Do not be fooled

We have been told that people pretending to be from the Methodist Church may be working in Scotland, trying to obtain money by fraudulent means.

They appear to be offering to supply household goods, but asking for payment before the goods are seen. Once the money has been paid, no goods are delivered, and the victim has no means of contacting those to whom they have paid the money.

These fraudsters are not acting on behalf of the Methodist Church, which clearly does not condone actions of this kind.

If you or a vulnerable person you know has suffered in this way, or appears to be at risk,  please contact Police Scotland.

 

Visit of President and Vice President of Conference to Scotland

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Loraine Mellor, and the Vice President, Jill Baker, will be based in Strathclyde and Paisley for their visit to the Scotland District this year. They will visit churches in the area during the two days they are with us in the District.

On Tuesday 24th April at 7pm members of the District are invited to join them at Pollokshaws Methodist Church G43 1NY for a celebration service.

Why Methodism? Dates fixed

The meetings on ‘Why Methodism?’ have now been scheduled for Wednesdays 21st February, 7th March and 21st March, all at 7pm. Rev Nick Baker will lead us in exploring together what is distinctive about Methodism in the Christian tradition and what we enjoy (and don’t enjoy!) about being Methodist. Each meeting will last an hour and a half.

All are very welcome to attend, even if you can make only some of the dates. You do not need to be a member of the Methodist church, or of any church!

Why Methodism?

John Wesley

You are invited to a series of 3 meetings to be held at the church during Lent on the subject ‘Why Methodism?’. Rev Nick Baker will lead us in exploring together what is distinctive about Methodism in the Christian tradition and what we enjoy (and don’t enjoy!) about being Methodist. Each meeting will last an hour and a half.


We hope to hold these meetings at a time that will maximise the number of interested participants. All are very welcome.

If you would like to come, please go to the Doodle poll, where you can indicate when you are free to attend. Alternatively, just email. This would be especially useful if two of you share an email but have different time preferences.

Lent starts on 14th February, so we need to make arrangements quite quickly. Please indicate your availability as soon as possible, but definitely by Friday 2nd February.

ClothesBank outreach

The ClothesBank has been going for over a year and has helped around 150 people.

We continue to receive funds from the RagBag collections, and just before Christmas, a generous donation of over £180 from a Frocks and Fizz evening held by the Gate Fellowship, proceeds of which were for “our partner charity, Dundee Clothing Project”.

So we had enough funds to purchase toiletries, gloves, hats and warm leggings. These and about 20 new reversible fleece / waterproof coats that were donated by Allison Stiven, were taken to the Salvation Army premises on Christmas Day, where a splendid Christmas Lunch was being hosted for all those in need.

We still have funds available and plenty of clothing in stock and it has been suggested that we make up packs to be given out at Ninewells Hospital, for those who may arrive via emergency services, without any suitable clothing or toiletries, so we will be doing this in the next week or so.

All donations of clothing, shoes, boots and handbags still very welcome.

Starter Packs Dundee

On Wednesday 19 March 2017, Starter Packs Dundee won the Volunteer Friendly Award. Pat, Margaret and Karen attended an award ceremony at Dundee City Chambers, hosted by the Lord Provost, Bob Duncan to receive the award on behalf of all those involved with Starter Packs Dundee.

This nationally-recognised award is presented to organisations who demonstrate good practice in relation to their volunteers. As volunteers are so important to many organisations, including Starter Pack projects, it is vital to ensure they are well looked after in every aspect of their work.

Starter Packs Dundee was set up on the initiative of Scottish Churches Housing Action in 2000, the first of its kind in Scotland. It is an interdenominational Christian organisation.

Donations of good, unwanted basic household goods, bed linen and curtains are received from churches in Dundee, other organisations and individuals. They are then re-cycled and made up into ‘starter packs’ by a team of volunteers working on a rota basis.

Inside Syria – Building Bridges and Seeing Truth

The Rev Andrew Ashdown is visiting Tayside and Fife to share his experiences and insight from 1st February to 4th February. Our Baptist friends in Broughty Ferry invite us to join them in their premises (St Vincent Street) on Sunday 4th February at 6.30pm for a talk, questions & answers, followed by a Vigil for Syria.

Revd Andrew Ashdown has [been] building extensive contacts with faith community leaders in the country, Muslim as well as Christian. The good news stories of people working together across faith communities to rebuild their towns and cities are rarely heard in the media.

(Rev Dr Brian Talbot, Broughty Baptists).

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January

This year’s theme, “That All May Be Free”, is based on Exodus 15, with material prepared in the Caribbean.

The themes of the daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean.

  • The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in the body of Christ.
  • Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories.
  • The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.

“The chosen passage allows us to see that the road to unity must often pass through a communal experience of suffering. Although our liberation and salvation is at God’s initiative, human agencies are engaged in their realisation. Christian participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation, yet our divisions hamper our witness to a world in need of God’s healing.”

(from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland)

Broughty Ferry Churches Group invites our support at the Service in St Mary’s SEC on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 12 noon.