He has filled the hungry with good things

The Joint Public Issues Team has produced resources on this theme for Advent.

These resources could be used in a worship service, small group or bible study, to prompt conversation, exploration and prayer. Each is designed to help you dig deeper into the context of poverty in the UK and around the world this advent.

Independent Review on Social Care

The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) was announced on 23rd September. The IRISR will make recommendations to ensure that social care support services are the best that they can be for those that use them and work within them. IRISR will ensure a human rights and person-centred approach is central to the inspection and regulation of social care and will consider how this can be applied across linked services. A call for evidence opened on 23 October and closes on 23 December. Further details of the review and call for evidence can be found at the following link:

Social Care: Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation in Scotland – call for evidence – Scottish Government – Citizen Space (consult.gov.scot)

Comments and feedback for the call to evidence can be completed and submitted online using the link above. The review team are also carrying out a series of in-person and online events in November and December to provide further information and take feedback from communities and organisations. Details of the events and how to attend are contained in the link above. If anyone has questions about the review or the call for evidence, the team can be contacted on IRISR@gov.scot

EcoCongregation resources for Advent

Rev David Coleman has produced resources for Advent with videos from Scotland.

The four Advent reflections were filmed in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh and the blanket bog landscape of the Flow Country. They’re presented as a complement to  (or to take the place of) lively preaching on familiar lectionary Advent themes. These reflections are also sometimes used by small churches, or those in vacancy, in the ’sermon slot’ and by green groups or study groups.

Videos from the Scottish Methodist Gathering

Video and audio recordings from some of the sessions at the Gathering are now available on the Scottish Methodist Gathering YouTube Channel.

These include sessions by Roger Walton and John Bell, as well as the lovely 8 minute ‘Good News’ video which was compiled from the photos sent in from all the circuits.

One more video is due to be added, so do keep checking the channel.


Advent in a time of crisis

Our partners at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham are offering an evening of reflection on “Advent in a time of crisis” on Monday, November 28th, at 7.30pm
It can be attended in person or accessed online, and the cost is minimal.

This would be a wonderful stimulus for your Advent groups or studies, and registration also comes with a free resource booklet to aid individuals or groups to continue the reflection.

Details of the event can be found on the Queen’s website, along with the link to register.