Forthcoming Services

17 December 2017 at 0930.
Kelton : Rev. Oonagh Dee

19 December 2017 at 1900.
Castle Douglas Parish Church : Rev. tbc
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A really beautiful service, with a lovely mixture of Organ Recitals, Choir and Congregation singing. All warmly welcome

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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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December 2017 Events!

In addition to the 'normal' Sunday services, there are some exciting extras this month.

On Thursday 7th December, at Castle Douglas Parish Church, starting at 7.00 pm, there is a Service of Lights. This is a wonderful opportunity for a short period of reflection, especially for anybody wishing to remember with thanksgiving those they have loved,or to bring prayers for those for whom they care


On Friday 8th December, in Gelston Village Hall, starting at 7.00 pm, a "Christmas Cracker" , including Christmas carols, music, fun, friendship, food and games FOR ALL AGES!!

Entry is FREE, however, donations for church funds are invited.

Then, on Sunday 10th December, the annual Carol Service, in association with Auchencairn Primary School, at Auchencairn Church, starting at 6.00 pm.  This is always a very popular event, so don't cut it too fine to get there.

The school puts a lot of effort into this Service, so please try to find the time to come along.  Refreshments will be served at the Murray Hall afterwards, so as well as enjoying the singing, you can keep up your mince pie quota and catch up with friends.

On Tuesday 19th December, at Castle Douglas Church, there is the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, starting at 7.00 pm (this is the time we think, but please check locally nearer the date).  This service, deservedly, is one of the December highlights each year, with virtuoso performances of organists and the choir

Fast forward to Christmas Eve, and a chance to forget about all the stressy stuff and enjoy a  Family Celebration of the Nativity Story, in Kelton Church, at 4.00 pm.  If you think you've seen it all before, come along for a lively hour, with the odd surprise or two!

Finally, the Watchnight Services this year will be at Auchencairn Church, led by Nicky Smith, at 11.30 pm., and at Castle Douglas Parish Church, again 11.30 pm, led by Oonagh Dee  All are most welcome to attend whichever service suits best and celebrate the start of Christmas Day in friendly company.

Coffee Morning and Sales Tables Success!!

On Saturday 18th December, Bengairn Parishes held a Coffee Morning in the Castle Douglas Parish Church Hall, with a number of Home Produce and Crafts tables.  This raised a wonderful total of £660 for church funds, and a supplementary sale at Kelton Church on the following day brought the overall total to £740!!

The organisers would like to thank all those who so kindly contributed to,and supported, the event(s) - a lot of hard work was involved, but the end result more than rewarded the efforts.

A few pictures are shown below..........

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