Forthcoming Services

26 May 2019 at 0930.
Auchencairn : Rev. Alison Burnside

02 June 2019 at 0930.
Kelton : Rev. Oonagh Dee

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Welcome to the The Bengairn Parishes Website.

Congregation No: 080421 - Charity No: SCO 16850 


The Parish Church at Kelton

The Bengairn Parishes are set in the beautiful countryside of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright in South-west Scotland.  The parishes are characterised by farming and land use in general and are closely associated with the market town of Castle Douglas.  Kelton church is set in attractive rural surroundings where services are regularly held.  The church has an Induction Loop System installed for hearing enhancement and has a busy church hall adjacent to the church building. Auchencairn church is in the village of Auchencairn, which has a school and shop/Post office. The manse for the  united charge is at the rear of the church in Auchencairn and is currently let on a short-term tenancy.

Bengairn Parishes is linked with Castle Douglas Parish Church. 

Reverend Alison Burnside is the Minister for the linked charge.

The Parish Church at Auchencairn


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Easter Sunday Celebrations!

In addition to our formal services on Easter Sunday this year, celebrants and insomniacs were able to join in worship at two very special outdoor gatherings!

First, an ecumenical service on the banks of Carlingwark Loch, Castle Douglas, at 0545, where we were not only blessed with good weather, but had our singing beautifully accompanied by a 'dawn chorus' of calling ducks and drumming woodpeckers!  Hopefully this event will grow and grow in years to come!

Then, at 0800, we gathered once more at the wonderfully evocative Kirkland of Gelston, for a short service of readings and hymns.  This is the 28th consecutive year of this gathering, always a lovely way to celebrate Easter Sunday, whatever the weather has to test us with!  This year, it was perfect!


Prayers for Sri Lanka

Following the terrible bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Alison has been in contact with the Session Clerk at St. Andrew's Church of Scotland in Sri Lanka, also with the Sri Lankan Presbytery, in order to offer our love and prayers for all those affected.

At the Bengairn Parishes' morning service on Sunday 28th April, all those in attendance wrote individual prayers and thoughts, which were affixed to a cross at the Communion Table.

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