Diary

Sun 2 Dec: Advent 1

8.00am Holy Communion (1970) None today: United Service @ 10.30

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.15am All Age Communion (Church) None today: United Service @ 10.30

10.30am (Note earlier time) United Service, celebrating 150th Anniversary of St J’s in this building. (Includes Eucharist; Crèche facilities during the service; lunch and entertainment afterwards!)

6.00pm No Service this evening

Mon 3 Dec

9.30am -4pm Choir Vestry in use all day by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Group

Tue 4 Dec

9.30am + Organ tuning

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

7.10 for7.30pm Vestry Meeting (Choir Vestry, or Meeting Room, if Indoor Bowling happening)

7.30pm Indoor Bowling (Hall) (TBC)

Wed 5 Dec

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

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

Thu 6 Dec

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

2.30pm Mothers’ Union Eucharist (Chancel), followed by tea (Hall)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

7.30pm St John’s Fun Quiz Night in aid of Royal British Legion & Poppy Scotland

Fri 7 Dec

7.30pm Music in Dumfries: Ruisi (string quartet); Fairtrade Stall

Sat 8 Dec

10.30am + Diocesan Advent Quiet Day (St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas)

11am-12noon Carol Singing in Loreburne Shopping Centre (by inner door of M&S). Please come & join us; no collection taken.

5.30pm DCN: Eucharist (1982) Conception of Mary, Mother of the Lord (Lady Chapel)

Sun 9 Dec: Advent 2

8.00am Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)

9.15 am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.30am Matins

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) (Crèche facilities, Children’s Church and Youth@11 during the service; Fairtrade Stall afterwards)

6.00pm Carols for Advent. We will be joined by the Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Refreshments afterwards.

Tue 11 Dec

10.15am -11.30am Nurseries’ Christmas Party (Hall )

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

7.30pm Dumfries & District Flower Club (Hall)

Wed 12 Dec

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

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

Thu 13 Dec

9.30am + Malory House Nursery Christmas Party (Hall)

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

Fri 14 Dec

12noon -1.30pm Friday Soup Lunches in aid of First Base Foodbank: Soup, filled roll, tea/coffee; suggested min donation of £3.50(adults); £2 (children), including Christmas Sales Table & drawing of the Christmas Hamper Bag (1pm)

7.30pm+ Children’s Mystery Evening Christmas Party (Hall)

Sat 15 Dec

7.00pm Dumfries Choral Christmas Charity Concert in aid of Soul Soup (mental health support for 12-25 year olds); Tickets from Midsteeple or on door; Fairtrade Stall.

Sun 16 Dec: Advent 3

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.00am+ All Age Service (Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist (Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments and Fairtrade Stall afterwards)

6.00pm Evensong (Church)

Tue 18 Dec

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room) (TBC – check nearer time if running)

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

Wed 19 Dec

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

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

Thu 20 Dec

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (None this week).

1.00pmMothers’ Union Christmas Party: Edenbank Hotel

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice night (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

Fri 21 Dec

5.30pm Eucharist (1982) Thomas, Apostle (Lady Chapel)

Sun 23 Dec: Advent 4

8.00am Eucharist (Scottish Liturgy 1970) (Chancel)

9.15 am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.30am Holy Communion at Maxwelton Chapel

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982) (Crèche facilities, Children’s Church, Youth@11 during Service; refreshments afterwards)

6.00pm No Evening Service

Mon 24 Dec: Christmas Eve

10.30am+Decorating the church for Christmas: details from Carolynne Sorrell

4.30pmChristingle Service, followed by mince pies in Hall

6.30pmChristmas Carols at Crichton Memorial Church

11.30pm Christmas Eucharist of the Nativity (Church)

Tue 25 Dec: Christmas Day

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

11.00am Christmas Family Eucharist (1982); crèche facilities during service. (Church Building will close approx 3.30pm)

 

Wed 26 Dec: Boxing Day

10.30am Eucharist (1982) (St Stephen, Deacon & Martyr) (Lady Chapel) (Church Building closed immediately after Service)

Thu 27 Dec

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room) [None this week] NB Church closed today, except for –

10.30am Eucharist (1982) John, Apostle & Martyr (Lady Chapel)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice [None this week]

Fri 28 Dec

10.30am Eucharist (1982) Holy Innocents (Lady Chapel) (Church building closed immediately after service)

Sun 30 Dec: Naming of Jesus

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist (1982), Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments afterwards) [Choir Holiday]

NO Evening Service

Mon 31 Dec

Church open for Private Prayer – 9.30am to 12noon (weather permitting)

Tue 1 Jan 2019: New Year

Church open for private prayer, but will close approx 3.30pm (weather permitting)

Wed 2 Jan

Church open for private prayer, but will close approx 3.30pm (weather permitting)

Thu3 Jan

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (None this week).

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice night (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org): TBC: Check nearer time if running.

Sun 6 Jan: Epiphany

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.00am+ All Age Service (Church)

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

6.00pm Choral Evensong for Epiphany (Refreshments afterwards)

Tue 8 Jan

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room) (TBC: check nearer time if running)

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

Wed 9 Jan

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

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

Thu 10 Jan

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice night (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

Fri 11 Jan

12noon -1.30pm Friday Soup Lunches in aid of First Base Foodbank: Soup, filled roll, tea/coffee; suggested min donation of £3.50(adults); £2 (children)

7.30pm+ Children’s Mystery Evening (Hall)

Sun 13 Jan: Baptism of the Lord

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.15am Matins (Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist (Ministry of Healing & Prayer, Crèche facilities during the service; Special General Meeting of Congregation re new lighting and Congregational lunch afterwards)

6.00pm Prayers (Church) (St Kentigern/Mungo observed)

Mon 14 Jan

7.00pm Tower Project Group Meeting (Rectory)

Tue 15 Jan

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

7.10pm for 7.30pm Vestry Meeting (Choir Vestry)

Wed 16 Jan

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

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

Thu 17 Jan

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

1.00pm MU Lunch & Speaker: ‘Tales from a Scottish Tower’ (Ann Shukman)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice night (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

7.00pm Christian Aid Committee Meeting (Meeting Room)

Fri 18 Jan

7.30pm Music in Dumfries: Jamal Aliyer, Cello (Accompanist – James Coleman)

Sun 20 Jan: Epiphany 2

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)

3.00pm Walk for Prayers for Christian Unity (see posters nearer the time)

6.00pm Evensong

Tue 22 Jan

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

Wed 23 Jan

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

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

Thu 24 Jan

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

Fri 25 Jan

5.00pm Eucharist (1982) Conversion of Paul, Apostle (Lady Chapel)

7.30pm St John’s Burns Supper (Ticket only, due to seating considerations: see Edith Leven for more details and to offer help setting up/preparing food)

Sun 27 Jan: Epiphany 3

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)

Tue 29 Jan

5.45pm A Time for Meditation (Meeting Room)

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

Wed 30 Jan

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

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

Thu 31 Jan

10.30am Cake & Questions Discussion Group (Meeting Room)

7pm-9pm Tower Bell Practice (information: bells@stjohnsdumfries.org)

7.30pm St John’s Fun Quiz (Hall)

Fri 1 Feb

7.30pm+ Children’s Mystery Evening (Hall)

Sat 2 Feb

9.30am Silent Prayer @ Elshieshields (revann@stjohnsdumfries.org)

Sun 3 Feb: Epiphany 4

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

9.15am Morning Service (Crichton Memorial Church)

9.00am All Age Communion (Church)

11.00am Sung Eucharist ( Crèche facilities during the service; refreshments & Fairtrade Stall afterwards)

6.00pm Choral Evensong for Candlemas (Church)

Information based on the best available as at 01/12/2018: corrections etc will be made in v.2, if need be.


Diary Insert

At our AGM we looked back with thanks for all the help we had received to continue to support Christian Aid. We had been able to send £19,738.69 to the Glasgow office as a result of fund raising, the New Abbey garden safari, the Durisdeer Easter event and donations. By far the largest part of the money raised came from Christian Aid Week, the Lent Lunches and the Coffee Morning. We learnt a lesson during the Lent Lunches–the weather was so bad one week we were thinking of cancelling but decided not to because of the difficulty in letting people know. An amazing number came and we now know that the question is “how do we provide the Lent Lunch?” not “do we go ahead?” We have to think about Christian Aid Week. Many areas, including those we collect in, remain loyal and generous but it is becoming more difficult in the country areas to go from house to house and we’ll need to be imaginative in how we raise funds that week. In addition to the annual events we were pleased to host at The Usual Place a photographic display of Christian Aid’s work and to welcome staff from the Glasgow office to share with supporters locally what Christian Aid’s aims and priorities are. Thank you to St John’s for the use of the Hall and kitchen for the Lent Lunches and to everybody for your support throughout the year. If you have any questions about Christian Aid or can offer to help please do get in touch with me.

Margaret Morton.

St John’s Tower Group Update: November, 2018

The present Tower Group currently consists of the Rector, Carol Finlay, Peter Johnson, Heather Barrington, Jim Booth, Heather Gibbings and Charlie Grieve, any of whom can be approached about the detail of any of what follows, which must necessarily be a summary.

Most of the group met, in early November, with Rebecca Cadie, the Diocesan Architect, whose firm, ARPL, will also be managing the project. Members of the Congregation will recall that ARPL were chosen following a tendering process and that a total of four firms of Architects were invited to tender. The meeting covered the following points:

  • Planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the external works have been obtained. This includes the installation of a new gutter, not part of the original design, but which is required to take account of increased rainfall and original design shortcomings. The gutter will be aluminium, but will look like the other cast iron ones. D&GC’s Planning Dept have asked for a sample of this, which will be provided. The opportunity will also be taken to convert some of the existing soakaway rainwater provision to proper storm drains; again, to cope with increased rainfall and modern specifications.
  • Canon 35 approval is only required for the alterations to the internal lighting of the church. This will be applied for, once a proposed scheme of lighting has been arrived at; and approved by the Congregation in a Special General Meeting. Weather permitting, Rebecca Cadie will come to St John’s on Sunday, 13/01/2019, to make a presentation on lighting to the Congregation at the first of two SGMs on the subject. Please, everyone, put this in your diaries so we have a good turnout and you know what’s going on!
  • ARPL have provided us with a draft 10 year Management & Maintenance Plan (a requirement of the Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF] grant) to assist us to keep on top of routine maintenance and management of the buildings following the repairs. The group will adapt this to suit St John’s particular circumstances, and invite the Vestry to approve it, before it is submitted to HLF.
  • An Activity Plan has been prepared, outlining the activities intended to be delivered during the project, and submitted to HLF. This effectively means the steps we take to attract more visitors to the building, showcase its history, and so on. As will be realised, we already do quite a lot to make the building available and this plan needs to outline plans to be carried out henceforward, rather than dwelling on what we already do. HLF expect the aspirations, as stated in the plan, to be implemented by the end of the construction period, so we will be reviewing and, if necessary, amending the plan from time to time, to ensure we are not committing ourselves to more than we can deliver during the period.
  • It is expected that the plans, specifications etc for the works should be ready to be sent out for tender by the end of January.
  • Cashflow: So far, we have been awarded a Development Grant, to pay surveyors’ and architects’ fees to enable us to develop our project. Funds can be drawn down from the HLF from time to time to meet the various expenses due to ARPL and other related creditors as they become due, so there should be no adverse effect on St J’s day to day operations.

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  • HLF, in common with most other grant awarding bodies, require us to acknowledge their support in every way possible. A short strapline, such as ‘Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’, as well as the HLF logo, will accordingly, any time from now on, start appearing on our stationery and other publications, including the Magazine and Website. We will also be making efforts to secure coverage in the local press and publications such as D&G Life.
  • In at the last minute: the HLF fund for places of worship has now closed. In fact, our application, in August, 2017, was one of the very last to be approved. Other churches and places of worship now have to compete with all kinds of other organisations in a general purpose fund; and there is evidence that this is proving problematic; so one of the things we will be emphasising is that we were, in fact, pretty fortunate, to get in on the ‘old’ arrangements. This was assisted by the fact that we were warned, by Rebecca Cadie, that the fund would be closing, and that several St J’s people, involved at the time, made sure that the application was submitted in time to qualify.
  • The Clerestory windows (the high level ones, above the main aisle) could be replaced at some point, as planning permission has been granted for this. The work would return them to their original leaded & coloured glazing, similar to that in, amongst other places, the Meeting Room, replacing the mixture of frosted (described by some as ‘lavatory’) and plain glass. This would be a major additional expense and disruption and it is unlikely we would undertake that at this stage, though it might be something to do in the future.
  • Arrangements will need to be made with regard to any disruption to bell ringing, both with regard to normal bell ringing activities, as well as events such as weddings and the like; likewise, on the latter point, the effects on wedding photography, of the scaffolding which will be in place for a number of months. There will need to be some plastic sheeting placed to protect the organ from dust. It will be visible, but should not affect the operation of the instrument.
  • Paying for it: It is hoped (and Rebecca Cadie, who has great experience of this, leads us to believe that the hope is well founded), that the majority of the funding for the project will be coming from HLF. We have still to apply for the larger, Stage Two, Delivery Grant and can only do so when we have the tenders for the work to submit to HLF. We will not know, for certain, that we have been successful until into the New Year. Applications are, meantime, also being made to, amongst others, the All Churches Trust, the Provincial Building Fund, Listed Place of Worship Scheme and so on. There is almost always a requirement, on the part of such bodies, for an applicant to show that they have also made some fundraising effort themselves. In fact, thanks to one or two things we have already done (such as the Anniversary Cookbook) and a legacy, we were able to show we already had some dedicated funds in place. It is expected, however, that we will need to do some more in the way of local fundraising; that is, amongst the Congregation and St J’s various friends and adherents. More details of this will follow in due course.
  • We hope that this provides a reasonable picture of the current state of this project. The Group is due to meet again in mid-January and further updates will be issued from time to time, as there are developments to report.

Election of Bishop

Following Bishop Gregor’s retirement the arrangements to elect his successor are governed by the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church, specifically Canon 4. The Voting members of Diocesan Synod have met twice to review the draft of the Diocesan Description and to elect 2 clerical and 2 lay members of the Preparatory Committee to join the Primus, a Bishop nominated by the College of Bishops and 5 members of the Provincial Panel for Episcopal Elections (including both members of the Panel who represent our Diocese). Nicolette Wise from New Galloway was elected by the Synod as one of the lay members. A copy of the Diocesan Description is available to see in the Meeting Room. Please do not take it away. Most of the document consists of a description of each Congregation and there are also more general sections on the Diocese: our history, structures, administration, finances and constitution, our Liturgy, Mission and Ministry. It also summarises the attributes the Synod thought were important for the new Bishop to embody.

The closing date for nominations of those who should be considered for possible appointment was the 26th November. It is now up to the Preparatory Committee to review the nominations and produce a short-list of not less than three and not more than five for the Electoral Synod to consider.

The short list is known publicly and the timescale is for that to be produced by the 5th February 2019. It is planned that the Electoral Synod will meet the candidates on the 9th March at the Cathedral and will reconvene on the 16th March to elect the new Bishop.

3 members of St John’s are eligible to vote. The Rector and the Rev James Clark-Maxwell vote as individual members of the clergy together with their clergy colleagues. I and my lay colleagues each vote as a representative of our congregation. We are not delegates but I am conscious of the need to reflect on the views of the congregation and will be seeking your views on the attributes a Bishop should embody nearer the time of the election.

Margaret Morton

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