Please note: The Communion Service date of March 19th 2017 has been changed to April 2nd at
Diary Date: A Conventicle will be held on May 14th 2017 at Holm of Dalquhairn. Time to be
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
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.
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
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