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 . . .  Christmas!

Christmas Services in  Christ Church Dalbeattie and St Ninian’s Castle Douglas

Sunday 24th December  Christmas Eve

4pm    Christingle Service    St Ninian’s Castle Douglas

7pm     Service of Lessons and Carols   Christ Church Dalbeattie

11.30 pm    Midnight Communion    St Ninian’s Castle Douglas

Monday 25th December Christmas Day

10.30 am    Family Communion and Carols    Christ Church Dalbeattie

11.00 am    Family Eucharist with Carols and Nativity Play   St Ninian’s Castle Douglas

See our Advent and Christmas page for details of all local church services in Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas

Weekly Services

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.


Christ Church, Dalbeattie and our sister church St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas are currently interregnum.  We are seeking a new Rector who will serve both Parishes.  On our Vacancy  page you will find our Rector Profile and Congregational Profiles for both churches.

This month’s message from Mark Smith

The Revd Mark Smith

The Reverend Mark Smith

DECEMBER – Happy Advent to all our readers !

Advent is the time leading up to Christmas.

In the Church’s Year it is from Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve.

(NOT from the day after Bonfire Night to Christmas Eve as per the supermarket calendar.)

Advent means ‘coming’ and for centuries Christians round the world have used it as a time of preparation for the big celebration.  It’s a bit like Lent is to Easter, but with less publicity!

Advent is in 3-D but without the glasses or expensive telly:

Jesus came down at Christmas – in every diary.

Jesus comes into our lives every day – whatever the date in the diary.

Jesus will come again on the Last Day – not in any diaries but could be before tea-time.

If you want to learn the 3-D truth about Christmas and the baby born to die join us over the next month and see how Advent can enrich your Christmas this year.

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 !

Oh, by the way … Happy Christmas (when it comes)

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 


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The Rev Stephen Hazlett

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. “


Contact Details:  
Revd Stephen Hazlett
The Rectory

18 Castledykes Road
Kirkcudbright DG6 4AN
Tel: +44 (0)1557 620132
Mobile: 07900 231360
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Christ Church Scottish Episcopal Church Dalbeattie is a registered Scottish Charity. Charity Number SC010918

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