News from the Silent Prayer group

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


The Silent Prayer Group

This group is currently run by Ann Shukman. Shortly she will begin posting updates here.

She can be contacted at revann AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org

Services and Events

Sunday 16 September
Pentecost 17
Trinity 16

8.00am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)
9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)
9.15am All Age Service (Church)
11.00amSung Eucharist (1982), Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments afterwards
6.00pm)Evensong (Church)

Monday 17 September

6.30pm Eucharist (1982) (St Ninian of Whithorn) (Lady Chapel)
7.30pm Memories & Memorabilia Meeting (Hall)

Tuesday 18 September

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)
5.30pm Said Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1982) (Lady Chapel) (note earlier time)
6.30pm Ordination rehearsal (Church)
7.45pm for 8.00pm Vestry Meeting (Choir Vestry) (note altered time)

Wednesday 19 September

10.30am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Church) followed by refreshments (Hall)
6.30pm + St John’s Choir Rehearsal (Hall)

Thursday 20 September

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice night (information: bells AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org)

Friday 21 September

5.30pm Eucharist (1982) (St Matthew) (Lady Chapel)

Sunday 23 September

8.00am Holy Communion (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)
9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)
9.30am Holy Communion at Maxwelton Chapel – Postponed to 30/09/2018
11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) Ordination of the Revd Dr James Clark-Maxwell, Deacon, as Priest (Crèche facilities during the service; congregational lunch afterwards)
6.00pm Evensong (Church)