Thursday 26th May is Ascension Day, where we remember the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, to heaven.
A special online service will be held at 7.30pm on 26th May. Details of how to join the service will be circulated soon. You can also email the Circuit office for more details.
Will you be joining fellow Methodists over the weekend of 9th to 11th September, in Perth, for worship, prayer, pilgrimage, study, conferring, a Ceilidh and much more?
For more information visit the Eventbrite page
Paul Morrison, Policy Advisor to the Methodist Church in Britain has issued a response to the Queen’s Speech and it’s failure to address the cost of living challenge that faces millions of people.
You can see the full response here.
Eats at the Well Café is now open in Nicolson Square, Edinburgh (City of Edinburgh Methodist Church).
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 9pm. The menu offers hot and cold drinks, daily specials, snacks and desserts. For more details please visit their website.
‘We lament the passing of the Nationality and Borders Bill into law.’ So begins the statement on behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain, Baptists Together and the United Reformed Church.
For the full statement please click here.
The Methodist Church in Britain and other churches, including Baptist Union of Great Britain, United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland, have signed a pledge to fight anti-refugee law. Read more here.
As part of a district wide focus on issues around addiction, Woodlands Methodist Church in Glasgow has partnered with charities, government agencies and academics to host a symposium and exhibition, ‘Recovery Rising’, to outline a vision of what services could look like if they were reoriented from the culture of addiction, to a culture of recovery.
For more details please click here.
The President and Vice President of Methodist Conference have issued a statement and prayer in relation to government plans to offshore asylum seekers to Rwanda.
You can read the statement here.
The President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference have issued a statement on the situation in Ukraine. You can read it here.
The Methodist Church in Britain encourages those who are able to donate to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal, launched by All We Can. To donate or for further details visit the All We Can website.
Stirling Methodist Church has recently donated 20 trees to the Harmony Grove to mark the 200 years that Methodism has been in the city. One tree for each decade of our existence.
Harmony Grove is a project organised by Interfaith Scotland, to witness that all faith groups believe that, by working together, they can help preserve our precious planet. The grove is a mixture of trees native to this part of the United Kingdom and will increase the bio-diversity of the area in which it is set.
For Stirling Methodist Church this is the latest project spread over the last two decades which is a part of their witness in caring for creation. Their projects have included work of the Church, a listed building, to make it more environmentally friendly as well as encouraging members to make changes in their own lives that benefits the environment.
The Stirling Methodist Church was very active in the campaign to persuading the Methodist Church to divest fully from fossil fuel investments. The Stirling Church remains active on this issue trying to persuade Stirling Council to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels.
The Church Green Team is currently putting together their application for the Eco-Congregations Gold Award. The application will highlight the work that members outside the Church in their homes and through environmental and conservation groups they support and are active in.
All this is grounded in the worship of the church where we highlight the wonderful creation that our God has given to us as well as our shortcomings in caring for it as we should.
The Rev. Mary Patterson says: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24 verse 1). I am proud to be the minister working alongside a congregation who put their Christian faith into action by taking care not only of God’s people but God’s earth as well.”
Steve Hucklesby of the Joint Public Issues Team has prepared a special prayer for Ukraine. You can join in the prayer via the Methodist Church in Britain website.