Forthcoming Services

18 November 2018 at 0930.
Kelton : Rev. Alison Burnside

25 November 2018 at 0930.
Auchencairn : Rev. Alison Burnside

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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


Have a look at our newsletter, click here.

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.

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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