Christian Resources Exhibition - CRE Scotland

It was so good I lost my voice – which, in the normal scheme of things, is not a strong recommendation for attending something. However, we spoke to so many people at the Christian Resources Exhibition I actually came home on the first day with a croak. By the end of the second day I was operating on a whisper, some squeaks and quite a bit of prayer.

Held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, the event was being organised to envision, resource and equip the church in Scotland. Over two days visitors had the opportunity to visit over 100 stalls demonstrating everything from audio visual equipment, church furniture, the latest books and study materials, music, film, puppets and creative arts and even clergy fashion! Yes, really, posh clerical clothing. I could say there was something for everyone, which would be true, but with a full and varied seminar programme CRE provides a great deal more than just resources and it is in fact resourcing the church.

Elaine hosted a panel discussion on Scotland’s Future, focusing on how the Bible can guide us in our decision-making as we approach the referendum election next year. SBS’s Pete Chirnside and Paul Keeys from Walk through the Bible Ministries ran a seminar on Bible engagement tools and specifically our “Talk the Word’ resource which both organisations were excited to launch at CRE. Our stand area also featured The God Question DVD with people stopping by to talk about it and the variety of other Bible resources available.

We were greatly encouraged at CRE to see our advance sales for the Penny Gospel reach 125,000. It is tremendously encouraging for us to see churches and organisations plan how they will do this Scripture distribution in their area. Across Scotland there is such a heart for neighbourhoods and communities to be given these wee books and we must pray for the impact that they will have.

Outside the hall we parked Bibleworld and invited people to come on board and take a look. It amazes me the number of people who have heard of Bibleworld but have never ventured up the stairs and had a ‘shot’! Again we find ourselves grateful for new contacts and praying that Bibleworld can visit even more communities in 2014.

It was, for all of us who were there, a busy and action packed two days full of hard work, laughter and much encouragement from those who join with us in Bible ministry. Perhaps the greatest resource CRE provides is simply the space to meet and talk with people about what they are doing, how it bears fruits and be inspired by their story. That said it might be a couple of days before I’m talking normally again!

 

Fiona McDonald
Director of National Ministries