Children, Youth, Family & Intergenerational Ministry questionnaire

Tell us about your ministry! We want a snapshot of children, youth, family & intergenerational ministry across the connexion, in order to better support and resource this work in future. If you’re a district, circuit or local church leader or supporter of this ministry, then please complete our short survey before 11 February 2022.

You can respond as an individual, or if you’ve got a district/circuit/church meeting coming up then please put it on the agenda and give us a group response – it’s sure to generate some interesting conversations.

Questionnaire for district leaders | Questionnaire for circuit leaders | Questionnaire for local church leaders

Rural Ministry Course

The Rural Ministry Course (14 to 16 June 2022) is designed for lay and ordained church leaders across the denominations entering a rural appointment for the first time, and those already in rural ministry who feel the need for a ‘refresher’. The three-day programme employs a variety of approaches including practical sessions, group work and workshops led by practitioners, and includes sessions on understanding rural contexts, mission and growth, leadership, farming and work with children and young people in the countryside.

More details at Arthur Rank Centre.

World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

Protection of Mother Earth through Mindfulness and Prayer

Tuesday 1st February, 12.30 – 2.45pm, on Zoom

To celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, Interfaith Scotland has organised an international online event in partnership with ‘Mindfulness for Earth’ initiative and UNEP’s ‘Faith for Earth’ initiative. During this event, faith leaders representing seven faiths will speak on how mindfulness and prayer can be helpful towards protecting the environment, and how it could lead to preventing further climate crises. Encouraging us to reconnect with ourselves and our Mother Earth, each faith leader will also share a short meditation practice or a prayer. The full list of speakers is on the poster attached. This event will take place live on Zoom and there will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions in the Q & A session.

Please sign up through sending an email to: contact@mindfulness4earth.org

 

Pilgrimage to Places of Worship

Thursday 3rd February, 11am – 3pm, meeting at Glasgow University Chapel, University Avenue

To celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week we have been working with Women of Faith and Community (Glasgow) and the Edinburgh Women’s Interfaith Group to organise a Pilgrimage to places of worship in the West End of Glasgow. The theme of the Pilgrimage is ‘Stories of Hope from Women of Faith’. We will meet a woman of faith at each place of worship who will share her faith journey, and how her faith gives her hope in difficult times. A full programme is below:

11.00am      Glasgow University Chapel, University Avenue – arrival, tea and coffee

11.15am      Talk by Rev Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain

11.30am      Dialogue on ‘our journeys/stories of faith’ and  ‘what gives us hope’

12pm           Walk through Kelvingrove Park with a Pagan blessing

12.30pm      Hindu Mandir, La Belle Place, talk by a member of the Mahila group

1pm             Central Gurdwara, Berkeley Street, talk by Gursinder Kaur and lunch

2pm             Walk to Garnethill Synagogue, Hill Street

2.30pm        Talk by Fiona Brodie at Garnethill Synagogue

3pm             End

Places are very limited so book now to secure your place! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/WIHWpilgrimage

Laptops for Tuvalu

During COP26, Interfaith Scotland met with a representative of the Island of Tuvalu and in collaboration with the school there we have started a crowdfunding project to raise £5,000 for lap-tops for the children. If you wish to donate please access the project information via the link below. Any contribution large or small will be hugely appreciated.

Laptops for the children of Tuvalu: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/laptops-for-the-children-of-tuvalu

 

Politics in the Pulpit

Politics in the Pulpit is JPIT’s (controversially named!) lectionary-based preaching resource.

In weekly episodes, we ask how reclaiming the justice issues present in the biblical texts helps us to be good news in the world today. Each week, we host a different guest, discussing to discern the political dimensions present in the Scriptures and reflecting on how they connect with the week’s current news and our role in the Kingdom of God.

Find out more

Campaign Against Forced Labour – JPIT

Are your favourite clothing brands free from forced labour?

JPIT is continuing to press some of the biggest clothing brands to show that their clothes or cotton produced in China are not made using forced labour. Click here to read more about the campaign and about the persecution of the Uighur minority in China.

So will you help us? We have made a list of brands to write to and a template letter that you can send. We need to remind brands that people still care about this issue and expect better from the companies that we buy from.

Take action by writing to brands now

Breadline Lent Course

f you are looking for a Lent course that looks at issues around living on the margins why not consider this from the Breadline project? This Lent course has been developed from the three years of Life on the Breadline research as a result of engaging with Church leaders, Christians, and community groups across the UK. The course includes a contribution from the Revd Mike Long about Grenfell.

From the Ground up

Bookings are now open for this year’s JPIT Conference (online and in person in London) on Saturday 11th June 2022. What does social justice look like where you are? Reconnect with fellow changemakers and be re- energised to work and pray for peace and justice. This one-day conference will invite you to join with us to explore how we can listen to our communities, amplify local voices and connect these together to work for change at national and international levels.

Walking with Micah events

We long for a more just and fairer world, but what does this look like, and how do we get there?

The Walking with Micah justice conversations, to run from February to June 2022, are an opportunity for local Methodist communities to explore some key questions – what justice looks like to us; what issues matter where we are; and what most important actions need to be taken. Churches, groups and individuals will then be invited to send in their responses.

These conversations are part of the Walking With Micah project, exploring what it means to be a justice-seeking church.

This pre-launch webinar will be an opportunity to find out how you can be involved with running conversations in your context. It’s open to anyone who would like to find out more about the resources available to help you get involved.

You’ll hear from Rachel Lampard, leader of the Walking with Micah project, and Hannah Brown of JPIT about the Justice Conversations and how they fit into the project. The webinar will also explore the tools which will be available to help churches engage with the questions, show how you can send your group’s responses to the project, and look at how you might support participation in the conversations in your circuit or district.

The webinar will be run twice:

Tuesday 25 January 7-8:15pm

Wednesday 26 January 1-2:15pm

The event will be held on zoom. You will be sent the joining details by email.

Free registration