Will Aid

Every year, hundreds of Christian Aid supporters include Christian Aid in their will. Will Aid offers an ideal opportunity to make or review your Will, while benefitting Christian Aid and eight other charities. To make sure your Will is up to date this November, visit willaid.org.uk or call Jo Dallas on 0141 241 6139.

Brexit pastoral letter

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have written a pastoral letter on how to lead church congregations and communities through the uncertainty of Brexit. You can read the letter here.

Presidential statement on political situation

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, has released the following statement regarding the current political situation.

“It is right that there is a passionate debate about Brexit, but there is much about the tone of the current debate that is concerning, sometimes it appears that many are committed to win regardless of the cost.

Our nation flourishes when we are able to respect and love one another – even those with whom we might fundamentally disagree. I am disturbed that the current political situation is apparently eroding our ability to be a society that nurtures such respect and love.

Our constitution is being tested. Opinions appear to have become more entrenched and extreme as the scramble to win continues. The recent vitriol and hatred expressed towards MPs across the political spectrum, who seek to serve their constituents with diligence and integrity, is a deeply worrying symptom of the recent discourse.

I pray that we can see past the chaos of the moment and focus on the kind of society in which we wish to live. The yardstick for our actions should not be “Does it help me win today’s battle?” rather whether it helps us create the sort of society in which all of us can flourish.

God of bounty and brilliance
When public life is tarnished
When we fail to discern the common good
And when some shine at the expense of others,
Whatever our political allegiance and persuasion
Conform us to your will and your way. “

MWIB African Praise Evening

Methodist Women in Scotland invite you to Wallacestone Methodist Church on Sunday 20 October 2019 at 6.00 pm where we will share in African Praise.  We are delighted to be joined by Rev Charles Ilunga and his wife Josée who will be in Scotland for a short time.  They have recently returned from a visit to DR Congo.  They will share with us news and information on progress of the building work on the school, which we are endeavouring to provide for vulnerable girls who are denied an education.  A collection will be taken to boost essential funds.  Refreshments will follow afterwards.  Please join us, we would be happy to see you all.

Advent offering

The theme for this years’ Advent Offering is “Homelessness & Hospitality”. At the heart of this year’s Advent Offering are the stories of people who have experienced homelessness and who are being helped by the Bristol Methodist Centre.

There is a variety of Advent resources for download. The donations collected will go towards the Mission in Britain Fund, which supports many inspiring projects across Britain.

Methodist Prayer Handbook contributions sought

The theme for the 2020/2021 Prayer Handbook is ‘the earth is the Lord’s’ (Psalm24:1). Prayers on themes of thanksgiving, penitence, intercession and the healing of creation will  be considered for inclusion.

Please email your contributions, of fewer than 120 words, by 13 January 2020 to:prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk

God in Love Unites Us

The Marriage and Relationships Task Group produced this report which was discussed and amended at the Methodist Conference in July 2019.

All members of the Connexion are invited to read and discuss it prayerfully, in preparation for further discussions at Synods and next year’s Conference.

Listen with friendship, care and grace introduces the discussion, and invites us to watch the film before exploring the resources.