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Faith and the Meaning of Life: Comparing Richard Dawkins and Albert Einstein”, which will be based on his current unpublished research, is to be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams Live at 7.30pm on Monday 8 February.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.
The Learning Network are excited to bring you news about Bible Month for this year, which focuses on the Gospel of Mark. You can pre-order a printed copy of the new edition of Bible Month – 30 days with the Gospel of Mark – at this link, and the material will also be available for download soon.
This year Bible Month is being done differently – not just focusing on one event in the year, but offering a variety of different ways of engaging with the Gospel of Mark throughout the year. You will be able to join Rev Adrian Roux on a study guide of the Gospel, pray Taketime meditations, join Pioneers sharing stories around a (virtual!) campfire, be in conversation about how children and young people can engage with the Gospel, or listen to and join in some academic teaching, recorded conversations on modelling group bible studies and different hermeneutical readings of the key passages. And lots more – all throughout the year! Sign up to the Methodist Bible Month Facebook page and join in the journey!
One of the resources available will be a monthly facilitated Taketime-together meditation on the last Friday of the month from January-June and September-November, with weekly links to meditations that you can use at home to walk through Mark’s gospel. Some of you will be very familiar with Taketime, but those who haven’t yet benefited from what it can offer will find an introductory video from Rev Clive McKie at this link.