Dundee Methodist Church

25 August 2013

Next Sunday
1 September 2013
Covenant Sunday

10.45 am
“early singing” - 'tricia Laurie
11 am
Worship, including the annual Covenant Service with an Act of Rededication of Pastoral Visitors and Holy Communion, conducted by the Rev Mary Patterson
Communion Offering for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund
6 pm
Welcome Service for the Rev John Butterfield, Scott Street Methodist Church, Perth

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.

District Welcome Service

Everyone is warmly invited to the Service being arranged to say “Welcome” to our in-coming Chair of Synod, the Rev Dr David P Easton. This will be held at 2pm on Saturday in Perth Methodist Church and will be followed by refreshments and informal fellowship.

Link Club Stall at Rotary Event

“The Club has again been given the opportunity by Rotary Dundee to take a stall in the city centre on Saturday. The Club would be grateful for items suitable to sell on the stall. Books, unwanted gifts, bric-a-brac, unopened toiletries, jewellery, toys, are some possibilities. The stall will be varied. A box has been placed under the leaflet table in the upstairs Vestibule to receive donations for the stall. Lorna can provide more information. Many thanks!”

NB Use will be made of the downstairs vestry during this week for storing and sorting goods. Access to the phone / desk will be maintained. The Link Club is grateful for the agreement to and support of Church friends in this.

Prayer Handbooks

The ordered Prayer Handbooks for 2013-14 have arrived and copies may be collected from Jenny to whom payment should be made. There is currently one unallocated large print copy. The cost for ordinary print copies is £3.15 and for large print £3.50.

Preaching Plan

The Preaching Plan for September-November has been distributed by email. Named print copies can be collected from the glass-top table, where there are also extra un-named copies. Please contact Jenny and David if you wish to be added to a distribution list or for more print copies.

Broughty Ferry Churches Group news

  • St Margaret's Café: Lunches / afternoon teas are served in Barnhill St Margaret's hall on Wednesdays from 12.30 pm to 4pm.
  • Christian Aid Soup Lunches will resume on Friday 6th September in the YMCA, Brook Street, from 12 noon.
  • The next meeting of the representatives on the Broughty Ferry Churches Group will be on Thursday 5th September at 10.30am in New Kirk small hall.

Incorporation of Broughty Ferry into Dundee

As part of the Ferry's marking of the Centenary of its Incorporation into Dundee as from 4th November 1913

  • A United Service will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 6pm in Broughty New Kirk.
  • It is proposed that individual Ferry churches hold displays and “open days” in connection with the Centenary and that a “Church Trail” be publicised.
  • There will be a Public Lecture by Dr Chris Davey in St Marys' Episcopal Church.

Further information to come in due course.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 28th August 2013, 10am to 11.30am Blairgowrie Methodist Church Coffee Morning. The support of Circuit friends is always much appreciated and a warm welcome given to all who come.
Saturday 31st August 2013, 2pm Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street Service of Welcome for the Rev Dr David P Easton, the incoming Chair of the Scotland Synod.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

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

  • increased Scripture distribution in Croatia, despite the effects of recession; also progress on new translation and promotional work;
  • work of the Bulgarian Bible Society among marginalised people, including those with visual disabilities, children in orphanages, and prisoners; also translation work aimed at people with no church connection;
  • meeting of SBS finance staff on Thursday.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Monday 2nd September 2013, 10am to 4pm Central Baptist premises, Ward Road, Dundee Workplace Chaplaincy Introduction Day
This event is offered to those interested or involved in workplace chaplaincy, a rapidly expanding area of Christian service. A light lunch will be provided. For further details or to book, contact Mrs Catriona Parkinson: email info.wpcscotland@gmail.com tel: 0131 441 2271.
Friday 4th October 2013, 10am to 3pm Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ “Churches and Homelessness - a reflection.”, a seminar organised by Scottish Churches Housing Action.
More information, including booking form.
Saturday 2nd November 2013, 10am to 4pm St Andrew's and St George's Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA Fresh Expressions: Vision Day. This “ecumenical exploration and celebration of fresh expressions of church” will take place. Cost - £12, including refreshments and lunch. Registration form.
Tuesday 5th November 2013, 11am to 4pm Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street “Inviting People to Stay”
This District Event will focus on follow-up from 'Back to Church Sunday' contacts. Michael Harvey will lead the seminar; refreshments and lunch will be provided. For further details see poster on notice board, contact Rev Martin Keenan: tel: 01542 831176; 07921 540 170; email: martin.keenan@methodist.org.uk.

Prayer Points for this week

  • preparations for the new Connexional Year, from 1st September;
  • Methodist Ministers now “sitting down” as 'supernumeraries';
  • 'the UK Team', supporters, & recruitment of new staff ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Bangladesh;
  • residents and staff in the Cornwall District (Methodist Homes);
  • the new leadership at the Princess Basma Centre, Jerusalem (Embrace);
  • Greenbelt Christian Festival's 40th anniversary week (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Zambia;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in York (York and Hull District) and in Alexandria (Glasgow Circuit).