The latest issue of the connexion magazine explores Testimonies. Read about the testimonies of a wide age range of Methodist people.
At the recent JPIT conference, David Bradwell, JPIT member and Co-ordinator of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, and Philip Jones and other members of Wilbraham St Ninian’s URC who have direct experience of the UK asylum and refugee system, led a session on the UK’s response to refugees.
They explored practical ways your church can demonstrate love-of-neighbour. This is for everyone, whether or not you have asylum seekers or refugees living in your local area: there are things all of us can do to create a culture of welcome in church and in society.
Read the briefing paper Made for Goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis.
If you want to have sacred conversations on migrating within your local church or church related group @home in a strange place is a very useful resource.
Here are some Church organisations carrying out work with refugees that you can get involved with.
Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees
City of Sanctuary
Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
CTBI Focus on Refugees
A report by the Trussell Trust notes a 51% rise in food bank use in Universal Credit Areas and a 13% rise in other areas. Many areas in Scotland are now full service areas for Universal Credit, meaning that those under pension age claiming income-related benefits for the first time will wait at least a month for their first payment.
Sally Foster-Fulton – Head of Christian Aid Scotland
looks forward to 2018. Read about what Christian Aid achieved in 2017.
Resources for the Bible month – 30 Days with Jonah – are now available free from Methodist Publishing.
the connexion is a free magazine about the life and work of the Methodist Church, bringing together inspirational stories from Methodist people who are passionate about sharing God’s love to change lives.
Issue 10 challenges the Church to refocus on its core purpose of Our Calling.
Stories from across the Connexion tell how local churches are prioritising worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in response to God’s love.
Download a PDF of the connexion issue 10 – Winter 2018
A message of peace for the peoples of Israel and Palestine was given in a special service at Stirling Methodist Church.
The service, led by lay preacher David Rogerson, included Stirling MP Stephen Kerr, local councillors Ross Oxburgh and Alasdair Tollemache and Azam Haider from the Stirling Islamic Centre.
Ruth Cape shared her personal experience of cycling from the UK to Palestine and Israel and, through her Cycle 48 initiative, visited the sites of seven former Palestinian towns and villages where people were working to build peace between the communities through genuine understanding of the wrongs of the past and present.
Azam Haider shared stories from the earliest days of Islam, of respect and mutual support across Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.