Services

Public worship is again only broadcast online whilst churches are closed.  The services can be accessed through St John's YouTube channel.  All are very welcome. If you wish the words to the Sunday services please click here. The words for the service for Ash Wednesday can be found here.

Drop in for Soul Time: An on-line prayer group (for 10-20 minutes) is available every Wednesday at 5pm via St John's YouTube channel (see above). It comprises reading of scripture, reflection, personal meditation and response in prayer. 

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) will broadcast a service at 11am every Sunday via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel. There is also a dedicated Children's Chapel service every Sunday. The web page for both broadcasts is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship .

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, you are invited with other people of faith across the nation, to join in prayerful solidarity in lighting a candle** on Sundays at 7pm in the window of our homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.

And please go on lighting your candle with prayer every Sunday as long as the present situation continues, as a sign of Christ’s light for all who need it.

You may wish to use the prayer below when lighting your candle:

For all that is good in life, thank you, 

For the love of family and friends, thank you, 

For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,

May those who are sick, know healing,

May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom, 

Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,

Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows, 

across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle, 

be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes. 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
  

**Safety Note: Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle. If you are able to use a small electric ‘candle’ instead, that will be safe to leave unattended.

Music In St John’s


The Organ

The three manual Conacher organ dates from 1889. It is valued by the congregation for its important place in church services and also by a range of local professional and amateur organists for recitals, or simply for practice and pleasure. The organist and choirmaster Neil Smeaton was appointed at the age of 15 in 1998. He is much in demand as a fine recitalist and accompanist.

Other music

The excellent acoustic of the church lends itself to all kinds of musical performance.

Since about 1998 this potential has been deliberately exploited. In addition to regular organ recitals St John’s has become well known for performances of all kinds. These have involved professional and amateur musicians, soloists, choirs and school ensembles. St John’s seeks out young musicians to offer them a platform at the start of their careers. The Rector and Vestry welcome these musical activities as part of our open-door policy and as a contribution to the cultural life of Forfar and the surrounding district.

St Margaret’s, Lunanhead

Services are also suspended in St Margaret's.

Latest News & Events

With the latest announcement from Scottish Government regarding pandemic restrictions there are no inperson worship services on 10th January 2021 in St John's until further notice.  However we continue our worship services online. The services will be broadcast through St John's YouTube channel. Remember to hit the 'subscribe' button to find the channel again easily - it's free! The liturgy for service can be found here.

In addition, Wednesday's Drop In for Soul Time will continue to be available again through St John's YouTube channel (see above). The Services setion of the website provides further details. All are very welcome.

St John's worked together with Angus Creative Minds and Angus Health & Social Care Partnership to create a video remembering people who have died. Those contributing expressed their thoughts in word and voice and local artists interpreted those in artwork which was put together into a film. This can be viewed here . A group then met by video-conference to view the film and discuss their reactions. The event was a great success and one we intend to repeat in 2021.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) is broadcasting video coverage of Sunday 11am Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship .

Please light a candle in your window at 7.00pm every Sunday with the prayer which can be found in the Services tab on this website for as long as the present situation continues, as a sign of Christ’s light for all who need it.

The College of Bishops is designating 2021 as a Provincial Year of Pilgrimage. For further information, click here.

To visit the Diocesan website, follow this link: www.standrews.anglican.org

 

 

 

  

 

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