Our friends in various churches and church communities have produced the following resources to be used with congregations, groups and individuals as the UK goes through the process of exiting the European Union.
The Iona Community
The Iona Community has produced a Beyond Brexit prayer resource that is “aimed at helping to heal the divisions thrown up by the process that all of us in the UK and Europe have been going through in the past couple of years.”
To download please click here
The Church of Scotland
In January 2020, the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church joined other church leaders across the UK in calling for an end to the bitterness and divisions of Brexit. The statement can be read here
The Church of Scotland has published a number of resources around Brexit with practical ideas and materials to be used and shared. A Grace and Blessing have been written for use around a meal as well as a number of Bible Studies and methods for responding in prayer. These resources are explained further and available for download here
The Church of Scotland has also published a number of prayers as the UK goes through the Brexit process. These can be accessed below.
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Jo Love, resource worker for the Iona Community and Wild Goose Resource Group
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Rev MaryAnn Rennie, minister at Dunfermline Abbey
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the Church of Scotland
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Iain McLarty, Worship Development Worker
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Wendy Lloyd, Vice Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council and worship resources coordinator for Christian Aid
A Prayer in Challenging Times by Martin Johnstone, Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council
In January 2020, the Quakers in Britain and in Ireland reaffirmed their shared friendship and unity as the UK leaves the European Union. To read their statement please click here
The Quakers across the UK have a regular online meeting for worship for Brexit. Anyone is welcome to join – to find out more and to take part, please click here
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army produced a Brexit Toolkit with guidance on how to respond to the challenges of Brexit within the local community – exploring the practical ways in which it could be affected and how to prepare an effective response. This can be downloaded below.
The Scottish Episcopal Church
In January 2020, the Scottish Episcopal Church issued a statement on the UK leaving the EU from the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, on behalf of the College of Bishops. This can be read here
Scottish and UK Government resources
There are a number of resources that may be of use to your local congregation and to EU citizens that you may know as part of your community.
The Scottish Government has produced a package of practical support and advice to help support people from other parts of the EU at what we know is an anxious and uncertain time for many. The materials they have produced includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.
The Stay in Scotland materials consists of:
• £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support across Scotland
• A support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges. This is currently being rolled out with more information available at www.cas.org.uk/brexit
• A toolkit for employers to support their EU staff in Scotland, a Guide for EU citizens, posters, factsheets, and leaflets are also available to share and download at www.gov.scot//stayinscotland
• Social media activity encouraging use of the hashtag #stayinscotland
Hard copies of posters, leaflets, factsheets, and EU citizen and employer toolkits are also available on request.
The Baptist Union of Scotland
The Baptist Union of Scotland held an event on Tuesday 19 February 2019 called ‘In Christ Through Brexit’ – a day of theological reflection and prayer.
It explored the questions – how can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Do we simply lament? Do we have something to pray, something to say? Are there actions that will speak to our nation? Can we reduce anxiety, volatility and stress? Have we a Kingdom perspective that transforms and transcends?
Five videos were created at the event and can be downloaded for use with congregations and church groups:
Radical Hospitality – Alan Donaldson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland
Forgiveness and Trust – Stuart Weir, National Director of CARE for Scotland
Unity and Hope – Kieran Turner, Public Policy Officer at Evangelical Alliance, Scotland
Hosting Community Conversations – Chloe Clemmons, Parliamentary Officer at the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office
Submit To One Another – Norman Graham, Chairman of the BUS Public Theology Group