2009 Year of Homecoming

3rd December 2008

"You welcomed me as if I were an angel"

2009, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, was designated by the Scottish Government as a "Year of Homecoming" during which our country reached out to all those around the world with an interest in, or affinity to, Scotland.

The Christian faith provides rich and challenging perspectives on the Homecoming theme and it is appropriate that the Church of Scotland was a partner of Homecoming Scotland 2009. A Church Visitor and Tourism Strategy group worked closely with Scotland's Churches Scheme to encourage congregations to welcome visitors and tourists in new and old ways, in 2009 and beyond.

In 2010 the international dimension of the Church will be celebrated with the centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference and the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation.

The Year of Homecoming is an opportunity for congregations to affirm the vision of the Church of Scotland to visitors from near and far "to be a church which inspires the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic, worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities."

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