Dundee Methodist Church

7 February 2016

Next Sunday
14 February 2016
Lent 1

11 am
Worship led by Worship led by Mr David Cowling

We give the assurance of our thoughts and prayers to all who are unwell, awaiting or undergoing treatment, anxious, or grieving for the loss of loved ones.

Observance of Lent

During Lent, worship in Marketgait will include a responsive Lenten Liturgy at or near the start of the Service. There will be no flowers upstairs but there will be a symbolic arrangement on the Beechwood Table in the porch. We are invited to bring fresh daffodils on Easter Sunday.

Our friends in Meadowside St Paul's have sent a warm invitation to the annual ecumenical Lent Study series in their church halls at 7.15pm on Tuesdays (from 16th February) using material from 40ACTS 'do Lent generously'.

The Broughty Ferry Churches Group issues a warm invitation to the following:

  • Ecumenical Service of Ashes at 7.30pm on Wednesday in Our Lady of Good Counsel;
  • Study Group on Monday mornings (except 22nd February) in St Mary's (Queen Street, near Post Office Bar) from 10.15am to 11.45am, using the CTBI Pilgrimage material;
  • Soup Lunch on Wednesdays (12.15pm to 1.30pm) 10th February to 16th March inclusive in the YMCA, Brook Street (opposite M&S), in support of Christian Aid; soup & a filled roll, then tea or coffee will be provided, invited minimum donation of £3.
  • Reflective Act of Worship on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in St Mary's (Queen Street) based round the CTBI Pilgrimage material.

“The Connexion”

The latest edition of this magazine is now available on the glass vestibule table - please uplift a copy, read, and return (or retain and let David Easson know so we can order more in future!).

Community Bible Experience

The congregation of St James' Church Broughty Ferry are to undertake a planned reading of the Bible during 8 weeks from 17th April, under the above Scheme, and have invited others to join them.

The Scheme provides for daily reading of a specially-produced Bible (books arranged more chronologically, without internal subdivisions) and shared conversation with others in “Book Club”-style groups. To know more, contact David or Jenny Easson before Monday 21st March; register with St James' by Monday 21st March (Registration forms on table)

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 7pm Dundee Methodist Church, “L” Church Council
Wednesday 10th February 2016, 12.15pm YMCA, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry Soup Lunch in Lent; soup & a filled roll, then tea or coffee will be provided, invited minimum donation of £3. Profits to Christian Aid.
Wednesday 10th February 2016, 7.30pm Our Lady of Good Counsel (Westfield Road, Broughty Ferry) Ecumenical Service of Ashes

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

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

  • continuing work on translation of the Old Testament into Bissa, spoken by around 800,00 people in Burkina Faso;
  • funding and publication of the modern Gaelic translation of the New Testament;
  • translation of the Old Testament into Kalanga by Bible Society staff in Botswana;
  • conferences and events held by the Bible Society in Estonia during the year.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 17th February, 12.15pm to 6pm. Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh “Understanding the 2015 General Election result in Scotland”, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor John Curtice and ScotCen Social Research, will present the results of their study into the 2015 General Election in Scotland for the first time. The research has been conducted under the auspices of The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).
Contrasting long-run changes since the advent of devolution with recent changes in voting behaviour and political attitudes will provide deep insights into the reasons underlying the outcome of the vote. It will also offer insights into Scotland's political landscape as it prepares for Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.
The event is open to the public and free to attend, but registration through Eventbrite is required as places are limited. Full programme.
Monday 29th February, 12.30pm to 8.30pm. Central Hall, Westminster Methodist Homes conference on the theme “One Day to Explore Why Later Life Matters”. The conference is intended as an exploration of current and future ideas to combat loneliness among older people.
The conference fee is £50 (early bird) or £90.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President and Vice-President of Conference in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District ,Thursday - Monday;
  • Connexional Allowances Committee, Thursday;
  • District Church & Society Forum and District Advance Fund meetings, Wednesday;
  • Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship in Scotland, their annual conference in Coatbridge, next weekend;
  • work in the Liverpool District (Methodist Homes);
  • flood protection in Bangladesh (Christian Aid);
  • Zvartnotz Centre in Beirut, working with Syrian refugees who have learning disabilities (Embrace);
  • work in Nepal and in Uzbekistan (The Leprosy Mission);
  • outreach and support through Technological Services (MAF);
  • Bible Society work in Togo;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Belgium, Luxemburg, and The Netherlands (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the North Fylde Circuit (Lancashire District) and in Tranent & Cockenzie (Edinburgh and Forth Circuit).