An evening with Phil Cotton

On Sunday 28th February Strathclyde are hosting a special zoom service at 7pm ‘An evening with Phil Cotton’

Phil is a Local Preacher in the Strathclyde Circuit who many of you will know who has been out in Rwanda for the last eight years helping to set up Rwanda’s first medical school.

He was a popular preacher around the District, and I am sure it will prove to be a very interesting evening. Please let folk know who are unable to join online that they can connect by phone as well.

Attached is a short insight to Phil and what he has been doing

For zoom details, please contact

Bible Month with Mark 2021

30 days with MarkThis year’s theme is Mark.

A variety of activities is planned, throughout the year.

Taketime – a passage from Mark is posted on the Bible Month Facebook page each Friday. On the last Friday of February, March and April, there is a facilitated session. Book a free place at a facilitated session via Eventbrite.

The study guide may be purchased – hard copies – from  Preachweb or downloaded, (Black and White pdf).

For more information, see the Bible Month page on the Methodist Church website and the Bible Month Facebook page.

10 Days of Prayer for World Day of Prayer and Vanuatu

world day of prayer logoFrom 23rd February 2021, each day there will be a thought for the day about Vanuatu and the wider world, led by leaders of Christian denominations in Scotland, followed by a prayer led by a member of the Scottish World Day of Prayer committee.

Join us each day on the World Day of Prayer Scotland Facebook page and also on our website,


World Day of Prayer services 5th March 2021

world day of prayer logoMaterials for 2021 have been written by the women of Vanuatu.

On Friday 5th March Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, are hosting a virtual World Day of Prayer service. There will be participation by women, men and young people from all over Scotland and it will be led by musicians of Augustine United Church.

Join using the Zoom link

Webinar ID: 895 9398 3883
Passcode: 901656

Or phone 0131 4601196. And you will be asked for the above webinar ID and passcode. There may be costs involved.

A Service led by the International Committee and the ladies of Vanuatu has been set up and this will be posted on the World Day of Prayer Scotland Facebook page and also on our website,  to be accessed from Friday 5th March.

Call to Prayer 21 February 2021

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The beginning of the public ministry of Jesus is recorded in direct and immediate terms in the Gospel of Mark. We begin in Nazareth in Galilee and are then transported to the River Jordan. We see Jesus baptised and then driven out into the wilderness for forty days. The ministry of Jesus then begins as he proclaims: ‘The time has come… The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.’ (Mark 1: 9-15) It is as if the account compresses time in order to capture and express the significance of the moment.

Our experience of the passing of time over recent months is perhaps unlike anything we have ever collectively known. On the one hand, the experience of lockdown and restriction, and the absence of the rhythms of life, has almost dislocated us from the normal experience of the passing of time. On the other hand, the relocation of worship, work and social interaction to digital platforms has rapidly transformed the times in which we live. These two things, alongside many others, are happening at one and the same time and we cannot yet tell how they will finally shape future times.

Although we cannot tell how the future will unfold, what we can do is recognise that the kingdom of God is at hand and, in the light of this, resolve to journey with Jesus towards the place of the Cross. The gift of time, in the light of God’s Kingdom, is an opportunity to live out our response to the Good News of Jesus.

God whose kingdom is near
And who knows the times in which we live,
May we hear the call of Your Son
And turn once more to embrace the Good News He proclaims.
In the times in which we live,
Grant us grace to do so.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose kingdom is near

And who knows the times in which we live,
Your Son has embraced time
And became truly human for us and for our salvation.
As we face the hard challenges of these days
May we know that we are embraced by Your Son.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose kingdom is near
And who knows the times in which we live,
Be with those for whom this day is hard
And who long for respite.
Be with those who seek to bring healing and comfort
And grant them wisdom and compassion to do so.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose kingdom is near
And who knows the times in which we live,
Be with us as we resolve to journey with Your Son
In the days that lie before us.
Whether in the wilderness, or by the living waters,
May we know Your presence ever renewed.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Signed by:

  • Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
  • Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
  • Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Paul Whittle, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
  • Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
  • Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
  • Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Rev. Claire Fender, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene
  • Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)
  • Rev Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland)

Lent videos

I had an idea to create something for the 40 days of lent (Mondays to Saturdays) and I have begun uploading 40 videos that last about 2 to 3 minutes only. They are simply a reading from the bible followed by a short prayer with music and video. If anyone in the district is interested in “journeying with us” in this simple, meditative way the link is as follows: Lent Meditations – YouTube

Rev Chris Jackson – Moray Coast

Climate Sunday/JPIT coffee break

JPIT logoThe Joint Public Issues Team, representing the Methodist Church, Church of Scotland, Baptist Union and United Reformed Church, is hosting a coffee morning online to help churches run a Climate Sunday.

Thursday 18th February 2021, 11.30 am to 12 noon.

Sign up free with Eventbrite.