Dundee Methodist Church

21 April 2013

Next Sunday
28 April 2013

11 am
Worship, including the Sacrament of Holy Communion, conducted by the Rev Mary Patterson
Communion Offering for the Fund in Support of Presbyters and Deacons

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.”

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. This is a change of date from that originally considered.

Invitation to Anniversary Service: consultation

An invitation has been given by Meadowside St Paul's Church of Scotland to Dundee Methodist Church, to join the Anniversary Celebration worship in Meadowside St Paul's on Sunday 30th June.

They will be commemorating 30 years of the Union between the Meadowside and St Paul's church congregations and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the hall complex. There will be “a summer celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at which the Very Rev Dr Finlay MacDonald (former Moderator of the General Assembly) will be preaching.” A finger buffet in the hall will follow the Service.

Acceptance of this invitation on behalf of ALL Dundee Methodists would mean no public worship in Marketgait that day, which is a “fifth Sunday” and therefore usually a Café Service. Church Council members are currently consulting as to the appropriate response to this invitation; please discuss this with and / or pass on any comments or thoughts to any member of the Church Council as soon as possible, to assist an informed and caring decision and reply to our friends and neighbours in Meadowside St Paul's.

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
Monday 22nd April 2013, c10am - c12 noon Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Plan-making Group
Friday 26th 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.
Friday 26th April 2013, 12.30pm Dundee City Chambers International Workers Memorial Day 20th Annual Lecture - “Fire Safety Regulations: Securing Workplace Safety” by Lewis Ramsay, Assistant Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. This is co-organised by Dundee City Council and Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, and will be followed by finger buffet lunch.
Saturday 27th April 2013, 10.45am - 3.30pm Stirling Scotland District Synod
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

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

  • translation of the Old Testament into Chikunda, in Zimbabwe;
  • financial challenges facing the Bible Society in Portugal's difficult economic situation;
  • Bible Society work in England and Wales.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
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.
Saturday 25th May 2013, 4.30pm St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh Royal School of Church Music Celebration Day. Following rehearsal by the choristers, a public Service will take place at 4.30pm, which will include modern works by Scottish composers, 'inspirational congregational hymns' and presentation of honorary awards. More details.
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 and Vice-President of Conference in Liverpool next weekend;
  • outcomes for Scotland of decisions at Methodist Council;
  • Synod meeting in Central Scotland Circuit, Friday and Saturday;
  • Perth General Church Meeting today;
  • work in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Guinea and in Nigeria;
  • projects in the Southampton District (Methodist Homes);
  • 'partnership across the miles' linking the Learning Centre for the Deaf in Lebanon and the Deaf Unit in Egypt (Embrace);
  • World Malaria Day, Thursday (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Senegal;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Timor Leste (East Timor), Indonesia and the Philippines (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Sherburn (York and Hull District) and in Dunbar (Edinburgh & Forth Circuit).