Praying with Hymns

The new booklet Praying with Hymns is now available both as a downloadable PDF and as an A5 booklet, which you can order from Methodist Publishing, price £3.50. This is a resource for anyone who wants to use hymns as prayers. It is packed with easy-to-find suggestions grouped under themes familiar from Sunday worship, and includes suggestions of hymns written in the ten years since the hymn book was first published.

Preaching the Good News into the Climate Crisis

A course with Wesley House – February 2022

Join Wesley House Cambridge and Dr Richard Davis, Director of the Centre for Faith in Public Life, for a short course on Preaching the Good News into the Climate Crisis. For lay and ordained leaders looking to develop greater confidence when preaching about the climate crisis.

Find out more here.

Many Rooms – Churches and Homelessness

The network of ‘dormitory style’ winter shelters which churches have been familiar with in the past rapidly transformed to offer different services for rough sleepers as an outcome of the pandemic. At the same time, the Archbishop’s Commission Report on Housing, Church and Community was launched with a wealth of ideas for us to explore as how we could respond as Christians to the issue of homelessness. Housing Justice have published a new resource exploring this.

Show your Heart for asylum seekers

The Nationality and Borders Bill is continuing to progress through the House of Commons. At the next stage, expected to begin in the coming weeks, MPs will have the chance to offer and vote on amendments to the bill.

JPIT have produced a new campaign pack to help you:

  • Raise your voice on the bill to Show Your Heart for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Work directly with your MP to influence them to vote for amendments

The resources help individuals and churches to prepare, pray, persuade and participate around the bill.

Click here to find our Show Your Heart Campaign Pack

Through the Roof – enabling those with disabilities within our churches

“We Need To Show Another Way”

At a recent online event Jonathan Bryan, who communicates by using eye movements only, encouraged us all that, “As a church community we need to show another way from the norms of society, where disability is often begrudgingly accommodated.”

Jonathan communicated every word of his powerful presentation, although it was physically read by his friend.

At the event, hosted by Christian disability charity, Through the Roof, Jonathan shared some of his incredible journey from being unable to communicate to being freed to express his innermost thoughts and perspectives on life and faith, using eye movements alone to communicate via a specially designed spelling board.

He is used to the many disabling factors in society, and church life, that limit his full participation as part of God’s family – although his own church and youth leader intentionally involve him in the planning and decision-making of activities which affect him.

Still only aged 15, he has published a book, ‘Eye Can Write’ and established a charity, ‘Teach Us Too’calling for all children to be given the opportunity to read and write, regardless of their perceived ability.

One delegate enthused: “Jonathan showed us that although he is profoundly disabled, he is also profoundly able.”

Through the Roof CEO, Tim Wood said, “Jonathan’s presentation is highly recommended viewing for those committed to enabling disabled people to be part of church life, and absolutely essential for those who aren’t!”

The charity provides free support and resources to anyone who signs up as a Roofbreaker to champion the needs of disabled people in their church or ministry. Find out more at: https://throughtheroof.org/forchurches/roofbreakers

Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Saturday 20th Nov, at the conclusion of #TransAwareness Week, this is a day to remember those lives lost through murder and suicide all because they identified as transgender. Here is a short time of reflection with a Christian, Quaker, Muslim and secular message of hope for all people – that they are loved, and that we can do more. With thanks to the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Khakan Qureshi from the Birmingham-based- South Asian LGBTQ group, Chaplains and students from the University of Glasgow, the Iona Community and members of the Woodlands Methodist Church in Glasgow: here is an opportunity to pause, to remember, to encourage, to love.