Inclusive Church Implementation Group Volunteers

Closing date: 24 September 2020

We are looking to recruit volunteers who are passionate and enthusiastic about ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI), to assist in the implementation of the ‘Inclusive Methodist Church’ (IMC) Strategy. There are 5 work stream areas that have been identified to develop and implement the IMC. Perhaps you have specialist knowledge and experience in HR, Change management, EDI, Psychology, Finance, Theology/Religion, Trade Unions, Law, Voluntary, World of work, Community Activist/Advisory etc. If you do, we would love to hear from you.

More details, including links to job descriptions and application forms.

Creation Time 2020

September is Creation Time 2020, commencing with Climate Sunday on September 6th. Resources for this period have been produced by writers drawn from a variety of church backgrounds and pastoral contexts; thanks to Eco-Congregation Scotland, Faith Nurture Forum and Weekly Worship of the Church of Scotland.

Sign Christian Aid’s jubilee debt relief petition

We have all been affected in some way by the devastating impact of coronavirus.

As the pandemic has spread in many of the poorest countries, our neighbours around the world have been hit even harder, often without the same safety nets we’ve seen at home.

The most vulnerable have been falling ill and the economic impacts have left people who were already struggling, without a way to feed their families and survive this crisis. The World Bank estimates that an additional 60 million people risk falling into extreme poverty.

You can help prevent people from suffering and dying due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic by supporting calls for a debt ‘jubilee’ – requested by governments of poor and vulnerable countries. This would mean debt repayments of poor countries are cancelled during this crisis.

A degree of debt relief was granted in April of this year, but this did not go nearly far enough.

Will you call on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak to broker a more ambitious debt relief deal for the poorest countries?

Sign the petition

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.