Now in its 176th year, the General Assembly of The Free Church of Scotland will meet next week in St Columba's at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Representatives from every presbytery across the U.K. and North America will gather to discuss church business and hear reports from various committees and boards.
Over the course of the week, they will be joined by guests of the Church and other organisations from around the globe.
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
The Queen has approved that His Grace Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL, FSA, FRSE, be appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 2019.
The Lord High Commissioner is the Sovereign’s personal representative to the Annual General Assembly. He attends on behalf of the Sovereign and this year will make a speech to the General Assembly on Thursday 23rd May at 12 noon.
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 of Scotland.
All committee and associated board reports have been published and are available to view here
The timetable for the week can be viewed here
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.
You can follow proceedings on all of our social media pages using #FCGA19