Gwydyr Rd, Crieff, UK, PH7 4BS

The 'Study Conferences' Category

» Study Conferences

June 16, 2018
11:20 amto12:30 pm



Worship Service led by Dr Laurence Turner

This service is part of the Annual Study Weekend


“Stewardship – it’s not all about money!”


Autumn Spiritual Emphasis Weekend with Pastor David Neal, Trans-European Stewardship Director. Nov 3-5.



  • 19:00-20:30
    • “What about a Manager? Matthew 5: You have heard that it was said…”
    • MP3 recording


  • 10:00-11:00
    • “What Time is it? Matthew 5: Straighten up!” 
    • MP3 recording
  • 11:20-12:30
    • “Where’s the Gospel in Malachi? Malachi 1-4: Return to me and I will return to you”
    • MP3 recording
  • 19:00-20:30


  • 10:00-11:30
    • “Who’s got the Truth?”  1 Thess. 5:12-24: Don’t quench the Spirit, don’t despise prophecies, test everything” 
    • MP3 recording


David Neal is Director of the Stewardship Ministries Department at the Trans-European Division of the Adventist Church.

He is based in St Albans, near London.

Spring Study Conference Weekend – June 2-4 2017

Dr Tom de Bruin, Lecturer in New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature presents a series of lectures on the subject of Jewish Messianism in and around the Bible.


Audio recordings:

  1. King, Prophet or Priest: The Messiah in the Old Testament” (19:00 Friday night)
  2. The Messiah and Me” (10:00 Sabbath morning)
  3. What Type of Man is This?” (11:20 Sabbath morning)
  4. Foreigners, Priest-kings and Teachers: The Messiah between the Testaments” (19:00 Sabbath evening)
  5. Rebel with a Cause: Jewish Christian Messianism and Early Christology” (Sunday morning)

Plus notes.

June 2, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
June 3, 2017
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:20 amto12:30 pm
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
June 4, 2017
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Dr Tom de Bruin, Lecturer in New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Newbold College, will present a series of talks on the subject of Jewish Messianism in and around the Bible.

The topics for the weekend are:



  • 7.00 – 8.30 pm “King, Prophet or Priest: The Messiah on the Old Testament


  • 10.00 – 11.00 am “The Messiah and Me
  • 11.20 am – 12.30 pm “What Type of Man is This?
  • 7.00 – 08.30 pm “Foreigners, Priest-kings and Teachers: the Messiah between the Testaments


  • 10.00 am – 12.00 noon “Rebel with a Cause: Jewish Christian Messianism and Early Christology

We are very pleased to remind you that Ian Sweeney, the President of the Adventist Church the the UK, will be leading our study weekend, from 18-20 November.

All welcome…

November 18, 2016
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
November 19, 2016
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:20 amto12:30 pm
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
7:00 pmto7:30 pm
November 20, 2016
10:00 amto11:00 am

ian_sweeneyThe second of the 2016 Study Weekends at Crieff Church ran from 18th to 20th November.

Our speaker was Pr Ian Sweeney, the President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, here in Britain.



 ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’

As regulars will know we run we run two ‘study weekends’ every year.  The spring conference has a more ‘theological’ bias and the autumn a more ‘practical’ bent.

Audio Recordings

  1. The Problem With Holiness” (19:30 Friday night )
  2. Go To Hell!” (10:00 Sabbath #1)
  3. Only Perfect Will Do” (11:20 Sabbath #2)
  4. Righteousness By Fake” (17:00 Sabbath #3)
  5. Discussion (19:00 Sabbath #4)
  6. Moments of Holiness” (10:00 Sunday morning)

Recordings of the Laurence Turner study weekend are now available.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Laurence Turner will be with us on March 11-12.

More details can be found here…

Regular visitors will know that we run two ‘study weekends’ every year.  The spring conference has a more ‘theological’ bias and the autumn a more ‘practical’ bias.

So, get your best thinking hats on…

March 11, 2016
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 12, 2016
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:15 amto12:30 pm
4:00 pmto5:30 pm
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

turner-laurenceThe first of the 2016 study weekends.

Our speaker is Dr Laurence Turner, retired Principal Lecturer in Old Testament at Newbold College.



Genesis 1-11 provides an introduction to the whole of Scripture.  It has always been considered foundational for everything that follows.  Unfortunately, in recent years it has also become controversial.  Most of these controversies rage over matters of science and history.  However, the primary purpose of these chapters in Genesis is spiritual.  So, we will spend time assessing the spiritual value of Genesis 1-11 by reading the text closely and asking what significance its words would have for its original readers.  The aim will be to show how unexpectedly radical the narratives actually are and their relevance for us in the 21st century.  Once we appreciate those matters we might have a different response to the usual scientific and historical questions.

Audio recordings

plus PowerPoint presentations.

November 13, 2015
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
November 14, 2015
10:00 amto12:30 pm
5:00 pmto10:00 pm
November 15, 2015
8:30 amto10:00 am
10:00 amto11:30 am

It is with great pleasure that we welcome back our former pastor, Llew Edwards (and Karin!), to our church.  He will be leading out in a weekend of study and practical Christian advice.  All events are happening at the Church unless otherwise indicated.

  • 10am ‘Mind the Gap’ (MP3 recording – FYI the video referred to by Llew is a Skoda advert with the tag line “It’s a Skoda – Honest“).
  • 11:15am ‘The Call of Matthew’ – Matthew 9:9-13 (MP3 recording and PowerPoint slides)
  • 5pm until late, informal gathering with supper, discussion and a devotional


  • 8:30. A proper full-on Sunday breakfast!  Many many thanks to Gail and Grant and the kitchen helpers.
  • 10-11:30am. Workshop. With MP3 recording plus PowerPoint. More stories about Ritz Carlton and their ethos can be found on their website along with the ‘Gold Standards’. The videos featured by Llew were
  • Afternoon.  As Llew now lives in the grim South East of the UK we feel it’s only fair that we try to drag him up a local hill.  So there will be a hill walk for the adventurous.

On May 31st Dr Daniel Duda, the TED Education Director, gave a series of presentations at Crieff Church entitled ‘Ordination of Women ~ Keeping The Church United’.

You can listen to the presentations and discussions by following the links below:

TEDOrdinationBookThe TED book on ordination: “Ministry, Mission and Ordination” by Tom de Bruin is available from Stanborough Press (and should be available soon from Amazon on Kindle).  Tom’s book is an abbreviated and popularized version of the full TED Study Report.

An oversight on our part – we forgot to upload the PowerPoint slides from Dr Jean-Claude Verrecchia’s presentations at the 2015 Study Weekend…

They are now available from the Study Weekend page

A reminder that the MP3 recordings from the 2015 Study Weekend are now available.

April 24, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 25, 2015
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:15 amto12:30 pm
2:30 pmto4:00 pm
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 26, 2015
10:00 amto11:30 am

verrecchia2The Crieff 2015 Study Weekend was presented by Dr Jean-Claude Verrecchia.

Dr Verrecchia is Principal Lecturer in New Testament at Newbold College where he specialises in the Gospels, Hebrews and Biblical Hermeneutics.

His subject was

“Reading and Interpreting Scripture”

and more specifically

“Adventists: Between a mere reading and the risk of interpretation”

The schedule ran as follows:

  • Friday
    • 6pm, soup and bread at the church
    • 7-8:30pm, ‘The Reliable Bible, but God is not the Author’.
      Manuscripts, variants, authorship, the ‘myth’ of the original text, translations.

  • Sabbath (Saturday)
    • 10am: ‘The End of the Gutenberg Galaxy’. The Bible as an oral piece of literature.
    • 11:15am: ‘Do You Understand What You Are Reading?’
    • 2:30pm: ‘Reading Behind the Text’. The author-centred approach of the Bible (with examples).
    • 6pm: General discussion!  Informal gathering at Steve and Muriel’s house
    • PowerPoint slides for various Sabbath presentations
  • Sunday


Reading List

Jean-Claude recommends the following titles:

Our annual study weekend for 2014 is being taken by Dr Jan Barna of Newbold College. His topic is “Is the Bible a Sure Word of God?  Origins, Canon and Biblical Narrative”.

Click for more details, audio files etc…

Next »