The Spirit might be asking us to be brave, to not cling to the old but to be the pilgrim people of the moment

Jude Levermore’s blog is written in the English context, where places of worship are permitted to open for individual prayer from 13th June 2020. This is not yet the case in Scotland, where an announcement is expected on 18th June confirming whether the country can move to Phase 2 of the lifting of the lockdown, including opening churches for individual prayer.

But Jude’s blog post asks us to think more widely.

Let’s talk – webinar

Let's talk webinar posterIt is a Webinar, hosted by the Strathclyde Methodist Circuit!

Be part of the first one!

COVID 19:  Just blame God?!

5 Methodist people from different professions within Strathclyde begin a conversation on the effect of COVID 19 – and whether a better world could emerge . . .

There will be an opportunity to ask your questions . . .

When?     Tuesday 16th June at 8pm

How?  Register now using this link and you will be given the information you need to join the webinar!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1I-IgT3hRMmHhCV0xHOALw

Let’s talk . . . . and then make a difference.

Reopening churches

Although churches in England may reopen for individual prayer from Saturday 13th June, the Methodist Church still recommends that churches stay closed.

In Scotland, an announcement is expected on 18th June about moving into Phase 2, which does include opening churches for individual prayer. For further Scottish guidance, see the Church of Scotland advice.

Note especially that no building can legally be opened without a legally mandated COVID risk assessment.

Action for Children Sunday

Action for Children logoThis has traditionally been celebrated on the second Sunday in July. This may not be possible this year, and any Sunday will be fine!

Worship resources were ready before the lockdown: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/resources-and-publications/promotional-materials/resources-for-methodist-fundraisers/ There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.

Free online advice for parents

AfC have boosted our online resources to support children and families. Their Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice and support brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). AfC also offer free and confidential live chat with our parenting coaches.

Makeshift Solas Festival – free – online

Solas Festival – Scotland’s midsummer festival – has been running since 2009. The all-age, weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.

Our programme makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. The festival offers a broad, inclusive, creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment; everyone is welcome.The Solas Festival, held at Errol Park in previous years, is online this year June 20 and 21.

Join the Solas Festival Big Sing Choir – from home!

A hugely exciting collaboration between singers from the Glasgow and Greater Clyde NHS Trust Community Choir, guest musicians (watch out for announcements!) and YOU!

Martin Kelly of the NHSGGC Choir and Mary Ann Kennedy will bring together voices and videos singing Michael Marra’s ‘All Will Be Well’.
The song will be premiered on the evening of Saturday 20th June.

Find out how to get involved; you need to send your recording by 15th June 2020.

Get Creative Competition

The creative arts competition for young people to write, draw, paint, or get busy with their camera is open until 31 July. Write a poem, make a picture or take a photograph in response to the theme of ‘What is God saying?’

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