Following in his footsteps

The Three Marys Encounter Jesus

Saturday 09th May 2020

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2020 Conference

“Following in his footsteps”

The Three Marys

This year, Elaine will walk us through the stories of three women, all named Mary, who knew Jesus throughout his life, as his mother, friend and follower.  Often overlooked by others – but never by Jesus – we will explore how each woman had to trust Jesus and follow him through the complexities and challenges of life, to which we can all relate today. We can be encouraged by their faith even in their brokenness, and challenged to trust Jesus with our own messy lives.

2020 Conference Keynote Speaker

Elaine Duncan

Chief Executive Scottish Bible Society

Elaine is returning to WATH to lead our main sessions for the second time, exploring the stories of three women named Mary who all knew Jesus and made the decision to follow him.  Elaine will encourage us in our Christian faith as we study the challenges of these three women and their desire to follow Jesus.

Elaine is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society, and it is her desire to encourage people to know God better as they interact with his Word.

Breakout Seminar Sessions

The following 4 seminars will run once in the morning and be repeated in the afternoon.

Walking with Jesus in dark times

Fiona McCruden

Fiona McCruden works in partnership with Chalmers church in St Andrews, with experience in The Navigators ministry, as well as working as a physiotherapist.  This seminar is on the topic of ‘Shame: just who do you think you are?’ Shame is dark, disorientating and drives so much human dysfunction. It’s not the way it is supposed to be and yet in a fallen world it is often only a sense of shame that protects people from indulging their darkest impulses. Fiona will be discussing the subject of mental health, and the shame often associated with it, and how we can seek Jesus in the midst of our dark times.

Walking with Jesus in a secular world

Kate Forbes MSP

Kate Forbes MSP is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India.  Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry.  Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration. She is currently the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.  Kate will be encouraging us to be active as Christians in our communities, and looking at the importance of Christian involvement in the democratic process.

Walking with Jesus and finding our identity

Ann Allen

Ann Allen will lead us through an interactive discussion about what makes you YOU?  Where do we get our sense of value and worth? Our job? Our career prospects? Where we live?  Our relationships? Ann will help us to challenge ourselves as to where we find our true identity.

Walking with Jesus in the church

A discussion panel

We will be hosting a panel of local women from a range of backgrounds and ages, discussing how we each have a role to play in our church.  As members of the body, we all have a unique role to play despite how much we tell ourselves we don’t have anything to offer! Being a woman of the church – young, old or anywhere in between – means finding the courage to offer our gifts and humility to serve others in ways seen and unseen.

Wath 2020 Conference Schedule

Click on one of the buttons below to get an overview of the 2020 conference schedule

Morning Schedule



Smithton Church

Registration and Coffee

Registration and Coffee

You can pick up your delegate pack which will have all the information you need for the day, including which 2 seminars you are registered for.  There’s time for a coffee and finding a seat before we begin.



Church Auditorium

Welcome and Praise

Welcome and Praise

We look forward to the Acclaim worship band joining us again for a time of worship and praise, as we come together to sing hymns and psalms.



Church Auditorium

Following in his footsteps – three Marys encounter Jesus

“Following in his footsteps … three Marys encounter Jesus”

Part 1 with Elaine Duncan.
Elaine will lead us in the first part of her talk on following Jesus.



Comfort Break



Church Auditorium, Cafe Lounge, Games Hall and Small Hall

Seminar Session 1

Seminar 1

We break into our four different seminar groups, with time for listening and discussion.  You will be advised of your assigned seminars in your delegate pack.

Afternoon Sessions




Included in the ticket price

A delicious buffet lunch will be served in the large hall, with plenty of space for seating indoors and outdoors (if we have sunshine on Inverness!). If you require mobility assistance please let us know and we can arrange for suitable seating.



Church Auditorium, Cafe, Small Hall and Games Hall

Seminar 2

Seminar 2

We break into our four different seminar groups, with time for listening and discussion.  You will be advised of your assigned seminars in your delegate pack.



Church Auditorium

Praise and Offering

Each year we are pleased to support a different charity or mission group, and you will have the opportunity to make a donation if you wish.



Church Auditorium

Following in his footsteps – three Marys encounter Jesus

Part two

Elaine will lead us in the second part of her talk on the impact Jesus had on the lives of three women, and how he impacts on our lives today.



Q&A with Elaine Duncan

Following the main talks, there will be an opportunity to ask Elaine questions.



Church Auditorium, Cafe Lounge, Games Hall and Small Hall

Closing Praise

Closing Praise

We will end our day with the Acclaim praise band and enjoy a time of worship together.



Multiple Rooms

Coffee, Chat and Mingle

One for the road!  Time for a coffee with old – and new – friends before leaving.


We’d be glad to hear from you and answer any questions you may have relating to the conference.

You can find answers to some of our most common questions here – if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us.

When does booking open for the 2020 Conference?

Booking opens in January 2020.  You can register for updates so we can let you know as soon as our booking opens.

Is there a discount available for students/concessions?

Yes – we are pleased to offer a special price of £15.00 for any students or young people under 21.

Which seminars will be available this year?

You can read more about the WATH seminars running at our 2020 conference on our website.  Each seminar will run once in the morning and once in the afternoon session, with the chance for everyone to attend two out of the four.  We aim to cover a range of topics for women of all ages and stages, and hope to make summary notes available from the seminars you may not be able.

Is there a conference schedule available to view?

Our conference schedule is available on the website.  This is subject to change but is a good guide to the plan for the day.  We look forward to you joining us!

Are there dietary options available?

If you have dietary requirements it may be easier to bring your own packed lunch (with a reduced ticket cost).  Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available for everyone throughout the day.

Where is the conference held?

Our WATH conference is held in Smithton church in Inverness. Follow the link here  for directions or use the map below.  Smithton is an accessible and spacious facility, with disabled access available.  Please advise the car parking stewards as you arrive if you need a parking space close to the building and they will be happy to direct you.

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