Dundee Methodist Church

28 July 2013

Next Sunday
4 August 2013

11 am
All-age Worship led by Mr David Cowling

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.

Gift Aid for Small Donations

An addition has been made to the Gift Aid scheme. This new aspect is unrelated to tax and therefore applicable to those who have not been able to join Gift Aid in the past. The Church can now claim on loose collections and envelopes not previously involved. There are however a couple of restrictions which only affect people who have not been able to Gift Aid.

  1. we cannot claim on any cheques
  2. we cannot claim on sums greater than £20.

This latter condition has one important practical consequence - if you would normally have combined collections for more than one week into one envelope, it is better to submit all the separate ones eg 3 envelopes with a £10 note in each can be claimed against but 1 envelope with £30 or a cheque in it cannot.

If you are not currently a Gift-Aider, please consider this.

Thanks! (David E - Treasurer & Mary F - Gift Aid Sec)

District Service of Welcome

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 31st August in Perth Methodist Church and will be followed by refreshments and informal fellowship.

Broughty Ferry Churches news

Link Club stall

The Club has again been given the opportunity by Rotary Dundee to take a stall in City Square on Saturday 31st August.

If you have items you wish to donate for sale please consult Lorna as to suitability and the best ways & means of providing them.

Darling's Coffee Shop

The Link Club has had two trips to Arbroath in recent weeks and visited Darling's Coffee Shop for refreshments. This is a venture under the auspices of Enable (of which the Link Club is a Special Interest Branch). In addition to the usual coffee shop refreshments and a 'pick up a picnic bag to take away' service, Darling's serves a High Tea Menu on Sundays between 4pm and 6pm. There is also artwork on display and for sale produced by local artists from Angus Council's Participate art group.

“Darling's is a social enterprise supporting young people with learning disabilities to gain valuable skills, training and work experience.”

40 trainees have joined the training academy with 13 people moving on to paid employment.

Darling's Coffee Shop is located at 134 High Street, Arbroath DD11 1HN; for further information about its work, contact The Transition Co-ordinators on 01241 238 375.

“Unclaimed property” - can you help?

Lorna is aiming to create an identified and easily accessible space to keep material suitable for children during worship. She has come across several items in the cupboard opposite the upstairs office, about which she requests clarification.

Please contact her with advice on provenance, ownership, suitability of retaining or disposing appropriately of the following:

  • wooden rocking cradle - in good condition - surplus to our crèche needs - dispose of via charity outlet?
  • large cream coloured bathsheet - retain or dispose of?
  • table tennis equipment + set of darts - ex-Youth Club possibly? - to be retained?
  • other toys - to be given TLC before retention or disposal.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Tuesday 30th July 2013, 10.30am Dundee Methodist Church Plan-making meeting
Wednesday 31st July 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.
Thursday 1st August 2013, 7.30pm to 9pm St Leonard's Chapel, South Street, St Andrews; in the grounds of St Leonard's' School, off The Pends, with pedestrian access only - “strictly No Parking”. “What is it really like to be a University Chaplain?” - A talk on the above question will be given by the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, Chaplain to the University of St Andrews. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection for “Suzie Foster's Kilimanjaro Climb” in support of the Fife communities' local Maggie's Centre.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in July for work here in Scotland and in August for work in Zambia.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • participation by Bible Society staff in Turkey in secular Book Fairs, also visits to Islamic Faculties;
  • work in Jordan among Syrian refugees, also government authorities dealing with the refugee crisis;
  • the Good Samaritan Programme in Zambia, working with churches to help the infected and affected to deal with the HIV / AIDS pandemic;
  • SBS presence at and contributions to the 'Keswick in Buckie' convention.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Saturday 31st August 2013, 2pm Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street Service of Welcome for the Rev Dr David P Easton, currently Chair-designate of the Scotland Synod.
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.

Prayer Points for this week