The Solas Festival 2018 takes place at the Bield in Perth between June 22nd and June 24th. Solas is an arts festival with a focus on justice. It has its roots in the Christian tradition and we Methodists have had a presence at the festival for a number of years, focused mainly on our tent which provides space for reflection, conversation and welcome.
This year is no different and if you would like to volunteer at the festival and receive a free day or weekend ticket in return, please contact Lorraine Darlow, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. A limited number of free day tickets for first-time festival goers are also available, as are a number of free tickets for young people and youth leaders.
To find out more about Solas, visit www.solasfestival.co.uk
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.”