Churches Together in Dalbeattie and District came into being early in 2014, and since then has organised a number of very well-supported events, including joint services for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Advent and to mark the Centenary of World War One. There are five local churches represented on the Steering Group – Christ Church, St Peter’s (Catholic), Galloway Christian Fellowship (non-denominational) and the Church of Scotland parishes of Dalbeattie & Kirkgunzeon and Colvend & Southwick – which meets every month to pray together and discuss ideas for future cooperation. One of the main benefits of the group has been to see increased informal interaction between members of the various congregations, and a growing sense of our common membership in the Body of Christ.
Statement of Intent for Churches Together
in Dalbeattie and District
As Christian Churches in Dalbeattie and the surrounding villages, we share a common faith in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are being called by God to realise more deeply our common life and mission, to share and respect the distinctive contributions of our varying traditions, to bring about closer collaboration in all areas of witness and service, and to work and pray for that unity to which Christ calls us.
We are committed to encouraging and supporting one another as we seek to explore and nurture our faith and to express our beliefs in ministry and witness to our local community.
• By initiating and promoting shared acts of worship
• By fostering opportunities for joint study and discussion of matters of common interest.
• By exploring ways to work together to serve the people of our locality.
• By cooperating in our common mission to make God’s love and grace known to those around us.
You can find out more about the Churches Together group at our webpage – http://together.ourchurchweb.org.uk/dalbeattie/
If you have any suggestions for future joint activities, please have a word with your congregation’s representative.
The leaders of all five churches in Dalbeattie Churches Together are :
The Reverend Canon David Bayne of St Ninian’s and Christ Church Dalbeattie (Episcopal Church of Scotland)
The Reverend James Gatherer of Colvend & Southwick Churches, (Church of Scotland)
Father William McFadden of St Peter’s Church (Catholic)
Colin Reilly of the Galloway Christian Centre
The Reverend Fiona Wilson of Dalbeattie Parish Church (Church of Scotland)