Scottish Election Issues

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is made up of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice.

It has produced non-partisan briefings on key issues facing the Scottish electorate in the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.

See their briefings on

Adult social care

Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse

Constitution and independence referendum

A just & green future

Mental health and suicide

Migration, asylum and refugees

Poverty and inequality

Call to Prayer Sunday 28 February 2021

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There are times in the Gospels when it is clear that the disciples of Jesus have real difficulty in understanding his teaching. On one such occasion, Jesus speaks openly about what lies before him and afterwards Peter ‘took him aside and began to rebuke him’. (Mark 8: 31-32) Peter is clear that death and resurrection are not part of that future and, as he speaks, it is equally clear that he has not yet understood the way that Jesus must take.

There are times in the past months when all of us have had real difficulty in understanding the challenges faced within our society and across the globe. We have been unclear as to what the future holds and the path to be taken. In all of this, we have not been alone.

As the Gospel account unfolds, Jesus gathers the crowd around him and invites them to ‘take up their cross and follow me’. (Mark 8: 34) As we journey into the future and follow the path taken by Jesus, we know that we are not alone. We journey in the way of the cross and in the hope of the resurrection. We pray:

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through your Son
Who has journeyed in the way of the Cross.
Grant to us grace and faith that we might follow him.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all we face,
Be near to us, and all whom we love,
And guard us safe in your presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who fear this day
And who struggle to see the future.
Lead us from the darkness into your light.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who grieve this day
And who feel bereft of comfort.
In your compassion, be near to them.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all that is faced by our society today,
Grant wisdom, insight and understanding
To those who are called to govern our nation and act on our behalf.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through your Son
Whose journey in the way of the Cross
Yields the hope of the Resurrection.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Signed by:

  • Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
  • Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
  • Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Paul Whittle, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
  • Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
  • Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
  • Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Rev. Claire Fender, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene
  • Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)
  • Rev Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland) 

An evening with Phil Cotton

On Sunday 28th February Strathclyde are hosting a special zoom service at 7pm ‘An evening with Phil Cotton’

Phil is a Local Preacher in the Strathclyde Circuit who many of you will know who has been out in Rwanda for the last eight years helping to set up Rwanda’s first medical school.

He was a popular preacher around the District, and I am sure it will prove to be a very interesting evening. Please let folk know who are unable to join online that they can connect by phone as well.

Attached is a short insight to Phil and what he has been doing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oEjGqYjQuqI5Y4lxppWsF5c5lJw-c9OU/view

For zoom details, please contact strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com

Bible Month with Mark 2021

30 days with MarkThis year’s theme is Mark.

A variety of activities is planned, throughout the year.

Taketime – a passage from Mark is posted on the Bible Month Facebook pageeach Friday. On the last Friday of February, March and April, there is a facilitated session. Book a free place at a facilitated session via Eventbrite.

The study guide may be purchased – hard copies – from  Preachweb or downloaded, (Black and White pdf).

For more information, see the Bible Month page on the Methodist Church website and the Bible Month Facebook page.

Lent Study Group

Angus Dundee and Perthshire Circuit is joining with Strathclyde Circuit for a series of four Zoom meetings, looking at the Methodist Way of Life. The meetings will take place at 7pm each Wednesday in March, excluding 17th (when the Circuit Meetings will be held in both Circuits).

A brief guide to the Methodist Way of Life

 

 

 

You will find the Brief Guide a good introduction to the subject

 

 

 

Finding the Way

and you will prompted to look at the material in Finding the Way as we progress through the weeks of study.

 

We are hoping that we shall all find this to be a refreshing experience, renewing us in our Christian lives.

To get the zoom link please register your interest with Nick or Nik.

 

 

Lent videos

I had an idea to create something for the 40 days of lent (Mondays to Saturdays) and I have begun uploading 40 videos that last about 2 to 3 minutes only. They are simply a reading from the bible followed by a short prayer with music and video. If anyone in the district is interested in “journeying with us” in this simple, meditative way the link is as follows: Lent Meditations – YouTube

Rev Chris Jackson – Moray Coast