Dundee Methodist Church

25 April 2010

Next Sunday: 2 May 2010

10.45 am
“early singing” led by Tom Penman
11 am
Worship led by Mr Keith Pearson (NB change)

We give the assurance of our thoughts and prayers to all who are unwell, awaiting or undergoing treatment, or anxious or grieving for the loss of loved ones.


Please note that Ministerial pastoral care for the whole Circuit will be the responsibility of the Rev Mary Patterson from this Wednesday to Wednesday 5th May.

General Election Hustings

There is opportunity to question and hear candidates in the UK Parliamentary constituency of Dundee East at “Make Your Cross Count”, to be held in Broughty Ferry on Wednesday from 7.30 pm to 9 pm (doors open 7 pm). Please note that this will be in Grove Academy Assembly Hall (NOT Forthill Primary as stated last week - the changes were caused by the Council's confusion over other bookings).

See poster / further details from Rev Brian Talbot briantalbot@hotmail.co.uk 01382 779364).

“Breakout” for the weekend and beyond 2010 : connect

This weekend event, held under the auspices of the Methodist Church, will take place in Cliff College, Derbyshire, from 9th - 11th July as an event

  • open to all young people, between 11 & 23;
  • to be an inspiration, resource and challenge to explore and express the Christian faith;
  • that values, supports and equips young people;
  • to complement, resource and enhance work in the local setting;
  • with a theme, this year, of “connect”.

Booking is through groups, not on an individual basis, but young people can be linked together through Circuits, Districts or ecumenical groups. There is consideration being given into possible arrangements for young people in churches in Scotland where there are not formal “youth groups”.

For more details see posters on downstairs noticeboard or www.breakout2010.info. Also ask Tom P about possible arrangements in Scotland.

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 28th April, 7.30 pm to 9 pm (doors open 7 pm) Grove Academy Assembly Hall “Make Your Cross Count” for Dundee East constituency - details on poster on noticeboard. See poster / further details from Rev Brian Talbot briantalbot@hotmail.co.uk / 01382 779364.
Wednesday 28th April, 6 pm to 8 pm Mercure Point Hotel, Bread Street, Edinburgh SRBS Public Shareholders' Meeting, organised by Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth Scotland, People & Planet Platform, SEAD, and the World Development Movement, It is being arranged to coincide with the Royal Bank of Scotland's AGM. There will be speakers and a questions and answer session. See details on the downstairs noticeboard or enquire / register at www.humanrights environment.org.uk.
Friday 30th April, 12 noon - 1.30 pm YMCA 151 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry (opposite “M&S Food”) (map) Broughty Ferry Churches Group Christian Aid lunch. Soup - a good selection each week - is served with bread & cheese, followed by coffee for £2, in support of this ecumenical aid, relief and development charity. There is also opportunity for meeting old friends and making new ones. A warm welcome is extended to Ferry Folk, people popping out from Dundee, and other visitors.
Saturday 1st May, 10 am to 4 pm City Chambers, Edinburgh SRT@40 : the Church of Scotland's highly respected Society Religion and Technology Project is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a conference. Registration £10, incl lunch & refreshments. See poster on noticeboard; book through Murdo Macdonald: mmacdonald@cofscotland.org.uk.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Churches House Prayer Network

Prayers are invited this week for meetings and events in the House, including Interim Management Group (tomorrow evening), The Artists Way (Tuesday), URC Women's Union (Wednesday - Thursday), BAT Group (Thursday) Centre for Literature, Theology, Arts - Glasgow University (Thursday - Friday), “Start-Up Stirling” (Friday), SEC Theological Institute (TISEC) next weekend.

Please also note now the proposed celebration of the House's 50th Birthday with an Open Day on Saturday 17th July. More details to come - all are invited, whether regular users / visitors to the House or those wishing to see round for the first time.

Scottish Bible Society

Our support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in April for work in Ethiopia and in May for work in Kazakhstan. See noticeboard for more information. Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • Bible Society's Prison Literacy project in Papua New Guinea for long-term prisoners and translation of booklets for use in schools;
  • 'May They be One' campaign in the Philippines to provide a million poor Filipino families with Bibles this year;
  • distribution of Scriptures by churches in Micronesia;
  • distribution of Scriptures to orphanages and camps by volunteers in Kazakhstan where evangelising children is forbidden.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Thursday 6th May, 7.30 pm the Phillips' Small (Fellowship) Group. “This week we will be looking at when Christ returned to heaven after the resurrection and what Paul says about it in his letter to the Ephesians”. All welcome - contact Tom P for more details.
Friday 7th May, 9.30 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch Social Work Offices, Balmerino Road, Dundee DD4 8RP Partnership in Practice - Review Event: Have Your Say. Under the auspices of Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside, there is opportunity to “let us know what you think about services in Dundee to People with Learning Disabilities and their Families”.
There will also be information about “Keeping Safe, Community and Home Safety, and Adult Support and Protection”.
To book a place and lunch contact Jenny Hill - (01382) 438427; email jenny.hill@dundeecity.gov.uk.
Sunday 9th May, 6.30 pm Dundee West Church, Perth Road (top of Roseangle, opposite College of Art) Choral Concert by the Samuel Chorus, including 'Jesu meine Freude' by J S Bach and works by Schubert, Bruckner, Tallis and Rachmaninoff. Suggested donation £6, including tea / coffee afterwards - proceeds in aid of Dundee West Coffee Shop (SCO17136). See poster on noticeboard.
Saturday 20th November 2010 St Peter's Free Church, 4 St Peter Street, Perth Road (map) www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/ Solas - Centre For Public Christianity Dundee. Launch conference - a day of apologetics and defending the facts of the Christian faith. Speakers will include Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, Amy Orr-Ewing and David Robertson. Places can be booked now, please speak to Tom P. for more details.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President and Vice-President of Conference in the Nottingham and Derby District to Wednesday;
  • Connexional Strategy and Resources Committee, Wednesday;
  • stationing of Presbyters (Ministers) in Scotland - Connexional Stationing Committee meets on Thursday;
  • Rev Mary Patterson's preparations to serve as our Circuit Superintendent;
  • 'Nets for Life': today is World Malaria Day (Christian Aid);
  • Annahda Rehabilitation Centre in Ramallah (BibleLands);
  • projects in the Sheffield District, remembering Tony & Betty Pepper in Moorlands, Hathersage (Methodist Homes);
  • The Leprosy Mission's vocational training programmes;
  • Bible Society work in Ethiopia and in Kazakhstan;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia (WCC Prayer Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Swindon and Marlborough (Bristol District) and in Wallacestone (Central Scotland Circuit).