The first Lent lunch of 2015 was held at St John’s on Friday when about 120 people attended to enjoy a tasty meal of soup, a roll, a piece of cake and a cup of tea.
The lunch was the first of six in the period before Easter with funds to be be given to Christian Aid. Last year, the lunches raised in excess of £4,000. Friday’s lunch raised £596, of which £133 came from sales from a stall run by the Dumfries Fairtrade Group.
Dumfries and District Christian Aid committee have been putting on Lent lunches for almost four decades. Volunteers for churches take it in turns to prepare and serve the meals – and the washing-up afterwards!
The Baptist Church on Newall Terrace had the honour of being the first this year to prepare the lunch and a fine job their helpers made of it.
The Fairtrade group had a stall groaning under the weight of some delicious-looking cakes and pastries made by members. They were also advertising the Fairtrade Fortnight that starts on 23 February. There was also a stall from Traidcraft.