Dundee Methodist Church

27 November 2016

Next Sunday
4 December 2016
Advent 2: Mission in Britain

11 am
Worship led by Mrs Sue Marshall-Jennings
offering plate available for donations for Mission in Britain

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.

Methodist ClothesBank

It is good to report that the first people who came had their clothing needs met and went away satisfied. Although the numbers may mean this feels like a slow start, it does give encouragement for the future (think of “mustard seed” parable application!)

Links are also being forged with similar groups offering clothing and other necessities - eg for children and young people, or for less formal activities. This is also a positive indication that we have our place within a range of bodies seeking to support and help those with identifiable needs.

Donations of good quality clothes from people known to us can be brought in - ask Sue or Liz for advice on this.

Not surprisingly, the need for further storage / sorting space is a reality; it is therefore proposed to make use of the library area, which will entail removal of items such as the “staging” and many rarely-if-ever-read books. If there are books you think strongly that we should retain (where?!), please either let Sue or Jenny Easson know or take charge of them yourself. Please also take away any you might wish for yourself.

The chairs in the former crèche room will be replaced.

ClothesBank sessions take place on Mondays 10am -12 noon (Liz Kay in charge) and Thursdays 1pm - 3pm (Sue Marshall-Jennings in charge).

Dundee Food Bank

Liz Kay wishes to pass on thanks to all who make donations to this still vital work.

A special request has been made for any items appropriate to or suitable for the Christmas season.

Plan Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

The Circuit Preaching Plan for the next Quarter has been distributed by email and some printed copies are available on the vestibule table.

If you wish your name added to those who receive either an electronic or printed copy, please let David Easson know.

Charity Film Awards - All We Can

All We Can (Methodist Relief and Development Fund) has entered the video we used in our Harvest service into the Charity Film Awards competition. We are invited to support it - see http://www.charityfilmawards.com/videos/all-we-can.

New minister for our circuit

Following the Chairman's announcement at District Policy Committee (last Saturday), Sue Marshall-Jennings (Senior Circuit Steward) is pleased to be able to share the news that we have invited Rev Nicola (Nik) Wooller to come and work in our Circuit and she has accepted this invitation.

She will spend 50% of her time working in the District Role where she will be engaging with 'Missing Methodists' and 'Churchless Christians' and 50% of her time within the Circuit, sharing Pastoral Charge of the Perth and Blairgowrie Churches as well as being a welcome colleague for Rev Nick Baker in all he does as Superintendent across the whole Circuit.

Subject to ratification of this by Conference in July, we look forward to welcoming the Rev Nik Wooller to the Circuit to start her ministry here from 1st September 2017.

“In Touch” next edition

Fiona Inglis, the District Administrator, requests any articles or information for the next edition of the District Newsletter be sent to her by Thursday 1st December please.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Saturday, 3rd December, 10am - 12noon Dundee Methodist Church Coffee Morning for the Clothes Bank, in association with Dundee City Council. If you (or someone you know) would like a table for sale or display purposes please let us know. Offers of help for the day or with baking will be much appreciated; please contact Petra or Nick. All funds raised in support of the Clothes Bank.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in November for work in Peru and in December for work in Uzbekistan.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • new translation of the Bible into contemporary Slovenian - entitled The Life of Jesus, it is aimed specifically for young people;
  • work on the translation of the Bible into modern Croatian;
  • provision of Proclaimers, a wind-up audio Bible by the Bible Society of Uzbekistan, where “keeping printed Scriptures is very dangerous”;
  • Bread of Life programme run in Peru for over 17 years, helping over 7,000 children in deprived and rural areas by providing nutritious breakfasts, Bible classes and Scripture resources.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President and the Vice-President of Conference in the Manchester and Stockport District next weekend;
  • Connexional Allowances Committee and Audit Committee meetings on Thursday & Friday, respectively;
  • meeting of the President and Vice-President with the Moderator of the Kirk's General Assembly, London, Tue;
  • manse provision and care in our Circuit;
  • work in the Sheffield District (Methodist Homes);
  • bursary scheme for students from the East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza (Embrace);
  • work with people in Burma (Christian Aid);
  • work in south India (The Leprosy Mission);
  • Bible Society work in Peru and in Uzbekistan;
  • work in Tanzania (MAF);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of the Republic of Congo, Gabon, SÃo Tomé & Principé (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the Stretford and Urmston Circuit (Manchester and Stockport District) and our colleagues in St John's, Arbroath (Angus, Dundee and Perthshire Circuit).