Dundee Methodist Church

14 March 2010

Next Sunday: 21 March 2010 : Passion Sunday

11 am
Worship, including the Sacrament of Holy Communion, conducted by the Rev David Firth; Communion Offering for the Mission in Britain Fund.

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.

Lent Observance

Our prayerful and active support is invited as we share a Lenten journey of faith with fellow Christians in and beyond Dundee:

“Replacement of Property Maintenance Items”

A four-page list has been pinned up on both the Vestry and the Office noticeboards (ie not publicly) indicating various items used on our premises (some are “basic but essential”- eg First Aid box, light bulbs, toilet rolls). It is helpful if responsibility for keeping stocks at a sensible level is shared. If you can assist, even if in just one aspect, please sign the list where there are still blanks. Thanks!

Publicity Spot!

Andy Jackson's book of poetry, “The Assassination Museum”, is now available for purchase from www.redsquirrelpress.com (£6.99 + p/p). To order through a bookshop, quote ISBN 978-1-906700-16-4

Date & timeVenueDetails
Tuesday 16th March 2010, 7 pm Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Circuit Preachers Meeting
Tuesday 16th March 2010, 7.30 pm Meadowside St Paul’s Lent Group using The Leprosy Mission's “The Cost of Discipleship” material (downloadable from www.leprosymission.org.uk/resources/lent.aspx / contact David Firth).
Wednesday 17th March 2010, 6.30 pm Dundee Methodist Church, “B” Circuit and Church Treasurers' Meeting
Wednesday 17th March 2010, 7.30 pm Dundee Methodist Church, “B” Circuit Meeting
Wednesday 17th March, 7.30 pm Broughty Ferry New Kirk (St Aidan's), Brook Street, Broughty Ferry (map) Broughty Ferry Lent meeting using CTBI material “On the Edge of His Pain”, “Mary”. The theme is being linked to BBC broadcasts.
Thursday 18th March 2010, 7.30 pm Matthew and Hilary's home Fellowship Group: “The Cross: part 2” All are welcome. (If you need a lift let Tom P know and one can be arranged.)
Friday 19th March, 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.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Churches House Prayer Network

Daily prayers are led at 9.00 - 9.15 am, with Network members particularly asked to join, if possible, on Wednesday mornings.

Prayers are particularly invited for “the increased effort needed during this year to increase use of the House, both through its Programme and in its use by other Groups and Organizations”.

Prayers are invited this week for those using the House, including the Interim Management Group meeting tomorrow evening as the governance process moves towards the formal appointment of a Board of Management.

Scottish Bible Society

Our support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in March for work in Jamaica. See noticeboard for more information. Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • development of the Bible Society in El Salvador's Bible Panorama project seeking to “bring peace in a nation affected by gang violence, murder and extortion”;
  • Scripture distribution and work among 400,000 street children in Nicaragua;
  • distribution of Scriptures among prisoners and young offenders in Puerto Rico, also celebration of 25 years of the Radio Bible Reading Marathon.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 24th March 2010, 10 am to 4 pm pm Al-Maktoum Institute, 124 Blackness Road, DD1 5PE “Race and Religion in Dundee”. A Conference, under the auspices of Citizens Advice Bureau, designed to<
  • promote active citizenship
  • support victims of racial and religious crime
  • overcome discrimination and barriers to employment, education and training.

It would help catering provision if those planning to attend registered by Friday 26th February with John White or Zoe Watson - tel (01382) 431581; email : johnw@dundeecab.casonline.org.uk or zoewatson@dundeecab.casonline.org.uk.
Friday 26th March 2010, 10.30 am to 3 pm Meadowside St Paul’s Free Event for Family Members affected by Substance Misuse in the Dundee area. The organisers are Dundee City Alcohol & Drug Partnership (Dundee ADP) and the Scottish Network for Families Affected by Drugs (SNFAD). Other Services in attendance will include Citizens Advice Scotland / Kinship Care, Addiction, CrossReach, Tayside Council on Alcohol, Dundee Association for Mental Health, Relationship Scotland, and others to be confirmed.
The Programme features a Workshop on Kinship Care (10.30 am - 11.30 am), and from 12 noon to 3 pm there will be opportunity to visit stalls and talk with representatives from local services. Light refreshments and crèche are to be provided.
For further information and booking, please contact Lisa Finlayson (0141 221 0544) or lisa@snfad.org.uk.
Thursday 22nd April, 7 - 9 pm St Leonard's Church, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews Christian Aid Roadshow with Kathy Galloway (writer, broadcaster, former Leader Iona Community). To book a free place, contact 0131 220 1254 or dinburgh@christian-aid.org .

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President and Vice-President of Conference in the York and Hull District next weekend;
  • Connexional Leaders' Forum, Tuesday - Wednesday;
  • Episcopal, Methodist & United Reformed Church (EMU) Partnership meeting on Monday;
  • preparations for Synod / “Holiness & Risk” event in April;
  • Church Land Programme in South Africa, supporting communities adversely affected by the hosting of the FIFA World Cup (Christian Aid);
  • The Development of Upper Egypt Trust helping poor communities in southern Egypt (BibleLands);
  • projects in the Manchester and Stockport District (Methodist Homes);
  • The Leprosy Mission's International Office;
  • Bible Society work in Jamaica;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam (WCC Prayer Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Monmouth (S Wales) and in Greenock (Ayrshire & Renfrewshire Circuit).