Preparing for Jonah Bible Month

Bible Month Learning Event
Perth Methodist Church
Friday 2nd March 2018
10 am to 3.30 pm

The Methodist Bible Month Initiative, provides churches and circuits with an opportunity to focus on Jonah for an entire month (June is suggested), with support  materials being made available via the Connexional website. The Bible Month Initiative is an important response to the challenge of developing biblical engagement and biblical literacy throughout the Connexion.

In preparation for the Bible month, Professor John Drane and Olive Fleming Drane will lead local preachers and worship leaders, small group leaders and anyone who would like an opportunity to enhance their biblical knowledge and understanding.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided; there is no charge for the event.  Perth’s premises were refurbished in 2017, and provide a warm welcoming environment for study and fellowship.

To book a place please contact Fiona at the Scotland District office, making her aware of any specific dietary requirements.

The Learning and Development Forum for Scotland and Shetland wishes to offer financial support to people who may require to book overnight accommodation in Perth, or travel from Shetland. Our notional position is that we will pay one third of the travel costs from Shetland  and one third of the accommodation costs for folk from either district who require overnight accommodation in Perth (up to a joint total of 15 places), in the hope that local circuits or district funds might also contribute one third. Should you wish to avail yourself of this opportunity please inform Fiona and Gary Williams, National Learning and Development Coordinator – Scotland & Shetland, will then get in touch.

This event has been arranged in conjunction with a evening meal and meeting on Friday, and a day event ‘Reimagine Church’ on Saturday.

Reimagine Church Forum

Perth Methodist Church
Saturday 3rd March 2018
10 am to 3.30 pm

Trey Hall, church planter, coach and mentor, will lead participants in exploring how to revitalise existing churches and start new churches. Reimagine Church is an important initiative within Methodism in Britain and Trey has been sharing important insights and knowledge gained from experience. Trey is aware of the challenging context for Methodism in many places and his work to date has been warmly received and found to be relevant and helpful by Methodists in other districts.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided; there is no charge for the event.  Perth’s premises were refurbished in 2017, and provide a warm welcoming environment for study and fellowship.

To book a place please contact Fiona at the Scotland District office, making her aware of any specific dietary requirements.

The Learning and Development Forum for Scotland and Shetland wishes to offer financial support to people who may require to book overnight accommodation in Perth, or travel from Shetland. Our notional position is that we will pay one third of the travel costs from Shetland  and one third of the accommodation costs for folk from either district who require overnight accommodation in Perth (up to a joint total of 15 places), in the hope that local circuits or district funds might also contribute one third. Should you wish to avail yourself of this opportunity please inform Fiona and Gary Williams, National Learning and Development Coordinator – Scotland & Shetland, will then get in touch.

This event has been arranged in conjunction with the Preparing for Jonah Bible month and  a evening meal and meeting all on Friday 2nd March,.

‘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.

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!