Dundee Methodist Church

31 January 2016

Next Sunday
7 February 2016

11 am
Worship led by the Rev Nick Baker

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.

Broughty Ferry Churches Group: Observance of Lent

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

  • Ecumenical Service of Ashes at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th February in Our Lady of Good Counsel (Westfield Road, Broughty Ferry) at 7.30pm;
  • Study Group on Monday mornings (except Feb 22nd) in St Mary's (Queen Street) from 10.15am to 11.45am, using the CTBI “Pilgrimage” material;
  • Reflective Act of Worship on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in St Mary's based round the CTBI “Pilgrimage” material.
  • Soup Lunches on Wednesdays (12.15pm to 1.30pm) in the YMCA, Brook Street (opposite M&S), in support of Christian Aid.

“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!).

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.

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
Monday 1st February 2016, 10am - 12 noon Strathmore Centre for Youth Development, Wellmeadow House, Gas Brae, Blairgowrie Blairgowrie Coffee Morning

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

  • provision of Scriptures, food and medicines to prisoners by the Bible Society in Togo;
  • staff and volunteers of the Bible Society in Cambodia on their travels to remote country areas for distribution of free Bibles;
  • translation of the New Testament into the Podoko language spoken in the far north of Cameroon.

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 leading the Nottingham and Derby District Ministers' Retreat, Mon-Wed;
  • District Circuit Stewards' meeting, Dunblane, Saturday;
  • treasurers and independent examiners of accounts for the Circuit and its congregations;
  • staff, residents and supporters in the Lincoln and Grimsby District (Methodist Homes);
  • the people of South Sudan, especially those forced to leave their homes because of violence (Christian Aid);
  • structured sporting programmes for Palestinian young people in the Gaza Strip (Embrace);
  • staff working in circumstances of change (The Leprosy Mission);
  • work in Tanzania (MAF);
  • Bible Society work in the Gulf States and in Togo;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of the Republic of Ireland and of the United Kingdom (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the North Lancashire Circuit (Lancashire District) and in Dunbar (Edinburgh and Forth Circuit).