Dundee Methodist Church

15 May 2016

Next Sunday
22 May 2016

11 am
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.

Christian Aid Week

The focus for fund and awareness-raising this week is on Jesus' call “to love our neighbours as ourselves and not just the ones next door or at the end of the street”. Our support is invited at any and all events in our local or other communities.

Some envelopes are available on the vestibule table; if you have not received one through the door or are unable to return it, you may do so via the offering plate in the coming weeks. Margaret Goudie (Christian Aid rep) will receive any donations.

Preaching Plan

The Plan for the next Quarter (June - August) has been published and a number of printed copies made available on the vestibule table. If you wish to receive either an emailed or printed copy, contact David Easson.

It will also be helpful to know of any worship requests or “diary dates” for the Plan for Sept - Nov by early July; please give Jenny Easson, Keith Pearson or Nick Baker any relevant details.

General Church Meeting

The annual General Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 5th June with worship commencing at 10.45am. Nominations for Church Stewards and representatives to the Church Council should be made to Margaret Goudie please, and also any other items for the agenda.

Core Skills Training for ministry with Children and Families

Training sessions, free to Methodists, will be held on Saturdays

  • May 21st - Perth
  • June 4th - Glasgow
  • June 25th - Edinburgh

See Flyer for content of each session (they differ), and booking information.

Free Tickets for Solas Festival: The Bield, Blackruthven

The Solas Festival takes place Friday 17th - Sunday 19th June; there will be a Methodist tent. Free Tickets are available for young people accompanied by leaders, and also for volunteers. Follow the links for more details.

Scotland District Prayer Diary

As part of a proposal to expand and develop the District Prayer List with a general “One Mission” focus, Jill Baker (Glasgow, District “One Mission” rep to the Connexion) has sent a request for prayer material for possible inclusion in an expanded Diary. This material might relate to local church activities, mission / outreach, overseas links, etc, possibly with photographs. Deadline - Sunday 31st July.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Friday 20th May 2016, 9am to 1pm The Steeple, Nethergate Final launch event of the Dundee Fairness Commission Report. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Commission's recommendations cover all aspects of poverty and inequality, and the Commission wishes a broad range of partners and people in Dundee to hear about
  • the effects of poverty and income inequality on people in Dundee;
  • stories of real hardship;
  • its recommendations;
  • initial responses to the recommendations.

To register or to indicate particular needs email dundee.partnership@dundeecity.gov.uk or phone 01382 433691.
Friday 20th May, 11am YMCA, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry “Big Cheque handover”. The Lent Soup Lunches organised through the Broughty Ferry Churches Group this year raised the sum of £723.14 for Christian Aid. A Big Cheque is to be handed over to a representative of Christian Aid Scotland; an invitation is extend to all Ferry “soup people” (providers, servers, consumers) to support this event.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in May for work in Scotland.

Our prayerful attention this week is drawn to

  • translation of the New Testament into Sherbo by the Bible Society in Sierra Leone;
  • presentation of a Bible to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at its opening on Saturday and SBS participation in the Heart and Soul event in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday;
  • meeting of Scotland church leaders and SBS on Tuesday to discuss the findings of the Transforming Scotland research.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland and of the Free Church of Scotland next week;
  • the Rev Dr David Easton, Chair of the Synod, on sabbatical;
  • contacts with the Circuit congregations' communities;
  • residents and staff in London (Methodist Homes);
  • Christian Aid Week (Christian Aid);
  • the Four Homes of Mercy, Bethany near Jerusalem (Embrace);
  • Bible Society work in Scotland.
  • work in west India (The Leprosy Mission);
  • work in Papua New Guinea (MAF);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Malawi, Zambia, Kenya & Tanzania (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the South West Tyneside Circuit (Newcastle upon Tyne District) and in Shettleston (Strathclyde Circuit).