(The following was circulated electronically and by post (to those without an email address registered with us) on Wednesday, 10/02/2021):

Monday 8th February 2021

Dear All,

I trust that you are all keeping well and safe. It is encouraging to hear that a good number of our congregation have already received the vaccine.

Our church magazine should be published again in March, and so this is a brief update on one or two matters.

  • Firstly our Ash Wednesday Service on the 17th February will be on our webpage on Wednesday www.stjohnsdumfries.org.
  • Secondly we are offering some Lent Courses via Zoom which can be accessed either by video or by telephone.  The following Lent Courses are happening
    • Monday 15th February 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].
    • Tuesday 23rd February at 6:30 pm via Zoom
    • Thursday 25th February 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
    • Sunday 21st February 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom, (if Covid precautions allow, then the group will meet outdoors as well)  
  • Thirdly we are so grateful to God for his provision, in that we now have a warm church. S&D have installed two new boilers as well as transforming the boiler room by putting in a new cement floor, some new pipes and two new flues. We have a 100kw boiler and a 60kw boiler and at present only the 100kw boiler is connected. We need a greater gas supply to the gas meter before we can connect the other 60kw boiler, so enquiries are currently being made. For now we will work off the one boiler which is what we have been doing for many years. Already we can feel a difference with the new boiler, it is much more effective in heating the church than what we have experienced previously. S&D have done a terrific work and we are appreciative of their hard work and diligence. Thanks to Peter for linking with Stan from S&D and overseeing the work and thanks to David for linking with our insurers. We are still awaiting some money from the insurers but it looks as though most of the cost will be covered.
  • Fourthly we have covered the cost of our new lighting. Two loans have now been repaid and once we receive the VAT reclaim from our last bill we will be in a position to repay the third loan.   

God has been good to us in so many ways. We are thankful for his unfailing love and kindness to us and for his generous provision to us as a church in material and financial matters.

At present no one knows when our churches will be allowed to reopen. However, I am wondering if in March the church might be open again with restricted numbers for Holy Week and Easter. I have asked Jill and Andrew Baker to do our 12:00-3:00pm Good Friday reflections. If the church is not open, then we will put one of their reflections on our webpage each day in Holy Week.

I do hope we can meet soon in the church, till then take great care.

Kind regards 



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


You can donate to St John’s by credit or debit card by following these links.


And, as always, if you need us, you can contact  

Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting will take place on the 1st October. As usual it will be held within the context of the 11am service. There will be a bring and share lunch and the formal meeting will follow. Forms for nominations to the elected vacancies are at the back of the church.  The AGM papers are at the back of the church.  If they run out, please ask the Church Office.    If you prefer to receive them by email, please sign the sheet at the back of the church.  You only need to give your name, assuming we have your up to date email address.  If you will NOT be able to attend the AGM, and would like your apologies noted, there is a sheet to sign for this as well.  If you wish to raise a matter under Any Other Business please let Margaret Morton have the details of that by 12 noon on Friday 29th September. memorton@mypostoffice.co.uk or 01387 262734


If there is sufficient demand, we hope to run a trip (destination not decided on, yet, but suggestions welcome) in mid-October (possibly 14th or 21st, date still to be decided);  we may also run something in mid-November, and there has been a suggestion we might go to the Christmas Market in Hawkshead (near Ambleside/Windermere) on or about 2 December.  Watch this space!

Other Dates for your Diary:

  • Friday, 06/10/2023:                                           Beetle Drive*
  • Friday, 19/01/2024:                                           Burns Supper
  • Thursday,  14/03/2024                                      Pamper Session
  • Saturday, 16/03/2024                                        Men’s Breakfast

* See notice below….


  • A gentle reminder to those who have bought tickets for Cook and Taste India – this will take place in the Hall on Saturday 30th September at 2.30 pm. Come ready to enjoy all the goodies on offer, and watch out for the raffle prizes, too.
  • Watch out for MU Prayer space which is held on the second Thursday of the month, via Zoom, at 12noon and 8pm. You’ve (probably) just missed Peace & Reconciliation this week, but forthcoming sessions include Faith in Action (12 Oct), Gender Justice (9 Nov) and God With Us (14 Dec).  Details on the poster on the lit noticeboard, and also the St J’s website.  The Church Office (pastadmin@stjohnsdumfries.,org) can provide Zoom joining details.  The invitation to join in ‘Prayer Space’ is not just for MU members…(see above)

We are hoping to have different themes in the window bays in the church at Harvest, particularly celebrating the theme of ‘Gifts’.  If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the flowers, provide some kind of gift, or would like to take on decorating a bay yourself, please speak to Carolynne or Janice.

Activities are resuming after the summer break.  Short Mat Bowling will resume, in the Hall, this Tuesday, 26/09/2023;  the Quiz Nights will resume this Friday, 29/09/2023, both at 7.30pm.

On the subject of activities, please support the Beetle Drive here at St J’s Hall on Friday, 06/10/2023.  Doors open 18.30;  eyes (however many you have) down at 19.00. There will be a refreshment break halfway through (no bush tucker involved), and a raffle.  No entry fee, but donations invited.  If you’ve never played before, don’t worry;  all will be explained, and it should be fun.

Dumfries Christian Network tells us…

African Children’s Choir on Monday 25th September at 2.00pm in St Andrew’s Church (picture of poster below…note that the time is incorrectly stated on the poster;  concert starts at 2pm, not 2.30pm)

Quartz says…

  • CLC:  This is the Quartz house group, we meet every second Monday. More info is on the website. [www.wordsmithcrafts.co.uk].  On the 05/10/2023, we are planning to meet at Tatyana’s!  Please get in touch if you need directions. 
  • Forest Church:  We will continue to meet at the Crichton on the 3rd Sunday in the Month.  
  • Magazine:  A Quartz review is being written for the Autumn/Winter St Johns Magazine. You can still read the last one in the current magazine which can be downloaded from the St John’s website or picked up in the building.
  • The Blog:  This site is maintained by Wordsmith Crafts CIC. Sometimes the content comes from people who have sent things in. There is the capacity to let other people post blogs directly too, and these will be tagged with their name. This expands the use of the site to encourage discussion, even for those who cannot physically meet in one place often. If you would like to contribute, or recommend someone, please get in touch.
  • An invitation:  Would you like to become more involved in Quartz?   We will be publishing a list of ideas for projects. If you are inspired and would like to contribute an idea have a quick search on the website for similar things to compare it with what Quartz has done in the past – then send your idea in. Once the list is published, we will be trying to find people to help make them happen! Involvement in one activity does not commit you to being involved in any others (unless you want to be). If you are willing to be more involved in the planning and selection of ideas let us know.

Dumfries Academy tell us…We would be extremely grateful if you could share details about our Fairtrade Coffee Morning with your congregation.  It is being held on Saturday, 30th of September, 10am – 12:00 pm at St George’s Church Hall.  All the money raised will help pupils to finance a life changing trip to Kenya in 2024.   Entry costs £5 for adult and children can attend for free!

There will be live musical performances by pupils throughout the morning,  a raffle and a selection of stalls selling home-baking, second-hand books and home-made jewellery.  

It promises to be a good day!

Contemporary Service

The Contemporary Service will be at 6pm on Sunday 21st September followed by refreshments in the hall.


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