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 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.


We are delighted to announce that a new Rector has been appointed to Christ Church, and our sister church in Castle Douglas, St Ninian’s.

A special date for your diary

Wednesday 3rd October, 12 noon at St Ninian’s Church, Castle Douglas

The induction of the Reverend Canon Christopher Ketley as Rector of St Ninian’s CD and Christ Church Dalbeattie.  The service will be followed by a lunch in the Gordon Memorial Hall.  All are welcome to come and celebrate the arrival of our new Rector Christopher and his wife Jane.


The Reverend Canon Christopher Ketley ands wife Jane are preparing to join us and have written to the congregation this introduction:

Dear friends in Christ,

Peace be with you.

I am greatly looking forward to serving as your Rector at St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas & Christ Church, Dalbeattie. My wife, Jane has had links with Galloway through her family for many years. It is thanks to her that I have come to know and love the people of Galloway, and especially the hills!

Since being ordained priest in 1996, I have served in the Dioceses of Liverpool, Manchester, and Moray, Ross, and Caithness. The towns, cities and countryside have all been very different, but the experience and needs of God’s people in life can be quite similar.

Before ordination I worked in sales selling tea and coffee into catering outlets across the UK and Jane worked as a GP for many years in Todmorden, and then Elgin. Our family consists of two Labradors, Dominic and Joshua – whom, I am sure, you will meet around Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie soon.

The challenge for any priest today is to make God present in the 21stcentury. There is a huge temptation to aim to be relevant but Henri Nouwen would say ‘we need to be irrelevant’! The great privilege of my ministry has been to be present at times of great Joy and sorrow in people’s lives. The Way of Jesus Christ is about relationship: with God, and our neighbours. I hope that through walking with you, on your journey, we can, together, show God’s way to live life. The world in which we live is crying out to be loved. Too many people feel alone and uncared for.

As Jesus says: “…where two or three meet in my name, I shall be with them.” Matt 18:19

Jane and I look forward to getting to know you all.

The door of the Rectory will always be open.

Yours in Christ

Christopher and Jane



This month’s message from Mark Smith

The Revd Mark Smith

The Reverend Mark Smith

AUGUST starts with the Annual Civic Daze celebrations in Dalbeattie.

Churches Together in Dalbeattie are holding CIVIC PRAZE at the bandstand in the park following the town Pipe Band on Sunday 5thfrom 2pm – join us if you can.  We have well-known tunes, favourite hymns, new songs and a chance to hear what the Churches are all about.

After that there are all sorts of opportunities to take part in events celebrating life in Dalbeattie.

The holiday season is often busier than we would like so it is good to slip in some fun celebrations together.

The dictionary defines August as:

“inspiring reverence and admiration;  venerable, impressive.”

This month is named for Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, who did much to establish the Roman Empire and what it stood for.

As Christians we also remember St Augustine of Hippo who worked to ensure that people (both inside and outside the church) understood our utter dependence on God’s grace.

You will see elsewhere in this website the great news that a new Rector has been appointed to our congregation (shared with St Ninian’s, CD).  Fuller details are there but it is fair to say that we look forward to welcoming CHRISTOPHER KETLEY and pray that he will continue God’s work among us, keeping us focussed on Jesus and growing in our understanding of God’s grace at work.

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 


Until our new Rector takes up his post later this year, we are still cared for by our interregnum priest-in-charge the Reverend Stephen Hazlett. Should you wish to contact him about anything please use the contact details below.


Contact Details:  
The Reverend 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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