3 week-long programmes run by the Iona Community with accommodation in the St Columba Hotel on Iona.
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
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.
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
11.30 What gets in the way of conversations about mortality?
12.15 Feedback on plenary
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence
14-16 July 2017
St. Mary’s Monastery Kinnoull, Perth,
The centrality of active nonviolence in Christianity
This conference will look at ways in which Christians and other faith communities are acting nonviolently, and also provide space for discussion and planning as to how we can act in Scotland so that Gospel nonviolence can become more of a reality for individuals, the church and our wider society.
The conference will start at 5pm on Friday (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday. We hope you can join us for the whole weekend. However, the theme and programme will still be coherent and complete if you’re only able to attend for the Saturday.
The broad theme of the conference is to explore the centrality of active nonviolence to Christianity. Recent Roman Catholic thinking at the Vatican conference in April 2016, and in the 2017 Papal message for the International Day of Peace show signs of a move away from the just war paradigm. The Anglican Communion in its marks of mission vows to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. The World Council of Churches recently commended the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active nonviolence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence.
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Leader: Bob Bartindale, Ministry Development Officer for Worship and Local Preachers, The Discipleship & Ministries Cluster
Saturday, 29 April 2017, Dundee Methodist Church, 10:30 – 15:30
An invitation to explore how we engage with the Bible in preparing for, and conducting worship, including how we allow God to prepare us for worship. We will look at different ways of reading the Bible – perhaps through imaginative reading, art and prayer – and different ways of engaging congregations with the message of the Bible.
Bob will include some time to explain a little of what he does, and how it fits with the Connexional Team, and their thoughts on how they can be of help in the future. He says that it will also be really helpful to hear the thoughts of those present about the challenges and opportunities facing the Methodist Church in Scotland.
Bob is making this special trip to Scotland at our invitation so we hope as many people as possible will come to welcome and to hear him.
If you wish to attend, please let Keith Pearson know  by Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Soup and beverages will be available at lunchtime. Bring your own sandwiches.
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Saturday 13th May 2017
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh
Speaker: Rev Sally Binymin, from the Bread Church in Liverpool
Theme: ‘ Story – my story, your story, God’s story’.
Buffet Lunch £8
All are Welcome
Rev Jackie Bellfield, who was to have spoken at this event, is now representing the UK Methodist Church at an event in Chicago.