Prayers for the Prayer Handbook

The theme for the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2021/2022 is ‘a place for all’.

A Place for All

No one was excluded from Jesus’ table and eating with him was a sign of the kingdom of heaven and an invitation to meet God and to be transformed. We recognise that we do not always offer such generous welcome or listen to the voices on the margins.

As the Church strives to be God’s people in a world changed by a global pandemic, we invite prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, penitence and resolve that, with God’s help, we may recognise and repent of our exclusivity, and that then we may be reconciling, open to all and ready to listen to all voices equally. Together, we pray to become a more inclusive and diverse Church, creating communities of greater respect and compassion.

In addition to prayers on the theme of the Handbook, we invite prayers of thanksgiving, adoration and confession and prayers on the themes of justice, times of life and times of day and the comforting presence of God for the opening pages of the Handbook.

Prayers must be no longer than 120 words.

Please also email photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Photographs with people in are particularly welcome. Photographs should be sent in their original size. Please provide a caption and state where the photograph was taken.

The deadline for submission of prayers and photos is 11 January 2021.

The exception to this is prayers and photos from schools. For schools only the deadline is 29 January.

Please send contributions to: prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk. Please also provide your name, postal address and how you would like to be described.

Before sending contributions, please read the full submission guidelines at: www.methodist.org.uk/prayerhandbook

Community Fridge in Brought Ferry?

At the online meeting of the Broughty Ferry Churches Group this week, there was a presentation by the Administrator of the West End Community Fridge Project based at The Gate.  Community Fridge Projects seek, in cooperation with a range of agencies and groups, to address issues of ‘food waste’ working with supermarkets and other retail outlets.  Interest in the possibility of a Community Fridge in the Ferry has also been expressed at Community Council meetings.  BFCG is therefore seeking to facilitate a meeting of those interested in exploring this further, as partner groups working together.

 

Advent Bible Study

Advent bible study poster

Nik Wooller, Andrew Baker and Laurent Vernet (both Strathclyde) invite you to to travel with them through Advent 2020 along with others who live life with a Methodist flavour in Scotland. They say,
“It would be great to have people from across the districts [Scotland and Shetland] looking at this remarkable story together!”
There will be a presentation, using material from Paula Gooder’s book “Journey to the Manger”, and then discussion groups when we can share and learn together.

All sessions on Thursdays at 7pm

  • Genealogies – 26th November
  • Announcements – 3rd December
  • Arrivals – 10th December
  • Aftermaths – 17th December

To join, email amb.strathclyde@btinternet.com, expressing interest: you will receive a Zoom link.

Andrew Baker; Nik Wooller; Laurent Vernet

Connecting Women of different Faiths, Beliefs and Cultures

Interfaith Scotland invites women of all backgrounds to talks and conversation on the theme of ‘Connecting’ to celebrate Scottish Interfaith Week 2020

Monday 9th November 2020 10 – 11.30 am

Our keynote speaker is Roz Adams, a certified trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. Roz is the Project Development Worker with Glasgow-based charity Bridging the Gap which brings people together from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures to share meaningful activity, explore difference and find common, human ground. Roz will be joined by two volunteers from Bridging the Gap, Katherine Longmuir, a Scottish Catholic, and Huda Jaber, a Sudanese Muslim, who will speak about their experiences of putting faith into action by connecting with others. We will then have time to connect with one another in conversation in small groups.

This event is open to women and those who identify as women.

To sign up to attend the event please fill in the Google form at this link: https://bit.ly/34WBs2i

If you have any additional support needs to assist you in attending this event please email Frances Hume at frances@interfaithscotland.org 

Weekly Methodist podcasts

Each week, the Methodist Church produces a podcast of Methodist news. See the list; there are opportunities to subscribe or listen to a podcast of your choosing.

The podcast for 15th October includes a report from Methodist Council, prisons week, Anthony Reddie and eating disorders.

Call for stewards

Stewards normally are responsible for making sure that worship arrangements are made; at present, these duties are in abeyance.  The stewards’ team is also responsible for the oversight of the wellbeing of the church, by which we mean the members and congregation.

In this time of uncertainty and change, we need to strengthen the stewards’ team to think creatively about the future, and be attentive to what we need to be doing now as a congregation.  We are looking for volunteers from among our membership.  Meetings are held by Zoom, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home.  Appointments are for a year at a time.

Please pray and consider carefully whether you could offer your talents in this way.  If you would like more information, please contact any of the current stewards.  Email editor@dundeemethodist.org.uk if you need relevant contact details.

Fresh from the Word 2021

In the past, I have sourced copies of these Bible reading notes and then distributed them in person.  This is not possible this year.  I am happy to order online, using the best deal I can find at the time, and ensure that the book is sent to your home address.  Or alternatively, I can point you in the right direction for ordering your own.  Email me.

Reset the debt campaign

reset the debt logoA campaign calling for debt cancellation for people who have been swept into unavoidable debt in recent months is launched today by a group of four denominations representing two-thirds of a million Christians and ecumenical charity, Church Action on Poverty.

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, The Church of Scotland, The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Church call for the Government to create a Jubilee Fund to provide grants to pay off and cancel unavoidable debt accrued by the poorest households during the lockdown period, giving them a more stable platform from which to face the difficult winter ahead.

Register for the free webinar on Thursday 15th October 2020 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Read more about the campaign.