Sunday 10th November – 3rd Before Advent. Remembrance.

Services for the coming week


Midweek Services Preacher/


St Ninian’s Wed 10:15 Eucharist Alan Rumble
Christ Church Thurs 10:00 Eucharist John Simmons
Sunday 17th November – 2nd Before Advent
St Ninian’s 08:00 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church 09:30 Eucharist Christopher
St Ninian’s 11:00 Matins Joy Margerison



Christ Church AGM will take place after the 09:30 service on 17th November 2019.


11th Nov Dalbeattie Study Group 10:30 at 4 Screel Drive. A Prayer of Trust, Psalm 62.


16th Nov. Dalbeattie Churches Together. Big Quiz Night in aid of Tear Fund. Parish Church Hall. Details on poster.


17th Nov. Dalbeattie Churches Together at St Peter’s Church


23rd Nov Christ Church Winter Sale. Only 2 weeks away now, please be thinking about what you can contribute: baking, craft items, time – volunteers are always needed for the stalls. Donations are needed for the prize hampers. Contact Jane Greenwood to volunteer or for information on 01556 611144.


Meditation eRetreat With Laurence Freeman OSB ‘Who Do You Say I Am’

“This Retreat has been prepared to help you spend quality time in the most fundamental relationship of your life, your relationship with God. In the ground of this relationship are planted all your human relationships, even your relationship with yourself.”

The cost of the Retreat is £20.00. (we have a group concession) Please contact Christopher (the Rector) for more details.


Healing Blankets are available in both churches. If you know of someone suffering illness, grief or loneliness, in need of a

‘comforter’, please take a blanket from the front of church. The recipient will know that they are enfolded in the prayers of the church. More blankets would be appreciated.


Donations for local Food Banks can be left at the back of

both churches. St Ninian’s supports CD ‘Helping Hands Food Bank’ and Christ Church supports Kirkcudbright Food Bank. Non-perishable foods please, also toiletries. NB: Please will you write the Best Before Date clearly on food items. This helps the people at the Food Banks and saves them time looking for hard to find dates.

Please pray for…

Rosemary Elliot

Barbara Chadwick

Ron Newton

Katherine Hatfield (Jenny Wright’s daughter)

Daniel Collins Snr

Andrew Milner

Pray also for those who are caring for these people.

The Bishops as they seek God’s will in choosing the next bishop for our diocese.


Dates for your Diary

19th Nov Castle Douglas MU 12.30 “Living Nativity” at Crossmichael – Ahrlene Fuller

21st Nov Castle Douglas MU 12 noon Regional Rally at St John’s, Dumfries

23rd Nov Christ Church Winter Sale

29th Nov Study Day on Matthew’s Gospel at St Ninian’s Castle Douglas 11:30am – 4:30pm.

30th Nov from 10:30 – 15:30 Paint your Guardian Angel at Gordon Memorial Hall, St Ninian’s, Castle Douglas. Booking required. See poster for details.

14th Dec a Celebration of the Eucharist to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Scottish Episcopal Church at 2.00pm, at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.

14th Dec Advent Quiet Day. Rediscovering the child of Christmas. St Ninian’s Castle Douglas. See poster for details.


For the Fallen

by Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.


But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;


As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.