The theme for the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2021/2022 is ‘a place for all’.
A Place for All
No one was excluded from Jesus’ table and eating with him was a sign of the kingdom of heaven and an invitation to meet God and to be transformed. We recognise that we do not always offer such generous welcome or listen to the voices on the margins.
As the Church strives to be God’s people in a world changed by a global pandemic, we invite prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, penitence and resolve that, with God’s help, we may recognise and repent of our exclusivity, and that then we may be reconciling, open to all and ready to listen to all voices equally. Together, we pray to become a more inclusive and diverse Church, creating communities of greater respect and compassion.
In addition to prayers on the theme of the Handbook, we invite prayers of thanksgiving, adoration and confession and prayers on the themes of justice, times of life and times of day and the comforting presence of God for the opening pages of the Handbook.
Prayers must be no longer than 120 words.
Please also email photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Photographs with people in are particularly welcome. Photographs should be sent in their original size. Please provide a caption and state where the photograph was taken.
The deadline for submission of prayers and photos is 11 January 2021.
The exception to this is prayers and photos from schools. For schools only the deadline is 29 January.
At the online meeting of the Broughty Ferry Churches Group this week, there was a presentation by the Administrator of the West End Community Fridge Project based at The Gate. Community Fridge Projects seek, in cooperation with a range of agencies and groups, to address issues of ‘food waste’ working with supermarkets and other retail outlets. Interest in the possibility of a Community Fridge in the Ferry has also been expressed at Community Council meetings. BFCG is therefore seeking to facilitate a meeting of those interested in exploring this further, as partner groups working together.
Nik Wooller, Andrew Baker and Laurent Vernet (both Strathclyde) invite you to to travel with them through Advent 2020 along with others who live life with a Methodist flavour in Scotland. They say,
“It would be great to have people from across the districts [Scotland and Shetland] looking at this remarkable story together!”
There will be a presentation, using material from Paula Gooder’s book “Journey to the Manger”, and then discussion groups when we can share and learn together.
Action for Children’s Christmas fundraising campaign invites you to be a Secret Santa, donating money either directly, or through a virtual gift to a friend, to enable children with whom the charity has contact to enjoy Christmas.
Interfaith Scotland invites women of all backgrounds to talks and conversation on the theme of ‘Connecting’ to celebrate Scottish Interfaith Week 2020
Monday 9th November 2020 10 – 11.30 am
Our keynote speaker is Roz Adams, a certified trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. Roz is the Project Development Worker with Glasgow-based charity Bridging the Gap which brings people together from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures to share meaningful activity, explore difference and find common, human ground. Roz will be joined by two volunteers from Bridging the Gap, Katherine Longmuir, a Scottish Catholic, and Huda Jaber, a Sudanese Muslim, who will speak about their experiences of putting faith into action by connecting with others. We will then have time to connect with one another in conversation in small groups.
This event is open to women and those who identify as women.
Stewards normally are responsible for making sure that worship arrangements are made; at present, these duties are in abeyance. The stewards’ team is also responsible for the oversight of the wellbeing of the church, by which we mean the members and congregation.
In this time of uncertainty and change, we need to strengthen the stewards’ team to think creatively about the future, and be attentive to what we need to be doing now as a congregation. We are looking for volunteers from among our membership. Meetings are held by Zoom, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home. Appointments are for a year at a time.
Please pray and consider carefully whether you could offer your talents in this way. If you would like more information, please contact any of the current stewards. Email email@example.com if you need relevant contact details.