A Christian campaigning response to the Nationality and Borders Bill

Are you interested in being part of a campaigning response to the government’s proposals for reform of the asylum system?

You may well be aware that following the government’s consultation on its ‘New Plan for Immigration’ earlier this year, a Nationality & Borders Bill has now been introduced in parliament, which would have a major effect on the way this country responds to those in need of sanctuary. The Joint Public Issues Team, and many others working in this area, have serious concerns about these proposals (see JPIT’s briefing). We are looking to build strength and deepen our political influence as the Bill goes through its parliamentary processes.

We think it is vitally important that the voices and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, and those who work with and support them, are heard as part of the discussion of these proposals. We are also keen to equip local church leaders, congregations and individuals to contribute to political influencing – through sharing stories, learning together about the Bill, and raising awareness of its consequences in our Christian communities. We hope we can build a network that will also work together to raise our concerns with the government through MPs and other actions.

It will be a group hosted by the Joint Public Issues Team, but open to all churches and their members, whatever their denominational affiliations.

If this would be of interest to you, please attend a meeting over Zoom on Thursday 22nd July at 8pm. Register here

Beckly Lecture 2021 Prof Jason Leitch

Beckly Lecture 2021

What does it mean to wrestle with the challenges of a global pandemic as a Christian in leadership?

We’re delighted that the Beckly Lecture 2021 will be delivered by Prof Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Scotland. Prof Leitch is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland and a Scottish Government Director. He has been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic response in Scotland. Jason will speak from his experience as a public health leader during a global pandemic, and about how his faith informs and supports his work.

Book your free ticket here

Bible Month with Mark – Round table talks

Join us from 7.30-9pm on Tuesday evenings through May and June in some round table discussions live on YouTubeand Facebook. An opportunity to listen in,
ask questions and share in conversations about Mark’s Gospel with Professor John Drane.

Click on a title for registration – free!

What is Mark’s gospel for? 4th May

Almost the whole of Mark’s gospel is contained in the much larger gospels of Matthew and Luke, much of it expressed in a more articulate and sophisticated form.
So what was the point of keeping Mark in the New Testament? And how did the early church use it?

What makes a disciple? 18th May

The stories of the disciples are familiar and well loved, beginning with a group of fishers invited by Jesus to follow him. But what happened next, and how might their journey with Jesus inform our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century?

What is the point of it all? 1st June

As the first Christians shared the gospel throughout the Roman empire, they needed to explain their faith in ways that would address the concerns of those they met. The questions on the street in ancient Rome had many similarities with things that fascinate people today, and we can learn much from the way in which Mark’s gospel engages with them.

Memories that fire the imagination 15th June

We all have our favourite stories that inspire us, and in this session we will reflect on selected episodes from Mark that have particular resonance today as we work out what it means for us to be effective in ministry and mission.

Join the Quiztian Aid Quiz!

Property and Mission Roadshow 12 May 2021

Roadshow flyer

More details including programme and speakers

Registration  – booking form

Numbers are limited, so please register as soon as you can.

These Roadshows are planned on a  regional basis, to address issues at a  local level. The Roadshow for Scotland (and the North West of England) is on 12 May 2021, 10am to 1pm.

When registering you will have an opportunity to send in your questions in advance so the Roadshows are as interactive and relevant as possible. We aim to theme and address questions in the Q&As. Questions not addressed on the day will be answered here on the Property Roadshow webpage www.methodist.org.uk/property-roadshow. If you have questions after registering, please email them with the subject line ‘Roadshow questions’ to: property@methodistchurch.org.uk

Once  you have registered, you will receive  a secure Zoom link to join your chosen Roadshow by email, which you will need to keep handy as you will click the link to join on the day of the Roadshow.

Racism, Sewell and the Christian Response

Last month’s Government Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (Sewell) Report has generated a great deal of debate within society and church.

A webinar on the 14 April offers an opportunity to hear from some of the keenest minds in church and society on the report, and for you to share your opinions on the issues. The event is hosted in partnership with the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and CTBI.

More details and registration

Ordination Exploration Days

Is God calling you to be an Ordained Minister in the Methodist Church?

Has anyone ever suggested to you that you would make a good minister?

Have you ever felt God calling you to serve the Church as a Deacon or Presbyter?

Do you want to know more about the life of the ordained?

Please join us on: 

Online – 17 April 2021 – via Zoom – click here to book

Online – 25 September 2021 – via Zoom – click here to book

More information about these days.