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Today, Sunday, 15/08/2021
Pentecost 12

Any time: Service online

11.00am: Family Eucharist [Methodist Order]

Church. Please book (07572 006290) if possible

12.45pm: Coffee after service

Zoom. Contact 07487 653069 for joining details

Tuesday, 17/08/2021

Meditation (on website after 5pm)

2pm-4pm: Church open for Private Prayer & Reflection

Church. No need to book

Wednesday, 18/08/2021

10.30am: 1970 Eucharist

Church. Please book (07572 006290) if possible

Friday, 20/08/2021

10am-12noon: Church open for Private prayer & Reflection

Church. No need to book

Sunday, 22/08/2021
Pentecost 13

Any time: Service online

11.00am: Family Eucharist

Church. Please book (07572 006290) if possible

12.45pm: Coffee after service

Zoom. Contact 07487 653069 for joining details

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

Don’t have internet, email or a suitable device to access them? Not sure how it all works or how it might benefit you? We may be able to help via a Scottish Government scheme. Speak to David Kerr/the Church Office (07754 596140) to find out more

Bookings, distancing etc
Following the suspension, by the Scottish Government, of both the 2 metre, and 1 metre distancing rule, we can now return to something a bit more like normal within the church. Different members of our Congregation, however, will be more, or less, comfortable with this, depending on their own views of threat, vulnerability etc. For that reason, we will not be resuming our former practice of sharing the Peace, at least for the time being, and please also bear in mind that some may be more nervous than you are, so please be sensitive about how close you get others.

We will also be continuing with the sanitising (we may find ourselves doing this in perpetuity) and (we hope, not in perpetuity) wearing masks.

We are also expected, for the time being, to continue to record who comes in to the church, so, for that reason, please continue to phone 07572 006290 to book, Sunday by Sunday (and Wednesday by Wednesday). Whilst you can turn up without having booked, it makes the check in process much faster if we can just tick your name, rather than having to write it down. Also: to facilitate production of the bookings list, it would be helpful if you could book before about 4pm on a Friday. You won’t be turned away if you try to book after that time, but it’s easier if you can do it before then.

Going forward in September and October we are planning to resume some church activities like choir rehearsals, Mothers’ Union, quiz evenings, indoor bowling, nursery mornings etc, so please keep an eye on the notices for the start dates and additional details.

Regarding Church Services (subject to whatever guidelines are in place at the time)

1st Sunday of the month will be Holy Communion at 8am beginning in October, Sunday 3rd October.

Every Sunday there will be at 11:00am a Sung Eucharist (the high altar hopefully will be used again in October when we hope the choir will be back, but also to accommodate the preferences of all, as a church for everyone, the nave altar will be used at some point in our services every month.) There will also be an online service every Sunday.

Tuesday Evening Eucharist at 6:30pm will resume in September

Saints’ Days will resume in September (subject to personnel availability) at 6:30pm Monday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday at 5pm.

Meditation will resume in the Meeting Room at 5:45pm and we will continue with the online meditation as well.

Wednesday Morning Eucharist is at 10:30am every Wednesday

Romanian Orthodox Service is the first Saturday of the month, the next one is Saturday 4th September at 10:15am

Choral Evensong will resume on Sunday 3rd October at 6pm, and thereafter the first Sunday of the month

Evensong will resume on Sunday 17th October at 6pm and thereafter on the third Sunday of the month.

All Age Worship will be replaced by a Contemporary Service beginning on 10th October at 6pm. The Contemporary Service will meet therefater on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Godly Play will resume in September in the church hall on the first and third Sundays of the month and on the second and fourth Sundays activity bags will be made for children who may attend the 11.00 am Eucharistic Service.

Prayer Meeting will be on Thursday 7th October at 7:30pm in the Rectory. Thereafter every first Thursday of the month. The prayer meeting will sometimes be face to face and at other times on zoom.

Bible Discussion Group will be on Thursday 28th October at 7pm. Thereafter it will be on the fourth Thursday of the month, sometimes face to face and at other times via Zoom. In October we will meet in the Rectory.

In September we would like to resume tea and coffee after Sunday morning worship, but at present we do not have enough helpers, so please if you can help let Jenny Lawson or David Kerr know.


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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