Dundee Methodist Church

24 January 2016

Next Sunday
31 January 2016
“a fifth Sunday”

10.45 am
Refreshments served at tables
11 am
Café-style Worship led by Mrs Jenny Easson

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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18-25 Jan 2016

This year's theme is “Salt of the Earth” with material prepared by Christians in Latvia. It is based around the verses of 1 Peter 2, 9-10.

“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!).

Worship Consultation résumé

At the meeting on Thursday evening, the following were considered:

  • theme for January Café Service - “health and well-being: 'fullness of life'”;
  • worship and displays for Lent and Easter - liturgy, flowers, window, porch;
  • support worship jointly with ecumenical friends on Good Friday, encouraged to worship in own communities on Maundy Thursday;
  • Holy Communion practices;
  • children in worship - adult facilitators to meet together;
  • next meeting - Wed 27th April, 7pm.

District “Youth Weekend Away”

This year's event, for young people aged 12-17, will be from Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September at Dalguise (by the Tay, north of Dunkeld) with opportunities to undertake a variety of activities under qualified leadership. The cost of the weekend, which includes accommodation (but bring sleeping bag & pillow!) and food, is £108, with a request of an initial deposit of £30.

More details are available from the Rev Gordon Hay: Tel - 07793 222 646 or 0141 632 0691; gordon.hay@methodist.org.uk.

A booking form is on the vestibule table with the covering letter - completed forms should be returned to Gordon Hay by Saturday 7th February.

The One Programme 2016-17: host projects sought

This Methodist Church programme provides for a paid year for young people aged 16-23 to work an average of 15 hours per week, mostly in a local project plus some hours for Connexional work and training. Churches and projects, from across the connexion, or that have a link to the Methodist Church, are invited to apply to host a young person on placement with the One Programme for the year from September 2016 to August 2017.

The Host Project Application Packcontains detailed information and an application form. For more details or for help and advice please contact Gary Williams, telephone, 07799900464. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th March 2016.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Thursday 28th January 2016, 2.15pm Our Lady of Good Counsel Broughty Ferry Churches Group meeting
Saturday 30th January 2016, 10.30am Dundee Methodist Church setting up for Café Service

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in January for work in The Gulf States. Our prayerful attention this week is drawn to

  • work of the Bible Society in Armenia with children, especially in orphanages, and through summer camps and the distribution of Bibles;
  • availability of the Bible in Blin for peoples in Eritrea, continuing work on the Old Testament in that language;
  • translation of a new edition of the Hebrew Bible by the Bible Society in Germany - several volumes have already been published;
  • use of digital media by the SBS Communications Team, especially for contact with younger generations;
  • continued interest in the Community Bible Experience (a project of shared reading of the Bible “in its chronological order”).

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 of Conference in Uganda to 20th February;
  • the Connexional Team and office staff based in Methodist Church House, London;
  • the District Church and Society group meeting in Stirling, Wednesday;
  • Arbroath Pastoral Committee, Tuesday;
  • CEPREV working with young people in situations of violence in Nicaragua (Christian Aid);
  • work in Nepal and Uzbekistan (The Leprosy Mission);
  • Bible Society work in the South Pacific;
  • work in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District (Methodist Homes);
  • contact with mountain communities in Mexico (MAF);
  • Habitat for Humanity's renovation of homes in Lebanon (Embrace);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of the Republic of Ireland and our own communities in the United Kingdom (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in Taunton Deane and South Sedgemoor (Plymouth & Exeter District) and in Tranent (Edinburgh & Forth Circuit).