District Events

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2024
    10am to 12.30pmzoom

    This training is for anyone employed by the Methodist Church.
    Version with live links

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2024
  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2024
  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2024
    11:00 amonline

    When undertaking EDI training, many people are realising that they also need to do the Unconscious Bias training too.

    To help with this - the Learning Network are putting on additional Zoom sessions for Unconscious Bias training.  You can book a place by going to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unconscious-bias-training-tickets-775589949417

    They are in January/March/June. If you've done this training in the past you don't need to repeat it.

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2024
    7 - 8 pmonline

    Join us and hear stories of struggle and hope from the UK and around the world, and be inspired to take action ahead of the coming General Election.

    Register

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2024
  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2024
    10:00 amonline

    Christian Aid writes:

    "Together we’ll learn more about how Christian Aid works with partners around the world, with time to ask questions. The Gathering serves as an opportunity to hear directly from Christian Aid Partners working with survivor communities in Ukraine.

    We’re also delighted to include exciting previews of Christian Aid Week 2024, campaigning and community fundraising updates, and showcasing a new video format to our opening reflection. You can RSVP on our website here, to receive the Zoom link nearer the time."

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2024
    7:00 pmonline

    When undertaking EDI training, many people are realising that they also need to do the Unconscious Bias training too.

    To help with this - the Learning Network are putting on additional Zoom sessions for Unconscious Bias training.  You can book a place by going to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unconscious-bias-training-tickets-775589949417

    They are in January/March/June. If you've done this training in the past you don't need to repeat it.

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2024
    7 - 8.30 pmonline

    Hosted by the Methodist Learning Network, this is an interactive book club for anyone interested in thinking about faith and mission.

    Each session is a mixture of input and conversation as we explore the main theological themes in the book and begin to ask how this book might affect our own faith and Christian living.

    Don't worry if you do not feel confident talking about theology - all you need is an inquiring mind! If you need anymore details contact Simon Sutcliffe on sutcliffes@methodistchurch.org.uk

    The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, 13 March 2024, online from 7 - 8.30pm.

    In that session, we will explore "Revive Us Again: Rejuvenating a movement of transformation", written by Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North and East District, who will be joining us for this session!.

    Here is the blurb from Leslie's book :

    "Would you love to see spiritual and social transformation? Revive Us Again explores how the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, achieved extraordinary impact across the United Kingdom and beyond. This is an invitation to be inspired by Wesley’s message and methods and see how, by reclaiming these treasures, Methodism and the wider church may once again transform society.

    “A timely and timeless reminder that I hope is read widely throughout British Methodism, and beyond.”Revd Dr Martyn Atkins

    “A hope-filled invitation to rediscover the richness and vibrancy of the early Methodist movement.”Deacon Eunice Attwood

    “It’s impossible to resist the infectious enthusiasm for God and the Methodist movement in this engaging book.”
    Rachel Lampard MBE"

    You can purchase the book from here.

    Free registration

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2024
  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2024
    12 noon to 1pmonline

    'A lack of digital skills and access can have a huge negative impact on a person’s life, leading to poorer health outcomes and a lower life expectancy, increased loneliness and social isolation, less access to jobs and education.' Good Things Foundation, 2022.

    Three of the biggest factors contributing to digital poverty and enabling the digital divide are:

    • Financial poverty causing digital poverty (exacerbated by the current cost of living crisis)
    • Access, which can be the result of geography
    • Skills, including lack of education.

    Join Deacon Eunice Attwood, Church on the Margins Officer and Deacon Kerry Scarlett, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, as they explore the issues around digital poverty and how the church can respond positively.

    Register on Eventbrite

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2024
    10 - 11.30 amZoom

    Heritage Trust Network and Historic Churches Scotland are joining forces to host the next event in this series for any group contemplating the future of their church building.

    At this event, Deborah Kent of Fife Historic Buildings Trust will present on a recent study that looked at future uses and financial models for three churches in Fife.

    Everyone is welcome.  Click here to register.

  • 7 - 8.30 pmonline webinar

    Welcome to our online briefing and training session, to help you plan and prepare to meet with Members of Parliament and Parliamentary candidates to discuss how to make UK and global poverty a priority ahead of the coming General Election.

    Join us for practical tips and ideas for holding successful meetings in advance of the General Election that can make a real difference. Let's come together to create positive change in our communities and our world.

    Register with Eventbrite, free!

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2024
    7:30 pmZoom

    If you have heard some of the wonderful stories coming out of these two events the Scotland District is running in conjunction with Evangelism & Growth and you would like to find out more, please join us! Maybe you are thinking about coming along as a participant, or maybe you would like to volunteer, host some of the Edinburgh visiting team or be willing to help set up and set down for these events.  Or maybe you are just curious!  Come along and find out about how you will have fun, be challenged and grow in your faith.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/97198603734?pwd=Y1hvd0paeGFDL0V0dEtVMWxrdEh2UT09

    Meeting ID: 971 9860 3734

    Passcode: 098272

  • 7.30 - 8.30 pmZoom

    If you have heard some of the wonderful stories coming out of these two events the Scotland district is running in conjunction with Evangelism and Growth,  and you would like to find out more please join us!

    Maybe you are thinking about coming along as a participant, or maybe you would like to volunteer, host some of the Edinburgh visiting team or be willing to help set up and set down for these events.

    Or maybe you are just curious! Come along and find out about how you will have fun, be challenged and grow in your faith.

    Learning Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Time: May 7, 2024 07:30 PM London

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/97198603734?pwd=Y1hvd0paeGFDL0V0dEtVMWxrdEh2UT09

    Meeting ID: 971 9860 3734

    Passcode: 098272

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2024
    7 - 8.30 pmonline

    An interactive book club exploring theological themes in Jo Cox-Darling's book 'Finding God in a Culture of Fear'

    How can we live a little more hopefully each day? Fear, terrorism, corruption, fake news… it can be easy to become discouraged by the culture around us. Now more than ever, society needs hope in order to survive and flourish. This book takes us beyond comfort zones and easy answers, and towards a deeper understanding and practice of hope. It offers reflections, stories and practical ways for individuals and groups to find hope in their lives through discovering more about God in their midst. Focusing on God’s intervention in biblical history, God’s presence in contemporary contexts and God’s promised hope for the future, Joanne Cox-Darling encourages us to live more confidently, noticing more of the Spirit in our daily lives, and with more compassion and – ultimately – hope in God.

    ‘Joanne Cox-Darling has a gift for storytelling, which she uses with great ability to do the difficult weave between the Bible and the world we inhabit. She does not flinch before the shabby hope-destroying culture all around. But she also does not blink before the audacity of the Bible. Readers will be glad when they pause to participate in her buoyant gifts.’

    Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

    You can purchase the book from here

    Each session is a mixture of input and conversation as we explore the main theological themes in the book and begin to ask how this book might affect our own faith and Christian living.

    Don't worry if you do not feel confident talking about theology - all you need is an inquiring mind! If you need anymore details contact Rosie Bryant on bryantr@methodistchurch.org.uk

    Free registration via Eventbrite

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2024
    8 - 9 pmonline

    We're all becoming more aware of our impact on the planet, and many of us are already taking steps to lower our carbon footprint.
    The Methodist Church has set itself the bold target of becoming a net zero emissions church by 2030, but that will only happen if we all play our part.
    Has your church already signed up to become an Eco Church (or Eco Congregation in Scotland)?
    Are you thinking of doing it, but worried it'll be too much work?
    Or maybe you're already well on the way to bronze, and wanting to share what you're learning with others.

    Join the Learning Network and the Evangelism and Growth Team in conversation with Hamish Leese, the Connexional Officer who's spearheading our efforts to reach net zero.
    You'll hear inspiring stories, pick up tips, and learn about new funding that's available to help your church reach net zero.

    Free registration

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2024
    7.30 - 8.30 pmZoom

    Zoom event for parents/ carers, grandparents, volunteers with children, youth and families, and those who would like to see more happening with the young yins!

    This event is to try and establish a community to support those of us who have a concern for the young folks in our congregations.

    It will be a place to pray, share stories, share resources and ideas, ask questions and build friendships across the Scotland and Shetland districts to help you as you disciple the under 18s in your care.

    Even if you are not currently active in ministry in this area, but you still care about the little (and not so little!) ones you would be most welcome as part of this group.

    Learning Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: The Well Scotland and Shetland Districts

    Time: May 28, 2024 07:30 PM London

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/96046285127?pwd=RWJ0aE54akNMYWcwZGxvUWRuMVRLQT09

    Meeting ID: 960 4628 5127

    Passcode: 467916

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2024
    10:00 amonline

    When undertaking EDI training, many people are realising that they also need to do the Unconscious Bias training too.

    To help with this - the Learning Network are putting on additional Zoom sessions for Unconscious Bias training.  You can book a place by going to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unconscious-bias-training-tickets-775589949417

    They are in January/March/June. If you've done this training in the past you don't need to repeat it.

  • 9.45 am to 4 pmLochee Church of Scotland, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee DD2 3HG

    Join the BRF Ministries Messy Church team for a day of encouragement and inspiration! This event is intended for both those interested in finding out more about Messy Church as well as established Messy Church teams and leaders. In the morning there are two workshops to choose from depending on your experience. We’ll then be joined for some musical worship with our friends and special guests from Fischy Music. After lunch, we’ll get hands on outdoors with Messy Church Goes Wild and we’ll finish with a time of celebration together.

    Cost £20.00

    More information and booking. Booking closes 5 June 2024

    Reuben Addis is a Church of Scotland Ordained Local Minister and helps support Messy Church in Scotland. If anyone wants to talk through whether the training is for them (or has any general questions on Messy Church), they can contact him at Reuben.Addis@churchofscotland.org.uk or 07867 915 022.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2024
    9.45 am to 4 pmCroftfoot Church, 318 Croftpark Ave, Glasgow G44 5NS

    Join the BRF Ministries Messy Church team for a day of encouragement and inspiration! This event is intended for both those interested in finding out more about Messy Church as well as established Messy Church teams and leaders. In the morning there are two workshops to choose from depending on your experience. We’ll then be joined for some musical worship with our friends and special guests from Fischy Music. After lunch, we’ll get hands on outdoors with Messy Church Goes Wild and we’ll finish with a time of celebration together.

    Cost £20.00

    More information and booking. Booking closes 5 June 2024

    Reuben Addis is a Church of Scotland Ordained Local Minister and helps support Messy Church in Scotland. If anyone wants to talk through whether the training is for them (or has any general questions on Messy Church), they can contact him at Reuben.Addis@churchofscotland.org.uk or 07867 915 022.

  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2024
    10.30 - 3.30St Matthew's Church, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ
  • Mon
    01
    Jul
    2024
    6.45 - 8.15 pmonline or Methodist Conference in Leeds

    Ad for Beckly Lecture - What would it take to end poverty in the UK? with Emma Revie, CEO of The Trussell Trust. Monday 1 July, 6:45-8:15pm. Join online or in person at Methodist Conference in Leeds.

    Book your free ticket.

  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2024
    Sat
    13
    Jul
    2024
  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2024
    10am to 3pmonline

    Perhaps you have found yourself asking some of these questions:

    • How do we do mission when we’re all worn out?
    • What if we have big ideas and a small congregation?
    • How do we produce a circuit mission plan?
    • What does Net Zero have to do with it all?

    This online conference seeks to inspire you to discover the particular gifts your church/es have to offer the world and to create simple, useful plans for positive action. Through a mixture of presentations and team coaching sessions, we'll explore God's call to share the love of Christ in word and deed with all of creation, offering what we have and letting the Spirit get to work.

    Maybe your church has struggled to get started with mission planning. Or you've made a start, but got stuck along the way. Perhaps you have a mission plan, but it hasn't yet translated into positive action. Or maybe you're leading a whole circuit in mission planning. Wherever you are, this conference will help you get unstuck and get going. Presentations will explore topics such as mission planning and creation care, doing mission in small churches, building community partnerships and mission planning at circuit level.

    The conference is aimed at lay and ordained church leaders: church and circuit stewards, lay workers, ministers and Superintendents - all those responsible for helping churches live out their calling. Individuals are welcome, but for an even greater impact, why not bring a team from your church or circuit?

    Free registration at eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-news-for-all-creation-mission-planning-for-every-church-tickets-825280003707?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2024
    Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Perth

    Mental Health Friendly Church Training Day

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2024
    Fri
    20
    Sep
    2024
    Iona

    The Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian organisation, is hosting an Interfaith Week at Iona Abbey on the beautiful island of Iona. The week is open to people of all faiths and none. The week will be facilitated by Dr Maureen Sier and Frances Hume from Interfaith Scotland; Zarina Ahmad, a climate activist based in Manchester, and Caro Penney, Abbey Warden and Moderator of the Iona Community’s Interfaith Relations Common Concern Network.

    The focus of the week will be on environmental protection. Protecting the environment is a key message in the scriptures of all faith traditions. In this interfaith week we will explore what different faiths have to say about respect for all life, and the careful and responsible protection and preservation of the earth’s resources. We will look at the actions different faith communities are taking in response to the climate crisis and – weather-permitting – we will engage in some nature-based activities during the course of the week.

    The cost for 6 nights is £762 per adult, £381 for reduced rate. The reduced rate applies to students in full-time education, people whose only income is from state benefits or a state pension, people paid beneath the real living wage of £12.00 an hour, and those who are homeless, refugees, or asylum seekers.

    You can find out more about the week at the link below where you will also find the link to BOOK onto the week.

    Interfaith Week 2024 - Iona Community

    More information about staying with the Iona Community can be found at:

    Iona Abbey Essential Booking Information - Iona Community

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