As we approach Christmas and 2016, our Rector, Robin Paisley, offers you this message.
‘Churches are special places in which an encounter with God is particularly likely because of the regular invocation of the presence of God in the word of preaching or the sacrament of holy communion.
‘I believe St John’s Dumfries, is a special place and the many visitors to our church testify to this when asked. Our church is adorned by works of art (stained glass, mosaics and sculpture) which communicate the deep wisdoms of religion in a special way.
‘St John’s is a place in which the story of Jesus Christ is told and at this Christmas time there will be an additional focal point of the crib, recreating the surprising revelation of God’s presence in the humility and homelessness of the Bethlehem stable.
‘I invite you to visit us this Christmas – at any of the services detailed on the front page of this website – or at other times as we open our doors for most of each day.
‘Christ-Mas means encountering Christ and, as a result, going out in the world, changed to do good.
‘Please try it at St John’s – you would be most welcome – or wherever you can in your locality.
‘I wish you all a joyful and blessed Christmas and good health and fortune for the upcoming year.’