Path of Renewal

Background

As one of the founding churches on the Kirk’s ‘Path of Renewal’, our congregation was challenged to ‘think through and work through what we needed to do to be  ‘relevant in society today.’  In the words of  Rev Graham Duffin, Convener of the Church’s Panel on Review and Reform, who helped create the Path of  Renewal initiative:  ‘We are  moving from a time when we sat back and expected folk to come to us, to a time where we recognise we need to be out alongside people. We are open to sharing our faith no matter where we meet people.’

In short, we are all challenged to know God and make him known,          especially to those folks out there in our growing community.

Below is a video from the Church of Scotland Panel on Review and Reform, giving more details of the project

Also, here’s a link to the Path of Renewal blog which journeys with the development of the project across Scotland.

Our current aim is to be more missional in our outlook and take the gospel out of the church into the community.  Some activities have been started as a way of beginning this adventure! 

APC Walking Group – open to all adults, not just church members.

We take the church minibus out and go walking every three months, led by a group of experienced walkers who are already a part of our        congregationWalks are offered at a variety of levels to encourage new and experienced folk to join and the group is open to anyone to join – especially friends and family who may not have church connections.  And , as one of our leaders says – ‘When you walk, you talk!’ – offering a great opportunity to perhaps gently share something of our faith.  Dates for future walks will be on the website, Facebook page and on publicity

Archway Drop-In Café

This café was begun after discussion with the Auchterarder Network,
a network of healthcare providers, professionals and volunteers., and now sits under the PoR banner.  It is  for those in the community who are lonely or isolated, who find getting out to social events difficult etc and, of course, their carers.  A variety of activities is offered from singing to advice from Health practitioners and Citizens Advice.

 

School Inter Generational Initiative

One of our Elders is working alongside children in the local all-through school – The Community School of Auchterarder – as part of Scottish Education’s ‘Generations Working Together’ initiative.   Volunteers are in school on a weekly basis and help learners of all ages with literacy and numeracy, as well as building an ethos of mutual respect and understanding.    This is another way of becoming a ‘kent face’ within the community, especially with our youngsters, and link between church , school and community.

Messy Church    https://www.messychurch.org.uk/

Have a look at the link above to get an idea of what Messy Church aims to be!   We have had 4 Messy Church events so far that have attracted mostly families, although some others have come along and joined in too.  We follow the suggested outline, based on a different Bible story or theme each time, and including some singing, games , teaching and crafts.  We have built up a growing team of volunteers to help plan and run it and we finish, as is suggested, with a fellowship meal. It has been a great opportunity to get alongside families and share our Christian faith in a gentle way.  Onwards and upwards!!!

Big Brekkie: Christian Aid

We have run this event twice and had a great church and community response both times. As well as raising money for this  most worthy of Christian charities, it has been a great way of getting to know new people.

APC Connect – First Edition due Autumn 2019

A new outreach magazine for the whole community, designed to connect with those who may not know about us, our aims and what we get up to in APC!