Church History - 2018 Scotland


Church History - 2018 Scotland Tour
 Sunday 7th October - Sunday 14th October

At Zarephath Ministries, we firmly believe in the importance of understanding our Church History. In the current times of apostasy, doctrinal errors and an ever-increasing ecumenical movement, it is essential that a believer has a firm understanding the church history, especially the reformation.

This year we are focusing the church history tour in Scotland and will be looking at the Scottish Reformation. We will be looking at John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, Alexander Peden, The Two Margaret’s, The Duke of Argyll, Jenny Geddes and many more!

Over 18,000 Scots were martyred for their faith, they were known as the Covenanters!

Who were the Covenanters?
Simply stated, the Covenanters were those people in Scotland who signed the National Covenant in 1638. They signed this Covenant to confirm their opposition to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
The Stuart kings harboured the belief of the Divine Right of the monarch. Not only did they believe that God wished them to be the infallible rulers of their kingdom - but they also believed that they were the spiritual heads of the Church of Scotland. This latter belief could not be accepted by the Scots. No man, not even a king, could be the spiritual head of their church. Only Jesus Christ could be the spiritual head of a Christian church, and this was the nub of the entire Covenanting struggle.

Join us for this seven-day tour of Scotland, have your faith increased, your spirit inspired and your church knowledge expanded! There will be Bible Teachings, Worship, Prayer and times of sharing in the evenings.

The cost of the 7-day tour is £600.00 per person and includes the following:

•    Coach Transportation from Rugeley, Staffs to Scotland and back again
•    Accommodation in youth hostel that we have exclusive use of
•    Breakfast (you buy your lunch and evening meals)
•    Access to all the sites, museums and castles
•    Day trip to the highlands
•    Boat Ride to the World Famous Bass Rock

#There is a £125.00 single room supplement for anyone wanting their own room.

The proposed itinerary is as follows:

Sun 7th Oct: Journey from Rugeley to Scotland, arrive at the youth hostel, evening meal, worship and fellowship.

Mon 8th Oct: We will visit St Andrew, St Andrews Castle, St Andrew’s University, Samuel Rutherford's Grave, The Death Place of Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart and many more! We will learn all about the Reformation, the early martyrs and John Knox etc.

Tue 9th Oct: We will visit Edinburgh and will learn all about the reformation. We will visit John Knox House, Edinburgh Castle, Grey Friars Church, National Museum of Scotland, Holyrood Palace, Netherbow Port, St Giles (John Knox’s Church), pay our respects at the National Covenanter Monument. We will be visiting a few old churches as well on this day that were significant to the Covenanters.  

Wed 10th Oct: Learn all about the Covenanters and the Second Reformation. We will visit Bothwell Bridge, Drumclog, Airds Moss and view many more of the martyr sites.

Thur 11th Oct: We will be learning about the persecuted ministers of the Gospel by visiting the world-famous Bass Rock the prison of many Covenanters (boat ride), North Berwick - Tantallon Castle, Haddington and other locations in the Borders area. At North Berwick, we will all be having a group meal at a local Italian restaurant.

Fri 12th Oct: A day of fellowship and worship as we experience the majesty of God's creation by travelling to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for a more relaxing sightseeing day. We will visit early Christian locations in Luss at Loch Lomond before going up to Glencoe where we will hear all about the infamous Glencoe massacre.

Sat 13th Oct: We will travel down to Samuel Rutherford's church in Anwoth, visit Wigtown and visit the graves of the two Margarets and also the location of their martyrdom. We will also visit other martyr locations in that area.

Sun 15th Oct: It is the Lord's Day. We will be visiting a local church that worships as the Covenanters did, we will have lunch with the congregation then visit Glasgow Cathedral and learn all about St Mungo and more martyrs.  Then travel back to Rugeley.

We now have limited availability if you are interested, please email or call 0844 357 7574 for more information.

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