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.

MU Programme 2018 to 2019

2018
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Thursday

20

September*

1.00pm Soup Lunch

Guest Speaker: Susan Neal

‘Mindful Movements-

Something For Everyone!’

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Thursday

18

October

2.30pm Eucharist
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Thursday

15

November*

1.00pm Soup Lunch

Guest Speaker: Rolf Buwert

Tearfund Co-ordinator

Traidcraft/Craft Stall –

Judith Mylne

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Tuesday

20

November

12noon Mothers’ Union Regional Rally

St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas

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Thursday

6

December

2.30pm Christmas Eucharist
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Thursday

20

December

1.00pm Christmas Party – venue tbc
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* Raffle in aid of MU’s Funds

2019
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Thursday

17

January*

1.00pm Soup Lunch

Guest Speaker: Ann Shukman

‘Tales from a Scottish Tower’

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Thursday

14

February

2.30pm Eucharist
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Thursday

21

March*

1.00pm Soup Lunch

Guest Speaker: Ann Wren

M.U.L.O.A.

(Mothers’ Union Listening, Observing, Acting)

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Thursday

11

April

2.30pm Eucharist
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Thursday

16

May*

1.00pm Soup Lunch

Guest Speaker: Mhari Hastings

‘Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum’

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June Outing – details in May

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* Raffle in aid of MU’s Funds

Services

Sunday

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

9.00am (1st and 3rd Sundays) All-Age Service (Church)

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.30am (2nd Sunday) Matins (1929) (Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) (Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments afterwards) (Church)

6.00pm Said Evensong (Church)

7.00pm (5th Sunday) Interweave creative worship (Church)

Tuesday

6.30pm Said Eucharist (1982) (Lady Chapel)

Wednesday

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

 

St Andrew’s Night Ceildih

Come & join in St John’s 150th Celebrations
Friday 30th November
7.30pm till late

Compere: John Caskie MBE
Music by the McRoberts Ceilidh Band

Bring & Share Supper

£7.50 Tickets from the church office or email: enquires AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org
Scottish Charity SC007742

Rev Dr James Clark-Maxwell

James is in India volunteering in the village of Buldhana. You can follow his reports in our News page.

News from the Silent Prayer group

The Silent Prayer group at Elshieshields is now in its tenth year! hardly believable! It started in 2009 as a Lent meeting – and has never stopped, though we do take long breaks in the summer.  This  year in particular we will not be meeting again until Saturday 6 October.  Some people have been with us from the beginning, others have joined, or left in the course of the years. It is an easy group to join, open and friendly to all.

There is something restorative about coming together in a prayerful atmosphere in a community of trust to sit in silence for 20 minutes. These precious minutes are a time to cease DOING and just BE!  We take a moment or two to reflect on our bodies, to feel the pull of gravity, to notice how we are sitting, where the tensions are, to notice our breathing, to be aware that we are here in this one place, at this particular time – and nowhere else.  An introductory word reminds us that we are here as God’s creation, living in God’s blessing, and basking in God’s love.

Our meetings begin with lots of chatter over coffee, catching up with one another. They end the same way after we have said the Grace together.

The Place:  The Barn at Elshieshields, Lochmaben

The Time:  9.30 am to 10.30 am

The Next Meeting:  Saturday 6th October 2018

See you there perhaps? You will be very welcome!  With love from Ann Shukman