Methodist Homes

In line with their ongoing campaign, Best Week for Ages, Methodist Homes have designated June 11th Best Sunday for Ages

The theme of worship for 2017 is Befriending Age and looks at ways in which we can help one another support older members of our church and society as well as learn from them how best to plan our own ageing journey.

Resources may be downloaded or requested by post. The material may be used on any Sunday.

To request a speaker for your service, order Gift Aid or collection envelopes or for more information contact Lesley France on 01332 296200 or email enquiries@mha.org.uk.

 

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.”