Methodist Conference Presbyteral Session
The Solas Festival 2018 takes place at the Bield in Perth between June 22nd and June 24th. Solas is an arts festival with a focus on justice. It has its roots in the Christian tradition and we Methodists have had a presence at the festival for a number of years, focused mainly on our tent which provides space for reflection, conversation and welcome.
This year is no different and if you would like to volunteer at the festival and receive a free day or weekend ticket in return, please contact Lorraine Darlow, email@example.com to find out more. A limited number of free day tickets for first-time festival goers are also available, as are a number of free tickets for young people and youth leaders.
To find out more about Solas, visit www.solasfestival.co.uk
It will take place on 8th-10th June 2018 at the Iona Community Base, in Glasgow. More details of venues and events.
Contributors will include Pádraig Ó Tuama, Alastair McIntosh, Alyson Hallet, John L. Bell, Carol Marples, Jane Bentley, Margaret McLarty, Lorraine McIntosh, Ian Bradley, Craig Gardiner, Andy Thornton, David Heavenor … and with more wonderful folk to be confirmed soon.
There is a range of ticket options available: come for the weekend, a day, or just an evening.
ColumbaFest is organised by Wild Goose and the Iona Community and this year is themed, ‘Dreams and Visions’. It’s an urban festival of faith, culture, politics and creativity, consisting of a stimulating and diverse range of talks, workshops, concerts, worship, and walks.
Through key note speakers, case studies and workshops, the 2018 Germinate Conference will explore what it means for rural Christians to do more than belong to their churches and communities. Both inspiring and practical, the day will bring together individuals, churches, agencies and networks involved in rural mission and ministry.
Saturday 13 October 2018
9.30 am – 4 pm
The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG
Tickets from £50
Saturday 19 May 2018
11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Pollokshaws Methodist Church
74 Shawholm Crescent, Glasgow, G43 1NY
Speaker: Rev Jackie Bellfield
Theme: “Those Who Wait”
Tickets £8 – include buffet lunch and tea/coffee on arrival
Market Place/Bring and Buy – proceeds to The Congo Appeal
Tickets available in due course from Gail Balfour firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Jackie Bellfield is a Methodist Minister in the North West of England. Serving the Wirral Circuit Jackie has pastoral charge of three churches, links with an Ecumenical Partnership, and oversees worship development in the Circuit of 22 churches. In addition to serving on various district committees and supporting North West candidates Jackie is a regular broadcaster on Radio Merseyside and a sought after after-dinner speaker. Jackie brings humour and spirituality to life and is passionate about worship and community development.
Please note that Bible Month and Reimagine Training Days have been rescheduled. Bible Month will now take place on Saturday May 12th, and Reimagine will take place on Saturday. June 9th. Timings are slightly different for each event with Bible Month beginning at 10.15, concluding at 15.30, while Reimagine will begin at 10.00 am and conclude at 16.00. Both events are taking place in Perth Methodist Church. Please contact Fiona Inglis to book a place/places and advise of any special dietary requirements.
The Aberdeen and Edinburgh gatherings did not take place on the appointed days because of the snow. Both have been rescheduled.
Aberdeen – Thursday 15th March 10am – 1pm (the venue will remain Holburn West Church)
Edinburgh – Wednesday 28th March 10.45am – 3pm (the venue will remain Augustine United Church)
Please email Glasgow@christian-aid.org if you intend to attend either of these. It would be helpful if those who intended to be there on the original date could clarify whether they are able to attend the rescheduled meeting. And a warm welcome is extended to those who find they can make the new date, but not the old!
Thursday 10th May 2018
10.00am – 3.30 pm
Anniesland Methodist Worship Centre, Sutcliffe Rd, G13 1BU, Glasgow
Free of Charge
Take Time offers meditations and TakeTime Together courses, with an approach based on Ignatian Spirituality. Rev Clive McKie has piloted these course in prisons and other contexts with profound results.
This special training day will offer an opportunity for those contemplating leadership of TakeTime Together courses in their church or group to learn about the background, sample a course, and learn how to take them; since leadership is best shared, it would be good if you were accompanied by a potential co-leader.
To book a place please contact Fiona at the District Office. Lunch will also be provided so please let Fiona know if you have any specific dietary requirements.