Dundee Methodist Church

16 October 2016

Next Sunday
23 October 2016

11 am
Worship led by 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.

Harvest “All We Can”

Envelopes are available on the vestibule table and may be returned in the offering plate in coming weeks. The total so far is £81.

Services to celebrate the life of 'tricia

The following two Services have been arranged:

There will be opportunity after to talk over “a cup of tea” in church. Sandy and the family felt that holding both Services would provide opportunity for people to remember and pay tribute in two locations which were both a focus for much that 'tricia was and did.

The booking in Kirkcaldy has been made for a more extended period of time than usual. If you can offer or would like transport to / from Kirkcaldy please let a Church Steward know asap.

“Methodist ClothesBank”

Sessions will take place on

  • Mondays 10am -12 noon, led by Liz
  • Thursdays 1pm - 3pm, led by Sue

Sessions will commence on Monday 31st October.

If you are able to be on the premises at both / either sessions (not necessarily every week), please contact Sue with details so rotas can be prepared.

Volunteers are not necessarily asked to be closely involved unless they so wish; it is advised that at least 3 persons be on the premises for security purposes and, if possible with a 'gender mix'.

Bible Reading Notes

Fresh from the Word 2017 bible reading notes are now available.

  • Books cost around £10 - depends on the numbers for postage.
  • Digital copies for Kindle can be bought through Amazon only.
  • Other digital formats can be ordered for £7.20 from shop.christianeducation.org.uk.

If you wish to order a book, please sign the list on the table at the top of the stairs, or let Margaret know by email or otherwise.

Hurricane Matthew - Haiti

The Methodist Church World Mission Fund has issued an appeal for donations to assist with support for the people of Haiti following the destruction caused by this extraordinarily powerful hurricane on 5th October.

John and Sharon Harbottle (partners with All We Can, working in Haiti) report that communication with and between communities remains impossible or difficult. All We Can representatives have met with Health Committees and Clinic staff where possible to begin to assess the damage.

John and Sharon describe the devastation where they are, indicating that much of the initial flooding has now subsided and major debris cleared from streets. However, in other more affected areas, electricity poles have been blown over, trees uprooted and fruit therefore lost, crops flattened or washed away entirely. Roads are damaged or blocked by fallen tress, bridges washed away, thus travel, communication, assessment and relief are hampered; the mobile phone system is also often ineffective. Many houses, including those with metal roofs, have been destroyed or damaged.

What they have been able to see and describe lies in an area at the edge of the central zone of the hurricane - damage is much worse in places they have not visited.

Bishop Gesner Paul, Superintendent Bishop of Haiti, MCCA, has written expressing thanks for prayers, donations and other actions of care and solidarity from the wider Methodist and church community at this time.

More details, and an opportunity to donate.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Friday 21st October, 12.45pm Kirkcaldy Crematorium, Rosemount Avenue, Kirkcaldy 'tricia Funeral service
Saturday 22nd October, 11am Dundee Methodist Church Memorial service for 'tricia

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in October for work in Uganda.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • Bible Society of Uruguay's Grow and Learn project over the next 3 years to provide training and materials for Sunday School teachers;
  • Ukrainian Bible Society's support of churches and volunteers caring for displaced children;
  • adult numeracy and literacy project to reach 2,600 Dagaare people in Ghana;
  • observance of Bible Sunday in Scotland next Sunday on the theme Coming Home.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday, 26th October, 7.30pm St Stephen's and West Church Hall Broughty Ferry Churches Group open Christian Aid meeting. Representatives from Christian Aid Scotland will speak about projects in South Asia and Kenya, particularly focussing on the effects of climate change. A warm welcome is extended to all; refreshments available.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the Vice-President of Conference at the United Reformed Church Mission Council, Wednesday to Friday;
  • Methodist Council, Monday - Tuesday;
  • Connexional Stationing Committee meeting, Thursday;
  • the District's Superintendent Ministers;
  • Circuit and Church Treasurers;
  • Habitat for Humanity's work to improve housing with and for poorer people in Lebanon (Embrace);
  • the people of Haiti (Christian Aid);
  • work in the Manchester and Stockport District (Methodist Homes);
  • Bible Society work in Uganda;
  • all staff on MAF Day of Prayer today (MAF);
  • international directors and staff (The Leprosy Mission);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the Hazel Grove and Poynton Circuit (Manchester and Stockport District) and in Cullen (North of Scotland Mission Circuit).