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 All services conducted by Rev. Purvis Campbell unless otherwise noted. 


9:30 a.m.*
 Sacrament of Holy Communion
(*unless noted as otherwise below)


11:00 a.m.* Morning Worship

*Quarterly Communion:
On the second Sunday of January, Palm Sunday and on the first Sunday of July and October, there is no service at 9:30 a.m. and Communion is held at 11 a.m. (unless noted as otherwise below).


 Band Practice will take place on Saturday mornings in the church at 11:00 a.m. and on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m

So…. If you play an instrument at all - please come and join in.  It would be good to have a musicians WhatsApp group - let Louise know (087 242 1890) if you wish to be included in this.



March 18
 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship

March 25
 Palm Sunday

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
29 March
 Maundy Thursday

Holy Communion - 8 p.m.
March 30
 Good Friday

Service of Prayer & Reflection - 8 p.m.
April 1
 Easter Sunday

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship



To include any content in the monthly News Bulletin, please contact the Bulletin Editor (Robin Simmons) using the Contact Form or 'phone 01 298 6166.

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 George Stuart 27 February, 2018
 May Wilkes 17 February, 2018
 Eily Paterson 23 January, 2018
 Sheila Gibson 16 January, 2018
 Stanley Laing 2 January, 2018
 Jean McMullan (née Wilkes) 3 November, 2017
 June Connolly
(daughter of the late Flo and Jack Connolly)
 5 September, 2017
 John (Jack) Lee 28 March, 2017
 Pauline Mossop 20 January, 2017

~ We commend their families to God's care and comfort ~


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Christ Church Rathgar has a long association with Gujarat.  The evidence for this is the Communion Table, which we use each week, and which is central to our life and witness.  This table was a gift to the congregation in 1901 by the family of Rev. Dr. William Fleming Stevenson (Minister 1860-1886) and was made in India by members of the Mission School, of which Dr. Stevenson's son, the Rev. J. Sinclair Stevenson, was in charge.

The Current Gujarat Project began during the preparations to celebrate the 150th anniversary (in 2009) of the opening of the church/founding of the congregation, when it was agreed that we would make a contribution to Gujarat.  Alan and Frances Martin, who knew the then Bishop Vinod Malaviya, helped us discuss a suitable project with him.  It was decided to support development needs of a hostel for children whose parents were migrant workers, mainly sugar cane cutters.  As a result of their nomadic lifestyle, it is not easy for the children to attend school regulalry.

We now support a hostel for girls in Vyara, and over a period of time we will learn more about the individual girls.

There are 15 girls in the hostel, and it costs 300 per year to keep each pupil there.  Could you pledge a monthly sum to help support this project?  If you can, please fill in the section below and place it in the offering plate over the next two Sundays.

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To the Treasurer of Christ Church Rathgar:

I pledge the sum of __________ per month for the next 3 years to support
the Gujarat Project.

Name _____________________________________

FWO No. ___________________

CCR Bank details:
IBAN IE94 AIBK 931225 05581090

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Vyara Ebenezer Children's Home is run by the Society for Integrated Social Uplift, a Christian organization for the advancement of "Tribal" Indians from the Dangs region in South Gujarat.  A letter from the Ebenezer Home explains the project as follows:



"The parents of these children are living in remote villages of mountain forests. They do cultivation in the monsoon only and get a poor harvest which is sufficient for four months only. As there are no job opportunities in these villages after harvest, these parents migrate to neighbouring districts for sugar cutting and other work. They wander in search of work for eight months with their families. The children are vulnerable and suffer without proper food and care. Their education and health are greatly affected in this wandering period. Seeing their pitiable condition the Children's Home admitted sixteen girls, with the help of local missionaries. Here they get asylum with proper food and education and are growing in physical, spiritual and educational aspects."





The girls at the SISU Vyara Hostel


Girls in the Ebenezer Children's Home


Girls in the Ebenezer Children's Home, ten of whom are supported by CCR


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The Christ Church Rathgar (CCR) Mission Plan provides information for the outside reader about what our congregation does, and how we intend to improve and develop what we do.  It helps members of our congregation understand where their church is going and encourages their participation in its development. It helps those responsible for the growth of the congregation and its life make sure that important matters are being attended to and to check that aims are being achieved. The plan is annually reviewable and subject to continuous development to which all may contribute.


Mission Statement brochure
Digital brochure
of the Mission Statement and Mission Plan

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CCR Children's Library is stocked by voluntary book contributions from all the families associated with the Church.  The Library is set up in the Youth & Family Area on the upper floor of the Tennant Hall.  Books may be borrowed and/or returned onCCR Children's Library Sunday mornings after church.  The lending scheme operates on a simple ‘trust’ basis.  We would welcome books suitable for all ages from 2 to 18.  These would be, in the majority of cases, books previously owned and read by our children who would be willing to pass them on for others to enjoy.  So, please do a clear-out of children's books at home and bring them into CCR for the Library.  There is a clearly marked box ready for them in the back porch of the church.  Thank you to those who have already contributed books.  For further information please contact Jill McQuillan (01) 497 1329 or Meriel Wolfe (01) 235 0349.

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Data Protection - CCR will...

  • obtain and use the information fairly (i.e. by voluntary sharing, for mutual benefit);

  • only share any personal information stored by CCR with persons or for activities directed by the Kirk Session or Congregational Committee;

  • keep it for only one or more clearly stated and lawful purposes which are communicating information concerning church developments and meetings;
    Data Protection

  • use and make known this information only in ways  that are in keeping with these purposes;

  • keep the information safe;

  • make sure that the information is factually correct, complete and up-to-date;

  • make sure that there is enough information - but not too much - and that it is relevant;

  • keep the information for no longer than is needed for the reason stated; and

  • give members a copy of personal information when members ask for it.

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On 28 April 2017, 17 golfers convened at the beautiful Rathfarnham Golf Club by kind permission of their Committee and reactivated the Rathgar Golf Outing after a gap of 25 years! Using the 'Singles Stableford' format, the first golfers set out at 1pm. The weather was cool but dry and favoured the players with benign conditions. All players enjoyed the day and congratulations to the overall winner of the cup, Ms Ruth Ward, with 34 points, Mr Robin Fraser in second place with 33 points and the Clerk, Paul Fry, coming home in third place with 29 points.  The 'Front 9' prize was won by Tom Collins, and the 'Back 9' by Marcella Sargent.

The day's golf was followed by a delicious dinner in the Club, which saw the golfers joined by 33 other members of the congregation making a full 50 to sit down and break bread together. We were joined by our guests, Revd Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie and her husband Samuel, as well as Revd Jim Carson and his wife, Valerie. Following the dinner, we enjoyed a short but enjoyable singalong led by Alison Houston and Simon O'Moore-Donohoe on ukulele and guitar respectively.  All thanks must go to Alison Houston who came up with the concept for the day, and saw it through to fruition in some style.





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  March    > also see the monthly news bulletin for further information. 
coffeeVolunteers needed for the coffee after the 11 a.m. service. 

Pop your name on the rota on the notice board at the back of the Church.

Tuesday, 20 March - The Kirk Session will meet in the the Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m., immediately followed by EGM.

Tuesday, 20 March - EGM: there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Congregation  in the the Lecture Hall at 8:00 p.m., to discuss possible plans for the Renaissance Project. More details later.

Lenten Reflections by Revd Purvis Campbell will take place on Wednesdays 21st and 28th March at 10.30 a.m. in the Committee Room.


Transform is PCI’s Discipleship Conference for Young Adults. This year, Transform will be held at the unique venue of Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast on Friday evening 23 March and all day Saturday 24 March 2018.  The 24 hours together will be packed full of inspiring Bible teaching, engaging worship, practical workshops, discussion, activities and food.  Cost is £55 ( equiv) for a non-residential ticket.  Some overnight accommodation is available in a nearby church hall for those travelling further.  Booking opens 8 January online.


Calling all past 32nd Rathgar Scouts Home to Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting at Rathgar!

The 32nd Rathgar Scout Group will have been in operation continuously for 100 years in 2018. We will be hosting a major event to mark the Centenary on 7 April 2018.  Click on the picture for further information  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The purpose of the event is to reflect and celebrate the history of the group and to introduce former members to the current members of Rathgar Scouts.

Tuesday,  10 April - The Congregational Committee meet in the the Fletcher Room at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday,  8 May - The Congregational Committee meet in the the Fletcher Room at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday,  5 June - The Congregational Committee meet in the the Fletcher Room at 8:00 p.m.



PCI's 10 Summer Outreach Teams offer opportunities to be part of what God is doing through a variety of churches & projects working with children, teens, adults and in the community to show and share the Good News of Jesus with a needy world.  Information on the teams and full details of how to apply can be found online.

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The Dublin Food Bank based in Tallaght (under the auspices of Crosscare) is in desperate need of food supplies to help struggling families over the coming months.  To help them out a box will be placed in the church front and rear porches after all services for donations of food such as pasta, rice, cooking sauces, tinned meat/fish, sugar and tea, together with things like tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap and washing powder will be gratefully received.  A member of the congregation is willing to bring donations directly to the food bank to help those in urgent need. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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The Session has decided that the proceeds of the Retiring Collection on Sunday 14th  January 2016 should be the Presbytery of Dublin & Munster Education Fund.

What does the fund do?  The fund was set up some 50 years ago to support those Presbyterian families experiencing financial difficulties in sending their children to suitable schools when secondary education became available for all. Since then its scope has been widened to include 3rd level education. Demand constantly increases and funds available have fallen behind the needs.

Why does the fund need money?  Last year just under 50,000 in grants were made to about 100 students. About 70% of these grants in value and numbers of recipients were made to secondary school students. Congregations have contributed only around 20% of the funds, and this contribution has been falling, so fewer students can be supported.  The Executive Committee of the Fund is keen to encourage an increase in Congregational giving. (The main contributor is the PA Foundation).

PLEASE give generously to support this very important Presbyterian charity which contributes greatly to the needs of young Presbyterians.

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Many thanks from the
Kirk Session to all those who contributed produce and
Jill McQuillan and her team
of helpers for creating
and dismantling the
harvest display.

Well done everyone!




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