Dundee Methodist Church

19 May 2013

Next Sunday
26 May 2013

11 am
Worship, with Holy Communion, conducted by the Rev Jean Murrie
Communion Offering for Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund (FiSCAF)

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 has been already sent out electronically to those who have so indicated and is available from Marketgait in print for those who wish a paper copy. More can be run off if required.

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 and Jenny Easson.

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, would those wishing a Handbook would sign the sheet on the Vestibule table today. If you are aware of others who would wish a copy, please add their name or advise Jenny Easson.

Pam may also be able to include in the order other material from Methodist Publishing; please contact her direct (or indicate today 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.

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.

General Church Meeting

As previously indicated, the annual General Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 2nd June after worship, which will commence at 10.45am (ie the 'early singing' start time for that day). After a short break (to allow for 'comfort needs', car parking payments & serving of coffee), the formal GCM business will include the election of Church Stewards and four representatives from the congregation to the Church Council.

(NB Although the appointments of Church Stewards runs from 1st September, it may be necessary to call on new and / or former Stewards for cover during July and August in particular.)

This is an important opportunity for us all to share conversation about our life and work together.

Invitation to Anniversary Service

Dundee Methodists have been invited by Meadowside St Paul's Church of Scotland to join the Anniversary Celebration worship, with Communion, at 11am in Meadowside St Paul's on Sunday 30th June; there will also be a Methodist Café Service at that time in Marketgait. Any Methodists who wish to attend the Anniversary Service are encouraged to do so 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.

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 22nd 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 24th 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.
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.

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 to

  • funding of the East Caribbean Bible Society flagship project;
  • search for new premises for the Bible Society in Suriname to enable continuation of outreach to children, youth, and battered women;
  • volunteers working in Netherlands Antilles through the BibleBus and BibleWorld projects.

Christian Aid Week: “Bite Back at Hunger”

During this past week, Christian Aid has invited us to focus on Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bolivia, and partnerships with local organisations:

  • The Dabane Trust working with local communities in the Gwanda region of Zimbabwe to build a sand dam to provide a reliable water supply for the irrigation of crops;
  • CCSMKE in Eastern Kenya using mobile phone texting to send farmers localised weather forecasts to enable planting harvesting in the best conditions;
  • CIPCA working with marginalised communities in Bolivia to secure rights to land where they have lived for generations.

If you have not had opportunity to donate during Christian Aid Week, envelopes are available on the Vestibule table for return to Margaret.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st May 2013 Netherurd, West Linton, Peeblesshire “Climb Every Mountain” - an Area Event organised by Methodist Women in Britain (Scotland). “No mountaineering gear is required” for this time of “Relaxation, Refreshment and Renewal”. For details see plastic pocket on Vestibule table or contact Jenny Lee: 01261 821280, email jenny.scouts@btinternet.com.
Sunday 2nd June 2013 Dundee Methodist Church, 12 noon General Church Meeting

Prayer Points for this week