The theme of Mind the Gap permeated the whole of Assembly this year as we explored together the gaps between the church and specific aspects of Scottish society, as well as the gaps between our ministries of compassion and proclamation.

During the Assembly we heard of new opportunities for mission development in Scotland, including the replanting of Dennistoun Baptist Church and a new church plant in Bridge of Dee in Aberdeen. We were also told of opportunities to serve in communities of Scotland with high levels of deprivation through the Union’s partnership with Eden; it is our hope to see a team of committed disciples move into an area for 5 years to support a local Baptist Church. “Theology to go”, a new training initiative for leaders in Urban ministry, was launched and more details can be found on our website.

A variety of reports from churches working to narrow the gap between church and 18-40’s, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers were heard, including the story of the Kahaila café in London. Kahaila exists to be a Christian presence in a young multicultural community in London, seeking among other things to support people who have been trafficked and those seeking to move on from a life of prostitution.

This year Assembly had a special offering to be used for service among refugees in Europe. Many churches have also had offerings locally which they have added to the Assembly offering. Currently £12,000 has been given which will be distributed to refugee projects through BMS World Mission, European Baptist Federation and the Baptist Union of Scotland.