Creative Worship

Creative Worship At St John’s has a Facebook page where the group shares ideas.

Jeff Sessions' church has condemned Trump's 'unjust' policy of 'ripping children from mothers' The most recent Trump controversy to hit the feeds is a policy which results in the separation of children from their parents. A politician recently quoted Romans 13 to support the policy. This have made the online discussion more than a political and moral debate – and the reputation of Christ and the Church is involved. Since you are reading this, it means that you are present in the online world of social media. Feelings of powerlessness are a common experience as our news feeds bring us a stream of images and information. So here are some suggestions about how you could transform that presence into positive action. Do some research, why not start by reading the passage? Search for some commentaries. There is access to research, commentary, opinion, artistic expression and so on in a way which..

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While you are enjoying the sun, why not take a moment to look at the updated index page of work Wordsmithcrafts has been carrying out as part of the community of St John’s Church.

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Something special happened when we visited the Abbey with Maxwelltown High School Official. People began to see the stories the stones link us to. There is a new experience of #SensingValue and #SensingMeaningfulness

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Early morning in Lincluden abbey

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Working with Sleeping Giants to reveal the Hidden Histories of Dumfries & Galloway. This morning was spent using this beautiful location to practice #SensingAwareness of the peace that monasteries provide in time of conflict. To reflect on #SensingMeaningfulness in the building, and wondering what it would be like for a community of people to meet every day for two thousand years and celebrate God becoming human, so that humans could become children of God. And encountering #SensingMystery in the way that making a pattern of embroidered thread, or walking in the echo of a C16th formal garden can help you sort out the mess in your mind.

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Lent 2017 – book group

This year we will be preparing for Easter by discussing a book called “The Rebirthing of God” : Christianity’s struggle for new beginnings.

We will on Tuesday evenings, in Dumfries. We will also be meeting on google hangouts between 7 and 9pm for those who cannot get there in person CLICK HERE to join in (you will need a web cam!)

You can also contribute to an online discussion group that will run throughout Lent. Please contact wordsmithcrafts AT gmail DOT com

Quartz at Youthbeatz

Youthbeatz is a youthfestival which attracts 1200 young people annually. This makes it the largest of its kind in Scotland and probably the UK. It is ticketed, but free, and organised and run largely by young people from Dumfries.

Following our work in Dumfries schools, Quartz were invited to set up in the Health and Wellbeing section. Volunteers wore clothing to represent the timespan between St Queran establishing himself in the Dumfries area (somewhere between 700 and 800AD, See Anne Shuckmans previous magazine article) and the present day. This represented our activities connection to the continuous presence of Christian Spirituality for well over a thousand years, and it’s relevance to the ways in which people explored spirit and truth before then.

Visitors were encouraged to Walk the Labyrinth and pick up a meditation card (#SensingOtherness), Participate in an organic weave (#sensingMeaningfulness) , And to capture fleeting thoughts from the internet, with a feather, using caligraphy. (#SensingValues)

Canopy of Flames


The latest art installation is called a “Canopy of Flames”

In preparation for Pentecost, where we remember the presence of the Holy Spirit. Everyone was encouraged to write on a ribbon to recognise the presence of good and Godly things, thoughts and feelings in their lives. These thoughts were combined to make a “Canopy of Flames” for Pentecost. The flames were then woven with a warp and a ground weft to make a wall hanging where three become one – for Trinity Sunday.


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