25 January is not only Burn’s Night, it’s also the day when we celebrate the Conversion of St Paul. Being just a week after a day associated with St Peter and his first service with the faithful of Rome, the period 18–25 January has become linked with the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
This year we can’t celebrate in the usual way, but there is an opportunity to connect with Christians across the globe by joining in a service organised by churches across Dunfermline. You can watch the link below at a time to suit you.
For those who like a systematic approach to prayer, why not use the latest Prayer Diary, to help make sure that, during the course of each month, you pray for all aspects of the Lord’s work through the Methodist Church over the whole of Scotland?
Rev Lorna Murray, Supernumerary Minister in our District, has written a book – Mental Health For All: Community Well-Being and the Church – which has been very positively reviewed by Rev Helen Cameron. Her review is linked to the image of the front cover on the right, and will appear in the Methodist Recorder.
The speaker, Professor Alister McGrath, is a renowned academic, author and public speaker, who regularly works with national and international media. His lecture on “Science, Faith and the Meaning of Life: Comparing Richard Dawkins and Albert Einstein”, which will be based on his current unpublished research, is to be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams Live at 7.30pm on Monday 8 February.
For those who have been awaiting information on safeguarding training:
The latest in a series of Regional Safeguarding Clinics, for those with safeguarding responsibility or interest in the areas covered, will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16 February. This session includes a focus on neglect and self-harm. As always there will be the chance to ask questions about safeguarding or training. Feel free to email questions in advance to either Euan Morrison or Lorraine Darlow. Bookings end at midnight on 12 February.
A revised on-line version of the Foundation module – Creating Safer Spaces – is being offered to those within the Scotland and Shetland region who are either in new roles or who need to refresh after 4 years. Those who have to complete the Advanced module do not need to refresh this training but should attend if this module hasn’t yet been completed.
- Day course: 10.30am–2.30pm on Saturday 20 February. Bookings are open until midnight on 17 February.
- Evening course: 7.00–9.00pm on Thursdays 8 April and 15 April. Attendance on both evenings is required to complete the course. Bookings are open until midnight on 6 April.
Contact Lorraine Darlow (email ku.gro.hcruhctsidohtemnull@lwolrad, or phone 020 7467 5210 or 07799 900471) for enquiries or more information.