Scottish Election Issues

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is made up of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice.

It has produced non-partisan briefings on key issues facing the Scottish electorate in the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.

See their briefings on

Adult social care

Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse

Constitution and independence referendum

A just & green future

Mental health and suicide

Migration, asylum and refugees

Poverty and inequality

Bible Month with Mark 2021

30 days with MarkThis year’s theme is Mark.

A variety of activities is planned, throughout the year.

Taketime – a passage from Mark is posted on the Bible Month Facebook page each Friday. On the last Friday of February, March and April, there is a facilitated session. Book a free place at a facilitated session via Eventbrite.

The study guide may be purchased – hard copies – from  Preachweb or downloaded, (Black and White pdf).

For more information, see the Bible Month page on the Methodist Church website and the Bible Month Facebook page.

10 Days of Prayer for World Day of Prayer and Vanuatu

world day of prayer logoFrom 23rd February 2021, each day there will be a thought for the day about Vanuatu and the wider world, led by leaders of Christian denominations in Scotland, followed by a prayer led by a member of the Scottish World Day of Prayer committee.

Join us each day on the World Day of Prayer Scotland Facebook page and also on our website,


World Day of Prayer services 5th March 2021

world day of prayer logoMaterials for 2021 have been written by the women of Vanuatu.

On Friday 5th March Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, are hosting a virtual World Day of Prayer service. There will be participation by women, men and young people from all over Scotland and it will be led by musicians of Augustine United Church.

Join using the Zoom link

Webinar ID: 895 9398 3883
Passcode: 901656

Or phone 0131 4601196. And you will be asked for the above webinar ID and passcode. There may be costs involved.

A Service led by the International Committee and the ladies of Vanuatu has been set up and this will be posted on the World Day of Prayer Scotland Facebook page and also on our website,  to be accessed from Friday 5th March.

Lent videos

I had an idea to create something for the 40 days of lent (Mondays to Saturdays) and I have begun uploading 40 videos that last about 2 to 3 minutes only. They are simply a reading from the bible followed by a short prayer with music and video. If anyone in the district is interested in “journeying with us” in this simple, meditative way the link is as follows: Lent Meditations – YouTube

Rev Chris Jackson – Moray Coast

Climate Sunday/JPIT coffee break

JPIT logoThe Joint Public Issues Team, representing the Methodist Church, Church of Scotland, Baptist Union and United Reformed Church, is hosting a coffee morning online to help churches run a Climate Sunday.

Thursday 18th February 2021, 11.30 am to 12 noon.

Sign up free with Eventbrite.