The President and Vice-President of Conference have written to the President of the Uniting Church of Australia, to give assurance of shared shock & sadness and of “our love and prayers as (they) live through the challenges of the next weeks”.
Read the full text of letter, which includes reference to “our shared responsibility for Creation and the delicate balance of the environment”.
The title of this year’s material prepared by Churches in Malta and Gozo, is “Unusual Kindness”, exploring the theme of hospitality, especially in the context of Malta as the location of St Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 27 – 28) and contemporary experience of seeking to welcome refugees.
The Broughty Ferry Churches Group service will be at 12 noon on Thursday in St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Queen Street, DD5 1AJ). All are warmly welcome to this service and to other ecumenical acts of worship during the Week.
Full leaflet with daily devotions to download.
We have arranged two opportunities, on Wednesday 22nd January and Monday 27th January, for discussion of this report, both at 7pm in the L-shaped room. They have been arranged in the normal time slots of existing groups, but all are welcome to either or both. These are gatherings for comments, conversation and sharing of experiences to which all are warmly invited.
Please read the report before coming to a meeting; printed copies are also available.
Clothes Bank clients seen at Marketgait
During the year Nov 2018 – Nov 2019 (Year 3), the total number of ‘clients’ was 235, of which 153 were male and 82 female. 65 were seen on Mondays, 168 on Thursdays, and 2 in extra sessions.
In the previous year, we had 174 clients(128 males and 46 females) spread over Mondays 52, Thursdays 121, 1 ‘extra’.
It seems clear that the project is of increasing value to the community.
As at 3rdNovember 2019, a total of 185 bags had been given out and it is clear there is appreciation for this from both patients and staff.
Of the 185 bags, 79 were for ladies, 54 for men, 28 for girls and 24 for boys.
The Bags contain clothes or toiletries suitable for males or females, also aiming to take into account any cultural requirements. 10 pairs of slippers have also been provided.
We have received various donations to pay for the hospital bags.
There will be a Faith Lunch after worship next Sunday when the new Chair of the District, Rev Mark Slaney, is leading our worship for the first time; this will give Mark and us a chance to get to know each other, and also to provide a further opportunity for us all to sit and talk. Please bring food to share with others if possible; please label all ingredients so that those with special dietary needs can decide whether the item is suitable for them.
Our friends at Salem URCwish us to know that £266 has been given to the Food Bank from the donations at their Final Service on 24thNovember. Salem also pass on their appreciation for all our fellowship with them, including our support at the Closing Service.
The Marriage and Relationships Task Group presented a report to the 2019 Methodist Conference with recommendations about various issues to do with relationships in general and marriage in particular. Those recommendations were submitted to the wider Church for consultation during 2019-2020, and we are invited to study the report, discuss it, and offer our comments.
Hard copies of the report are available in the church, but the report can also be found online.
There will be opportunities to discuss the report on
- Wednesday 22nd January at 7pm
- Monday 27th January at 7pm
Everyone is invited to come & contribute at either of these meetings.
The Church Council in February will consider a response from Dundee Methodist to be presented to the Circuit Meeting in March. The Circuit’s views will be presented to Synod; all Districts’ responses will be taken into consideration in the discussion and decision-making at Conference.
We will continue to study the book at 7pm on Wednesdays 8th January, 5th and 19th February, 11th and 25th March.
The session on 22nd January will be devoted to the Marriage and Relationships report.
Two events, designed to help protect people from fraud and exploitation, will take place on
- Tuesday 3rd December from 2pm – 3.30pm in Barnhill St Margaret’s Church Hall, Guthrie Terrace
- Thursday 5th December from 10,30am to 12 noon in St Aidan’s Centre, Brook Street
After registration and refreshments on arrival, there will be a Fraud Prevention Talk, giving advice and information about a range of various types of fraud and scams.
Transport can be provided – ring Nicola on (01382) 305745.
The event is supported by Dundee City Council, the Police and Fire Forces, and others. See leaflet on vestibule table.