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 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!

3GENERATE 2017 – join the group going from Scotland

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

Reclaiming Gospel Non-Violence

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.

More details and booking

Living Word? A day of Fellowship and Study for Preachers, Worship Leaders and those who may be involved in Local Arrangements

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 [07763515701] by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Soup and beverages will be available at lunchtime. Bring your own sandwiches.

Change of speaker at MWiB District Day

Saturday 13th May 2017
11am -3pm

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.

‘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:; 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