Forthcoming Services

26 August 2018 at 0930.
Auchencairn : Rev. David Bartholomew

02 September 2018 at 0930.
Kelton : Rev. Oonagh Dee & Dr. John Lochrie

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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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Organ Recital!


On Wednesday 22nd August an Organ Recital will take place at Kelton Church, when we will have the privilege and pleasure of being able to enjoy the musical skills of George McPhee, plus the accompaqnying baritone of  Robert Lind.

Admission will be by ticket - available from Congregational Board members, or at the door on the night, at a cost of £5.00 per head - and will include refreshments!  Tickets are also available by post - please send a cheque (£5.00 per head), payable to Bengairn Parishes, plus s.a.e., to Gladstone, 93A St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4EL.

The doors will open at 7.00 p.m., with the recital starting at 7.30 p.m.



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 7th May

Great news - the (extensive) repairs are finished and the church is now reopen for us all to enjoy!!

The first Auchencairn service this month is on Sunday 13th May, at 0930.  By lucky coincidence, this will be our first chance to meet and listen to Rev. Alison Burnside, who will be preaching at both Auchencairn and Castle Douglas Parish Church on that Sunday, as the Sole Nominee for the vacant charge of the Bengairn Parishes linked with Castle Douglas.

All are most welcome to attend, and if you are a member on the Electoral Register, you will be asked to vote in terms of the Nomination.

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.

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