Dundee Methodist Church

14 April 2013

Next Sunday
21 April 2013

11 am
Worship led by Mrs Heather Dean

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.

Easter Offerings Appeal

Donations are invited in support of the work of the church worldwide through this annual Appeal. Envelopes are available for return via the offering plate as soon as possible, please.

For more information, contact 'tricia Laurie.

Divine Poetry Competition

This year, aspiring (and established) poets of all ages are invited to submit a poem on the theme 'Chocolate is something to cherish'. The official entry form can be downloaded from The Divine website and entries must be submitted by 30th April 2013.”

Services of Farewell and Welcome - update

It has now been confirmed that the Service of Farewell for the Rev Lily Twist will be in Perth Methodist Church on Saturday 27th July (time to be intimated) and the Service of Welcome for the Rev Dr David P Easton will likewise be held in Perth Methodist Church, on Saturday 31st August (time to be intimated).

General Church Meeting

We are all asked to note that the annual General Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 2nd June, with worship starting at 10.45am (ie instead of the June 'early singing'), followed by business from or shortly after 12 noon.

The GCM is responsible for appointing the Church Stewards and representatives to the Church Council, as well as providing a forum to consider the whole life of the Church based in and from Marketgait.

Please note that this is a change of date from May 19th, as originally proposed at Church Council, because of the Rev Mary Patterson's Plan commitments.

Iona Community
Week of Celebration of the 1450th Anniversary of St Columba's Landing on Iona 18th - 24th May 2013

This year marks the 1450th anniversary of Columba's arrival on Iona and also the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Iona Community and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the McLeod Centre. A Programme of celebrations has been organised for Pentecost Weekend leading into a week-long international and ecumenical gathering. Programme details

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Friday 19th April 2013, 12 noon - 1 pm YMCA 151 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry (opposite “M&S Food”) (map) Broughty Ferry Churches Group Christian Aid lunch. A choice of soups (including a vegetarian option), bread and cheese, followed by coffee or tea is available, and a donation of £2 (or more!) is invited to support the work of Christian Aid. A warm welcome is given to all to partake of the food and fellowship, whilst thinking of others worldwide.
Saturday 20th April 2013, 7.30pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee Clare Chorale In Concert; the Chorale, from Ballyclare in Northern Ireland, will present “a programme of choral favourites, both sacred and secular”. Tickets £6 / concessions £5/ students £3 / accompanied schoolchildren free, by phone (01382) 224486, or at the door on the evening.

Support other Organisations

Christian Aid Tay Bridge Cross

The 2013 sponsored Tay Bridge Cross will take place on Saturday 4th May from 10am to 1pm prompt. (Please note this morning start.) Last year's Bridge Cross raised over £17,000 “in spite of the temperamental Scottish weather”. Support is again invited. Registration form.

A Guide and Order Form are also on the Vestibule table.

The Forth Bridge Cross will be on Saturday 20th April and the Erskine Bridge Cross on Saturday 27th April, both starting at 2pm.

The Cumbrae Challenge (walk or cycle the 10 miles round the Isle) will take place on Saturday 15th June from 10.30am.

Scottish Bible Society

Support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in April for work in Senegal. Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • openings into and contacts with North Korea;
  • the ZeBible project in France - an inter-confessional initiative offering young people an interactive film, daily Bible verse on Facebook and a Web series;
  • Gospel of Mark project in Belgium, including a magazine for distribution to schools;
  • local action groups throughout Scotland and their fund- and awareness- raising activities.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Saturday 27th April 2013, 1 pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee Saturday Lunchtime Concert given by Glenalmond College Music Scholars. Tickets - adults: 4; concessions: 3; schoolchildren: free - available at the door. Coffee/tea served after each concert, with the chance to meet the performers.
Saturday 27th April 2013, 7pm St Mary Magdalene's Scottish Episcopal Church, Dudhope Crescent Road / Constitution Road Samuel Chorus concert
Sunday 28th April 2013, 7pm St John's Scottish Episcopal Church, Forfar Samuel Chorus concert
Saturday 25th May 2013, 10.30am to 2.30pm Falkland Estate Car Park The Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG) are this year hosting a Spiritual Walk, using themes being developed by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), and “to celebrate the value of God's Creation and reflect on its distinctive expression in a rural context”. The Walk will cover a distance of around 3 miles, starting from the Falkland Estate Car Park. Lunch will be provided (cost c £10); booking is required through shonapaterson@acts-scotland.org. See notice board for further details or contact ACTS.
Sunday 26th May 2013 Meadowside St Paul's Church, Dundee Concert by Paisley Abbey Choir, with George McPhee.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President of Conference at the Methodist Housing Association Anniversary in Coventry Cathedral, Wednesday;
  • Methodist Council, High Wycombe, this weekend & Monday;
  • preparations for District services of Farewell and Welcome;
  • EMU 'Faith in Action' theme for April: 'Prisoners and their families';
  • flights as a UN operator in Bangladesh ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in India;
  • projects in the Sheffield District (Methodist Homes);
  • Think and Do development organisation supporting young widows in Egypt (Embrace);
  • preparations for World Earth Day (April 22nd) (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Senegal;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Pickering (York and Hull District) and in Cockenzie (Edinburgh & Forth Circuit).