Forthcoming Services

29 April 2018 at 0930.
Kelton : Rev. Dr. John Lochrie

06 May 2018 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.  The "linked charge" currently has no full time Minister, and is under the care of an Interim Moderator.

The Parish Church at Auchencairn


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Auchencairn Church Fabric Problems

Possibly as a result of the sustained period of below freezing temperatures a few weeks ago, a section of plaster has fallen from the apex at the chancel end of Auchencairn church.  The concern is that there may be other sections of plaster also close to dropping point, so in the interests of safety the sad but inevitable decision has been taken to suspend access for services until the extent of the problem - and hopefully its speedy resolution - can be assessed.

This assessment will get under way this week (3rd April), and appropriate updates will be posted here.

Update 22nd April

A local contractor has now undertaken an assessment of the site, and in addition to the areas of blown plaster on the archway into the chancel, the ends of some of the joists butting onto the stonework require attention. It makes sense to effect any necessary repairs to the joists whilst the scaffolding is in place, and this is the current plan. It is hoped that the whole job can be done without undue delay.

In the meantime please note that  Auchencairn- scheduled services on will be held at Kelton, until at least early May - the Worship Times page will be the point of reference as matters progress.

New Parish Profile!

Now that Castle Douglas and Bengairn Parishes have been given the green light to invite applications for the Vacant Linked Charge, the first steps have been taken, with the crafting of a new Parish Profile, which is available to potential applicants in a variety of publications and adverts.

The joint Nominating Committee has done a truly excellent job in crafting a comprehensive (and accurate) overview of the Charge - hopefully this will encourage interest, enquiries and..........applications!

If you need reminding what a rich and varied Church and Community we are part and parcel of (or are just curious), click on the link below, and enjoy!


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