A Jewish-Christian Glossary

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the Council of Christians and Jews and the Church of Scotland will be co-hosting a webinar to launch a Jewish-Christian Glossary on Wednesday 19th June from 7.30 – 9pm. 

A Jewish-Christian glossary is a dialogue and project convened by the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Church of Scotland. Christian ministers and Jewish rabbis worked together to define some of the key terms used in both religions. The similarities and differences between the faiths are outlined in the document. The glossary is available to view online at the link below: 

ocr23-01_a-jewish-christian-glossary_a4_v4.pdf (churchofscotland.org.uk)

If you would like to attend the webinar the registration link is below: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/61760?

Messy Church Events

BRF Ministries: Messy Church

Messy Masterclass: Messy Church Goes Wild
Thursday 9th May, 7:30-9pm, online, £10.
Tuesday 25th June, 1-2:30pm, online, £10.
Messy Masterclass: Baptism
Tuesday 14th May, 7:30-9pm, online, £10.
Thursday 20th June, 1-2:30pm, online, £10.
Messy Masterclass: Starting Your Messy Church
Wednesday 15th May, 1-2:30pm, online, free.
Tuesday 11th June, 1-2:30pm, online, free.
Thursday 18th July, 1-2:30pm, online, free.
Scottish Messy Church Training Days
Dundee: Friday 7th June, 10am-4pm, £20, lunch included.
Glasgow: Saturday 8th June, 10am-4pm, £20, lunch included.
Messy Masterclass: Reimagining Your Messy Church
Wednesday 12th June, 7:30-9pm, online, £10.
Thursday 11th July, 1-2:30pm, online, £10. 

The range of BRF offerings are available at their online store.

Scottish Methodist Gathering 2024

Save the date and make your plans to come to the 2nd Scottish Methodist Gathering which will be held in Stirling from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September 2024.

Based at the Golden Lion, the programme includes worship, a ceilidh, conversation, children’s activities, creativity, space to chill and presentations from two excellent guest speakers, Deacon Eunice Attwood (former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference and now the connexional officer for Church at the Margins) and Rev. Professor David Wilkinson, Methodist minister, astro-physicist, broadcaster and author.

Registration will open after Easter – more information is available at any time by emailing the planning group on scotmethgathering@gmail.com

Accommodation:   Please note that the Golden Lion has been reserving all its rooms for the Gathering, which is why some people have been told there is no space!  There is plenty of space at present, please book directly with the Hotel (01786 475351) stating that you are coming for the Scottish Methodist Gathering, which will entitle you to a special price!

Who Cares?

Session details (it is strongly recommended that participants attend all 4 sessions)

Session 1 (13th November): Introduction to Pastoral care

Session 2 (20th November): Discipleship and Hospitality

Session 3 (27th November): Listening and Prayer

Session 4 (4th December): Pastoral Care in Difficult Times

All sessions will take place on Zoom, from 7-9pm

Who should come to this Learning Network event?

The event is created with Methodist Churches in mind, but anyone passionate about the ministry of pastoral care is very welcome to attend!

How much does this event cost?

This event is free and offered as part of the Learning Network support across the Connexion – just register and you’ll receive joining instructions for the event.

About the Connexional Learning Network

Learning and development across the Connexion is supported by the Methodist Church’s Learning Network. This work has four aims:

  • nurturing and equipping Christ-like disciples
  • challenging and equipping mission-shaped communities
  • forming and equipping those who share in lay and ordained ministry
  • enabling and encouraging creative thinkers in an environment of scholarship, research and innovation


‘Being an Intergenerational Church: Practices to bring the generations back together’

Book Launch/Conference

Saturday 30 September, 10.30am-3pm, Dunfermline East Church

Accompanying the publication of ‘Being an Intergenerational Church: Practices to bring the generations back together’, this interactive event, open to all ages and people from all denominations, will offer a vision of hope. Featuring intergenerational worship, the sharing of stories from local congregations, discussions about different aspects and practices of intergenerational church, the event will seek to equip and inspire you, no matter where you are on the journey to being an intergenerational church. All are welcome – those who are sceptical, those who have questions, those who long for it to be so, those who are fearful, those who are worn out trying and those who are hopeful.

The event is free to attend but registration is required – booking closes Tue 26 Sept. Light refreshments will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch. Doors open at 10am with the first session starting at 10.30am. The event will finish at 3pm. All ages are welcome but under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Those who attend will be able to purchase the book at an event discounted price.

Booking: https://being-an-intergenerational-church.eventbrite.co.uk

Online Book Groups

Group 1: Thursdays 5 Oct, 26 Oct, 9 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec (11am-12noon)

Group 2: Tuesdays 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 5 Dec (8-9pm)

Accompanying the publication of ‘Being an Intergenerational Church: Practices to bring the generations back together’, this book group will enable people, over a series of sessions, to engage with the authors and delve into the themes of the book through discussion. The group will seek to equip and inspire you, no matter where you are on the journey to being an intergenerational church.

Group 1 is particularly aimed at ministers, deacons, children/youth/community/mission workers, and Group 2 is particularly aimed at elders, stewards, children/youth volunteers, local worship leaders, but all are welcome at either group.

Those who attend will be able to purchase the book at an event discounted price.

The group is free to attend but registration is required.

Booking for Group 1: https://Being-an-intergenerational-church-book-group-1.eventbrite.co.uk

Booking for Group 2: https://Being-an-intergenerational-church-book-group-2.eventbrite.co.uk

View all events at https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/being-an-intergenerational-church-578349.  

Working out Worship

The Learning Network in Scotland is offering a series on ‘Working out Worship’ and the first of those begins with Local Arrangements on Tuesday 18th April from 7-9pm.

This session is designed for church stewards and worship leaders, as well as anyone else who currently or would like to contribute to worship. This will be a very accessible session and will be a great opportunity for churches to explore different ways of worshipping together. It will look at the steps of planning a service, different aspects and approaches to keep in mind, and how to plan ahead. The session will also signpost participants to useful resources.

Sign up here:  Working out Worship Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

This link is the same to register for the other events which will be helpful for all involved in worship and preaching. They are:

  • 2nd May Creative Worship 7-9pm on zoom
  • 16th May Intergenerational Worship 7-9pm on zoom
  • 20th May Practice what you preach 10.30-3pm onsite – venue to be confirmed