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.

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.

Welcome to our new Rector, Christopher

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We welcome the Reverend Christopher Ketley and his wife Jane as our new Rector to Christ ChurchDalbeattie and St Ninians, Castle Douglas.  Just as we welcome our new full-time Rector, Christopher on 3rd October, we are also saying farewell to two of our part-time NSM ministers Beryl Scott and Mark Smith.

This month’s message from Christopher

From the Rector’s Cave – February

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Welcome to February! When I was in business the month of February was seen as an important month for ensuring that the rest of the year went well. However, the month of February has a reputation for being a month of endurance. Someone once said that it was the month of ‘getting up, going to work, coming home, and beginning the whole process again’! I would prefer to think of it as a journeying month. As we often say in Scotland: ‘it is the experience gained on the journey, rather than the destination, that is memorable’.

Journeying and Pilgrimage are strong themes in the Christian tradition. They can be expeditions to Sacred places or simply just making our way through life. Life as we know from the news, can at times be fraught, and with no obvious path ahead. This is where Trust in God is so important, for Jesus tells us:

anyone who endures to the end will be saved.[1]

The Rule of St. Benedict sees endurance as the fourth degree of humility. The Rule states ‘hold fast to patience with a silent mind when in this obedience you meet with difficulties and contradictions and any kind of injustice, enduring all without growing weary or running away.’[2]So often in life, in the 21stCentury, we are just tourists going for an experience and moving on when things are difficult or do not satisfy anymore. Religious will talk of stasisor staying on one course. This again is a theme of Jesus’

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.[3]

If we stay on course, and stay focused, we are able to “enter into a living reality”[4]within us with God. This involves discipline. Which in a Christian context means prayer (silent preferably) and study. Through following the Way of Jesus, trusting in God becomes easy: Unexpected miracles happen – there is Hope! Naturally, planning and preparation all help and that is what February is for.

So we keep journeying in our vocations and our daily life. The road for now maybe dreary and unexciting or possibly too exciting! However, the Psalmist gives us courage:

be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord![5]

Have a good February, and may your humility and discipline prepare you for an enjoyable and Holy year.

May God continue to bless you greatly.

Yours in Christ

Christopher Ketley

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

[1]Matt 24: 13

[2]Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 7 p.24

[3]Matt 7: 13

[4]Ascent of Mount Carmel book 3

[5]Psalm 27: 14b

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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