Volunteers will be hosted by the Church of Scotland Priority Areas Team who focus on supporting and resourcing the 64 most socially and economically deprived parishes spread across Scotland. This year YAV’s will have placements based in central Scotland in the city of Dundee https://www.dundee.com/ where they will gain experience working with local churches and community groups. YAV’s will meet fantastic people living and working in Priority Area parishes; encourage people and communities to thrive through serving in church/community projects in one of the priority areas; have the opportunity to live in ‘intentional community’; and, find themselves appreciated, growing and developing in a unique and fulfilling way.
Find out more about some of the creative work going on in Priority Area parishes in Scotland by watching stories from local communities.
The Church of Scotland is the national Presbyterian Church and affirms that ‘Priority for the poorest and the most marginalized is the Gospel imperative facing the whole Church, not just the Church in the poorest places’. In keeping with this affirmation, the Church has directed additional staffing and resources to these areas of deprivation. Our way of working, focusing on people’s strengths and working in partnership has resulted in a wide range of creative programs.
We are committed to taking an asset-based approach to working in our communities, creating a church in Priority Areas which:
is indivisible from its local community, working with local people
sees local people as gifted, creative, resilient leaders
reaches out and stands with people in their most difficult situations
uses all ways possible to live the Gospel
seeks to be a family of church communities and encompasses the widest range of theology
is intolerant of and becomes prophetic about injustice
Priority Areas have been at the forefront of this pioneering work over the years. Working with local people, learning from them and recognizing them as leaders has enabled activities, programs and resources to be developed; to help overcome the effects of poverty.
One of the Church of Scotland Priority Areas Team Members in Glasgow
Intentional Community Living
Volunteers will live together and have community space every week to spend time together for community building, reflection and prayer. In addition, volunteers will meet with the site coordinator twice a month for group time to reflect on experiences, learn more about the impacts of poverty in Scotland and how the church and other agencies are addressing these issues, while also learning more about Scotland’s history and culture.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.