Methodist Conference 25 June to 2 July 2020

The Methodist Conference will be held online from 25th June to 2nd July 2020.

  • The presbyteral sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, with the representative sessions from Saturday to Tuesday.
  • Conference sessions will be streamed live – see https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-conference/conference-2020/ – where more details are promised in due course.
  • You can also follow links from there to the conference timetable and agenda papers.
  • There is a variety of fringe events – methods of joining in/registering vary. Click on the relevant links, preferably before the start of the event!

Safeguarding on coming out of lockdown

The connexional team has produced guidance on promoting effective safeguarding practice coming out of lockdown. This should be read by anyone considering opening a church building. References to the Government should be taken in Scotland as references to the Scottish Government.

As of 17th June 2020, the Scottish Government has not made an announcement about whether Phase 2 of the lifting of the lockdown, which could include opening churches for individual prayer, can be implemented, nor from what date.

Utilising online platforms for mission

Online Zoom event – Tuesday 7th July 2020 10:00 to 14:00.
led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College.

This is a FREE training day led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College, for those who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in using social media, websites and lots other platforms for mission!

This training day is not for those beginning to use digital in their church/missional context, but it is for those who are already using social media — those who would like to ‘work smarter’ and advance their skills and knowledge.

Some basic knowledge is needed but it should be accessible for all ministers, administrators and lay workers, as well as volunteers with some digital awareness. As well as develop knowledge of different platforms, it will also help develop awareness of trends, target groups, different contexts and creative ideas for engaging digitally.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-communication-training-tickets-109599212194

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.