Dundee Methodist Church

27 October 2013

Next Sunday
3 November 2013

10.45 am
“early singing”
11 am
Worship including Communion conducted by the Rev Dr Gerald Bostock
Communion Offering for the Mental Health Foundation
Ecumenical Service in Broughty New Kirk

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.

UNICEF Jars of Grace

As is our custom, “Jars of Grace” will be distributed during worship today with an invitation to support the work of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, by making a donation at mealtimes.

The focus of this year's Appeal is on vaccination programmes worldwide. See leaflet in Jars for background information.

The Jars are to be returned (with contents!) during worship on Sunday 3rd November, or thereafter to Margaret, please.

Broughty Ferry: A Strong Community

Broughty Ferry Churches Group invites support at all or any of the following events to mark the centenary of the Incorporation of the Burgh into the City of Dundee on 4th November 1913:

  • Church Trail: local churches open at various times on Tuesday 29th October, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November - see leaflet on Vestibule table / poster on noticeboard;
  • Friday 1st November: Beach Heritage Walk at 2pm from St James' Parish Church - free but please register;
  • Saturday 2nd November: Lecture at 2.30pm - 3pm in Barnhill St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church; by Chris Davey (co-author of “The Memory of Broughty Ferry”), followed by organ recital;
  • Sunday 3rd November: Ecumenical Service at 6pm in Broughty New Kirk, also a display of the School Poetry Competition entries.

Dundee Methodists and Food Banks: update

Please support the Dundee Foodbank by bringing in any of the suggested items from the Shopping List (on the table on the upstairs landing) and placing the items in the large blue Bucket provided nearby. An explanatory slip is also available.

  • Liz has now taken a load to the Food Bank and notes that there is a need for plastic carrier bags of suitable size: please place any spares along with food items in the Bucket.
  • Support in terms of giving money is also welcome - see Liz.

Literature on the Vestibule Table

Literature has been sent to us by

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.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 30th 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 1st November 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 2nd November 2013, 10am to 4pm St Andrew's and St George's Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA Fresh Expressions: Vision Day. This “ecumenical exploration and celebration of fresh expressions of church” will take place. Cost - £12, including refreshments and lunch. Registration form.
Saturday 2nd November 2013, 1pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee Lunchtime Concert - Layla Brown - Soprano. 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, and in November for work in Haiti.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • the Fair Play movement in Brazil, an initiative promoting the Bible during sporting events - especially planning for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games;
  • literacy programmes in Haiti where around 65% of the population are illiterate;
  • new Latvian Bible translation, available in print and electronic formats.

Release International

This organisation, concerned by the persecution of Christians throughout the world, has contacted us to draw our attention to its work. For more information, see the copies of the latest magazine (on the Vestibule table) or see website.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
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 on retreat, Monday - Thursday;
  • Baptist Assembly meeting in Motherwell, Thursday - Saturday;
  • ecumenical relationships of the Circuit's congregations;
  • Broughty Ferry Churches Group's participation in its local community's marking of the Incorporation Centenary;
  • developing work and contacts in Mongolia (MAF);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Nigeria;
  • residents and staff in North Lancashire (Methodist Homes);
  • Palestinian Bible Society's work with disadvantaged youth through Zacchaeus House in Jericho (Embrace);
  • the team running a youth work conference focussing on poverty (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Laos and in Haiti;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of The Indian Ocean Islands (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the Vale of Stour (Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District) and all in Grahamston United Church, Falkirk (Central Scotland Circuit).