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.


If you have been here before, you may find things a little different today;  but you are nonetheless very welcome.  Do feel welcome to stay for lunch, or even just for coffee, afterwards, even if we weren’t expecting you.  There’s always plenty!

Ann Shukman writes, ‘the Orthodox church at Braithwaite finds its roots in the ancient land of the British saints and is dedicated to Saints Bega, Mungo and Herbert.  These and many other saints of all nationalities are portrayed on the icons which cover the walls of the church.  The liturgy, mostly chanted in the Russian tradition, is in English. It lasts from 10.30 to 12. There are seats and the hospitality is warm!’  A group of people from St J’s and elsewhere are planning a trip to Braithwaite on Sunday, 07/07/2019, departing St J’s at 08.30am and those attending are invited to stay for lunch with the Congregation there afterwards.  We might be back in Dumfries about 4.00pm.  The Thornhill Community Transport bus will be going, and the suggested fare is £13.  Please contact Ann Shukman, if interested (revann AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org).

Whilst on the subject of transport, we have two, now pretty much fully booked, trips running;  on Saturday, 22 June, to Abbotsford, and, on Thursday, 29 June, to Alnwick.  If you would like to go on further such trips in due course, please speak to June Frank or David Kerr, and we’ll see what we can organise.
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.  Sign up sheet is on the lit noticeboard.
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.
First Base Food Parcels.  Thank you, everyone, for your support.  When we deliver the food we usually ask Ian what they are short of. The response is still 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 next Friday, 14/06/2019Volunteers needed!  Please speak to Linda Scott, or sign up (rear of church). 
The Diocesan Newsletter is now on display on the lit noticeboard.  It can also be found at :  http://bit.ly/2YQC58X.   Similarly, the Synod Office advises: The Annual Report of the Scottish Episcopal Church for the year ended 31/12/2018 can be accessed at the following address/link: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/36th-Annual-Report-Final-2.pdf.  In addition to the Annual Report, the Agenda and Papers for this year’s General Synod are now also available on our website: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/General-Synod-Agenda-Papers-2019-1.pdf

Christian Aid:  Thank you for the further donations received for Christian Aid Week. The “week” is very flexible and if you have not had an opportunity to give yet but would like to do so there are envelopes at the back of church which should be given with the collection.

Margaret Morton

This Week at St John’s

Sun 09 Jun:
(2nd Sunday in month) 
9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)
10.30am[Note earlier time] United Service for Pentecost (Crèche facilities during the service;  Bring & Share Congregational lunch in aid of First Base Foodbank afterwards)
6.30pm+  DCN:  Songs of Praise for Guid Nychburris:  6.30:  Refreshments & Fellowship;  7.30pm:  Worship starts.  Venue:  Dumfries High School DG1 1PX.
Mon 10 Jun 6.30pm Eucharist (1982) Columba of Iona, Abbot (Lady Chapel)
Tue 11 Jun 5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)
6.30pm Said Eucharist  (Scottish Liturgy 1982)  Barnabas, Apostle (Lady Chapel)
Wed 12 Jun 10.30am Holy Communion  (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Church) followed by refreshments (Hall)
6.30pm +  St John’s Choir Rehearsal (Hall)
Thu 13 Jun 10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)
7-9pm Tower Bell Practice (bells AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org)
7.15pm Alpha Film Series (Hall):  All Welcome.  Info:  pashmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
Fri 14 Jun 12noon -1.30pm  Soup  Lunches in support of First Base Foodbank:  Soup, filled roll, tea/coffee;  suggested min donation of £3.50(adults);  £2 (children)
Sat 15 Jun 
All day
Alpha ‘Weekend’ – Venue TBC
Sun 16 Jun: 
Trinity (3rd)
8.00am Eucharist  (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)
9.15 am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)
9.00am + All Age Service (Church)
11.00am Sung Eucharist  (1982)  (Crèche facilities during service;  refreshments afterwards)
6.00pm Evensong (Regional Youth Choir)


St John’s @ 150: TREASURE HUNT: Keep the Date

There will be two Treasure Hunts starting and finishing at the church on Saturday 4th May starting at 2.00pm. The main Treasure Hunt is primarily for adults on foot doing a circular route. It has been done in 1 ½ hours. The second for children, and perhaps those less able (physically) will start at the Midsteeple with clues in the High Street and Loreburn Centre so that no roads have to be crossed except between the church and the Midsteeple. We will conclude with refreshments in the church

Thank you all again for your support of First Base Food Bank. All our donations to this very worthwhile cause are gratefully received and assist First Base in their work providing food parcels in our area. As Easter approaches can we do as previous years and donate Easter Eggs as well as our normal donations to give a treat to the families we are supporting. Thank you all so much, Annette and Pauline.

The grandfather clock in the Sacristy will be 200 years old next year. Our former organist,Tom Carrick, cared for that clock at his own expense for over 50 years. It is now in need of serious repair and is currently in the hands of Dennis Smith, our local horologist. He knows that the clock was made in 1820 by the local clockmaker, Adam Chisholm, and values it at anything between £5,500 and £6,500. He phoned me on Thursday and has generously offered to reduce his fee from £690 to £600. The Vestry is unable to finance the repair and so I appeal to the congregation to kindly consider making donations towards the cost so that we can preserve this valuable asset for future generations. Cheques should be made payable to St John’s Church, Dumfries. Thank you to those who have already contributed; further support nonetheless welcome. Raymond M. Budd

Internet and Social Media for Beginners events, organised by the Diocese and open to everyone. 
11am, Sat 4th May, St Ninian’s Church Hall, Prestwick; 11am, Sat 25th May, St Ninian’s Church Hall, Castle Douglas (Whitepark Road, DG7 1EX). Come and explore any question you might have about the digital world and our participation in it with the Digital Missioner for Glasgow and Galloway. This course aims to provide basic information about staying safe online, utilising available resources and enabling you to become a confident digital communicator.
Please call the Diocesan Office (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) to book your place – 0141 221 5720, or email digital AT glasgow.anglican DOT org.

The April 2019 Newsletter from the Scottish Episcopal Institute is now on display on the lit noticeboard.

The overall sum raised from our Cyclone Idai collections was £365, to which Gift Aid also needs to be added. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Following the trip to Glasgow and Perth in February to view lighting systems in other churches, a further trip was organised to Dundee and Invergowrie earlier this month. David Kerr is putting together a presentation with photos and comments from all the churches visited.

The consensus is that a lighting consultant should now be engaged. As those who visited Dundee all agreed that the lighting in St Paul’s Cathedral was the best system seen to date, it has been decided to approach the Edinburgh based consultant who advised on the Dundee project. The consultant will be invited to visit St John’s to give his opinion on a suitable lighting scheme for the church and asked to provide a report, with recommendations and costings.

Another SGM will be held when the lighting consultant’s report is available and David Kerr’s presentation will be shown at that SGM.

If the Edinburgh consultant is unable to provide the report, for any reason, then another consultant will be approached. Heather Gibbings

Election of Bishop: We now have the timetable for the second episcopal election process. The Diocesan Synod will met on the 26th April to elect the Preparatory Committee and have preliminary discussions. The closing date for nominations will be mid May after which the Preparatory Committee will consider the nominations and prepare a shortlist. The Synod will meet the candidates on the 27th July and vote on the following Saturday, the 3rd August. If you have any questions about the process please ask and please do pray for all those involved and for those considering the possibility of offering themselves for consideration. Margaret Morton, Lay Representative.

ALPHA FILM SERIES.  Starting THURSDAY 25TH APRIL AT 7.15PM in the Church Hall, the series will run every Thursday until Thursday 4th July. We will be delighted to see you at the launch evening, and do invite your friends. There is no requirement to commit to the course thereafter, just come and see! Sarah Clark-Maxwell

Please note that the Cake & Questions Discussion Group is now on its Easter break. We will resume on Thursday, 09/05/2019 at 10.30am in the Meeting Room, where all will be welcome. Deirdre Holding

Book launch: Jane Haining: A Life of Love & Courage, by Mary Miller: to be held at Dunscore Parish Church, DG2 0TA at 7pm on Friday, 03/05/2019. Free admission, but donations welcome. Refreshments provided. See poster or www.dunscorechurch.co.uk.