St John’s Diary: week beginning Sunday, 18/04/2021

Although the church building is only open at limited times for the moment, there are still things going on!

When What Where
Today: Sunday, 18/04/2021 (Easter 3) Service online
11.00am Family Eucharist In the church. Please book to avoid disappointment: 07572 006290
12.45 Zoom coffee Contact 07487 653069 for joining details
Tuesday, 20/04/2021 Meditation online (any time)
Tuesday, 20/04/2021, 2-4pm Church open for private prayer & reflection No need to book, but face coverings needed unless exempt; likewise contact details will be needed for Covid tracking.
Wednesday, 21/04/2021, 10.30am (and subsequent Wednesdays) 1970 Eucharist in the Church Please book (07572 006290); face coverings, tracking information required.
Friday, 16/04/2021, 10am-12noon Church open for private prayer & reflection No need to book, but face coverings, tracking information required.
Sunday, 25/04/2021:

Easter 4: 11am

Family Eucharist In the church: please book on 07572 006290
Sunday, 25/04/2021 Service online

Zoom Coffee Session (12.45pm)

Contact 07487 653069 for joining details

Sunday, 25/04/2021


Bible Discussion: Finding God in the Midst of Life Via Zoom. Contact 07487 653069 for joining details

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

The Rector on 01387 254126 / 07487 653069 / rector AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org

The Church Office on 07754 596140 / pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org

The Diocesan News (& Website) recently published an article on St J’s new lighting. You can view it on the Diocesan Website (, the St J’s website or on the lit noticeboard in the church. Copy was also sent to the Standard, Courier, Scotsman and Herald. Please report (and preserve!) any sightings!

The Diocesan Office writes…

We have been asked to draw your attention to the following issues, to allow you to share the information with congregations or draw to the attention of your vestry as appropriate.

Election information: 

The Convener of the Church in Society Committee, the Rev Dr Jenny Wright, would like to highlight resources now available on the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office (SCPO) website ahead of the Scottish Parliament Elections on 6 May 2021. Resources available under the ‘Issues for Scottish Churches’ heading include:

    • A Just and Green Future Beyond Covid-19
    • Adult Social Care
    • Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Abuse
    • Constitution and Independence Referendum

There is also information and advice for churches looking to host and arrange hustings meetings for candidates.

The SCPO resources can be found at

Covid Situation

At present, we are offering a 1982 Family Eucharist weekly at 11.00 on a Sunday. Face coverings etc., needed and, to avoid disappointment, please book on 07572 006290 beforehand. If you end up leaving a message, please await a confirmatory text or call to confirm there is a space for you, as we can only allow a limited number in the building.

There is also a 1970 Eucharist weekly at 10.30am on a Wednesday. Again, please book, as above.

We are still offering services online, week by week.

There continues to be a Tuesday Meditation page ; this is updated every week.

As from Tuesday, 13/04/2021, the Church will re-open for private prayer and reflection. At the moment, this is limited to 2-4pm on a Tuesday and 10am-12noon on a Friday. There is no need to book, but we will need to take contact details etc.

There are various other, mostly Zoom-based, activities offered: again, please check the website for details.

If you need us, you can also still contact

    • The Rector on 01387 254126/07487 653069, or at rector AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org;  or
    • The Church Office on 07754 596140 or at pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org

Stay safe; and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


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. 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. [].  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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