Quartz – at St Johns Dumfries

We have been using art to explore spirituality for over a decade now.

Here is the latest blog post …

  • The classroom of creation
    The following quote comes from a translation of the life of St Mungo as told by Jocelin of Furness early in the 12th Century. The robin in the story is the one on the coat of arms of Glasgow, and its story is well known. What is perhaps less well known is this discussion about […]

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These pages are an investment in building up a community (Like a housegroup) using blended technology and physical spaces.

Below are examples of come other areas of activities which Quartz has fostered over the years.

Perhaps we will even make a handbook if you are interested?



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

Creative Worship – 2nd Sundays

Once a month, on the second Sunday, with related activities throughout the month


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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In the building and in the community

Quartz is the overall name for the partnership project working within the St Johns community to build spiritual literacy and explore Church tradition using contemporary artistic creativity.

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

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