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 willaid.org.uk or call Jo Dallas on 0141 241 6139.

Brexit pastoral letter

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have written a pastoral letter on how to lead church congregations and communities through the uncertainty of Brexit. You can read the letter here.

Presidential statement on political situation

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, has released the following statement regarding the current political situation.

“It is right that there is a passionate debate about Brexit, but there is much about the tone of the current debate that is concerning, sometimes it appears that many are committed to win regardless of the cost.

Our nation flourishes when we are able to respect and love one another – even those with whom we might fundamentally disagree. I am disturbed that the current political situation is apparently eroding our ability to be a society that nurtures such respect and love.

Our constitution is being tested. Opinions appear to have become more entrenched and extreme as the scramble to win continues. The recent vitriol and hatred expressed towards MPs across the political spectrum, who seek to serve their constituents with diligence and integrity, is a deeply worrying symptom of the recent discourse.

I pray that we can see past the chaos of the moment and focus on the kind of society in which we wish to live. The yardstick for our actions should not be “Does it help me win today’s battle?” rather whether it helps us create the sort of society in which all of us can flourish.

God of bounty and brilliance
When public life is tarnished
When we fail to discern the common good
And when some shine at the expense of others,
Whatever our political allegiance and persuasion
Conform us to your will and your way. “

Advent offering

The theme for this years’ Advent Offering is “Homelessness & Hospitality”. At the heart of this year’s Advent Offering are the stories of people who have experienced homelessness and who are being helped by the Bristol Methodist Centre.

There is a variety of Advent resources for download. The donations collected will go towards the Mission in Britain Fund, which supports many inspiring projects across Britain.

Methodist Prayer Handbook contributions sought

The theme for the 2020/2021 Prayer Handbook is ‘the earth is the Lord’s’ (Psalm24:1). Prayers on themes of thanksgiving, penitence, intercession and the healing of creation will  be considered for inclusion.

Please email your contributions, of fewer than 120 words, by 13 January 2020 to:prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk

Pioneer Ministry Conference

Pioneer Ministry is a way to seek contemporary answers to the old question – how do we genuinely spread the gospel beyond church, with the entirely unchurched?

The question is simple but answering it requires a practice-based, radical reimagining of words like ‘mission’, ‘outreach’, ‘church’, that is deeply faithful, so that the life-giving, liberating, good news of Jesus can be found among the communities of 21st Century Scotland.

This conference will be facilitated by five of the Church of Scotland Pioneers, working in five very different challenging and rewarding posts, resulting in five contrasting and innovative forms of ministry.

They will share their experience of pioneer ministry in their own cultural context and the context of the Church of Scotland. If you are thinking about or planning pioneer ministry, this conference could be vital, offering reflections on what has worked and not worked in each of their ministries and sharing the highs and lows of their experience so far.

Janet Foggie: Pioneer for the Presbytery of Stirling at the University of Stirling, will be speaking about ‘Dorcas: Sewing the Resurrection’. Janet is a smallholder, seamstress and gardener who shares faith in practice by bringing together practical skills and spiritual well-being for the student community.

Peter Gardner: Pioneer Minister for Visual Arts Communities, who is based in Glasgow’s Briggait studio complex and one half of visual artist duo Gardner & Gardner, will be reflecting on developing a spirituality around creative practice, working in the spaces between churches and creating artworks that seek to convey the mystery that is beyond words.

Stuart Davidson: Pioneer Minister who walks the streets and connects with the people of all sorts who live, work and travel though Ferguslie Park and the north end of Paisley, with the purpose of helping us all to discover the great love of Jesus.

Chris Blackshaw: Pioneer Farming Minister working amongst the isolated Agricultural Community of Ayr Presbytery. Working out of Ayr Mart and going onto farms across the Presbytery and beyond, Chris supports farmers who face problems and offers practical help and spiritual support to people with and without faith.

Elisabeth Spence: Working in a new housing development in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, Hopefield Connections is a project that aims to make connections, build community and share faith in a 1,200 house new housing estate.

Date: Sat, 26 October 2019   Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Bridge of Allan Parish Church Hall, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NW

Cost: £15

Booking closes: 17 October 2019

Book through: Eventbrite

God in Love Unites Us

The Marriage and Relationships Task Group produced this report which was discussed and amended at the Methodist Conference in July 2019.

All members of the Connexion are invited to read and discuss it prayerfully, in preparation for further discussions at Synods and next year’s Conference.

Listen with friendship, care and grace introduces the discussion, and invites us to watch the film before exploring the resources.