About The Mothers' Union

About The Mothers’ Union

St John’s has a lively branch of the Mothers’ Union, a world-wide Anglican organisation that provides practical help and advice as well as promoting spiritual development and fellowship. Despite the title, you don’t have to be a woman or a mother to be part of it!

Some of the activities of St John’s members include support for Dumfries Women’s Aid, provision of toiletries and help to people in hospital, participation in a network of prayer and work with the Mothers’ Union in our twin Diocese of Byumba. There is a lively programme of meetings and worship.

Services and Notices

This Week at St John’s

Sun 17 March: Lent 2

8.00am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.00am + All Age Service (Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) (Creche facilities during the service, refreshments afterwards)

6.00pm Evensong (Church)

Mon 18 March

6.30pm Eucharist (1982) (St. Patrick) (Lady Chapel)

Tue 19 March

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Mtg Rm)

6.30pm Said Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1982) (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm Indoor Bowling (Hall)

Wed 20 March

10.30am Holy Communion (1970) (Church) followed by refreshments (Hall)

6.30pm+ St. John’s Choir Rehearsal (Hall)

Thu 21 March

10.30am Cake and Questions Discussion Group: Lent Course (see A4 sheets at back of church & poster on website)

1.00pm MU Lunch & Guest Speaker (Hall)

7-9pm Tower Bell Practice

Fri 22 March

12noon – 1.30pm Lent Lunches in support of Christian Aid (see notices)

Sat 23 March

7.30pm St. John’s @ 150: Recitation of St. Mark’s Gospel (see notices & poster on website)

Sun 24 March Lent 3

8.00am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.30am Holy Communion at Maxwelton Chapel

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) (Creche facilities during the service, refreshments afterwards)

6.00pm Bible Study (Rectory)

Notices w/c Sunday, 17/03/2019

As announced last Sunday, the result of the Vestry vote as to whether St. John’s Church building should be used to conduct same sex marriages was 6 in favour, 6 not in favour; thereby leaving a status quo for the next three years, when, if desired, the question can be revisited.

Lent Groups An A4 list of all the Lent groups this year is available at the back of the church. There are quite a few groups this year offering diverse styles and approaches, covering a broad range of themes. Do pick a copy and see if there is a group which you would be interested in and would like to attend.

Alpha Film Series We are excited to announce that we are running the new Alpha Film Series at St. John’s immediately after Easter. Starting on Thursday 25th April at 7.15pm in the Church Hall. The series will run for 11 weeks. Everyone welcome, especially friends of yours who don’t normally come to church who might have questions about Life, Faith and Meaning. Please start thinking about whom you would like to invite. Any questions? We plan to show a promo video on Sunday 24th March, or contact James or Sarah Clark-Maxwell. Email pashmin@stjohnsdumfries.org.uk or leave a message on 07572006290

Save the Date : Saturday 23rd March A Presentation of the Gospel Mark At 7.30pm Ian Birkinshaw brings his one man show to St. John’s as part of the 150th Celebrations. The two hour dramatized Gospel of Mark performed by Ian, with supporting music by Peter Birkinshaw.
“Absolutely incredible! I had never seen anything that brought the gospel to life in such a powerful way.”
“I have never seen a performance like that…ever!”
“I was completely drawn in.””I felt as if I was there in the story.” A very small selection of comments from people who had seen this presentation, taken from the website communicates the feelings of the audiences after an incredible evening.

Church Linen As you know Pauline Mason was responsible for taking care of the church linen. We are now looking for one or more to look after the linen. The linen cloths would be taken away on Sunday and washed and ironed and brought back around Friday in readiness for Sunday. The altar cloths are less frequent and can be done in a more leisurely time frame. If you are interested please speak to the Rector. It is such a rewarding and simple task to do – and so needed and valued.

The Lent Lunches are going well, with people from local churches, or no church, enjoying soup, a filled roll, and tea or coffee to raise money for Christian Aid. The minimum donation requested is £3.50 (adults) and £2 (children). You can be tempted by a slice of cake for 50p and buy more cake etc from the home baking stall and a wide array of Fairtrade goods from the stall Judith Mylne organises each week. Do come and join us!

Christian Aid is producing the Count Your Blessings sheets again this year – an opportunity to take stock of many benefits we take for granted but which are not available elsewhere in the world. The sheets are at the back of the Church and can be used for reflection and as a means of giving to Christian Aid or another Charity.

We are looking for recruits to the Army of Holy Dusters; the group of volunteers who keep the Church clean (the Hall is looked after separately). Volunteers can choose their time and frequency. For details, please speak to Ashley Cross or David Kerr (07754 596140)

Our donations to Firstbase are so welcomed by the team there. The need for food parcels increases all the time… and we are told our help is invaluable. PLEASE help us continue to support this very worthwhile cause. Thank you so much, Annette and Pauline.

Mothers Union: The next meeting will be on Thursday 21st March at 1pm. Our speaker will be Ann Wren. Her talk will be about Mothers Union, entitled ‘MU.L.O’ (Mothers Union, listening, observing, action). Home made soup will be provided, please bring own sandwiches. We extend a warm welcome to anyone in the congregation who would like to come along and join us for the afternoon.

Please note that as I shall be in London next Friday for the ‘Day Job’, Kymm and I will be producing the Service Guide Sheet on Wednesday evening, in one go; so we’ll need any Notices etc for inclusion by 5pm at the latest on that day, please. David Kerr