Quartz – at St Johns Dumfries

In the building and in the wider community

Quartz is the overall name for a partnership project working within both the St Johns community, and the wider community as a whole, to build skills in #SensingSpirituality. For those that want to get deeper – it is an invitation to explore the diversity of Christian traditions and contemporary practice using contemporary artistic creativity.

Follow the story of what is going on at the blog page

More about Quartz…

We are a community. Some activities take place within the St Johns building, others are located in community settings, or the Wordsmithcrafts Studio. Quartz is on a perpetual pilgrimage – looking for the face of God in friend and stranger. Receiving what is offered and giving when asked.

Please explore this site to find out more, comment, and get in touch. Join with us in sharing our thoughts and the ways in which we encounter God in everyday life.

If you walk down Dumfries high Street you will see how we repurposed some of our Christmas Canopy of Angels, to help us respond artistically to the ongoing situation in the Ukraine.

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The Blog!

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  • Chandelier
    As often happens, an idea for a Christmas installation came from a magazine picture and a chat over coffee. The idea is to use ‘light’ as a theme this Christmas. Of course, a beam of light is invisible. Light helps us see things, so in order to see light we put things where they will […]

Please explore, comment, and get in touch. Join with us in sharing our thoughts and the ways in which we encounter God in everyday life. Please get in touch to shape how this can develop. Look Quartz up on these other platforms.

The links below are to an archive of activities which Quartz has fostered over the years.



An ongoing theme, linking church life with time for reflection in schools and spiritual seekers everywhere.
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This is the name given to our #SensingSpirituality in the community events. These have included installations in high street shops, labyrinths in parks or even weaving connected to the flow of the river Nith.

A wee cairn of fiery stones from pentecost

2nd Sundays

Around 2019 we ran a series of more traditional approach to services once a month, on the second Sunday, with related activities throughout the month.

We have stopped this though, and are now experimenting with Forest Church


If a month has five Sundays in it we will try to do something special. Because this is usually a drawing together and combining of St Johns community activities within the building, it is called interweave. We use activities from our outerweave events combined with the Episcopal tradition to make each event both familiar and surprising to all those involved.
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