will be open for members of the public who wish to watch the Assembly.

Read the General Assembly publications online

You can find the following documents on the GA Publications website: Assembly Reports (Blue Book), Order of Proceedings, Annual Report and Accounts, Assembly Papers, and Remits Booklet.

Moderator of the General Assembly 2019

Rev Colin Sinclair

A Stirling University economics graduate who spent three years living out of a car in Zambia has been chosen to be Moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly for 2019.

Rev Colin Sinclair, who is the minister for Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh, will take on the year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2019 at the General Assembly, succeeding the 2018-19 Moderator Rt Rev Susan Brown.

Lord High Commissioner

The Queen has re-appointed the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly in 2019.

Guide to the General Assembly

Who attends the General Assembly? What are deliverances, motions and overtures? Explore our Guide to the General Assembly for more information about terminology, history and procedures.

Laws of the Church of Scotland

Visit our Church Law section for more information about the Acts, Regulations, and Constitution of the Church of Scotland, and the Barrier Act.

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