Special Events

'Vers la dédicace' planning and discussions in DRC
Author: Bettina Gottschlich

The dedication of the New Testament should be a wonderful celebration, but it should also be much more than that. It is about a change of mind, heart and life, individually as well as corporately.

This article describes ongoing language committee discussions and planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The goal is that as an outcome of such meetings, the committee will not only come up with a plan for the New Testament dedication, but beyond that for the use of the translated Scriptures in churches and society - as well as a plan for use of the mother tongue.  [more...]

Author: Margaret Hill

When selling the NT or a Bible it helps to give with it something to encourage people to read portions each day. This might be a reading card for a year published by the Scripture Union (they have a special NT only one), or it could be a series of reading suggested by the local churches. Another popular possibility is a sheet of references dealing with specific problems, rather like the list found in a Gideon’s Bible.

In this article, Margaret Hill describes things you can do before, during and after a dedication event to promote Scripture engagement and use. These include competitions for choirs, Bible reading during the ceremony, providing how-to-read-the-Bible guides, promoting audio materials and running Scripture Use seminars.  [more...]

Author: Richard Margetts

Thinking of organising a dedication event – such as for a Bible, a New Testament or another Scripture portion? There's a lot to do! Here are some of the kinds of questions that might need to be answered as plans are made for the big day...

This document highlights many of the pratical questions that need answering for a well-organised dedication event. It covers the following areas: choosing the right date, invitations, publicity, amplification, setting up the venue, food, accommodation, transport, book sales, audiovisual coverage - as well as the parts of the ceremony programme.  [more...]