Dundee Methodist Church

22 September 2013

Next Sunday
29 September 2013
“a fifth Sunday”

10.45 am
refreshments served at tables
11 am
Café-style Worship on the theme of “Harvest”, led by Mrs Sue Marshall-Jennings
MRDF envelopes are to be available for return and dedication during worship.

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.

Sabbatical Arrangements

The Rev Mary Patterson will be on sabbatical from October to December inclusive (ie she resumes duties at the start of January 2014). During the sabbatical, the Rev John Butterfield will act as titular Superintendent of the Circuit. Pastoral matters requiring reference to a Minister should be directed to the Rev John Butterfield 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.

St Margaret's Café

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

Incorporation of Broughty Ferry into Dundee

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

  • A United Service will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 6pm in Broughty New Kirk.
  • It is hoped that a Joint BF Churches Choir will be formed to participate in the Service: rehearsal will be on Tuesday 29th October at 7.30pm and 12.30pm on Sunday 3rd November, in New Kirk. Please let Jenny or David Easson or Kate Green know if you wish to join this choir or email helenbridger@yahoo.com preferably by 30th Sept.
  • It is proposed that individual Ferry churches hold displays and “open days” in connection with the Centenary and that a “Church Trail” be publicised.
  • There will be a Public Lecture by Dr Chris Davey in St Marys' Episcopal Church.

Methodist Women in Britain ( MWiB)

A copy of the 2012-13 Annual Report is on the glass-top vestibule table for loan, reading, and return. Further copies may be available from those who received them as part of their Synod packs last Saturday.

“MWiB is about more than Methodism, more than women and more than Britain!

It is a movement within the Methodist Church, which offers resources and activities, particularly for women, with an emphasis on creative spirituality and global social justice. It is self-governing and self-funding, but operates across the Connexion and is linked closely with many parts of the Connexional Team. (Registered Charity No 1132208)”

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Tuesday 24th September 2013, 7pm Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Circuit Meeting
Wednesday 25th September 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.
Thursday 26th September 2013, 7pm - 9pm Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Church Council
Friday 27th September 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.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in September for work in Lebanon.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • translation of the New Testament into contemporary language in Macedonia, also the West Balkan Partnership's Calling the Harvesters project;
  • Remote and Indigenous Ministry Support - distribution of the latest God Story for the Outback translation into the Anmatyerr language of central Australia (c 3,000 speakers);
  • newly reformatted Maori Bible in New Zealand and project to reach young second-generation Maori speakers and families.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Friday 4th October 2013, 10am to 3pm Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ “Churches and Homelessness - a reflection.”, a seminar organised by Scottish Churches Housing Action.
More information, including booking form.
Saturday 5th October 2013, 1pm St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, High Street, Dundee The Strathmore Singers perform the Duruflé Requiem. Tickets at the door - £4 adults, £3 concessions, schoolchildren free. Coffee and tea are served after each concert. Series programme.
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.
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.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The Vice-President of Conference at the Labour Party Conference Monday - Tuesday;
  • Joint Meeting of Methodist Faith and Order Committee and Church of England Faith and Order Commission, Tuesday - Wednesday;
  • those taking up new offices and responsibilities in and for Methodism in Scotland;
  • Church Councils: Perth - Monday, Dundee - Thursday, Montrose - Friday;
  • cooperation with other flying agencies in Kenya ( Mission Aviation Fellowship);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea;
  • residents and staff in the Leeds District (Methodist Homes);
  • refugees helped by the Pontifical Mission Lebanon (Embrace);
  • campaigns against global hunger (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Lebanon;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Dudley and Netherton (Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District) and in Greenock (Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit).