St John the Evangelist,
A member of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
We now have permission to re-open for Communal Worship following Government Guidelines for Stage 3.
We will be re-opening on 2nd August 11am when all mitigations are in place. The document below can be downloaded in PDF and shows visitors to our church what is needed to comply with Stage 3. Everyone must adhere to these guidlines. Copies of these guidelines will be available in the church entrance.
BUSINESS as USUAL
Although worship services are temporarily suspended and our church building is regrettably no longer open, we PRAY ON !
Rev. Stephen Hazlett
( Interim Priest) is available for all pastoral needs including social distancing home visits and prayer requests on 01557 620132 / 07900231360
email@example.com He will also visit emergency situations.
See Contacts page for more information.
Pastoral Letter 19, Trinity+8, 2nd August 2020
COLLECT: Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech You to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of Your laws and the works of Your commandments; that through Your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
THOUGHT for the WEEK: The feeding of the 5000 in this week’s gospel is about the rich symbolism of bread. Although no longer a staple diet in the West, it is still central to life itself in many poor countries today. Hence bread as the important symbol in our eucharistic main act of worship—soon to be enjoyed again. When many of us were growing up food may have been reasonably plentiful ( thanks to those reading who endured rationing) but it was singularly unexciting. Staple diets now include Italian pizza, French cheeses, and Chinese carry-outs. My grandchildren laugh at my met and two veg thinking! On age and its value, Bishop Kevin addressed our virtual Galloway Regional Council of churches ( I attempted to chair it by zoom) recently and gave inspiring words of wisdom in recognising the post 60 status of most of us; God is faithful to us in love. Experience leads to truth. Have faith in doubts, the Holy Spirit may be speaking to you. Growing up I was taught to express gratitude for even small things. I hope at least one of the Disciples thanked the wee boy who shared his lunch with the 5000! Stephen
QUOTE of the WEEK: “Youth is wasted on the young!” Oscar Wilde
Charity No. SCO23329
North Strand Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 7LD
Secretary to the Vestry
Tel 01581 400 284 / 0756 1020 831
Regular Weekly Services
Sunday Communion 11am 1982 Liturgy
Thursday Communion 11am 1970 Liturgy
Easter/Christmas/Saints days etc as advertised.
Scottish Liturgy 1982
Scottish Liturgy Reserved Sacrament 1982
Scottish Liturgy 1970
All are welcome at our services and all who are baptised are invited to share our Eucharist. We are in Communion with the Anglican Church, Church of Ireland, Church in Wales and the Worldwide Episcopal and Anglican Churches.
Refreshments are served after every service.
Our church is on the 1st floor of a building shared with the Library. It is a modern tranquil space built in the early 1990’s overlooking Loch Ryan. The space is versatile and is used by numerous local groups for a wide variety of services, meetings and concerts. Contact Anne tel 01776 258518 for bookings.
Disabled Access The church is on the first floor and access is by a modern Stannah lift. The building is then completely level, ideal for wheelchair users. Disabled toilets, Induction Loop, Sound system, Large/coloured print and Braille liturgies permits inclusion for all. We even offer Gluten Free wafers.
Back issues of Church News can be found on ‘Notices’ page.
Get in Touch
St. John the Evangelist
North Strand Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 7LD.
Secretary to the Vestry Tel 01581 400 284: Mobile 0756 102 0831
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