Weekend Retreat at Cliff College – ‘The Pilgrim Way’

1-3 May 2020
Cliff College
Led by Jill Baker

Dig more deeply into the ancient practice of pilgrimage.  For more information or to register, go to the Cliff College website and search for retreats or short courses www.cliffcollege.ac.uk    The cost for the weekend is £170.

The retreat will provide opportunity to see our own story, and the wider Bible story, as pilgrim journeys.  We will explore the spiritual practice of pilgrimage, discovering pilgrim attitudes which can resource us on life’s journey.  For those who want to, there will be opportunities to walk in the beautiful grounds of Cliff College, but there will be other, fully accessible, options. In worship and silence, reflection and imagination, story and song, we will travel together as we choose the pilgrim way.

If you haven’t been to Cliff recently then do take this opportunity to enjoy its refurbished and comfortable ensuite bedrooms, inspiring grounds and stunning views.

Methodist Pilgrimages in Scotland

Cancellation of Walking Pilgrimage in August: Andrew and I had hoped to lead a walking pilgrimage from Glasgow to the Isle of Whithorn in August but sadly we have not been able to put together a viable group so this has now been cancelled.

Glasgow Two-Day Pilgrimage: However, a much shorter two-day pilgrimage is being planned for Monday 24th& Tuesday 25thAugust with an overnight stay in Glasgow.  This will be open to all who are fit enough to walk around 10 miles on each of two days, carrying an overnight rucksack.

Glasgow is a city of huge historical and spiritual interest and the route will include two of the three Cathedrals, stretches alongside the river Clyde, and other local sites of interest.    If you would be interested in hearing more as the details are planned, please do email Jill: ejillbaker@btinternet.com

The Power of Music for People with Dementia and their carers

Faith in Older People LogoWorkshop led by Diana Kerr,
Dementia Consultant, Author and Singing Group Leader

Friday 29 May 2020: 10.30am-3.30pm
Dumfries Baptist Church Centre, Gillbrae Road, Dumfries

£42.00 includes coffee and lunch


Talking about Mental Illness

Faith in Older People LogoA workshop led by Dr Gill Yellowlees, specifically designed for churches.

Saturday 2 May 2020: 9.30am-4.00pm
St John’s Church Centre, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Gill Yellowlees lives in the Scottish Borders, where she worked as a psychiatrist with the NHS Mental Health for Older People’s team until retirement in 2014. She serves as an elder in her local Church of Scotland congregation, and has trained in spiritual direction with the Epiphany Group.

This one-day workshop is an opportunity to talk about mental illness in older people, and will include a general introductionto the symptoms of mental illness, models for understanding mental health issues, and the impact that mental illness has on everyday life. We will look at how we respond and can offer support to people suffering from mental illness, both as individuals and in pastoral care settings.

£25.00 tea and coffee provided – Bring your own lunch.   Numbers are limited.


Refresher Training for Foundation Module Trainers

Saturday 22 February 2020
10.30 am to 3.30 pm
Stirling Methodist Church.

The Foundation course has changed and this day is for all trainers wishing to continue delivering this module. It aims to refresh knowledge and understanding and delivery of the new foundation materials.

Lunch will be provided, catering for those on gluten free, low sugar and vegetarian diets. Please contact the Learning Network if you have any other need that we should be aware of to help you participate in this day.

Register through Eventbrite.

Contact Lorraine Darlow, Learning & Development Officer, for more information:
email: darlowl@methodistchurch.org.uk
mobile: 07799 900471