Creating Safe Spaces – safeguarding

First opportunities for those in Scotland and Shetland to attend the new Advanced Module training are:

Sat 1st September Glasgow, Shettleston Methodist Church
Wed 3rd October Edinburgh
Sat 6th October Peterhead Methodist Church

The course is split in to three parts:-

  • Essential preparation (1 hr 30 mins)
  • Core training session (4 hrs)
  • Handbook (a resource for further study)

All sessions will run from 10.30am-3.30pm with coffee/tea and registration from 10am. Lunch will be provided.

All those wishing to attend should contact Lorraine Darlow at darlowl@methodistchurch.org.uk with choice of location. Details of venue will be sent with the essential preparation pack for reading/completing before the core training day.

We hope to offer other dates for Advanced Module training early 2019. The safeguarding development day will be Sat 9th March 2019 in Stirling.

A reminder of all who should attend the Advanced Module is below.

Core List – Required Attendance

  • Safeguarding coordinator – Circuit
  • Safeguarding Officer – District
  • Members of the District Safeguarding Group
  • Members of the District Policy Committee
  • All presbyters or deacons with an active preaching or pastoral ministry including those supernumerary ministers who have pastoral care of a church
  • Those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which includes leadership within the Methodist Church, which involves direct work with children, youth or vulnerable adults
  • Lay persons who are appointed to exercise pastoral leadership within a local church
  • Local preachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Safeguarding officer – church

Warmly invited but not mandatory

  • Supernumerary ministers apart from those who have pastoral care of a church
  • It has not been possible to create a standard list. There should not be too many varied roles and responsibilities represented at the training since the material focuses on leadership responsibilities rather than general safeguarding awareness. However there needs to be flexibility for inclusion where this would be helpful. This decision making should form part of the responsibility of the District Safeguarding Group when planning the provision of Advanced Module day sessions  across the District.

‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’ – climate change and the Pacific

Dr. Julia Edwards will speak at
The Methodist Church
Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL
at 7.30 p.m. Monday 20th February.

Dr. Julia Edwards is a church mission partner of the Methodist Church, working with the Pacific Conference of Churches as a climate researcher. She works with communities affected by adverse weather events, including planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas; indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.

The meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling.

After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries, and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.

In the coming year, a new Climate Change Bill is being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example?

There is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.

We hope that you are able to accept our invitation and attend this important meeting, and to share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.

Understanding the 2015 General Election result in Scotland

The UK General Election in May 2015 resulted in a massive shift of votes and seats from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the Scottish National Party in Scotland. Since election night commentators and political key-players have offered several explanations for the result. Using data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey before and – for the first time – after the election this seminar will separate the facts from the myths.

At this event a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor John Curtice and ScotCen Social Research, will present the results of their study into the 2015 General Election in Scotland for the first time. The research has been conducted under the auspices of The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

Contrasting long-run changes since the advent of devolution with recent changes in voting behaviour and political attitudes will provide deep insights into the reasons underlying the outcome of the vote. It will also offer insights into Scotland’s political landscape as it prepares for Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.

The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer commends this meeting on Wednesday February 17 2016, 12:15 to 16:00 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but registration through Eventbrite is required as places are limited.

Full programme.

 

Scotland Today – The Context for Methodism

The Learning and Development Forum are hosting this event to continue our focus and thinking together on current issues in the life of our nation and church.

The facilitating Speakers will be Professor Lindsay Patterson, Professor of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, and Alastair Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Churches Housing Action.

All interested are invited – please register via the District Office by Friday 17th October if possible: fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com; 01786 820295. Notice of particular needs (eg diet) would be useful – thanks!

Date:        Wednesday 29th October

Time:        4.30pm to 7.30pm (at the latest!)

Venue:     Creative Scotland, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1FA

 

Money for All – Citizen’s Income

What might the future of economic and social cohesion look like? What about a ‘Citizens Income’, where all members of society would receive a basic income: a fair way to eradicate poverty or a recipe for producing a something-for-nothing society?

Chair: Bishop John Armes (Scottish Episcopal Church)
Panellists: Annie Miller (Chair of the Citizen’s Income Trust), Alison Johnstone MSP, Rev Shuna Dicks (Church of Scotland).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Hall at St John’s
St John’s Church, Princes Street
Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Ticket Price: £5, available via http://www.justjust.org/calendar-just-festival-2014/2014/8/19/money-for-all-citizens-income or the Just Festival box office.