Dundee Methodist Church

23 October 2016

Next Sunday
30 October 2016
“a fifth Sunday”

10.45 am
Coffee served at tables
11 am
Café-style worship led by Mrs Marcia Mackenzie

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 £141.

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'.

Property news

There was a further leak into our premises (upstairs) during recent heavy rains; however advice has been obtained about necessary remedial and preventative work to the roof around the drains and this will be taken forward shortly, hopefully bringing an end to our problems of several years.

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.

Our Methodist Heritage

At the recent meeting in Rosyth, we were encouraged to raise awareness of the importance of records (written & aural) and artefacts (ordinary as well as special) to enable us to 'tell the story of our past to resource our work in the present'.

If you have or know the whereabouts of records or artefacts relating to your church, please let David Cowling, Margaret Goudie, Jenny or David Easson know, so this information is, at least, not forgotten or lost and also recorded for potential use in the future.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 26th October 2016, 12.15pm to 2.30 pm (soup & sandwich lunch upstairs) Dundee Methodist Church Pastoral Committee
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.
Saturday, 29th October, 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 October for work in Uganda.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • translation of the Old Testament into Kera, spoken by some 52,000 people in Chad;
  • Bible Society in Jordan's 6-week outreach, aiming of reach 600 children in 6 areas;
  • translation of the New Testament into Akposso, a language of Togo;
  • Thailand Bible Society's trauma healing programmes to equip local churches to care for those affected by war, domestic violence and natural disasters.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Saturday, 12th November, 9.30am (10am start) - 4pm Dundee Methodist Church Listening in Pastoral Care - a day course particularly relevant for all involved with pastoral care in a church context - this could include Pastoral Visitors, Church Stewards, Preachers and all who are involved with or concerned about the well-being of others.
The Day will be facilitated by Listen Well Scotland, a registered Charity (SC044382); it will be interactive and based round experience, with opportunity to work in pairs and small groups, in a safe and confidential setting.
The purpose of the Day includes thinking on
  • understanding of the connection between good listening and health & well-being;
  • consideration of what is “Pastoral Care”
  • awareness of the importance of listening to people's stories;
  • introduction to skills of active listening;
  • recognition of the importance of listening to self and to God;
  • reflection on what it means to be authentic.

Soup & filled rolls provided (or bring packed lunch) - drinks available.
Please consider coming yourself and / or encourage others to do so where appropriate. Sue Marshall-Jennings needs to know if you are coming by Monday 7th November.

Prayer Points for this week

  • The President-designate of Conference, the Rev Loraine Mellor, and the Vice-President-designate, Mrs Jill Baker;
  • District Safeguarding Support Day, Stirling, Saturday;
  • pastoral care in the Circuit and its churches;
  • work in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District (Methodist Homes);
  • safety of famers and volunteers during the olive harvest on the West Bank (Embrace);
  • Zimbabwean partners, Open Schools Worldwide and Christian Care (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Uganda;
  • work in South Sudan (MAF);
  • work in Nigeria (The Leprosy Mission);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (WCC);
  • we remember fellow Methodists in the Stockport Circuit (Manchester and Stockport District) and in Banff (North of Scotland Mission Circuit).