Dear friends,

There is so much to enjoy about Christmas, particularly for young children for whom it can be such a magical time. As the days shorten and the nights lengthen, there is something reassuring about the Christmas lights and decorations, the songs and carols, the food and presents! There is also the mad rush to buy presents and send cards and greetings, to make plans to travel to family, attend parties and Christmas markets. The list goes on.

As we look forward now to Christmas Day and the last-minute things to be done, it is good to remember the real reason for the season, and to reflect again on the love that reached out to a broken and lost world with a message of hope, joy and peace wrapped up in a new-born child, the Word become flesh. Jesus was worshipped by his parents, by shepherds and wise men and by followers in every generation since. Our communion service on Christmas Eve gives us an opportunity to see the birth of Jesus in the context of his whole life, death and resurrection as we are called by the words of Jesus to Remember.

While Christmas still has the power to bring families together, I am very aware that for many of our members in DMC, this will be the first Christmas without a loved one. Several of our members have died this year, and several more have lost close family members and friends. At a time when there is such a focus on families, these can be difficult days. So, we pray that they will find comfort in the company of family and friends and that the love and peace of Christ will remain with them.

On behalf of the Taylor Family, and may I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


Our neighbours and visitors are especially welcome to each of these services.

Thank you from the Eco Team

We would like to extend a huge “thank you” to those of you who attended the Eco Open Event on Saturday afternoon, 5 November . 
 In particular, we would like to thank Dianne for sharing her cookery expertise and tips on shopping wisely, to Suzy for guiding us through the psychology of decluttering, to David Percy for guiding people through energy tips and the energy kit and finally to those of you who helped out with car parking, welcoming the public, serving tea/coffee, preparing the rooms for the speakers and the general tidy up at the end.
There was a great buzz around the whole church building and we have received some very positive feedback from the community.
Well done everyone!

Saturday 5 November

Eco Open event Respect – save our planet : save your wallet 2.30pm – 5pm in the Church

The Eco Congregation Team in Dundrum Methodist Church is hosting an afternoon of talks, demos, and information on ways to reduce our waste and energy consumption. More information here.

From Sunday 4th September, we resume our regular Sunday programme.
There will normally be two services every week at 10.00am and 11.30am.
Combined services at 11.00am are planned for:

2nd October (Harvest),
6th November (visit of President of MCI),
18th December (Nativity),
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be children’s ministry (incl. Ark, Kids’ Faith and Discussion Group) from 4th September.

Encounter will resume at 7pm on first Sunday of each month from 2nd October.