Synod Dates 2020

The Presbyteral Synod will be held  on 24th April, followed by the Representative Synod on 25th April, both in Perth.

The Autumn Synod will be on 19th September in Inverness (note change of date from that in Synod Directory).

Sermon of the Year 2020 competition

Preachers are invited to submit 1,500 words on the theme of  ‘Made by God’ for the Sermon of the Year competition 2020. Organised by Preach Magazine, entries are welcome from those aged 18 or over. The top four sermons will be preached at a live event in London and judged by an expert and friendly panel of judges. Entries should be sent to editor@lwpt.org.uk by midnight, Sunday 23 February 2020.

Prayer Hand Book contributions invited

The theme for the 2020/2021 Prayer Handbook is ‘the earth is the LORD’S’ (Psalm24:1). Prayers are welcomed of thanks, penitence, intercession and resolve that, with God’s help, we may take responsibility for our actions and, as stewards of God’s gift to us participate in the healing of creation. Please email your contributions, by 13 January 2020, to: prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk

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.