Once again, the Society is running a writing competition for various age-groups and a project competition for those under 12 years of age. Every entrant will receive a certificate and UK entrants who do not win a prize will receive a £10 book token if they are judged to have completed the work. There will be prizes awarded to the winner and runner-up in each section.  If appropriate, the winning essays from the older age-groups may be printed in the Bulwark.

 

Entries should be sent to the Rev. Maurice Roberts, 5 Muirfield Park, Inverness, IV2 4HA. The closing date is 31st March 2014.

 

Entrants must include their name, date of birth, their age at end of March 2014 and full postal address.  The relevant age is the age at the end of March 2014.

 

Children are encouraged to do a Google Search on their topic and to ask an adult to give them some help. Their minister may have books to help them which they could borrow.

 

 

 

 

MONARCHY PROJECT

(12 years and under)

Winner £25, Runner-up £20

 

Make a timeline, or illustrated plaque, of ‘The Most Notable Events in the Life of John Knox’, who was born in 1513 or 1514.

 

BOOKS TO HELP YOU

The Sharpened Sword, Trailblazer Series, Catherine MacKenzie, Christian Focus

John Knox, John J Murray, Bitesize Biographies, Evangelical Press

John Knox, Elizabeth Whitely, Christian Focus

Christian Worthies, volume one, Francis Coxon, Zoar Publications

 

 

HAMILTON MEMORIAL ESSAY

(12 years and under)

(300 words)

Winner £25, Runner-up £20

 

Write 5-7 paragraphs about the main events of John Wycliffe’s life. Show how important his work was in preparing the way to put right the church and say why he is called ‘The Morning Star of the Reformation’.

 

BOOKS TO HELP YOU

Christian Worthies, volume one, Francis Coxon, Zoar Publications

John Wycliffe: the Dawn of the Reformation, Mayflower Christian Books

The Evangelical Doctor: John Wycliffe and the Lollards, Evangelical Press

The Reformation in England, Merle D’Aubigne, volume one, Banner of Truth

 

 

MAGDALEN CHAPEL ESSAY

(13-15 years)

(600-800 words)

Winner £30, Runner-up £25

 

Pretend you are an old Christian who has lived through the times of the persecuted Covenanters.  Recount what experiences of trial and narrow escape you had to go through and how you met in secret with many others to hear the gospel and to take the Lord’s Supper from time to time. Mention some of the great preachers whom you heard and explain why you believe it was worth all the suffering.

 

BOOKS TO HELP YOU

The Story of the Scottish Reformation, AM Renwick, Christian Focus

Men of the Covenant, Alexander Smellie, Banner of Truth

The Covenanter Encyclopaedia, Fort Publishing, 2009

The Preachers of Scotland, WG Blaikie, Banner of Truth

 

 

KNOX PRIZE ESSAY

(16-17 years)

(about 1000 words)

Winner £40, Runner-up £35

 

Write a short life of John Knox who was born five hundred years ago. Your essay should refer to his call to the ministry, his sufferings in the galleys, his contact with John Calvin in Geneva, his interviews with Mary Queen of Scots and his powerful influence in the promoting of the Scottish Reformation. What important lessons should we all learn from him today?

 

BOOKS TO HELP YOU

Courage and Conviction, Reformation for Teenagers Series, Christian Focus

John Knox, John J Murray, Bitesize Biographies, Evangelical Press

Life of John Knox, Thomas McCrie

Trumpeter of God, WS Reid, 1974

A Scottish Christian Heritage, Iain Murray, Banner of Truth

 

 

MELVILLE ESSAY

(18-25 years)

(about 2000 words)

Winner £60, Runner-up £50

 

Write a short biography of Alexander Henderson, explaining what his great contributions were to the Church of Christ in Scotland.

 

BOOKS TO HELP YOU

The Scots Worthies, John Howie, ed. AA Bonar, Banner of Truth

Life of Alexander Henderson, Thomas McCrie, 1836

Sketches of Scottish Church History, Thomas McCrie, Free Presbyterian Publications