Could your project employ a young person for a year?

ONE Programme Participants

Do you have an innovative project idea for a ONE Programme Participant (OPP)? Hosting an OPP is an excellent opportunity for districts, circuits, churches and church projects to have input from, and into, a young person based in their project for a year-long, paid, internship with training-provided. The OPP Host Application Packs are available now!

We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP. For 2018/19 we are looking for projects with a particular emphasis on evangelism and vocation, which will contribute to the development of a young person’s calling. The host projects do not necessarily have to be children’s or youth work – in the past we have had young people placed with food banks, creative arts projects and Street Pastors to name a few.

The aim is for each of the 11 regions to have a suitable Host Project. Churches and projects, from across the Connexion, or that have a link to the Methodist Church, are invited to apply to host a young person on placement with the ONE Programme.

More details, including applications packs.The closing date for applications is 9am Tuesday 6th March 2018.

Please do consider being a Host Project and submit an application form by the deadline. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact

Lorraine Darlow
Regional Learning and Development Officer

(Church and Community Development)

Visit of the President and Vice-President to Scotland

The President of the Methodist Conference, Loraine Mellor, and the Vice President, Jill Baker, will be based in Strathclyde and Paisley for their visit to the Scotland district this year.  They will visit churches in the area during the two days they are with us in the district.

 On Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 7pm members of the district are invited to join them at Pollokshaws Methodist Church G43 1NY for a celebration service.

Action for Children Scotland Heritage and Inclusion Project

This project has been working with minority ethnic girls in 4 Edinburgh secondary schools, promoting social inclusion, learning of different cultures and historical events, and raising awareness to the issues that many of these young women encounter on a regular basis.

Invitation to Parliamentary Reception on 13 March 2018

Easter on Iona

Kissed-Pierced-Hidden-Revealed: Seeing God’s Passion from Gethsemane to Glory

  • 28th March – 2nd April
  • Seasonal Encounters with the Iona Community 2018 in partnership with the St Columba Hotel

Drawing on visual art from the Middle Ages to our present we will look at how artists working in all kinds of circumstances – from power to poverty, the mainstream to the margins – have responded to Christ’s passion and resurrection. Through these encounters with intimate moments of human love and failure, pain, loss, doubt and astonishing revelation, we ourselves are drawn into fresh ways of seeing the most important story there is in the life of faith.

Debbie Lewer is an art historian, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and a regular speaker in churches, theological colleges and at festivals and retreats on the rich relationship between art and faith.

There will also be the opportunity to join in a whole range of special services for Holy Week at Iona Abbey and other locations on the island.

The Iona Community is an international, ecumenical Christian movement working for peace and justice, the rebuilding of community, and the renewal of worship. Our programmes offer spaces in which people can explore life’s meaning and purpose in the company of others, and can encounter, experience and celebrate the riches and challenges of communal life. We have a long association with the Island of Iona and are delighted to have the opportunity to offer some programmes in partnership with the St. Columba Hotel whilst our own centres are closed due to refurbishment and maintenance work.

Prices start at £649 per person for the 5 nights and include conti- nental breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation and programme charges. To reserve your place please either visit and book online, or phone 44 (0) 1681 700 304.

For further programme information contact:
The Iona Community Programmes Development Worker

The Iona Community
21 Carlton Court Glasgow G5 9JP
t: 44 (0) 141 429 7281