Creative Worship

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

Did you hear about our #SensingSpirituality walks during #Lent19?

We are continuing to meet up, roughly one a month. It is a come as you are type thing (with a jacket if it's raining) and we start with the anticipation that we can explore deep truths about existance learning to 'reading' our environment.

We usually have a time of dicussion and some food too. Look out for events like Reading the World to find out more!
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When you look at your environment, do you read meaning or project yourself upon it? Or a bit of both?

Explore Reading the World with us at this #SensingSpirituality walk
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Packing is satisfying. Finding things and doing the many maintenance tasks which turn up is more challenging.

Thinking about all the possible situations that might come up, and what would be best for each set up, is kinda draining.

And then there is the paperwork and modern health and safety ...

Oh, and a deadline.
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This installation is a meditative aid. If you are able to call in, sit for a while, watch it turn in the air currents.

The light will show you different faces and help you explore the thoughts we had when we made it. You will have your own thoughts, and you will become aware of the meaning you bring to the experience.

Come as you are. Open your mind. Daydream about God, and practice #SensingOtherness.
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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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