Heart & Soul 2020


Heart and Soul 2020 – Sunday, 17th May – 2.00pm – 4.20pm

There is to be a very special service to install Rev Dr Martin Fair as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday 16th May at 11am. This will be an event full of hope and inspiration in these challenging times.

This will be part of the ‘Big Weekend’ for the Church of Scotland, when the ‘Heart and Soul 2020′ event will take place (online) on 17th May 2020. The current crisis has meant that the original event, scheduled to have taken place in Princes Street Gardens on that day, has had to be cancelled.

Rather than the whole event being cancelled it will, instead, be transferred into an online format, and displayed as an on-screen abridged ‘Heart and Soul’ at 2.00pm on 17th May – the same time as the original event. The programme will run until about 4.20pm. A live recording of the event will be available soon afterwards. This can be viewed on the Church of Scotland website (www.churchofscotland.org.uk) as well as live on the Facebook page (fb.me/churchofscotland).

The usual presenters, Rev Ken Froude, Seonaid Knox and Rev Justin Taylor, will begin with a replay of the service of installation for the new Moderator. ‘Without giving too much away, the event features a mix of worship, music, stories and some exciting ‘In Conversation’ guests.’

‘Heart and Soul regulars ‘Fischy Music’ will lead a special segment for all ages, and we hope that you’ll join in all the actions from home! Spread throughout the afternoon will be some very special conversations: Hugh Pym will be in conversation with Prof Jason Leitch and Viv Dickenson from CrossReach, discussing how they have all been tackling Coronavirus and also how their own faith has helped them. Very Rev Susan Brown will be in conversation with Ross Greer MSP and Tara Shannon from CoSY discussing climate justice. Prison Chaplain Anne Stewart will be in conversation with Hospital Chaplain Mark Evans talking about chaplaincy as a career and the impact of Coronavirus in their places of work.’

There will of course be hearty singing, and they have chosen highlights from the archive over the last ten years of Heart and Soul, the Guild Big Sing and the General Assembly to round things off.

These are difficult times for many in our Church and communities. We hope and pray that ‘Heart and Soul’ might be a place where people can see that the Church of Scotland is still active, still open and providing hope for our nation. I hope you can help us publicise, and join us, during our very special ‘Big Weekend’.

Rev Bryan Kerr
Convener, Heart and Soul Project Group

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