Christ Church Dalbeattie is a Scottish Episcopalian church SEC website and belongs to the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway UDGG website . The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the Anglican Communion of Churches and sister church to the Church of England CoE website. The SEC has recently recently produced a new Welcome video.
If you are visiting Scotland or have recently moved to the area and you normally worship in an Anglican church in England, Wales or Ireland you will find the Episcopalian style of worship to be the most similar and familiar to your usual services at home.
Coming soon . . .
All details of our weekly services appear on the Worship and What’s On pages of this website. You are most welcome to join us for any of our services. Being part of a community set in the popular holiday area of Dumfries & Galloway we do like to have visitors and always serve coffee after morning worship as part of our welcome and outreach.
This month’s message from Mark Smith
OCTOBER – named as the eighth month but actually the tenth. Confusing!
This year Autumn seemed to start in August as mushrooms appeared and trees started dropping leaves and birds started eating berries meant for the coming Winter. September flew by in a blur of wind and rain and it seems the natural world is getting ready for what lies ahead. Confusing!
Farmers are still harvesting well after our Harvest Festivals are over. Confusing!
In some ways the Harvest Festival seems an anachronism, harking back to some imagined golden age of agriculture and society when children helped with the harvest (hence long summer holidays and ‘tatty’ weeks) and everyone saw the fruits of the earth being stockpiled for the Winter months.
However, Dalbeattie Churches Together decided to look back for inspiration when they planned a Harvest Supper. I remember these from my own childhood as a great party with food and games and music and fun for all ages. Most important of all people came together to celebrate.
That Harvest Supper was a great success – thanks to all who planned it, made soup, provided rolls and biscuits, entertained with music, played the games with great gusto. Not so sure about the quiz though! If you missed it, you missed out! All ages chatting, musing, throwing dice, drawing beetles, laughing and eating together. Just like the old times. Just as a family event should be.
As Christians, the best way to thank God for all His provisions is to remember where they come from and share what we have been given. Much of the produce from Harvest Festivals across the town goes to help the local Food Banks. Sharing what we have with those who have little. Sharing practical love with those in need just as Christ shared Himself with us. Sharing ourselves with each other as we seek to follow our Lord’s example and travel His Way together.
Being together is also the thinking behind a new Sunday evening time being organised by the Churches Together. Together with God is a time for worship, prayer and fellowship reflecting the differing styles and approaches of our congregations, a time with God at the centre and a chance to share a cuppa together. Second Sundays @ 7pm (Oct 8th, Nov 12th, Dec 10th – see posters).
I must express my thanks to those who helped with our Harvest Weekend at Christ Church – decorating the Church Building, donating gifts for the Stewartry Food Bank – and thank God for His presence throughout those special activities.
Each Sunday we come together to worship God, learn about His love shown through Jesus, seek His strength for whatever we face in our daily lives and grow in faith.
During the week many Church members serve their neighbours and communities in a variety of ways – in Church activities, at work, at home or through charity-work.
You are welcome to join us at any of our regular Sunday Services or mid-week activities.
Taste and see that the Lord is good !
See What’s On for more detail and join us if you can.
May God Bless you, Mark
Are you in need of prayer?
Whether it be a personal issue or a concern for another person or situation, or even a desire to get closer to God, the Ministry of Laying-On-Of-Hands gives an opportunity to open up to God.
We offer it in faith that God wants to work in people’s lives and wants to use us as His channels. Sometimes it brings healing, sometimes empowerment, sometimes wisdom – always it opens us to God’s Love, Mercy and Grace.
The Priest simply places a hand on someone’s head and prays for God to bless them, acting as a channel for God’s Love, Mercy and Grace.
We now offer this Ministry during Communion – just carry your Pew Sheet with you to the rail and the Priest will ask your name and pray for you before administering Communion.
How to find us
We are at the junction of High Street and Blair Street,
Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG5 4DT
Click here to see us on google maps
Christ Church is currently interregnum. Our Interim Priest is The Reverend Stephen Hazlett, Rector of Greyfriars Kirkcudbright and St Mary’s Gatehouse of Fleet. As he takes up this post, he has sent this message to both our congregations:
“A warm hello to everyone in St. Ninian’s Castle Douglas and Christ Church Dalbeattie. Bishop Gregor has appointed me as your Interim Priest during the vacancy, so this is by way of a brief introduction. Along with everyone else, we too will miss David and Alison as they move to County Wexford and retirement. Although if I know anything about the Church of Ireland David will be called upon to do something clerical! I am a friendly big Irishman who has been over thirty years in ministry, and moved as Rector of Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet last October, having previously served as Anglican Vicar and Port Chaplain with the Mission to Seafarers in Rotterdam. I am speaking about this to your next Mothers’ Union meeting on 28 November. Canon Bayne had been our Interim Priest – so maybe this is pay-back time !
As I already look after two busy congregations, I am privileged that both your churches are well blessed with excellent Vestries and local clergy, including active retired ministers, who will be especially appreciated as they undertake the church services . Although I may be the first point of contact for weddings, funerals, hospital visits, and other pastoral emergencies (please do not hesitate to contact me) I will also have a number of clerical colleagues perfectly able to assist as required.
These will not be easy days for either church as you contemplate the future so I will leave you with the words of the Rev. Adoniram Judson (what a great name!), a former missionary- partner in Burma, the future is as bright as the promises of God. “
Revd Stephen Hazlett
18 Castledykes Road
Kirkcudbright DG6 4AN
Tel: +44 (0)1557 620132
Mobile: 07900 231360
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