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Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

   Holocaust Memorial Day

Sunday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day.
Reflecting on the theme ‘Torn from Home’ I have added a short video
Which was made a few years ago to be shown in Kirkintilloch High School.

video by Robert Leadbeater                                                                                           added with the kind permission of Eve Leadbeater

Thank you to Rev’d Martin Callaghan

Thank you to Rev’d Martin Callaghan

On the 20th December All Saints’ Lockerbie and St John’s Moffat came together to thank Martin for his commitment to the Annandale Group for the past 20 years. The two congregations joined together in All Saints’ Lockerbie for a special Eucharist service.    A presentation was given by David Rose from  Lockerbie and Wendy Harrison from Moffat,  followed by light refreshments .




Lessons and Carol Service

 It’s Looking a Lot Like Christmas


The church is all decorated for Christmas.

The Lessons and Carol Service was a wonderful service lead by      Rev. John Stevenson. Singing carols and listening to the Christmas story read by members of the congregation, was such a great way to enter the Christmas Season reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas.

It was also a time for us to show our thanks to the people that help us in our worship throughout the year. Small gifts were presented buy David Rose.


Service of Lessons & Carols 16th December 2018

Third Sunday in Advent – 16 December 2018
Service of Lessons & Carols

Bidding Prayer – Rev’d John Stevenson.

The lessons & carols will proceed without further announcement.

Carol – No 326. In the bleak mid-winter.

1st Lesson. Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Carol – No 479. O come, all ye faithful.

2nd Lesson. The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshdow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Carol – No 508. O Little Town of Bethlehem.

3rd Lesson. The birth of Jesus

It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

The choir will sing We Celebrate.

4th Lesson. The shepherds go to the manger

There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Carol No 745. While shepherds watched their flocks by night.

5th Lesson. The wise men are led by the Star to Jesus

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Carol No 634. The angel Gabriel from heaven came.

6th Lesson. St John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Carol No 330. It came upon the midnight clear.

The Collect.

The Blessing.

Thank you to Rev’d Martin Callaghan

To thank Martin for his commitment to the Annandale Group for the past 20 years the congregations of All Saints’ Lockerbie and St John’s Moffat will join together at a special Eucharist service at All Saints’ commencing at 6.30pm on Thursday 20 December. John and Maggie will be joining us and the service will be followed by light refreshments.

Christmas Services

Sunday 23 December. Sung Eucharist at 11.15am
Monday 24 December. Sung Eucharist at 6.00pm followed by refreshments.
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December. No service at All Saints’ but Rev’d John Stevenson will conduct a Eucharist at St John’s Moffat at 10am.


Shortbread ready for Christmas



Don’t wait until tea time to have shortbread – morning coffee is just as good. There is only one way to make shortbread and that’s with butter.  I think it’s a waste of electricity to use anything else.


8oz butter                                                                                                                                4oz caster sugar                                                                                                                8oz  plain flour                                                                                                                       4oz cornflour


Cream butter and caster sugar together until pale and creamy. Add both flours and mix well until you have a smooth dough.  Divide into two and press into 8” round sandwich tins. Crimp the edges with a fork handle and prick all over.  Bake for 1 hour 100ºC. Take out of the oven and allow to cool slightly, cut into 8 triangles with a sharp knife (that’s the hard bit, getting it even). Dust with caster sugar while still warm, then the sugar will stick and not fall off when you lift the shortbread.


You can roll the shortbread out and cut into shapes and bake for about ½ the time (when slightly coloured they will continue to cook while they cool) I make star shapes at Christmas, but rounds are great to serve with fresh fruit or creamy desserts yummy!


Ginger Shortbread is very nice to serve with lemon desserts add about 2 level tsp with the flour.


You can also make this shortbread in a food processor just add all together and wizzzzzzzz until it forms a dough.



Taken from “When its brown done……….”                                                                 by Kath  Leadbeater



News Letter November 2018

All Saints’ Church Lockerbie

Newsletter October 2018

Dear Member,

We are writing to update you on progress in appointing a new Rector and to keep you informed of other activities at All Saints’.

For the past 20 years we have been a member of the Annandale Group along with our sister Churches in Annan, Eastriggs, Gretna and Moffat. Following the retirement of Rev’d John Macleod who served us so well for more than five years, the Bishop and the Dean recommended that we should form a new linked charge along with St John’s Moffat. The remaining three Churches should continue their Linked Charge which will continue to be known as the Annandale Group. This was agreed to by all five charges and by the Rector, Rev’d Martin Callaghan.

Martin ceased to be our Rector on 4 October and the linked charge of Lockerbie and Moffat is therefore vacant and we are free to proceed to appoint our own full time Rector. This post will be full time and both Vestries have agreed that they will use their reserves as necessary to help fund the appointment.

Meantime the Dean has appointed Rev’d Janice Aiton, who is Rector at St John’s Dumfries, to be our interim Priest in Charge. This appointment is warmly welcomed by the Vestries and Janice will be responsible for ensuring that we have adequate ministry cover for our Sunday services and will be available to any member who needs pastoral support.

An advertisement for our new Rector has now been placed on the websites of the two charges and of the Scottish Episcopal Church and will appear in the Church Times each week for at least the next four weeks. The closing date for applications is 5 November and it is planned to hold interviews on 20 and 21 November. Please keep a successful outcome for this recruitment effort in your prayers.

Increased Giving Appeal. Earlier in the summer you would receive a letter explaining the need to increase our regular income in order be able to pay our share of the new full-time post without putting too great a strain on our reserves. The Vestry are very grateful for the generous response to this appeal and wish to thank most sincerely all those who have managed to increase their giving.

Coming Events. The calendar of events until the end of the year is as follows:

* Sunday 28 October. Harvest thanksgiving and blessing of the Shoeboxes before dispatch

* Wednesday 24th October. Vestry meeting at 10.00am.

* Monday 5 November. Closing date for applications for post of Rector.

* Wednesday 7 November. Meeting to consider applications at Moffat 7pm

* November 11 Remembrance Day1

*November 15th Taize Service 7pm

* Thursday 15th November Elevenses at 10.30

* Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November. Interviews.

* Sunday 25 November. AGM following shortened Eucharist 11.15

* Friday 7 December. Concert featuring Langholm Sings at 7.00pm at All Saints’.

* Sunday 16 December. Service of Lessons & Carols.

* Monday 24 December. Sung Eucharist at 6.00pm followed by refreshments.

Should you need any more information or want to make any suggestions please speak to a member of the Vestry

Recruitment for Rector — All Saints’ and St John’s Moffat


St John’s, Moffat and All Saints’, Lockerbie,
a linked charge of Episcopal Churches

in beautiful southwest Scotland, seeks full-time
rector to help our churches reach out to our
communities, evolve to meet the needs of all
age groups, and to develop our faith.
Application form available from:


Profile for All Saints Lockerbie please click link below to open pdf

NEW All Saints Profile 2018

Bishop Gregor’s Easter Message 2018

Easter Message 2018

Some of you may listen to a Radio 4 programme called Last Word. In effect it offers appreciations and assessments of interesting people who have died in the week or so before the programme is broadcast. As I write, the cast includes Stephen Hawking and Ken Dodd. But it occurs to me that it’s an odd title for a programme which makes no claim that what is said is to be understood as either authoritative or the last word about anybody.

Odd, simply because we all know that whoever claims to have the last word about anyone or anything is claiming to have very significant power over people or in human affairs generally. And we are all too aware of the destructive potential of such claims in the world as we experience it. But what if the last word need not be like that and what if we are about to celebrate the all-important Last Word, namely the divine exercise of power which raised Jesus from the dead?And what if this Last Word turns out be the very opposite of a destructive exercise of power, but is heard rather as a word of love, a word of life, a word of vindication, a word of triumph over the worst that we humans can perpetrate, because it is uttered by no human claimant to power? And if that is true, and it is our faith that it is true, then here is a Last Word which constantly constitutes our hope and our ground for trying to live what we might callChrist-shaped lives, lives that may seem to meet with little favour in a hard and unforgiving world, but lives that bear the glory of resurrection now and at the end. I suggest that at its best the liturgy of Easter celebrates this hope and strengthens us in living it out. I wish you all a blessed Easter.


Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

This is super cake and not just for Easter its a great all year round cake.  You could always not add the almond paste to the top, but instead sprinkle flaked almonds on the top before cooking. Not sure where I got this recipe from or who gave me it but is worth trying.


6oz (175g) soft margarine
6oz (175g) light soft brown sugar
3 eggs
6oz (175g) plain flour
3 level teaspoons mixed spice
1 level teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
12oz (225g) mixed died fruit
2oz (50g) glacé cherries
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
2oz (50g) ground almonds
8oz (225g) readymade almond paste

Topping — Optional
8oz (225g) readymade almond paste
1tablespoon apricot jam

Heat the oven to 160ºC Grease and line with greaseproof paper a 7 inch (17.5cm) deep round cake tin.
Put all the cake ingredients except for the fruit and cherries in a mixing bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes until well blended, now add the fruit and cherries and stir well.
Place half the mixture in the cake tin. Take the almond paste and roll out to a circle to fit the cake tin. Place the almond paste on the cake mixture and add the remaining mixture on top. Smooth the top.
Bake in the oven for about 2¼hors or until a skewer comes out clean when pierced into the Centre of the cake.
When cooked turn out on to a cooling rack. When cold remove the paper.
Topping brush the top of the cake with apricot jam. Roll out the almond paste, the best way I have found for cutting a circle of almond paste is to use the cake tin as a template. Using the left over almond paste to make 11 equal pieces, and shape into balls. Crimp the edge of the almond paste and place the balls round the edge.
Gill for a few minutes to brown.


To freeze—freeze cake without topping pack in container seal and label use within 3 months. Freeze the almond paste topping separately—open freeze when frozen wrap label and use within 3 months.