Dundee Methodist Church

5 May 2013

Next Sunday
12 May 2013

11 am
Worship led by the Rev Dr Gerald Bostock

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.

Circuit Preaching Plan: June - August

The next Quarter's Plan is in course of preparation, to be sent out electronically in the coming weeks to those who have so indicated and available from Marketgait in print for those who wish a paper copy.

If you have not previously agreed / indicated which of these two options you prefer, please do so by signing the sheet on the Vestibule table or advising David or Jenny.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2013-14

Pam Bostock (Circuit Meeting Secretary) is to place a bulk order for the next Prayer Handbook, to include all the Circuit's churches.

The Handbook, entitled “Light and Hope”, should cost £3.15 (ordinary or large print). To provide an estimate of Dundee's requirements, it would be helpful if those wishing a Handbook would sign the sheet on the Vestibule table. If you are aware of others who would wish a copy, please add their name or advise Jenny.

Pam may also be able to include in the order other material from Methodist Publishing (thereby saving on post and packaging costs); please contact her direct (or indicate on the Handbook sheet) about this.

“Singing the Faith”- Jenny Easson has some insert sheets for the defective final page of the index in the music edition.

Invitation to Anniversary Service

After considering the invitation by Meadowside St Paul's Church of Scotland to Dundee Methodist Church, to join the Anniversary Celebration worship in Meadowside St Paul's on Sunday 30th June, it was decided that the Café Service would still be held at the usual time in Marketgait. Any Methodists who wish to attend this Anniversary Service with Communion are encouraged to do so; it is hoped that group may go to represent Dundee Methodists on this important occasion for our friends and neighbours. It would be helpful for our Church Stewards to know in advance of people wishing to go to MSP.

Royal Highland Show: Churches Stand

Volunteers to staff the Churches Stand at the RHS in Ingliston from 20th to 23rd June are sought. Please contact Bill Reid billreid@methodistchurch.plus.com, shonapaterson@acts-scotland.org or lcameron@cofscotland.org.uk.

Iona Community
Week of Celebration of the 1450th Anniversary of St Columba's Landing on Iona 18th - 24th May 2013

This year marks the 1450th anniversary of Columba's arrival on Iona and also the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Iona Community and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the McLeod Centre. A Programme of celebrations has been organised for Pentecost Weekend leading into a week-long international and ecumenical gathering. Programme details

Edinburgh Half-Marathon: Sunday 26th May

David Rogerson (Central Scotland Circuit) will be running in support of Rett UK, a charity supporting those with this neurological syndrome and their families.

To sponsor David, see details on https://www.justgiving.com/David-Rogerson2/.

David's amount will be matched by Camas Enterprises Ltd.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 8th May 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.
Friday 10th May 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.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in May for work in Kyrgyzstan.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • funds for completion of a new Bible House in Guinea, also launch of the Good Samaritan HIV / AIDS programme;
  • on-going translation of material into the Kikongo, Umbundu, Songo and Nkumbi languages in Angola and the new translation project in Nyaneka, due to begin this year;
  • the first Bible in Mambwe-Lungu in Zambia;
  • launch of the first isiNdebele Bible, completing the range of Bibles in all the official languages of South Africa, also new translations into isiZulu and Afrikaans.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Saturday 18th May 2013, 10am to 3pm St Luke's and Queen Street Church, Broughty Ferry >Broughty Ferry Churches Group: Pentecost Quiet Day. A “Quiet Day” is offered to all interested ('men as well as women' - 'come and go as you wish'). There will be the usual opportunities for craftwork, quiet reflection, conversation, food, fellowship, laughter …. Previous “Quiet Days” have been much appreciated by a range of people from the Ferry churches and community. All are invited to “come, taste and see” how good it is!
Saturday 25th May 2013, 10.30am to 2.30pm Falkland Estate Car Park The Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG) are this year hosting a Spiritual Walk, using themes being developed by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), and “to celebrate the value of God's Creation and reflect on its distinctive expression in a rural context”. The Walk will cover a distance of around 3 miles, starting from the Falkland Estate Car Park. Lunch will be provided (cost c £10); booking is required through shonapaterson@acts-scotland.org. See notice board for further details or contact ACTS.
Saturday 25th May 2013, 4.30pm St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh Royal School of Church Music Celebration Day. Following rehearsal by the choristers, a public Service will take place at 4.30pm, which will include modern works by Scottish composers, 'inspirational congregational hymns' and presentation of honorary awards. More details.
Sunday 26th May 2013 Meadowside St Paul's Church, Dundee Concert by Paisley Abbey Choir, with George McPhee. Tickets £6 from Dundee City Box Office.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President and Vice-President of Conference at the Methodist Diaconal Convocation, Tuesday - Thursday;
  • Methodist-Anglican JIC2 meeting, Wednesday;
  • preparations for Methodist Conference in London in July;
  • conditions of civil unrest and inter-tribal conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's research work and partnerships;
  • projects in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District ( Methodist Homes);
  • staff of the J L Schneller School, Lebanon (Embrace);
  • elections in Pakistan, postponed from March to May (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Kyrgyzstan;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Djibouti and Somalia (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Ryedale (York and Hull District) and all in Granton Ecumenical Partnership (Edinburgh & Forth Circuit).