Dundee Methodist Church

10 March 2013

Next Sunday
17 March 2013
Lent 5

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.

Meet the President of Conference, Revd Dr Mark Wakelin

This evening, Sunday, 10th March, the President will be at Blairgowrie for a Circuit Service at 6pm to which all are welcome. It is hoped that a good number from each of our Circuit churches will be able to attend this service. Help with transport may be possible - please ask!

Lent Groups

BFCG and Dundee City Centre Churches have arranged the following weekly Study Groups.

  • City Centre:
“Ecumenical Lenten Study Groups Tuesdays at 7.15 for 7.30pm in Meadowside St Paul's Hall Complex (turn left on entry to the Lower Hall, the usual place of our meeting).

The theme this year is “Fit for Purpose” - A Lenten Course in Spiritual Health. This may be purchased at www.kevinmayhew.com or better still through the CLC bookshop.

  • Broughty Ferry Churches Group:

The theme will be “This is our Story: Journeys of Faith”, using material from CTBI (including downloadable pdfs of the materials), also to be the basis of BBC Radio Services (Radio 4 and Local Radio stations) in Lent.

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 http://www.divinechocolate.com/poetry/default.aspx and entries must be submitted by 30th April 2013.”

“Lies about poverty: shattering the myths”

13 million people - including 3.6 million children - live in poverty in the UK today

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have published the above major new Report, confronting the most common myths told about people who are in poverty or in receipt of benefits, highlighting some of the most abused statistics.

The Report states that the misuse of data supports “a comfortable but dangerous story: that the poor somehow deserve their poverty, and therefore deserve the cuts which they increasingly face.”

The Churches, together representing more than 1 million people across Britain, hope that the Report will empower Christians and others to challenge myths and lies about poverty, wherever found.

The Report is to be sent to every MP and MSP; encouragement is given to constituents to ask how this information will be used by their elected representatives to challenge and better inform policy-making.

The World Mission Fund

This Fund, to which Dundee Methodists contribute through support of JMA, 'coffee money', boxes, sale of stamps, and an allocated Communion Offering, has reported a total expenditure of £4.3 million for the year 2012/11. The current economic difficult times are affecting this Fund, as all others, despite the freeing-up of £6.1 million of previously restricted endowment funds under charity law.

Work supported by the Fund includes

  • mission partners from the UK working with partner churches abroad;
  • Scholarship and Leadership Training grants for students from overseas to study in the UK or elsewhere;
  • Nationals in Mission appointments grants - 5 year funding of strategic mission posts;
  • annual grants - supporting general work by partners;
  • general grants - for unexpected, emergency relief work by partner churches or organisations.

“We always work through our partners asking them what their needs are and responding accordingly.”

(from MMS Review 2012)

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Monday 11th March 2013, 10.15am-11.45am St Mary's Episcopal Church, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry Broughty Ferry Churches Group Lenten Study Group. The theme will be “This is our Story: Journeys of Faith”, using material from CTBI (including downloadable pdfs of the materials), also to be the basis of BBC Radio Services (Radio 4 and Local Radio stations) in Lent. Facilitated by Jenny Easson.
Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7.15/7.30pm Meadowside St Paul's Hall Complex (turn left on entry to the Lower Hall, the usual place of our meeting) Ecumenical Lenten Study Group. The theme this year is “Fit for Purpose” - A Lenten Course in Spiritual Health. This may be purchased at www.kevinmayhew.com or better still through the CLC bookshop. It is adaptable but presents all leaders with a structure from which to work. Leaders this year are from St Andrews Cathedral, The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, The High Kirk and MStP's. The Salvation Army has also been invited. The Theme should make for lively ecumenical discussion!
Tuesday 12th March to Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday MacRobert Theatre, University of Stirling “Carousel”, to be presented by Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society. Book online, see poster and booking information on noticeboard or contact Jan Higgins, tel: 01786 821677; mobile 07811 055684.
Wednesday 13th March, 6pm Dundee Methodist Church, “B” Circuit's Church Treasurers meeting
Wednesday 13th March, 7pm Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Circuit Meeting
Wednesday 13th March, 7.30pm New Kirk, Broughty Ferry Watoto Children's Choir
Thursday 14th March 2013, 7.30pm to 9pm St Mary's Episcopal Church, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry Broughty Ferry Churches Group Lenten Study Group. The theme will be “This is our Story: Journeys of Faith”, using material from CTBI (including downloadable pdfs of the materials), also to be the basis of BBC Radio Services (Radio 4 and Local Radio stations) in Lent. Facilitated by representatives of Methodists with St Luke's & Queen Street.
Friday 15th March 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.
Friday 15th March (7pm) to Saturday 16th March (6pm) St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh Church of Scotland Music Group and Panel on Mission and Discipleship's Different Voices National Music Event 2013
Further details / booking; email enquiriesDV@cofscotland.org.uk
Saturday 16th March 10.45am - 3.30pm Dunblane District Policy Committee

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in March for work in Bolivia.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • promotion of the Jamaican New Testament in Patois following its launch last year;
  • translation of the Epistles into Gaelic and funding for work on the whole New Testament;
  • meeting of the SBS Board of Directors on Friday;
  • use of the Bibleworld Mobile trailer / classroom on journeys through Scotland.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Monday 18th March 2013, 10.15am-11.45am St Mary's Episcopal Church, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry Broughty Ferry Churches Group Lenten Study Group. The theme will be “This is our Story: Journeys of Faith”, using material from CTBI (including downloadable pdfs of the materials), also to be the basis of BBC Radio Services (Radio 4 and Local Radio stations) in Lent. Facilitated by Jenny Easson.
Tuesday 19th March 2013, 7.15/7.30pm Meadowside St Paul's Hall Complex (turn left on entry to the Lower Hall, the usual place of our meeting) Ecumenical Lenten Study Group. The theme this year is “Fit for Purpose” - A Lenten Course in Spiritual Health. This may be purchased at www.kevinmayhew.com or better still through the CLC bookshop. It is adaptable but presents all leaders with a structure from which to work. Leaders this year are from St Andrews Cathedral, The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, The High Kirk and MStP's. The Salvation Army has also been invited. The Theme should make for lively ecumenical discussion!
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 7.30pm to 9pm New Kirk Small Hall, Queen Street Broughty Ferry Churches Group Lenten Study Group. The theme will be “This is our Story: Journeys of Faith”, using material from CTBI (including downloadable pdfs of the materials), also to be the basis of BBC Radio Services (Radio 4 and Local Radio stations) in Lent. Facilitated by representatives of Methodists with St Luke's & Queen Street.
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 1 pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee Saturday Lunchtime Concert given by Matthew McAllister, guitar. Tickets - adults: 4; concessions: 3; schoolchildren: free - available at the door. Coffee/tea served after each concert, with the chance to meet the performers.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President of Conference's visit to Manchester and Stockport and the Vice-President in Beds, Essex and Herts, next weekend;
  • the Roman Catholic Church, especially our brothers and sisters in Scotland, at this time of election, challenge, and change;
  • those responsible for finance and property in the Circuit;
  • work in Chad, supporting a population affected by poverty & bad social conditions (MAF);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Bangladesh;
  • Fairhaven School Alexandria's support of children with learning disabilities (Embrace);
  • projects in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District (Methodist Homes);
  • provision of looms by RAADA for women in Afghanistan (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Bolivia;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Germany and France (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Biggleswade (Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District) and our Circuit colleagues in Riverside, Blairgowrie (Angus, Dundee and Perthshire Circuit).