Fairtrade Stall today!  Kilombero Rice has now been assessed as being the ‘most ethical rice’ by Ethical Consumer Magazine.  Buy yours today.  Great prices on coffee.  Some chocolate bargains while stocks last.
Judith MylnePlease note that Sunday, 14/07/2019 will be observed as Sea Sunday.
As part of the Heritage Project, the plan is to try to interview as many as possible of the folk who are and have been part of St John’s ;  particularly those who have been here for a long time.   Depending on the uptake, it may take us a while to get round everyone.  Communications have gone out to a first batch of people.  If you haven’t been asked yet, it doesn’t mean you’ve been forgotten.  It just seemed easier to do it in smaller batches, so people aren’t kept waiting too long. (Fuller version of this on  lit noticeboard)
David Kerr

I’m delighted to say that Archie & I completed our 100 mile cycle ride from Carlisle to Edinburgh last weekend and we would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers and donations (towards Cancer Research).  There’s still money coming in, but, so far, we’ve raised over £500.
Linda Scott

We managed to slot in an extra excursion (this Monday, 08/07/2019, to Dumfries House…4 seats still available, for garden tour only, speak to June Frank if interested).  The next scheduled excursion is to Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies on Monday, 12/08/2019.  June has the sign up sheet for this and, in fact, quite a few people have booked already.  June has a number of other possible destinations in mind, from people’s suggestions, and we are looking at what further dates we might fit in.  Keep an eye out.
David Kerr

If anyone can donate any jars (small to medium sized) or old tea cups that could be used for candle making, please would you leave them at the back of the church, near the First Base and Women’s Aid boxes?  Donations can be received up till 19/07/2019.  Thank you. Amie Byers

Keep the Date:  The Primus has requested all churches in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway to hold a Day of Prayer for the appointment of a new Bishop.  This will be on Saturday, 03/08/2019.  Details of the format of the day will follow.
Thank you for continuing to help St John’s support First Base Food Bank.  Sadly, the need increases at this time of year as school holidays start and children will no longer be getting school dinners.  Can we help Ian and the team at First Base aid the parents who can’t afford to feed their families?  So:  before heading off on your own holidays, can you pop a couple of extra items in your shopping please?  Thank you so much. 
Annette & Pauline

Members of the Congregation will wish to know that Margaret Walton died peacefully at Goldielea this Friday, 05/07/2019.  Margaret was, for many years, a very active member of St John’s and was much loved and well regarded.  Unfortunately,  she had not been well enough to come to church for the last few years.  She originated, as she was fond of saying, ‘from Bletchley, Bucks;  all hens and no ducks’ and had worked for the BBC, as well as the Tourist Information Office in Dumfries.  Funeral details will be publicised, once known.
There is to be an Ecumenical Service at Dundrennan Abbey at 3pm on Sunday, 18/08/2019, followed by tea.  The plan is that the bus (if sufficient numbers) would leave St J’s at approximately 1.30pm.  Fare:  £7.  Ann Shukman (revann AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org) has details;  sign up sheet on lit noticeboard.