Welcome to the The Bengairn Parishes Website.
Congregation No: 080421 - Charity No: SCO 16850
On 25th September 2013 it was agreed, at a meeting of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright Presbytery, that the linked parishes of Auchencairn & Rerrick and Buittle & Kelton be united and linked with Castle Douglas Parish. On 24th October 2013 a Service of Union was held in Kelton Church, between Auchencairn & Rerrick and Buittle and Kelton , with the united charge to be called The Bengairn Parishes. The linkage with Castle Douglas Parish was also implemented at this Service. The united and linked charge is currently vacant, on an unrestricted basis.
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.
The Interim Moderator for the Linked charges of The Bengairn Parishes and Castle Douglas Parish is Rev Jack Owen, Dalbeattie. (contact tel.no. 01556 612125.) The Interim Moderator is supported by an Ordained Local Minister.