General Assembly

2017 Free Church General Assembly - Preview

May 16, 2017

The 2017 Free Church General Assembly will be held in St Columba's Free Church, Edinburgh from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th May.

Representatives from every presbytery across the U.K. and North America will gather to discuss church business and hear reports from various committees.

Over the course of the week, they will be joined by guests of the Church and other organisations.

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body within the Free Church and had its first sitting in 1843. It's during these assemblies that presbyteries discuss regular business and sometimes make historic decisions that have implications for future generations.

Lord High Commissioner

HRH The Princess Royal will address this year's General Assembly as HM The Queen's Lord High Commissioner.

The Lord High Commissioner first addressed the General Assembly in 1925. The position has a reduced role within proceedings, largely maintaining a symbolic connection between the secular and sacred through the adherence to the Establishment Principle by the Free Church.


All committee and associated board reports have been published and are available to view here

Live Streaming

Public viewings of the assembly are due to be streamed live on the Free Church website and a link will also be shared through our social media accounts.