Songs for Water Aid

‘Songs for Water Aid’, 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. 

We want everyone, everywhere, to have safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030′


Come along to a special charity gig to raise funds for Water Aid.

Artists include Roseanne Reid, A New International, Tina Louise Avery and The Deadly Winters.

Tickets are £7 (including refreshments) in advance from http://wegottickets.com/songsforwateraid

 

 

 

First Court Listening Service in Scotland

 

The first court Listening Service in Scotland – intended to help people who may be upset or uncertain about attending a court – has been officially launched at the Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court.

The Listening Service has been established by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service in association with the Edinburgh Interfaith Association. It is staffed by volunteers organised by the Association, a body made up of representatives from the different religious traditions in the city. The initiative provides an independent confidential listening and support service to all court users.

The Edinburgh service is only the second in the UK taking up an idea first established in Bradford where a similar service is operating in the Magistrates and Crown Court. The concept is to help people who may feel the need to talk to someone during what can be an unknown and stressful experience of attending court.

The idea to set up the service came from the Rev Andrew Letby of the Edinburgh and Forth Circuit Methodist Church after he heard of the experiences of a couple in his congregation who had attended court for a case involving their son and felt the need for someone to talk to and help them understand a process they had never encountered before.

Volunteers has been recruited and trained for the new service. They are present in court at busy times and can speak to court users of all faiths – or none – who wish to engage with the service. Court users can also be referred to the service by court officials and partner agencies staff. The volunteers provide a listening ear for those who want to talk; help court users find their way around the building; or refer them on to other organisations and services if appropriate.

Welcoming the initiative Edinburgh Interim Sheriff Clerk Les McIntosh said: “Having someone available to listen can be a real comfort at a stressful time and we are pleased to be leading the way by making this new service available at the court. This initiative has the full backing of Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen, QC, and has the potential to provide a valuable service to court users, particularly those attending for the first time or those who are distressed or upset.”

A Place to Call Home

A new study resource on Britain’s housing crisis has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team in conjunction with  Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action.

It offers “a biblical and theological framework to help us respond, as followers of Jesus, to the emerging issues that we might confront. It is written in the hope that through it, many local Christians, both as individuals and congregations, will be stimulated to consider their responsibilities as a gospel people, in the face of the housing issues that are becoming an increasing reality in the life of our nations. For some this might be through the combined endeavours of the faith community, for others by seeking to reflect the priorities of God’s kingdom through their day-to-day working lives.”

Writing Competition

Methodist Women in Britain’s writing competition theme this year is ‘Stepping Out’. Entries, in prose or poetry, should not exceed 500 words, and should be submitted by Wednesday 19 April 2017.

More details.

Appreciating Church – building on our strengths

Appreciating Church is a Christian ecumenical project which aims to encourage the church at a local and national level to engage people in an inclusive way, listening to ‘all the voices’, building on our existing strengths and skills, counting our blessings and co-creating a resilient church as part of the kingdom of Heaven.

Appreciating Church is about developing a self-sustaining Appreciative Inquiry (AI) community of practice across the churches, initiated and led by the United Reformed Church, in partnership with the Methodist Church, Quakers, and the Congregational Federation, with interest from individual dioceses of the Church of England and others.

Read how churches have used this approach.

The Listening Service – Chaplaincy for Edinburgh Sheriff Court

A new chaplaincy initiative called ‘The Listening Service’ has been launched in Edinburgh, with a team of 19 trained chaplains from the city’s faith communities beginning work on Tuesday 6 December at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. These new court’s chaplains will provide an independent, confidential support service to all court users and staff – of all faiths and none. Court staff and staff from other agencies at the court (e.g. Social Work, Victim Support) will be able to refer court users to the Listening Service. The service is free, private and confidential; a listening ear for all who request it, when it is most needed.

The Project Leaders for the Listening Service are Rev Andrew Letby and Rev Hilda Warwick of the Methodist Church.

Could your church or project use an intern?

The ONE Programme offers people aged 16-23 the opportunity to work in a local church project. One Programme Participants (OPPs) are paid to work an average of 15 hours a week, the majority of which is spent working in a local project with some hours ‘banked’ and used for Connexional work and training.

Funding for the participants comes from the Methodist Church via the One Programme. 11 placements can be funded.

The Programme is currently seeking a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP. The host projects do not necessarily have to be children’s or youth work – in the past we have had young people placed with food banks, creative arts projects and Street Pastors to name a few. Projects should be run by or have a link with the Methodist Church.We are currently searching for hosts for next year, which will run from September 2017 to August 2018.

If you have a project, and wish to be considered for a funded OPP placement, see the ‘OPP Host Info Pack’, which contains detailed information and an application form.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 6th March 2017.
If you know of a church/project that might be suitable please pass on these details to them.