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The current crisis has meant that the original event, scheduled to have taken place in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday, 17 May 2020, has had to be cancelled.
As part of that Big Weekend for the Church of Scotland, a special Heart and Soul 2020 event will take place online on that day.
A number of features from the event in Princes Street Gardens will be transferred into an online format, and we're going to screen an abridged Heart and Soul at 2:00pm on 17th May - when the original event would have taken place. The programme will run until about 4.20pm. A recording of the event will be available soon afterwards. You will be able to watch the event live on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook Page.
Hosted by usual presenters, Rev Ken Froude, Seonaid Knox and Rev Justin Taylor, the event will begin with a replay of the service of installation for the new Moderator, Rev Martin Fair. Without giving too much away, the event features a mix of worship, music, stories and some exciting In Conversation guests.
Heart and Soul regulars Fischy Music will lead a special segment for all ages, and we hope that you'll join in all the actions from home! Spread throughout the afternoon will be some very special conversations: Hugh Pym will be in conversation with Prof Jason Leitch and Viv Dickenson from CrossReach, discussing how they have all been tackling Coronavirus and also how their own faith has helped them. Very Rev Susan Brown will be in conversation with Ross Greer MSP and Tara Shannon from CoSY discussing climate justice. Prison Chaplain Anne Stewart will be in conversation with Hospital Chaplain Mark Evans talking about chaplaincy as a career and the impact of Coronavirus in their places of work.
No Heart and Soul would be complete without some hearty singing, and some highlights have been chosen from the archive over the last ten years of Heart and Soul, the Guild Big Sing and the General Assembly to round things off.
These are difficult times for many in our Church and communities. We hope and pray that Heart and Soul might be a place where people can see that the Church of Scotland is still active, still open and providing hope for our nation.