Please email by 9th February 2018 to let Christian Aid you are going .
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.
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.
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).
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.
The accommodation at the Abbey and Macleod Centre are closed in 2018 for major refurbishment. Instead, the Abbey is running residential programmes in conjunction with the St Columba Hotel.
Kissed-Pierced-Hidden-Revealed: Seeing God’s Passion from Gethsemane to Glory runs from 28th March to 2nd April, and will look at how artists working in all kinds of circumstances – from power to poverty, the mainstream to the margins – have responded to Christ’s passion and resurrection.
the connexion is a free magazine about the life and work of the Methodist Church, bringing together inspirational stories from Methodist people who are passionate about sharing God’s love to change lives.
Issue 10 challenges the Church to refocus on its core purpose of Our Calling.
Stories from across the Connexion tell how local churches are prioritising worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in response to God’s love.
Download a PDF of the connexion issue 10 – Winter 2018
Earlier issues of the connexion.
The congregations of Dundee Methodist Church and the United Reform Church in Dundee have been regularly sharing services of worship for the past 3 months, exploring the possibility of working together more closely in the future.
We recently had a very enjoyable ‘DIY Nativity’ service led by URC members which included impromptu participation from members from both churches. Ecumenical working was taken to new heights when Rev Nick Baker (Methodist) (left) and Rev Alan McGougan (URC) decided that they were the most appropriately qualified people to be angels. Having seen their outfits – we were all happy to go with that suggestion but thankfully Lori Stewart from the URC provided a more traditional input as one of the few young people taking part!!
An e-mail from Sue and Julya to Circuit congregations, expresses “huge thanks” for the amount raised which to date totals £667.60. The sum of £617.60 has already been sent to Bulgaria, via Julya; Pastor Margarita is handing it to the family along with donations received from Bulgarian churches.
“What a difference this will make to this family who must surely have been wondering how they would ever begin to cover the medical costs that Svetla and her surviving son are incurring. Your generosity will have lifted a huge burden from them, so that instead of worrying about finances, Svetla and Konstantin will now be able to concentrate on getting better. More too, the massive sense of relief on the part of the grandparents who, whilst having so little money and the struggle of supporting the daughter and grandson through a horrific time, must now feel overwhelmed by the love and support from congregations so far away, who have not only held them in prayer but who have gone the extra mile with them and extended that support beyond their wildest imagination. True connexionalism as part of a worldwide family of Methodists.
Thank you all so much”