Dundee Methodist Church

28 April 2013

Next Sunday
5 May 2013

10.45 am
'early singing' - Heather Dean
11 am
Worship led by Mr Keith Pearson

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 - total so far £108

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.

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.”

Royal Highland Show: Churches Stand

Volunteers to staff the Churches Stand at the RHS in Ingliston from 20th to 23rd June are sought. Please contact Bill Reid billreid@methodistchurch.plus.com, shonapaterson@acts-scotland.org or lcameron@cofscotland.org.uk.

Invitation to Anniversary Service

After the consultation anent the invitation 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, it was decided at the Plan-making meeting last Monday that the Café Service would still be held at the usual time in Marketgait. Any Methodists who wish to attend this Anniversary Service with Communion are encouraged to do so and it is hoped that at least a small group may go to represent Dundee Methodists on this important occasion for our friends and neighbours. It would be helpful for our Church Stewards to know of people wishing to go to MSP. The reply to MSP is also to indicate our wish to explore ways in which the much-appreciated fellowship and worshipping together through our December Café Service can be built on, appropriately, in future.

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
Wednesday 1st May 2013, 10.30am St Stephen's & West Church Broughty Ferry Churches Group meeting
Friday 3rd May 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 4th May 2013, 10am to 1pm prompt Tay Road Bridge Christian Aid Tay Bridge Cross. Last year's Bridge Cross raised over £17,000 “in spite of the temperamental Scottish weather”. Support is again invited. Registration form.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

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

  • work in Greece amid conditions of austerity, anger and frustration;
  • distribution of the Greek New Testament in schools in Cyprus and 5,000 copies given to soldiers; also work to provide material in the languages of non-Cypriot Christians;
  • distribution of Gospels in the Kyrgyz language in remote areas of Kyrgyzstan;
  • challenges of distribution and finance, but also increasing opportunities, in Mali.

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.
Sunday 2nd June 2013 Dundee Methodist Church, 12 noon General Church Meeting
Saturday 27th July 2013 Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street Service of Farewell to the retiring Chair of Synod, Rev Lily Twist
Saturday 31st August 2013 Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street Service of Welcome for the Rev Dr David P Easton, currently Chair-designate of the Scotland Synod.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President and Vice-President of Conference in Liverpool;
  • outcomes of Scotland Synod meetings this weekend;
  • outreach in northern Uganda ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea;
  • projects in the West Yorkshire District (Methodist Homes);
  • Swedish International Relief Association School's work with children with learning difficulties in Bethlehem (Embrace);
  • World Press Freedom Day, Friday (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Senegal and in Kyrgyzstan;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Scarborough (York and Hull District) and in Tranent (Edinburgh & Forth Circuit).