CARSPHAIRN PARISH CHURCH

(Post Code: DG7 3TQ)

Please note:  The Communion Service date of March 19th 2017 has been changed to April 2nd at 10.15.

Diary Date:  A Conventicle will be held on May 14th 2017 at Holm of Dalquhairn.  Time to be confirmed.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

11th Nov

7.30 pm

Quiz Night with Keith Dickie, Balmaclellan

 

13th Nov

10.30 am

Remembrance Sunday Service

Rev. M. McLauchlan

13th Nov

2.30 pm

Talks on Glenkens Uprising, Dalry Church

 

20th Nov

10.15 am

Holy Communion

Rev. D. Bartholomew

25th Nov

7.30 pm

Music Night with Jane McMiken, Dalry Town Hall

 

27th Nov

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Brown

4th Dec

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

11th Dec

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Mrs. N. Smith

11th Dec

6.30 pm

Carols by Candlelight, Dalry Church

 

18th Dec

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

23rd Dec

5.00 pm

Community Christmas Service and Party

 

24th Dec

11.30 pm

Watchnight Service, Carsphairn Church

Rev. D. Bartholomew

25th Dec

10.30 am

Christmas Day Family Service, Kells Church

Rev. D. Bartholomew

1st Jan

10.30 am

United Service with Choir, Dalry Church

Rev. D. Bartholomew

8th Jan

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Mr. G. Monk

15th Jan

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

22nd Jan

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Brown

29th Jan

10.30 am

United Service with Choir, Carsphairn Church

Rev. D. Bartholomew

5th Feb

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

12th Feb

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Mrs. G. Corson

19th Feb

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

26th Feb

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Brown

3rd Mar

7.00 pm

World Day of Prayer Service, Kells Church

 

5th Mar

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. D. Bartholomew

12th Mar

10.30 am

Morning Worship

Rev. G. Finch

19th Mar

2nd April

10.15 am

10.15 am

Morning Worship

 

HOLY COMMUNIION (Note change of date)

 

 

Rev D Bartholomew

 

Times of Worship:
10.30am every Sunday


(except where is a 5th Sunday in the month when it will take
place in one of the
other Churches in the Glenkens by rotation)
  

Minister:
Reverend Dr. David Bartholomew,
  
Tel 01644 430380

Session Clerk: Mrs Anna Campbell,
Tel  01644 460208

Carsphairn Parish Church, which was built in 1815 on the site of an earlier church, has one of the few central communion tables still in use in Scotland.
  
Other historical features include plaques to John Louden McAdam, who spent part  of his childhood in the parish and John Semple, who ministered through the  turbulence of Covenanting times in the late seventeenth century. The magnificent church bell that tolled from 1723 until 1881, when it fell to the ground (considered to be a bad omen for the incoming minister) has been restored and is on view in the church. Early Communion tokens are on display in the porch.
  
Outside, in the kirkyard which surrounds the church, many interesting gravestones can be found. These include one, just inside the gate, of a Covenanter and another of an ancestor of the Canadian soldier, John McCrae, who wrote the First World War poem "In Flanders Field".  Other gravestones bear evidence of tragedy, high mortality rates, endeavour and emigration. 
 
Unfortunately, in the last few years the building has not been open outside times of worship but a phone call to the Session Clerk will ensure that it will be open when required. We are proud of it, the peace within it, the feeling of the continuity of the history and we want to share it.
  
Carsphairn is a Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).  Everyone is welcome at our  services. Special services and other events occasionally take place in the hurch which boasts suberb acoustics. Details are available from the Session Clerk, on posters displayed in the Village Shop, or on this website.
  
Sunday School: Meets weekly at the Church during the Church Service

Carsphairn Fellowship Guild: Meets every 3rd Friday of the month throughout the winter from 1.15 - 2.45pm in the Lagwyne Hall Lounge.

Social Committee

Events organised will be advertised.

FRIENDS OF CARSPHAIRN PARISH CHURCH

 

Our local congregations have been entrusted with the care and upkeep of the parish church buildings of the Glenkens. In reality these are community buildings that have an importance and value to many more people in our communities and beyond. Past generations have lovingly cared for them and they have been a focus for community life for christenings, weddings and funerals as well as for regular Sunday worship. They provide a focus in our villages that we would be sorry to lose and they are part of our local heritage. Responsibility for them now rests with us, the current generation, but we would hope that future generations would continue to have the opportunity to treasure and enjoy these fine buildings.

 

Our own congregation is responsible for the upkeep of Carsphairn Parish Church and the harsh reality is that the current church members are struggling to provide the resources for this task.

 

In 2011 we appealed to the wider community to take greater ownership of and responsibility for these buildings.  Many thanks are due to those who, in that first year, donated a very welcome sum through the “Friends of Carsphairn Parish Church” scheme.  This was paid into Carsphairn Church Fabric fund, which is used for the upkeep of Carsphairn Church building and for insurance costs.  

 

The income from this appeal has diminished over the years.

 

We now invite you, whether or not you are a church member, to give serious thought to remaining or to becoming a “Friend of Carsphairn Parish Church” and to give an annual sum towards the upkeep of Carsphairn Church or to make a one-off donation.

 

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Carsphairn Church Fabric Fund’ and be sent to the Treasurer, Mr David Richmond, Nether Loskie, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas DG7 3TE.

 

Alternatively you may wish to set up a standing order to the Church’s Fabric Account at the Bank of Scotland (Account no. 00249851, sort code 80-06-11). If you are a tax payer and you have not filled in a Gift Aid declaration for the church we would be grateful if you could consider doing so. You might also like to consider leaving a legacy to the Carsphairn Church Fabric Fund.

Carsphairn Kirk Session