PRAYING for St John’s during the vacancy
1 John 4:4
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already
won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is
greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
Dear Loving God, thank you that we belong to you and we are strong because of Whose we are as well as who we are. Your powerful and loving Holy Spirit is in us and works through us. Amen
- Georgetown group: we are looking at the 5-week Lent course produced online by CBTI: Returning home: Christian faith in encounter with other faiths. We meet on Thursday evenings, only twice per month usually, so have started already. We did the 1st week on 26th January and next one (4th week) is on 9th March at 39 Rowanbank Avenue; further dates and venues to be arranged. Contact: readerpaul AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
- Wednesday morning group at 11.30, following the 10.30 service, using a new book: Nick Spencer 2016. The evolution of the West: how Christianity has shaped our values. SPCK, London. £9.99. I would assist Ann with this and Ann is reviewing the book in the March – May Magazine, which should be out before Lent. The Study the gospel people are keen and more may stay on after the 11.00am service. Contact: revann AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org or readerpaul AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
- Cake & Questions group (Thursday mornings, starting on 02/03/2017) is planning to do a Lent course, to which others are invited as usual. Coffee/tea and some suitably Lenten cake, will be on offer at 10.30am and then we plan to start the course at 10.45am, finishing by 12 noon. The intention is to use this year’s York Course: Receiving Christ in 5 Different Ways Contact: cakeandquestions AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
- Cake & Questions group (Thursday mornings, starting on 02/03/2017) is planning to do a Lent course, to which others are invited as usual. The intention is to use this year’s York Course: Receiving Christ in 5 Different Ways Contact: cakeandquestions AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
- Simon Lidwell is leading a group on Tuesday evenings at 1 James Avenue, using a book he has found helpful: The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s struggle for new beginnings by John Philip Newell.
Simon says…In the lead up to Lent. The book is widely available and prices start around £4 and average at £8. It falls into the general category of “Celtic Spirituality” and draws on the traditions of the early church in Scotland to rethink how Church could adapt to contemporary society and prepare for the future. According to the reviews it has been written as an easy to read personal spiritual development book (for unconventional Christians) rather than a theological study book!
Contact: quartz AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
- An ecumenical group meets approximately every month to six weeks at Elsieshields Tower, Lochmaben, home of Ann Shukman, for informal discussion on topics that appeal to the assembled group. The group is planning to meet weekly during Lent and will be using Justin Welby’s newly published book “Dethroning Mammon” as a basis for their discussions. We meet on Thursdays at 12.30pm taking our own lunch and finish at 2pm. The number of weeks we shall meet has not been finalised but we will begin on 9th March and meet for at least four weeks. As we meet in someone’s home it would be good to be able to tell Ann who would be there and check that the accommodation is sufficient for our needs. Contact: Janet Swain – janet AT croftmount.free-online DOT co.uk