Creative Worship

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

We are meeting again this Thursday. The theme will be “What is proper Nature?”. If you would like to be part of this discussion in the run up to Lent, then we have set up a Glip team to continue the discussion online during the weeks. You can also join us by Skype – If the broadband hold up!

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Google Hangouts

Want to join in but can’t make it over here? Join us on:

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Contemplative Practices | The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

If this was a real tree it would need serious roots. What would the root cluster to support this above ground personal growth look like?

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“Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.” Hebrews 13:16 The Message (MSG)

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Forest Church |:| Mystic Christ

A loosely defined group of us have been in the habit of meeting to discuss creative worship themes in the run up to Easter. We are planning to do this again, starting this week on Thursday evening from 7.30. The topic suggested is “Forest Church” Some of us have read the Forest Church book, ( but this topic could be broadened to nature based Christianity in general – or reading from the first book of creation itself and thinking about the role scripture plays in us interpreting Gods message to humans. If anyone would like a lift or to link in with Skype we can help arrange this. Please PM Simon Lidwell for more details, address, and that sort of thing!

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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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