Dundee Methodist Church

7 May 2017

Next Sunday
14 May 2017

11 am
Worship led by Mrs Julya Walsh (Bulgaria) with Mrs Sue Marshall-Jennings
3 pm
Circuit Service to mark Keith Pearson's 50 years as a Local Preacher

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.

Easter Offering envelopes

£49.80 has been received so far; envelopes are still available to support the work of the world-wide Church and can be returned through the offering plate. Please return this or next Sunday.

All We Can

The latest total for the Lent Offering is £168 and this too will be sent away shortly.

Keith Pearson's 50 years as a Local Preacher

A Circuit Service is to be held on Sunday 14th May in Marketgait at 3pm to mark the 50th anniversary of Keith's Recognition as a Methodist Local Preacher and his ministry over these years.

The Service will be followed by refreshments and the Church Stewards request offers to assist with this event. Please contact Jenny Easson to offer help:

  • catering - sandwiches, home bakes, …
  • help for Paddy in the kitchen & serving
  • general support for stewarding and hosting.

Methodist ClothesBank

Mondays 10am -12 noon (i/c Liz)

Thursdays 1pm - 3pm (i/c Sue)

Volunteers please contact Sue or Liz

More clothing is still needed; please have a good spring clean of your wardrobes. Anything is welcome. We will

  • keep good adult clothing for the clothesbank;
  • send good clothing for children and teenagers to “Togs from Tots to Teens”;
  • recycle clothes that are not suitable for either; we can raise money in this way.

Please take a collecting bag from the table at the top of the stairs or ask a helper for one.

“In Touch” - Methodist Scotland District newsletter

Copies of the Spring 2017 (issue 8) edition are on the vestibule table; please take, uplift for handing to others, recommend - and read & note the contents!

Please send any contributions for the next newsletter to Fiona Inglis via the District Office in Dunblane fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com, Old Churches House, Kirk Street, Dunblane FK15 0AJ (01786 820295).

Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office

  • Volunteers are sought to become part of panels helping to shape Scotland's new social security system, broadly those for those with disabilities or ill-health, as well as Funeral Expenses Payments. The deadline for registration is Friday 12th May 2017. Register online at www.gov.scot/socialsecurity or freephone 0800 029 4974.
  • Current public consultations
    • A Scottish Energy Strategy: the Future of Energy in Scotland (end date: 30th May);
    • Talking 'Fracking': a Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas (end date 31st May);
    • Draft Delivery Plan for Equally Safe: Scotland's Strategy for Preventing and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls (end date 30th June).

Joint Public Issues Team

This team comprised of four denominations, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed Church, Church of Scotland, has prepared information to assist with the holding of hustings / questioning of candidates for the General Election.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday, 10th May, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Dundee Methodist Church District group meeting
Thursday, 11th May, 11 am Dundee Methodist Church, upstairs Stewards' Meeting
Saturday, 13th May, 10am to 12noon City of Edinburgh Methodist Church (Nicolson Square) Methodist Women in Britain District Fellowship Day. The Speaker will now be the Rev Sally Binyin, a Methodist Minister connected with The Bread Church in Liverpool, since the Rev is then to be in the USA representing British Methodism.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

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

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • Bible Society in the Gulf's training of Church leaders in story-telling with the Oral Bible;
  • SBS forthcoming autumn visit to Malawi;
  • Haitian Bible Society's literacy projects seeking to enable 8,000 people each year to read the Bible for themselves;
  • Bible Society of the Republic of Macedonia's production of the first translation of the parables into Macedonian Sign Language;
  • Bible Society of Honduras working with local churches on training biblical principles in the National School for the Police.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday, 17th May, 1 pm Dundee Methodist Church Worship group
Saturday, 20th May, 11am to 3pm St Aidan's Centre, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry Broughty Ferry Churches Group Christian Aid Coffee Morning. There will be “the usual stalls” plus a number of 'light hearted competitions' to assist the fund-raising. Tickets / entry £2.00 for Christian Aid.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President and Vice-President of Conference on the Isle of Man, next weekend;
  • preparations for the Church of Scotland General Assembly later this month;
  • the Synod Secretary and other District officers;
  • Montrose Methodists' decisions for their future;
  • work in the Lincoln and Grimsby District (Methodist Homes);
  • Beit el Nour's support for refugee girls in Lebanon through tuition in life and social skills (Embrace ME);
  • all affected by the blockade of Gaza, the work of the Agricultural Development Association (Christian Aid);
  • work in Burma (MAF);
  • Bible Society work in Scotland;
  • promotional work in Europe (The Leprosy Mission);
  • we pray with and for the peoples of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (WCC);

we remember fellow Methodists in the Lincoln South Circuit (Lincolnshire District) and in Alexandria (Strathclyde Circuit).