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.


Palm Sunday

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Sunday, 14/04/2019:

All text, hymns etc for today’s Palm Sunday Eucharist can be found in the accompanying booklet

St John the Evangelist, Newall Terrace, Dumfries DG1 1LW
A Local Ecumenical Partnership between the
Scottish Episcopal Church and the Methodist Church
www.stjohnsdumfries.org enquiries@stjohnsdumfries.org

01387 254126 (Rector); 07754 596140 (Administrator); 07908 046284 (Treasurer)

Office staffed Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Scottish Charity SC007742

Diary: see main Diary page on the website, or the paper Diary published today (along with the Easter Newsletter, in place of the Magazine, which is next scheduled to appear in June), available in the magazine folders at the back of the church. Please collect yours (and any you can deliver to friends & neighbours) and tick off your/their name(s) on the sheet. Thank you!

This Sunday’s Soup Lunch is being held in support of the Diocesan Lent Appeal for 2019: Malawi Association for Christian Support, providing funding to complete a new Operating Theatre Block at St Luke’s, Malosa. You can also make Gift Aid donations, if you wish. See posters.

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.

Although the Lent Lunches in support of Christian Aid have finished for this year (thanks to everyone who helped in any way and/or who attended; results of the totals raised etc to follow), St J’s Friday Soup Lunches in aid of First Base Food Bank will resume in the Hall, same time, same place, on Friday, 10 May. Hope to see you there.

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 FAIRTRADE STALL will not be set up today. However, if you need anything, please ask: most of the stock is held at St John’s and I can get it for you out of the cupboard. New!! Green Tea with pomegranate. Promotional prices on Ground and Instant Coffee and Beans. Special Price on Honey and Instant Hot Chocolate. Easter Eggs and many more offers. Judith Mylne

The ‘Flowery Box’ will again be at the back of the church, when services are on, to enable those who would like to do so, to contribute to the cost of the flowers which will decorate the church at Easter. You can also make donations, if the box is not in evidence at a suitable time for you, to Carol Finlay, Carolynne Sorrell or Anna Edbrooke.

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.

This Week at St John’s

Sunday 14 April: Palm Sunday

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.30am Matins (1929) (Church)

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

6.00pm Evening Service

Mon 15 Apr

7.30pm DCN: St Andrew’s RC Church, Brooke St DG1 2UL

Tue 16 Apr

10.30am+ Children’s Easter Activity Morning, followed by Easter Egg Hunt (Church, Hall)

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

6.30pm Said Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1982): Holy Week Theme: ‘Denying Words’ (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm DCN: Closeburn Parish Church. Closeburn DG3 5PH

Wed 17 Apr

10.30am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970): Holy Week Theme: ‘Difficult Words’ (Church) followed by refreshments (Hall)

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

7.30pm DCN: Dumfries Baptist Church Centre, Gillbrae Rd DG1 4EJ

Thu 18 Apr: MaundyThurday

NO Cake & Questions or Tower Bell Practice this week

7.30pmDCN: St Michael’s & South (Inc. Holy Communion) St Michael’s St, DG1 2QF

7.30pm Maundy Thursday Service: Holy Week Theme: ‘Impulsive Words’ (St J’s)

9.00pm+ Institution of Stripping of the Altar & Watch of the Passion (see sign-up sheet)

Fri 19 Apr: Good Friday

10.30am Walk of Witness: starts from Troqueer Church DG2 7DF, but join at any point (see posters)

12noon + Reflections: Holy Wk Theme: ‘The Glory of the Cross’, the Revd David Clark (St J’s)

3.00pmHot Cross Buns & Refreshments in Hall

4.00pm Celebration of Christ’s Passion/Veneration of the Cross (Church)

7.30pm DCN: Troqueer Parish Church DG2 7DF

Sat 20 Apr: Holy Saturday

8.30pm Candlelit Ceremonies of the Easter Vigil, including Holy Communion (St J’s)

Sun 21 Apr: Easter

8.00am Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)

9.15 am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.00am + All Age Communion (Church)

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


Congregational lunch in aid of First Base Foodbank afterwards)

6.00pm Prayers for Healing (Church)

6.30pm+ DCN: Songs of Praise for Guid Nychburris: 6.30: Refreshments & Fellowship; 7.30pm: Worship starts. Venue: Dumfries High School DG1 1PX (TBC)