Both Scottish and Anglican, the Scottish Episcopal Church has a unique place in Scottish history. Autonomous and disestablished, its roots are found in the pre-Reformation church in Scotland.

After the Reformation the national church vacillated between Episcopalianism and Presbyterianism for over a century before finally declaring Scotland Presbyterian, with the Church of Scotland receiving all church buildings and assets. Hence in Scotland the parish church is Church of Scotland (there is no equivalent Episcopal parish structure) and away from the cities Episcopal churches are few and far between.

In 1689 the Scottish Episcopal Church originated with those who refused to accept the Revolution Settlement. It suffered because of its continued allegiance to the Stuart dynasty and was persecuted for the next century.

But the beginning of the nineteenth century saw the laws against Episcopalians relaxed; the increased trade and cultural links between Scotland and England encouraged growth in the church as part of the general expansion of church building in the Victorian era.

The Scottish Episcopal Church, while never having been a part of the Church of England, is a province of the worldwide Anglican communion, with seven Dioceses, each with its own Bishop and Cathedral. The Episcopal Church does not have an Archbishop; instead, one of the Bishops is elected “Primus”.

The Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway is geographically large and culturally varied, ranging from Glasgow and the industrial Clyde to the largely rural splendour of Dumfriesshire.

Welcome

St John the Evangelist, Dumfries, is a parish of the Scottish Episcopal Church also serving Methodist parishioners locally.

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Notices

Contemporary Service

Contemporary Service

The Contemporary Service is at 6pm, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, followed by refreshments in the hall.

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Just a handful of places (4 to be precise) remain available to children aged between Primary 1 and Primary 7 for a place on the St John's Holiday Club. This

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Sunday 14th July 2024 we have our Eucharistic Service at 11:00am. You are most welcome to come along. Be great to see you. Tuesday Eucharist is as usual at 6:30pm

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Sunday 30th June 2024 we have Matins at 9:30am and the Eucharistic Service is at 11:00am. You are most welcome to come along. Be great to see you. Tuesday Eucharist

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Sunday 23rd June 2024 is our Eucharistic Service at 11:00am. You are most welcome to come along. Be great to see you. Sunday 23rd June is our final Contemporary service