Creation Time 2017

Creation Time started in the Orthodox Church in 1989 and has been supported by a growing number of churches across Europe since then. The European Christian Environmental Network has urged churches to adopt a Time for Creation, stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October. This was endorsed at the European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, when it was agreed that Creation Time “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.

Download resources from a variety of writers, including Eco-Congregation Scotland.

District Prayer Diary contributions sought

Following on from the excellent District Prayer Diary that Jill Baker produced for us last year, I am hoping that we can have a similarly inspiring one this year.  I invite you to submit prayers, meditations, stories and other reflections, particularly around ‘mission’. This may be something that your church is involved with – at home or abroad – or it may be thoughts around the need for mission and our call to discipleship.

I look forward to hearing back- either directly on – or via Fiona at District Office. Please send your contribution by 31 July 2017.

Sue Marshall-Jennings

Job Vacancy – Edinburgh based

The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church has a vacancy for the post of caretaker. Core hours will be Friday 5pm- 10pm, Saturday 9am- 12 noon, Sunday 9.30am- 2.30pm and Monday 8am- 5pm. There will also be overtime will be on a rota basis.

The work will include upkeep and repair of the premises; working with maintenance companies; welcoming and removing people from premises; as well as undertaking porter and cleaning duties. A flexible approach to work and a friendly ‘can do’ attitude is essential. The successful applicant must have experience of caretaking duties, problem solving, working with the public and basic DIY skills.

The caretaker will work between our buildings in Nicolson Square, Edinburgh and Junction Place, Leith from time to time. The successful applicant will join a team of caretakers. The hours that the buildings are open (on a regular basis) are from 7.30am to 10pm, so you need to be available to work within these hours.

For more information or a job application pack (including an application form) please contact Joanne Morrison on 0131 662 8635 or CVs will not be accepted.


Closing date: Thursday 13th July at 9am.

Methodist Conference 2017

The Presbyteral conference take place on Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 June 2017. The Representative Conference starts on Saturday 24 June, and ends on Thursday 29 June. Both are in Birmingham.

There will be live streaming of services and conference sessions; details of times. All live streaming sessions will be available to watch again from shortly after each session ends for one month after Conference finishes.

3-12 Month Overseas Mission opportunities

Encounter Worldwide is a new short-term overseas mission programme that places self-funding volunteers to work in partnership with Methodist churches, communities and organizations around the world for a period of 3 – 12 months.  The aim is for volunteers to explore faith, share skills and enrich mission for both the overseas and volunteer’s church communities.

Volunteers will take a journey – deciding if this is the right call for them; applying; being matched to a host; fundraising; preparing and training.  They will undertake the placement, be supported in their return home and take the experience they have had to continue mission within the Methodist Church locally, regionally and nationally.

Further information.

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

The new agency for Social Security in Scotland – volunteers required

The Scottish Government will be taking over the payment of some Social Security benefits – primarily those in receipt of benefits because of poor health. The Government is seeking volunteers for panels to to join Experience Panels.

“We want to work with people who have recent experience of receiving these benefits so that we can design a new social security system with – and for – the people of Scotland.”

More details; the deadline for registering is Friday 12th May 2017.