Because of the limited scope of our communal activities in the current circumstances, we are not publishing our usual detailed Diary at the moment.  Advance notice of such things as we are able to do, items of St J’s news etc.,  are published in the Notices included in our weekly Service Guide Sheets, which are updated weekly.

Recent Extracts From Our Notices

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on the 29th November. Because of the current restrictions it will be held using Zoom. This year an individual notice has been sent to each member of the congregation so that everyone can be aware of the arrangements. If you have not received any notification please contact Margaret Morton, Vestry Secretary at 01387 262734 (leave a message if necessary) or secretary AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org . If you have not already done so it will be a great help if you return the form as soon as possible. The papers will be sent out in the next few days.
If you have any questions about the arrangements please contact Margaret as above.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1
Earlier in the year, Seasons of Giving was introduced as a way for every member of St John’s to take time out to consider the link between our faith and our finances, our time and talents, using biblical texts and discussion. This course will run in two parts, and the first part, “Time and Talents” is scheduled for 4 weekly sessions between 15th November and 11th December. The second part, “Money and Giving”, will take place early in the new year.
The 4 sessions in the Time and Talents course are:
• Time to Grow
• Time to Give
• Time to Share
• Time to Live
It would be great if everyone in St John’s could take part, and to encourage participation there are several ways to access the course.
This discipleship course is designed to inform and develop the spiritual life of the congregation, and it will happen on Zoom. (Unfortunately we are not permitted to meet in the church or the hall due to Covid 19 restrictions) In addition, paper copies with a DVD to help you think about the materials can be provided for individual home use. If using the paper copies at home, you will be encouraged to phone/email/message at least one other person in the church to discuss what you thought about the materials each week.
Please email pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org or phone 07754 596140 to let us know how you would like to participate:
• Zoom or at home
• What time of day (morning, afternoon or evening), and weekday or weekend would you prefer?
This will allow us to arrange the groups. The Vestry hopes that this course will allow us all to come together in different ways whilst we are not able to worship together as a whole congregation, so that when we do our common faith will be enriched.

Books can be a real source of inspiration and nourishment to us on our spiritual journey. A book that has been recently recommended to me is by Timothy Keller entitled “The Prodigal God”. I thought it might be interesting to explore this particular book together. So, there will be a book evening via Zoom on the second Thursdays of the month from 7:30pm-8:30pm, beginning on Thursday 12th November. We would hope to look at a chapter (or if short two chapters) a month and discuss it together. It would be good to read the chapter/ chapters in advance. You can order the book on Amazon or if you would prefer, I can order it for you and then you can collect it from the Rectory or Church Office. On Thursday 12th November we will look at the first two chapters (both quite short).

Incredible as it might sound, we are fast approaching Advent. There will be an Advent Course, if you are interested, on Sunday Evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom. The first evening will commence a week prior to Advent to allow us to fit in four weeks quite comfortably and so we will meet on Sunday 22nd November. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

BETHANY BUY A BED: News from Bethany Christian Trust…For the fourth year running, we are launching our Buy a Bed campaign where supporters have the opportunity to help provide one person, who would otherwise be sleeping rough this Christmas or winter, access to the support of the new Welcome Centre.
For every £21 you donate through this campaign, the Welcome Centre* will provide a person with the following assistance:
A warm and safe place to sleep
Safety from the elements
Their own room with ensuite facilities
24 hour care and support from professional staff
Three meals a day including a freshly prepared, hot two course meal in the evening
A range of professional on-site support services
Tailored support to help the individual to move rapidly out of the crisis of homelessness
In return, you will receive your choice of a physical or e-voucher that you can gift to your friends or family members as an ethical Christmas present or as a keepsake for yourself.
*Please note Individuals do not require this voucher to access the service. Room hire is separately funded by local and national government.
**When you support Buy a Bed you’re making a vital donation to help keep individuals off the streets and providing tailored support for rapid re-accommodation. Your gift is spent wherever the need is greatest across Scotland. Due to current restrictions, gifts may take longer to reach you and we cannot guarantee delivery times.
Buy a Bed vouchers can be purchased until Friday 15 January 2021.
More details can be found at https://www.bethanychristiantrust.com/support-work/buy-a-bed/, where online donations can also be made.

Thank you to everyone who has returned the new Gift Aid Declaration form. If you have still to do yours, please accept this gentle reminder! Even if you completed a declaration before (unless in the last month or so), we still need you to make a fresh one. If you need another paper copy, the office can provide you with one (07754 596140 / pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org ), or you can complete the online version. If you email the office, we can send you the link Simples!

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