Pew Notes and Diary

Because of the limited scope of our communal activities in the current circumstances, we are not publishing our usual detailed Diary at the moment.  Advance notice of such things as we are able to do, items of St J’s news etc.,  are published on this website, (at the side of the pages, and on the news tab) which is updated weekly.

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Although the church building remains closed for the time being, there are still things going on!

St J’s Lockdown Diary:  week beginning Sunday, 28/02/2021

Although the church building remains closed for the time being, there are still things going on!

Sunday, 28/03/2021  (Palm Sunday),  11.00amFamily Eucharist for Palm Sunday in the ChurchLimited numbers:  to avoid disappointment, please book beforehand (07572 006290) and, if leaving a message, please await a text or return call to confirm your place.  Face coverings, tracking details etc required.
Sunday, 28/03/2021Service online Zoom Coffee Session (12.45pm) Contact 07497 653069 for joining details
Sunday, 28/03/2021, 3-4pmLent Group:  ‘Knowing Jesus’ (led by Simon Lidwell)For nore information and details of joining please click the link: Join here!
Sunday, 28/03/2021, 6.30pmBible Discussion Group:  ‘God in the midst of our lives…in doing what we can.’Via Zoom.  Contact 07487 653069 for joining details.
Monday, 29/03/2021, 7.30pmLent Group:  ‘Saying Yes to Life’ (led by Kay Solaja)Via Zoom.  Contact Church Office ( for joining instructions
Tuesday, 30/03/2021, 6.15pm [note earlier time]Lent Group:  ‘The Prayers of Jesus’ (led by David Kerr)Via Zoom.  Contact for joining instructions.
Tuesday, 30/03/2021Meditation online (any time)
Wednesday, 31/03/2021, 10.30am (and subsequent Wednesdays)1970 Eucharist in the ChurchPlease book (07572 006290);  face coverings, tracking information required.
Thursday, 01/04/2021, 6.30pmLent Group:  Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land’ (led by the Rector)Via Zoom.  Contact 07487 653069 for joining instructions
Thursday, 01/04/2021, 7.30pm (Maundy Thursday)Maundy Thursday Service in the churchPlease book (07572 006290);  face coverings, tracking information required.
Friday, 02/04/2021, 12noon (Good Friday)Series of Reflections in the church, led by Andrew & Jill Baker, of Strathclyde Methodist Circuit12noon-3pm, in half hour ‘slots’.  You can come and go as you like, but need to book each 30 min ‘slot’.  07572 006290;  face coverings, tracking information required.
Sunday, 04/04/2021 11.00am (Easter Day) (& subsequent Sundays)Easter Eucharist in the church.Please book (07572 006290);  face coverings, tracking information required.
Tuesday, 13/04/2021, 2-4pm onwardsChurch reopens for private prayer (2-4pm Tuesdays, 10am-12noon Fridays)No need to book, but face coverings needed unless exempt;  likewise contact details will be needed for Covid tracking.
Thursday, 15/04/2021, 7.30pmPrayer MeetingVia Zoom.  Contact 07487 653069 for joining details.

More details about the lent groups

  • Sundays 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom, (if Covid precautions allow, then the group will meet outdoors as well) 
    • Simon Lidwell is leading this group based on material from Knowing Jesus” Published by the Jesuits in Scotland and linked to BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and Daily Worship, under the title, Pathways to God.

  •  Mondays at 7:30 pm via Zoom 
    • Kay Solaja is leading a group on the material from the book “Saying Yes to Life” which is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. “As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what God has created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the days of creation as she relates themes of water, light, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern”  
    • If interested please contact Kay [via the Church Office:  07754 596140].

  • Tuesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom [this group now starts at 6.15pm,]
    • Register by calling 07754 596140 / pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org

  • Thursdays at 6:30pm via Zoom
    • The Rector is leading a group based on material from the book “Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land.” Poems and Reflections for Lent and Easter by Fr Richard Nesbitt, forewords by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Justin Welby.  In each session there is a poem, a Biblical passage and a true life story from the Holy Land. In an imaginative way the poems follow Jesus in his final days leading to his Passion, Death and Resurrection while the reflections connect his experiences with those of the embattled Christian minority still witnessing to Christ in the Holy Land. This book can be purchased for £7.99 from Amazon.
    • To take part contact 01387 254126  or 07487 653069 / rector AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org


Thank you to everyone who has returned the new Gift Aid Declaration form. If you have still to do yours, please accept this gentle reminder! Even if you completed a declaration before (unless in the last month or so), we still need you to make a fresh one. If you need another paper copy, the office can provide you with one (07754 596140 / pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org ), or you can complete the online version. If you email the office, we can send you the link Simples!

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