Dundee Methodist Church

13 October 2013

Next Sunday
20 October 2013

11 am
Worship led by Mrs Jenni Whittle (NB change to Plan)

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.
We continue to prayerfully remember all those known to us who have recently been in hospital or having treatment at home; likewise, those who have regular contact with them, be they family, friends or staff.

Faith Lunch - meet the Chair

As previously intimated, the opportunity is offered to meet the new Chair of the Synod, the Rev David P Easton, at a Faith Lunch today following worship.

A warm welcome is given to everyone to stay and share food & conversation together. If you have not brought your own food then do not worry, there is usually enough food to share, and drinks are provided as usual.

Please note that car-parking charges start at 1pm.

Sabbatical Arrangements

During the Rev Mary Patterson's sabbatical (ie to the start of January 2014), the Rev John Butterfield will act as titular Superintendent of the Circuit. Pastoral matters requiring reference to a Minister should be directed to him in the first instance, and administrative, practical or clarification questions pertaining to the Circuit should be addressed to David Cowling as Senior Circuit Steward. The Church Stewards or other office-bearers would normally be the first contact anent local church matters.

Dundee Methodists and Food Banks

During the discussion in the September Café Service led by Sue Marshall-Jennings on the theme of “Harvest” and the inclusion of a section on “Food Banks” led by Liz Kay, there was a consensus that this congregation should, as far as practical, support Food Banks in Dundee.

More information will follow but support for the Dundee Foodbank can be done with immediate effect by bringing in any of the suggested items from the Shopping List that is available on the table on the upstairs landing, and placing the items in the box provided below it. As well as the Shopping List, there is an explanatory slip available.

Liz or Sue will take these items to Dundee Foodbank for distribution to those in need. Your support in terms of giving money is also welcome and again - see either Liz or Sue. We hope to be able to set up displays and provide more information over the coming weeks so “watch this space”.

Incorporation of Broughty Ferry into Dundee

Events forming part of the Ferry's marking of the Centenary of its Incorporation into Dundee as from 4th November 1913

  • a United Service on Sunday 3rd November at 6pm in Broughty New Kirk.
  • A Joint BF Churches Choir will participate in the Service: rehearsals will be on Tuesday 29th October at 7.30pm and 12.30pm on Sunday 3rd November, in New Kirk.
  • displays and “open days” in a “Church Trail”;
  • Public Lecture by Dr Chris Davey in St Marys' Episcopal Church and a Poetry Competition for Children and Young People;

St Margaret's Café

Lunches / afternoon teas are served in Barnhill St Margaret's Hall on Wednesdays from 12.30 pm to 4pm.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 16th October 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 18th October 2013, 12 noon to 1pm YMCA 151 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry (opposite “M&S Food”) (map) Broughty Ferry Churches Group Christian Aid Soup Lunch. A choice of soups is offered, with bread and cheese, followed by tea or coffee, for which a minimum donation of £2 is requested. A warm welcome is extended to all to partake of the Soup Lunch and join in the warm table fellowship throughout the autumn and spring.
Saturday 19th October 2013, 1pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee Lunchtime Concert - David Mowle - piano. Tickets at the door - £4 adults, £3 concessions, schoolchildren free. Coffee and tea are served after each concert. Series programme.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in October for work in Laos. Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • translation work into local languages and literacy promotion in Argentina;
  • “Read to Live” Bible study literacy programme, helping thousands of women in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Panama, and Ecuador to learn to read and write, increase their self-esteem and challenge domestic violence;
  • projects in Uruguay including outreach to prisoners, drug addicts and people with HIV / AIDS;
  • sharing the Gospel with the deaf community in Venezuela.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 7pm Baxter Suite, Tower Building, Dundee University Dundee Fairtrade Forum AGM. Professor John Riches of Just Trading Scotland will give a talk on 'The Story of Malawian Rice Farmers'. A free curry and rice supper and Fairtrade wine will be available.
Friday 25th October 2013, 7.30pm Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee “Battle of the Organs”. Hear Kevin Bowyer and Carol Williams compare and contrast the Caird's own Harrison organ and a custom instrument from Viscount organs.
Tuesday 5th November 2013, 11am to 4pm Perth Methodist Church, Scott Street “Inviting People to Stay”
This District Event will focus on follow-up from 'Back to Church Sunday' contacts. Michael Harvey will lead the seminar; refreshments and lunch will be provided. For further details see poster on notice board, contact Rev Martin Keenan: tel: 01542 831176; 07921 540 170; email: martin.keenan@methodist.org.uk.
Saturday 9th November 2013, 10.30am to 4.00pm, followed by early dinner (optional) Old Churches House, (former Scottish Churches House) Dunblane “Live Upside Down”
The Holiness and Risk Group invite us “to think what it means to follow a man who challenges us to see the world differently”. Please book through Fiona in the District Office (01886 820295; fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com ).

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President of Conference in Bristol until Thursday and in East Anglia next weekend;
  • the Vice-President and others including Sandy Laurie at the Methodist Council, Monday - Tuesday;
  • ACTS members meeting in Coatbridge on Wednesday and Thursday, and our Methodists attending it;
  • the Rev Mary Patterson continuing her sabbatical;
  • the amphibious floatplane in Bangladesh, and the fixed-wing aircraft in East Timor, both vital in their communities (MAF);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in north-east India;
  • residents and staff in the Manchester and Stockport District (Methodist Homes);
  • the educational and campaigning activities of Fairhaven School, Alexandria, Egypt (Embrace);
  • the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Thursday (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Laos;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Stafford (Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District) and in New Stevenston (Lanarkshire Circuit).