Some of the most encouraging things that God is doing in Scotland happen in unexpected places.
At our recent Volunteer Conference held around Scotland, when sharing successful examples of Bible Sunday, we highlighted the “Campbeltown Model”. This is the story of how the Bible brought a rural Scottish town together.
For many years, churches in Campbeltown have united to run a Bible Sunday Weekend. The model is brilliantly simple. On the Saturday, a coffee morning is held in a church within the town. Promoted through the local press and word of mouth, these coffee mornings have been a tremendous success, not only in enabling the local action group to raise funds for the work of the Scottish Bible Society, but even more importantly, to share stories of our work around the world. On the Sunday morning, all of the churches in the town use the Bible Sunday material, which is produced fresh each year and is free to download from our website. This results in all the churches in Campbeltown uniting around the same passage of Scripture. On the Sunday evening, all of the churches gather together in one church to hear a presentation on the work of the Scottish Bible Society. It is, quite simply, one of the best examples of how Bible Sunday can impact not just a local congregation, but a whole town.
Perhaps what is most encouraging is that Campbeltown is not a big city – it is a remote, rural town with a population of just under 5,000. Nor are the churches large. The majority would have congregations significantly smaller than the Scottish average, a number are vacant charges and are sustained by visiting preachers and the congregation. The SBS action group in Campbeltown are all of retirement age and beyond.
Very often as I travel around Scotland, I hear congregations and ministers express concerns about what they are not: they are not in the big cities, they are not big congregations, they do not have many young people. Yet Campbeltown serves as a shining example of what God can do with what we are, rather than what we are not.
‘Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.’
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
We hope and pray that the “Campbeltown Model” will be an encouragement to other churches, so that many other places across Scotland can experience how the Bible can bring a town together.
Head of Bible Engagement
For centuries, the Bible has been changing lives. Bible Sunday is a day on which churches celebrate the continuing impact the Bible has on individuals and communities in Scotland and throughout the world.
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