British Methodist Youth Choir

The British Methodist Youth Choir is now back up and running. Membership is open to those aged 14 – 27 (shortly to be increased to 30), and involves no auditions.

In the past, the choir has met on about 4 weekends a year at various locations within the Connexion, to rehearse, socialise and give a concert. Travelling expenses in excess of £10 have been reimbursed.

At the moment, with the coronavirus restrictions, we have no immediate plans to meet physically, but would do rehearsals virtually, in which we can play tracks, the different parts, and members can then practice and we can get to know each other.

When more restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, we will attend host churches for a weekend, to rehearse and then perform on the Saturday evening, taking part in worship on the Sunday morning also. At the moment we have four invitations for such weekends, none in Scotland so far though!

Although virtual rehearsals aren’t ideal, at the moment it is a good way of choirs getting together and singing, and seems to work well for fellowship, the social elements of choirs and being able to sing with others.

 

You can get a flavour of past activities on the choir’s social media sites.

For more information, or if you would like to join, contact admin@bmyc.info

Parent Talk

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Action for Children has launched a new service to provide advice for parents of children aged 0 – 19. Parent Talk has online pages of advice, and the option of a free and confidential live chat with parenting staff. Chat online or request a call back when it’s convenient for you.

Committed to Antiracism in Mission

View the recent webinar, in which panelists explored what systemic racism actually is; how it at once oppresses Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people and privileges/lifts up White people; how the holy work of dismantling racism looks very different depending on one’s cultural group; how it affects our mission as a whole Church and is the responsibility of the Whole church to repent from.

New Connexion magazine

The latest issue of Connexion is entitled Singing a New Song.

Expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, issue 19 also demonstrates how local churches globally have prevailed during the COVID-19 lockdown constraints to sing a new song (Psalm 137), picked up by the new President’s and Vice-President’s Wesley-inspired theme for their time in office.

Methodist Conference 25 June to 2 July 2020

The Methodist Conference will be held online from 25th June to 2nd July 2020.

  • The presbyteral sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, with the representative sessions from Saturday to Tuesday.
  • Conference sessions will be streamed live – see https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-conference/conference-2020/ – where more details are promised in due course.
  • You can also follow links from there to the conference timetable and agenda papers.
  • There is a variety of fringe events – methods of joining in/registering vary. Click on the relevant links, preferably before the start of the event!

Safeguarding on coming out of lockdown

The connexional team has produced guidance on promoting effective safeguarding practice coming out of lockdown. This should be read by anyone considering opening a church building. References to the Government should be taken in Scotland as references to the Scottish Government.

As of 17th June 2020, the Scottish Government has not made an announcement about whether Phase 2 of the lifting of the lockdown, which could include opening churches for individual prayer, can be implemented, nor from what date.

Utilising online platforms for mission

Online Zoom event – Tuesday 7th July 2020 10:00 to 14:00.
led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College.

This is a FREE training day led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College, for those who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in using social media, websites and lots other platforms for mission!

This training day is not for those beginning to use digital in their church/missional context, but it is for those who are already using social media — those who would like to ‘work smarter’ and advance their skills and knowledge.

Some basic knowledge is needed but it should be accessible for all ministers, administrators and lay workers, as well as volunteers with some digital awareness. As well as develop knowledge of different platforms, it will also help develop awareness of trends, target groups, different contexts and creative ideas for engaging digitally.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-communication-training-tickets-109599212194