Upcoming Events


Organ Recitalon Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm, here at St. John’s. Gordon Stewart will be playing music by Bach, Gardonyi, Rawsthorne and Bossi. Tickets are available from St John’s Church Office (Jean Chalmers), John Douglas Music, or at the door. Tickets: £10 adults, under 26’s free.

Christian Aid Week: Thank you to all those who have supported Christian Aid Week–and a special thank you to those who have been out collecting. Please do look at the display on the noticeboard telling us about the horrific conditions in which women in Sierra Leone have to give birth. If you have not received an envelope at home or have missed your collector do use the envelopes in church to donate. They can be given with the collection.

Margaret Morton Next Theological Reflection Meeting: Wednesday, 05/06/2019, 12.30pm – 2.00pm. Speaker: John Finch, Ministries Support Officer of the Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland. Talk will be entitled, “Why the Church Should Be Engaged in Social Action in the Community” (an urgent and topical theme for all of us). To be held in the Maxwell Rooms, St Peter’s RC Church, Dalbeattie. Please bring your own sandwiches. Tea/coffee will be provided. All Welcome. Note: there is good disabled access to the venue.

St John’s@150: Congregational Picnic at Speddoch House: Saturday, 29/06/2019, times to be confirmed. We will be running a minibus from St J’s. Watch out for the sign up sheet.

St John’s Holiday Club for primary aged children will run, this year, from Monday, 05/08/2019 to Friday, 09/08/2019, between 10.30am and 3.30pm; and will be themed around the Lego movie, Let’s Go. Participation is free, and all children currently in P1-7, as well as those who will start P1 in August, are eligible. Please obtain an application form and/or further details from the Rector (rector AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org / 07487 653069). And there’s still room for volunteers willing to help! Again, speak to the Rector

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that there will be an Ascension Day Service at 7.30pm on Thursday, 30/05/2019, at St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas (St Andrew St, CD, DG7 1EN), but none at St John’s.

Women’s Aid: The MU would like to thank the members of the congregation for their continuing support of our outreach to WA. In April another supply of toilet bags were given and gratefully received. However the cupboard is now bare! The core items for the bags are- shower gel, shampoo, face cloth/flannel, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush. We also like to include if possible a “luxury” item eg hand cream/ body lotion. Combs or hairbrushes are very welcome. The basket for donations is at the back of the church (near the food bank boxes). Thank you.
Margaret Bone, MU

First Base Food Parcels. We had a good response to our request for some Easter treats.  They were very much appreciated. Thank you. When we delivered the food this week, we asked Ian what they were short of. The response was EVERYTHING. The need never gets less… so can we help yet again? UHT milk, tins of meat, fish, cereals, rice, pasta, tins of beans etc etc. It’s all needed. Thank you. Annette and Pauline.

St John’s will be providing the soup etc. for next month’s First Base Soup Lunch on Friday, 14/06/2019. Volunteers needed! Please speak to Linda Scott, or sign up (rear of church).

Next weekend is Spring Fling (see www.springfling.co.uk), when there is the opportunity to visit artists’ studios the length and breadth of the Region. Thornhill Community Transport and Cairn Valley Community Transport are operating tours of several of the routes: Green (Nithsdale) and Orange (Solway Coast) on Saturday; Pink (CD & Glenkens) and Red (Annandale & Eskdale) on Sunday. Cost of transport is about the £12 mark (may vary slightly); entrance to all venues is free, and all tours depart from Gracefield at 10.00am, and will take most of the day, usually finishing between 5 and 6pm Booking (via the Spring Fling website) is essential. You can bring your own sandwiches, but there are food opportunities en route. A really interesting, and varied, day out.

As part of bringing St John’s to full compliance with the requirements of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulations), we are going to have to make some changes to the office computer and how it stores and accesses files. If you have been in the habit of using it, even if that was some time ago, please would you identify yourself to me, so that nothing you need is lost, or becomes inaccessible to you, once the changes are made. There will be more on GDPR shortly.
David Kerr

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