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.
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
MAY starts with May Day – an ancient celebration of the start of Spring in many parts of the UK. However, all you gardeners out there will know that frost can still nip your shoots!
Hence “Ne’er cast a clout ‘til May is out” or (in more modern language) “keep your vest on, lad!”
Christians have started celebrating new life from Easter Day and during this May we also remember the special gift of the Holy Spirit given to those who follow Christ and the special relationship between God as Father, Son and Spirit which we call Trinity.
Gardeners cannot take the weather for granted and it is so very easy for weeds to take over a neglected patch of garden – they must be vigilant and attentive to produce any harvest.
Christians cannot expect an easy path through life and our lives can get swamped by busyness or the small things which sneak up on us and take over – we must focus on Jesus and His Way if our lives are to truly reflect His love.
This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. Jesus described Him as a helper, comforter, ‘paraclete’ (one who is alongside) and promised that the Spirit would dwell within us to protect, ‘edify’ (build up) and encourage us in the midst of life … including all the unpredictable bits!
Being a Christian is not easy, it does not guarantee immunity from the ‘stuff’ of life, but it does give us access to the love of Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit and the hope of eternal life with our loving heavenly Father.
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 Onfor more detail and join us if you can.
May God Bless you
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
The Reverend 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. “
The Reverend Stephen Hazlett
18 Castledykes Road
Kirkcudbright DG6 4AN
Tel: +44 (0)1557 620132
Mobile: 07900 231360
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