People living on the breadline don’t have the energy to be envious

The Revd Canon Graham Thompson, President of the Methodist Conference, wrote in his blog this week

Responding to criticism of the Government’s historic tax cuts last week, a Treasury minister said they would not worry about the ‘politics of envy’.  I’d challenge any Government minister to come to one of our churches this winter and seek out the envious. They will be hard pressed to find them.

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Methodists join call for more support for people on the lowest incomes

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have joined a coalition of over 50 faith and charity leaders calling on the Prime Minister to prioritise support for the poorest in their cost of living announcements, ahead of Friday’s fiscal statement.

Leaders from faith communities, charities, front-line support organisations and trade unions have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Liz Truss, urging her to “ensure that people on the lowest incomes have enough to live in the months ahead”.

The letter reads:

“As faith groups, charities, trade unions and front-line organisations we have seen the cost of living emergency escalating not only in the statistics but in the lives of people we meet day to day, in foodbanks, debt centres and in our places of worship. The least well off in our communities are facing the sharpest end of this crisis, and without substantial support will be dragged into destitution.

It is the urgent, moral responsibility of the Prime Minister to ensure that people on the lowest incomes have enough to live in the months ahead. Spiralling costs are affecting everyone, but for those who were already fighting to keep their heads above water, this winter’s challenges will be a matter of life and death.”

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Changes to the Scottish Methodist Gathering

Many of you will have received this message already if you have booked through Eventbrite – but if you have not registered and still hope to attend – please note the following:

In the light of the news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen, the planning group met to discuss the Scottish Methodist Gathering which starts on Friday. We felt that it was appropriate for the Methodist family to continue to gather at this time.

The Scottish Methodist Gathering will therefore go ahead starting at 7pm on Friday as planned.

There will however been some changes as a sign of respect. The ceilidh which was planned to start the Gathering has been cancelled and instead there will be a time for reflection and an opportunity to get to know each other better. Otherwise, the weekend will continue as planned.

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend and hope you feel that you are still able to attend.

We give thanks to God for the life of the Her Majesty the Queen and our prayers are for her family.

The Scottish Methodist Gathering 

Friday, 9 September 2022 at 18:00 – Sunday, 11 September 2022 at 14:00 (BST)The Salutation Hotel
30-34 South Street
Perth PH2 8PH

Worship from the Gathering 11 September 2022

On Sunday 11th September 2022, Methodists in Scotland  will be concluding their Gathering in Perth.

At 11am, a communion service will be live-streamed from the Gathering.
There is also a pre-prepared non-communion service.

Both can be found on the Scottish Methodist Gathering You Tube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJ6o7i9P4KiqG7QCgV_2Tg.

All are welcome to join.