District Prayer Diary contributions sought

Following on from the excellent District Prayer Diary that Jill Baker produced for us last year, I am hoping that we can have a similarly inspiring one this year.  I invite you to submit prayers, meditations, stories and other reflections, particularly around ‘mission’. This may be something that your church is involved with – at home or abroad – or it may be thoughts around the need for mission and our call to discipleship.

I look forward to hearing back- either directly on smj4409@hotmail.co.uk – or via Fiona at District Office. Please send your contribution by 31 July 2017.

Sue Marshall-Jennings

‘We need to Talk about Dying’ workshop for clergy

A workshop for Clergy and people in Authorised Ministries led by the Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley, and organised by Faith in Older People.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Venue: The Grosvenor Hilton Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh
Time: Registration from 9.30am; start at 10.00am – Finish approximately 4.00pm
Cost: £40.00

This day workshop will offer support and tools to enhance confidence in having pastoral conversations about death and dying. Using a model from the field of bereavement to explore emotional, psychological and spiritual responses and building on the experiences of the participants, the day will resource those who attend to go deeper in their pastoral encounters with people who are actively addressing their own mortality. The day will be facilitated by Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley.

Marion has extensive experience of working with younger people who are facing their own mortality and has a particular interest in bereavement theory.The programme assumes a degree of personal sharing and therefore participation is restricted to clergy and others in authorised ministries within the churches.

Draft programme

10.00 Introduction to the Day (keeping yourself safe/taking risks)
10.10 Input on bereavement theory/translation into discussion of diagnosis/change in prognosis/impact of illness in close friends etc
10.50 Work on tables emerging from input
11.15 BREAK
11.30 What gets in the way of conversations about mortality?
12.15 Feedback on plenary
12.45 LUNCH
13.30 Death Café
15.15 Closing session
15.45 Evaluation sheets and finish

Places are limited; please register by email, providing your name, address, church, phone and email contact details.

Methodist Conference 2017

The Presbyteral conference take place on Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 June 2017. The Representative Conference starts on Saturday 24 June, and ends on Thursday 29 June. Both are in Birmingham.

There will be live streaming of services and conference sessions; details of times. All live streaming sessions will be available to watch again from shortly after each session ends for one month after Conference finishes.

Traidcraft Roadshows in August

We’re Visiting!

Traidcraft is thrilled to announce we will be visiting Scotland to launch our new Autumn Range. The dates and venues of our three evening Roadshows are:

Tuesday 29th August, 6pm-8.30pm
St Matthews Church, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ

Wednesday 30th August, 6pm-8.30pm
Peterculter Parish Church, 2 Craigton Crescent, Peterculter, Aberdeen, AB14 0SB

Thursday 31st August, 6pm-8.30pm
St Silas Church, 69 Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9JE

Each event will include:
– an opportunity to browse a selection of craft goods from the Autumn 2017 range
– an extra 10% on orders placed on attending the event
– brief updates from our CEO and our charity
– taste-testing new foods.

As always PLEASE BOOK your places (email sales@traidcraft.co.uk or call 0191 491 0855) as early as you can so we have an idea of numbers and also in the unlikely event that we need to cancel we can contact you.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

3-12 Month Overseas Mission opportunities

Encounter Worldwide is a new short-term overseas mission programme that places self-funding volunteers to work in partnership with Methodist churches, communities and organizations around the world for a period of 3 – 12 months.  The aim is for volunteers to explore faith, share skills and enrich mission for both the overseas and volunteer’s church communities.

Volunteers will take a journey – deciding if this is the right call for them; applying; being matched to a host; fundraising; preparing and training.  They will undertake the placement, be supported in their return home and take the experience they have had to continue mission within the Methodist Church locally, regionally and nationally.

Further information.

3GENERATE 2017 – join the group going from Scotland

3Generate is an action-packed and inspiring weekend for hearing the voice of children and young people across the Methodist Church, focusing on fun, faith and friends. It takes place at Pontins, Southport 24 – 26 November.

We hope to take a group of children and young people and their leaders to the weekend as a group from Scotland, and places will be booked as part of this group. To give a flavour of what’s to come, and encourage children and young people to take an active role in the life of their local church, we hope to run the Big SleepOver and the Big Session in Scotland too!

We need to confirm numbers and names by early June. We hope to offer substantial subsidies to enable attendance and transport will be provided.

For booking information and more details about the events contact lorraine.darlow@sky.com

The new agency for Social Security in Scotland – volunteers required

The Scottish Government will be taking over the payment of some Social Security benefits – primarily those in receipt of benefits because of poor health. The Government is seeking volunteers for panels to to join Experience Panels.

“We want to work with people who have recent experience of receiving these benefits so that we can design a new social security system with – and for – the people of Scotland.”

More details; the deadline for registering is Friday 12th May 2017.