Dundee Methodist Church

13 January 2013

Next Sunday
20 January 2013

11 am
Worship, including Holy Communion, conducted by the Rev Mary Patterson
Communion Offering for The Benevolence 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.


Gratitude is expressed to all who enabled or assisted in the celebration of the Advent-Christmas season, through acquiring, decorating and recently dismantling the tree, leading and participating in worship, facilitating the Café Service, etc, etc. Messages of appreciation have been received from the Rev Maudeen MacDougall and Meadowside St Paul's congregation members who joined us on 30th December.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2013-14

The editor, Primavera Quantrill, is inviting contributions for the next connexional Prayer Handbook and our Chair of Synod, Lily Twist, has expressed the hope that the District will again have a number of contributions included, ie of printed prayers and / or photographic illustrations.

The theme for 2013-14 is “Light and Hope”, based on lines from the hymn 'May the God of hope go with us everyday' (Singing the Faith 411).

Full details of requirements are available on the Vestibule table or from the Office or Synod members.

Contributions are to be sent by 16th January to the District Office, Scottish Churches House, Dunblane, FK15 0AJ; email: fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th - 25th January

This annual time of world-wide sharing in worship, prayer and witness will be marked on the eight days from Friday, under the theme “What does God require of us?”, using material prepared by an ecumenical group in south India, published for use in this country by CCBI.

The Broughty Ferry Churches Group will observe the Week by shared worship on Wednesday 24th January at 12 noon in Barnhill St Margaret's Church, Invermark Terrace, Broughty Ferry, which can be followed by lunch at the weekly café in the Halls. A warm welcome is given to all.

“Beethoven Five Alive!” Workshop in Dundee

To celebrate the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, an opportunity is offered to join a scratch orchestra or choir “to perform a new piece created by you”.

On Wednesday 6th February from 7pm in the Caird Hall, Ian Steiner will lead an orchestra of professional and amateur musicians for a 3-hour workshop, exploring Beethoven's Fifth and creating a unique work for performance at the end of the workshop.

The Workshop will be suitable for all musical enthusiasts (including compete novices!) aged 7 or over (16 & under must be accompanied by an adult throughout), players to bring their instrument (or sing or play percussion).

Participation is free but reservation is necessary, with places allocated on “first come, first served” basis. Apply by midnight next Sunday (20th January) by email to Beethoven5@bbc.co.uk.

See poster on downstairs noticeboard.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until Thursday 31st January 2013. Roseangle Café Arts (junction of Roseangle and Perth Road, opposite the Art College) An exhibition of “late works” by Dennis White with works by Louise Pearson and Volker Rosenberg. See poster on downstairs noticeboard; Roseangle Café Arts Facebook page.
Thursday 17th January, 7pm - 9pm Dundee Methodist Church, “B” Circuit Leadership Team
Friday 18th January 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. THIS WEEK has Dundee Methodists involved!

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in January for work in Ukraine.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • ministry to young people by the Bible Society in Malawi;
  • co-ordination of literacy programmes in Kenya, especially for rural areas;
  • completion and publication of translation of the Old Testament into Toba Sur in Argentina;
  • goal of the Bible Society of India to provide at least 300 translations for a population of more than 1 billion people speaking 1,652 languages or dialects, often bi-lingually.

Scottish Bible Society Bible a Month Calendar

For a number of years Dundee Methodists have supported the Scottish Bible Society's Bible-a-Month Calendar Scheme, focussing on one area each month. (See references in weekly news-sheet and Marketgait library area noticeboard). Updated information has been received on 2012 Bible a month projects:

  • Benin (January): more than 100 teachers have been trained to run literacy classes in their churches. People are taking up the offer of be able to read and write, thereby gaining access to knowledge and other life-changing skills.
  • Ghana (May): junior high school pupils are receiving Bibles through the “One Million Bibles” project.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
7th - 10th July 2013 John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh 5th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, organised by Faith in Older People and MHA.
The programme will include Master Classes, workshops, academic papers and presentations on projects, for which proposals are invited by 31st January.
Conference website, including booking form.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President of Conference in the Lancashire District from Tuesday;
  • the Learning and Development Officers in Scotland - Helen Wareing, Gary Williams, and Sally Robertson;
  • work from base in Lesotho (Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda;
  • Habitat for Humanity partnership to provide housing for families in Lebanon (Embrace);
  • projects in the Cornwall District (Methodist Homes);
  • action for justice transparency in taxation and land use (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Ukraine;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Iran and Iraq (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area (Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District) and in Portessie (North of Scotland Mission Circuit).