Data Protection

The publication of the New Year Honours list (with personal contact details included) highlighted the importance of complying with current Data Protection legislation. Not only has this caused security problems for some but there will almost certainly be a hefty fine imposed for the breach.

The Methodist Church has guidelines on procedures which should be followed by all who store information on behalf of the Church, no matter whether in paper form or electronically and these apply to even the smallest of churches. For more information about what you should be doing, please see

Synod Dates 2020

The Presbyteral Synod will be held  on 24th April, followed by the Representative Synod on 25th April, both in Perth.

The Autumn Synod will be on 19th September in Inverness (note change of date from that in Synod Directory).

Sermon of the Year 2020 competition

Preachers are invited to submit 1,500 words on the theme of  ‘Made by God’ for the Sermon of the Year competition 2020. Organised by Preach Magazine, entries are welcome from those aged 18 or over. The top four sermons will be preached at a live event in London and judged by an expert and friendly panel of judges. Entries should be sent to by midnight, Sunday 23 February 2020.

Prayer Hand Book contributions invited

The theme for the 2020/2021 Prayer Handbook is ‘the earth is the LORD’S’ (Psalm24:1). Prayers are welcomed of thanks, penitence, intercession and resolve that, with God’s help, we may take responsibility for our actions and, as stewards of God’s gift to us participate in the healing of creation. Please email your contributions, by 13 January 2020, to:

Will Aid

Every year, hundreds of Christian Aid supporters include Christian Aid in their will. Will Aid offers an ideal opportunity to make or review your Will, while benefitting Christian Aid and eight other charities. To make sure your Will is up to date this November, visit or call Jo Dallas on 0141 241 6139.