Dundee Methodist Church

30 June 2013

Next Sunday
7 July 2013

11 am
Worship led by the Rev Mary Patterson

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.

Methodist Conference 2013 - London

The Conference will meet in Westminster Central Hall, for the ministerial session from Thursday, with the representative session from Saturday until the following Thursday. Proceedings can usually be accessed and followed online through the Conference website

The Agenda is also downloadable via the same site and is available in pdf and eBook formats.

In addition to the Rev Lily Twist, as Chair, the Scotland District will be represented by the Rev Martin Keenan, the Rev Andrew Letby, Deacon Roger Hensman, Mrs Jenny Lee and Mr Ritchie Walker, while the Shetland District will be represented by Mr Keith Hawkins, in addition to their Chair, the Rev Jeremy Dare.

Action for Children

  • Please note that there is a now vacancy for a link person with Action for Children (AfC). Those holding boxes or wishing to make donations in support of AfC may do so direct to the Church Treasurer.
  • AfC Dundee Families Project: see the noticeboard for a letter, photo and card of thanks for our support of their work through our donations in envelopes and offerings.
  • Nominations are invited for the Stephenson Awards, for 2013. Named in honour of the founder of the National Children's Home and Orphanage, these seek “to celebrate the commitment and expertise of those who make sure Action for Children can be there for the UK's most vulnerable children and families.” Nominations of any AfC supporters, volunteers, foster carers, or staff members should be made by Wednesday 31st July. Contact stephensonawards@events.actionforchildren.org.uk.

World Council of Churches 'Building an Interfaith Community'

From 12th - 30th August up to 30 young Christians, Muslims and Jews from around the world will meet to explore the question,

“What can we, as people of faith, do to overcome the pressing challenges of our time, such as violence and conflict, and build together mutually accountable societies based on respect and cooperation?”

This summer seminar will take place at the WCC Ecumenical Institute in Bossy, near Geneva, the WCC base.

Church Financial Administrator

St Peter's Church is advertising the above position, to provide administrative support of its Minister, congregation, and wider ministry. The post-holder will work a 12-hour week: 3 hours on a Monday morning in the Church Office, the remaining hours on a negotiated basis. For Job Description and Person Specification, apply to St Peter's direct - office@stpeters-dundee.org.uk. The closure for applications is Monday 15th July, with interviews scheduled for Monday 29th July.

Fresh Expressions Development Worker

The Church of Scotland is seeking a person to fill the above post, based in Edinburgh. For details, see the advertisement, phone 0131 240 2249 or email recruitment@cofscotland.org.uk.

The closure for applications is noon on Friday 12th July.

Broughty Ferry Churches news

  • Barnhill St Margaret's Church, Invermark Terrace, hold a Lunchtime Service on Wednesdays at 12 noon.
  • St Luke's and Queen Street Church, Broughty Ferry serve an Afternoon Tea on Thursdays between 2pm and 3pm.
  • The formal linkage of the parish churches of Broughty Ferry St Stephen's & West and Dundee, St Mary's has taken place, with the Rev Keith Hall as Minister of both. Jenny and David Easson (currently Chair and Secretary of the Broughty Ferry Churches Group) were invited to attend The Linkage Dedication Service in St Stephen's and West last Thursday when they conveyed best wishes and support for this new relationship and phase of ministry for both congregations.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 3rd 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.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

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

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • hosting of a delegation from the State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) of the Chinese government, during their current UK visit;
  • Egyptian Christians deported from or jailed in Libya where conditions are very difficult;
  • legal restrictions on churches in Algeria and on importing Scriptures;
  • outreach through social media, including SBS presence on Facebook.

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-designate of Conference, the Rev Ruth Gee, and the Vice-President-designate, Dr Daleep Mukarji;
  • Methodist Conference in London from Thursday;
  • Methodist Ministers and families changing stations in the coming two months;
  • Ministry Team's work in Papua New Guinea ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in west India;
  • residents and staff in Birmingham (Methodist Homes);
  • partnerships with Christians in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt (Embrace);
  • launch of Christian Aid Collective to build a sense of community among young people (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in The Philippines and in Scotland;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Hornsea (York and Hull District) and all in Mosspark Ecumenical Partnership (Glasgow Circuit).