WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH DALBEATTIE

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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.

 

EASTER and Holy Week 2019

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN ANY OR ALL OF OUR EASTER SERVICES.  

IF YOU ARE A VISITOR, PLEASE SIGN OUR VISITORS BOOK AND SAY HELLO TO REVEREND CHRISTOPHER OR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CROSS AT THE CROSS ON GOOD FRIDAY AT 12 NOON HAS BEEN MOVED TO CHRIST CHURCH

EVERYONE WELCOME, AS ALWAYS, TO JOIN US

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Weekly Services

All details of our weekly services appear on the Worship page of this website.  Occasional special services will be included on the What’s On page.  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 Christopher

From the Rector’s Cave – March (Lent)

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Do you have an ‘Overgrown Path’ in your life?

I imagine that we all do, and for various reasons. It could be a place that we love to visit, but never have the time. Could it be somewhere we are scared to go: because of an event; something that has taken place? If we were to take our courage and travel that path. Could this path lead us to beauty?

God is beauty! Beauty unites all things and is the source of all things. It is the cause of harmony, of sympathy, of community. Evil cannot come from good. Just as a fire cannot cool you down! So in seeking beauty: beauty in our life – we are really seeking God! So we should seek God in the journey along our Overgrown Path.

You search our hearts, you read our thoughts

You know our weakness and our faults;

May your all healing Word, O Lord,

Save us from Satan’s fierce assaults[1]

In the Christian tradition Lent (which begins on the 6thMarch with Ash Wednesday) is a time for discovery: a time for recovering what has been lost or possibly never found… So often in life we cover up what is most important to us or what has hurt us by keeping busy with things that are a nonsense to us. Walking through Lent, in the company of Jesus, gives you and I the opportunity to explore and rediscover in the safety of the company of God’s Son!

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was guided in the wilderness by the Spirit” Luke 4: 1

 This Lent make time for yourself: head into your own wilderness. Give yourself permission to do the things that you would love to do. Take time, to BE… Learn that you are beautiful. In discovering beauty in Yourself. You will discover the beauty in your Neighbour. Even in your Enemy![2]In this way you will find God, and the path that was so overgrown will become a fairway for you to travel upon. Let Prayer, Peace and Scripture be your map and compass. When there is no light, seek God in His Sacraments: Communion, Forgiveness, Baptism. Look out for fellow followers of the Way of beauty. Share your experiences with them. Practice ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. In this Way you will discover a new Way of life – a Resurrection! An Easter!

If you would like help or guidance why not contact me or your local church?

Praying that you find your true home in God this Lent.

Yours in Christ

Christopher

Rector of St. Ninian’s, Castle Douglas & Christ Church, Dalbeattie

cg.ketley@zen.co.ukt. 01556 505894

[1]Audi bengne Conditor: Benedictine Daily Prayer p.1403

[2]Luke 6: 27

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

Christ Church stands at the junction of High Street and Blair Street, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG5 4DT Click here to see us on   google maps

Enquiries

In the first instance, all enquiries should go to our Rector, The Reverend Christopher Ketley.

Address:   The Rectory, St Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway,                    DG7 1EN

Phone:       01556 505894/07932 183 069

Email:        cg.ketley@zen.co.uk

Christ Church Scottish Episcopal Church Dalbeattie is a registered Scottish Charity. Charity Number SC010918

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