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.


Organ Recitalon Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm, here at St. John’s. Gordon Stewart will be playing music by Bach, Gardonyi, Rawsthorne and Bossi. Tickets are available from St John’s Church Office (Jean Chalmers), John Douglas Music, or at the door. Tickets: £10 adults, under 26’s free.

Christian Aid Week: Thank you to all those who have supported Christian Aid Week–and a special thank you to those who have been out collecting. Please do look at the display on the noticeboard telling us about the horrific conditions in which women in Sierra Leone have to give birth. If you have not received an envelope at home or have missed your collector do use the envelopes in church to donate. They can be given with the collection.

Margaret Morton Next Theological Reflection Meeting: Wednesday, 05/06/2019, 12.30pm – 2.00pm. Speaker: John Finch, Ministries Support Officer of the Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland. Talk will be entitled, “Why the Church Should Be Engaged in Social Action in the Community” (an urgent and topical theme for all of us). To be held in the Maxwell Rooms, St Peter’s RC Church, Dalbeattie. Please bring your own sandwiches. Tea/coffee will be provided. All Welcome. Note: there is good disabled access to the venue.

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. Watch out for the sign up sheet.

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

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that there will be an Ascension Day Service at 7.30pm on Thursday, 30/05/2019, at St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas (St Andrew St, CD, DG7 1EN), but none at St John’s.

Women’s Aid: The MU would like to thank the members of the congregation for their continuing support of our outreach to WA. In April another supply of toilet bags were given and gratefully received. However the cupboard is now bare! The core items for the bags are- shower gel, shampoo, face cloth/flannel, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush. We also like to include if possible a “luxury” item eg hand cream/ body lotion. Combs or hairbrushes are very welcome. The basket for donations is at the back of the church (near the food bank boxes). Thank you.
Margaret Bone, MU

First Base Food Parcels. We had a good response to our request for some Easter treats.  They were very much appreciated. Thank you. When we delivered the food this week, we asked Ian what they were short of. The response was 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 on Friday, 14/06/2019. Volunteers needed! Please speak to Linda Scott, or sign up (rear of church).

Next weekend is Spring Fling (see www.springfling.co.uk), when there is the opportunity to visit artists’ studios the length and breadth of the Region. Thornhill Community Transport and Cairn Valley Community Transport are operating tours of several of the routes: Green (Nithsdale) and Orange (Solway Coast) on Saturday; Pink (CD & Glenkens) and Red (Annandale & Eskdale) on Sunday. Cost of transport is about the £12 mark (may vary slightly); entrance to all venues is free, and all tours depart from Gracefield at 10.00am, and will take most of the day, usually finishing between 5 and 6pm Booking (via the Spring Fling website) is essential. You can bring your own sandwiches, but there are food opportunities en route. A really interesting, and varied, day out.

As part of bringing St John’s to full compliance with the requirements of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulations), we are going to have to make some changes to the office computer and how it stores and accesses files. If you have been in the habit of using it, even if that was some time ago, please would you identify yourself to me, so that nothing you need is lost, or becomes inaccessible to you, once the changes are made. There will be more on GDPR shortly.
David Kerr

This Week at St John’s

Sun 19 May: Easter 5 (3rd Sunday in month)

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); Aldersgate Sunday observed (Crèche facilities during service; refreshments afterwards)

6.00pm Evensong

Tue 21 May

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

Wed 22 May

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

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

Thu 23 May

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

Sat 25 May

7.30pm St John’s@150: Organ Recital: Gordon Stuart (see posters)

Sun 26 May: Easter 6 (4th Sunday in month)

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) (Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments afterwards)

6.00pm Bible Study (Rectory)


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.