The latest issue of the connexion magazine explores Testimonies. Read about the testimonies of a wide age range of Methodist people.
At the recent JPIT conference, David Bradwell, JPIT member and Co-ordinator of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, and Philip Jones and other members of Wilbraham St Ninian’s URC who have direct experience of the UK asylum and refugee system, led a session on the UK’s response to refugees.
They explored practical ways your church can demonstrate love-of-neighbour. This is for everyone, whether or not you have asylum seekers or refugees living in your local area: there are things all of us can do to create a culture of welcome in church and in society.
Read the briefing paper Made for Goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis.
If you want to have sacred conversations on migrating within your local church or church related group @home in a strange place is a very useful resource.
Here are some Church organisations carrying out work with refugees that you can get involved with.
Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees
City of Sanctuary
Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
CTBI Focus on Refugees
Christian Aid Week 2018 runs from 13 to 19 May, and focuses on long term work in Haiti after earthquake and hurricane, building disaster-proof homes.
You can donate either through the house-to-house collection or online.
A report by the Trussell Trust notes a 51% rise in food bank use in Universal Credit Areas and a 13% rise in other areas. Many areas in Scotland are now full service areas for Universal Credit, meaning that those under pension age claiming income-related benefits for the first time will wait at least a month for their first payment.
When we think about our career choice and our calling, we often don’t join up the dots between the two. Or perhaps we think that ministry is reserved for those who work for the church? Are you interested in an opportunity to explore your vocation, gain invaluable professional experience and grow your faith in a unique setting? Would you like to make intentional links between faith and the working life of a vibrant and busy work place?
If the answers ‘yes’ then ONE Intern may be for you!
Applications are now open for the one year programme starting in September 2018. The majority are based in London (one in Rome). You should be between 21 and 26. The salary is £21,000 pa.
Closing dates range from 16 April (Rome) to 30 April. More information include Job Descriptions and application forms.
When severe weather caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ cancelled all four Sunday services at Livingston United Parish Church, technology came to the rescue.
To provide the congregation with some form of worship, an online broadcast was set up and the Revd Stephanie Njeru, the Methodist member of the team ministry, provided a short service.
The service was a success and earned lots of positive feedback.The church will take the encouraging statistics to the Church Council in a bid for future services to also be broadcast.
The Revd Njeru said: “This was an inspired solution to the problem that the weather brought. Hopefully will be the first of many acts of worship that will enable the housebound or non-churchgoers the opportunity to worship alongside others.”
Christian Aid is responding to urgent humanitarian need in the Kasai District of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with funding from the Scottish Government’s new Humanitarian Emergency Fund.
Christian Aid has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1970s. But months of escalating violence
in Kasai District is threatening families who had become healthier and more resilient.
Our partner, HelpAge, will be providing shelter kits and essential non-food items to reduce the risk of disease for internally displaced people and host families. Women and children are particularly vulnerable.
Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, Michael Mosselmans said, ‘Sadly, the enormous humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not received the media and political attention from the international community that they so clearly deserve. Christian Aid therefore commends the release of much-needed funding for the emergency in the DRC from the Scottish Government.’
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for International Development and Europe said, ‘For decades, the DRC has struggled with one of the world’s most relentless emergencies. Escalating conflict within the country has resulted in 4.3 million people displaced from their homes, 9.9 million considered food insecure and 2 million malnourished children.
‘We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need.’