Dundee is changing its focus from having an industrial heritage to being a city of cultural importance, particularly with the siting and development of the new V&A Museum. The church is situated in the city centre. The membership of 61, with average congregation of 30, is very much ‘gathered’ from across the city and also Fife, as well as students from Dundee’s two Universities, for whom the incoming Superintendent could develop the role of Chaplain. The worship area is upstairs in the two storey building with downstairs rooms being used by various community groups, especially the Link Club, run for the past 30 years by church members offering support for adults with learning disabilities. The Church Council is currently investigating the possibility of moving to alternative premises with a ground floor worship area. Café services have been held regularly since 2005. www.dundeemethodist.org.uk
Arbroath is a society proud of its history, worshipping in one of only two octagonal buildings founded by John Wesley. There is a membership of 43 with an average attendance of 15. The congregation continues to maintain links with, and facilitate services at, a sheltered housing complex which was formerly run by Methodist Homes. Café services have been introduced recently and are very popular.
Montrose has a busy commercial port, a nature reserve of international importance and is home to several large companies. The society there, with a membership of 31, average attendance of 17 and an average age of 80, has recently taken the bold step of selling the building. The congregation continues to worship on Sunday mornings in an adjacent building.
Perth is a thriving commercial and tourist centre. The membership of 73 has a well-established system of mutual support and leadership and, with an average attendance of 40. The congregation is taking forward an ambitious project of renovation and modernisation of their building. The Sunday School comprises a small but enthusiastic group of young people. www.perthmethodist.org.uk
Blairgowrie have just made the decision to sell their building and the small membership of 14 is looking at new ways of worshipping and serving the community. www.riverside-methodist-church.co.uk