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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).


December 17
 9: 30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship

Lessons and Carols - Children's Gift Service 
December 24

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship
December 25

9: 30 a.m.
Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Festive Family Service
December 31 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship


Advance Notice

 Quarterly Communion will be celebrated on 14 January 2018


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 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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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."



Christmas cards from Gujarat (December 2016):

These are some of the beautiful Christmas cards sent by the young folk at the Hostels in Gujarat which we have been supporting, the boys at Valsad, and the girls at Vyara, to thank us for our support. They arrived in Ireland in late January, and have been in the hands of our Junior Church so that members of our Junior church could send some St. Patrick's Day cards back to India in return.  Some of the cards from India will be put up on CCR notice boards in the near future. We very much appreciate the efforts of all concerned, both in Gujarat and here in Dublin.











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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  December    > also see the monthly news bulletin for further information.
Mid week events: 10.30 am each Wednesday from 6 December until 20 December 
Reflections and prayers for Advent - in the Committee Room.

Church Committe will meet on Tuesday 12 December in the Fletcher Room at 7.30 pm.

Friday 15 December - Carols for All  6.45 for 7 p.m. 

Please don't forget to leave time for this traditionally joyful event when we open our doors to our local neighbours to celebrate the birth of Christ together as the Rathgar community with fun and good feeling, the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Rathfarnham Concert Band. Join us for Faithful Good Fellowship.

Quarterly Communion will be celebrated on 14 January 2018.


For ministers, elders, leaders and members of small churches across the Presbyterian Church in Ireland - Watch the promo clip here

Tuesday 20 February 2018         10.30am - 1pm         Assembly Buildings, Belfast

Thursday 22 February 2018        10.30am - 1pm        Richhill Presbyterian Church, Co Armagh

Friday 23 February 2018             10.30am - 1pm         Kilfennan Presbyterian Church, Londonderry

The vast m‎ajority of congregations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland are small churches.  That shouldn't surprise us too much, so are the majority of churches all around the world today and so were all the churches in the New Testament. 

Throughout the Bible we see that God loves to work small in unfolding his big vision for the world.  However, to many leaders and members, the smallness of their congregation has become a source of disillusionment in ministry, doubt in God's purposes and despair about the possibility of fruitfulness.

We need to recapture God's positive vision for being small and fruitful in the life and witness of our congregations.

Join us to be encouraged and envisioned‎ in pursuing God's big vision for His small churches.  

With guest speaker Karl Vaters

Karl is pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a small church in Fountain Valley, California. He writes about the value and needs of small churches at Pivot on the Christianity Today website and is the founder of New Small Church a blog encouraging, connecting, and equipping innovative small church leaders. He is also the author of The Grasshopper Myth and forthcoming Small Church Essentials.

Cost: £5 per person [Euro equivalent applies]

Online:  Click below for a link to the venue of your choice:

Assembly Buildings, Belfast (20 February)

Richhill Presbyterian Church, Co Armagh  (22 February)

Kilfennan Presbyterian Church, Londonderry (23 February)

By post: Alternatively, you can post a cheque to: CCLW Office, Assembly Buildings, 2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DW indicating your venue choice.

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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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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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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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Retiring Collection, October 1st 2017 - Feed The Minds

The retiring collection after Quarterly Communion  on 1st October will be in aid of Feed the Minds.  This effective small charity continues its original aim of providing educational materials for Christians world wide but also works with other agencies to improve literacy levels among the poorest and most disadvantaged of people, helping them to raise the health status of their communities and to become better able to provide for themselves by learning new skills and taking up employment, or starting small businesses. All very practical and life-transforming!! Do look at the material which explains the work of FTM, and please support it with your usual generosity.  Very Many Thanks!

The retiring collection at the installation of Purvis Campbell on June 16 raised just over 1200 for the Student Bursary Scheme, a fine result, and no doubt we must thank our visitors from across the border for their generous assistance in producing it.

Retiring Collection Sunday 2 July (raised 500) - The Kirk Session has chosen The Food Bank, run in Tallaght by Crosscare, to be the recipient of the proceeds of  Sunday's Retiring Collection. Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, and  we have been helping the efforts of this excellent  local cause for some time by donating food to their boxes and  by occasional cash contributions.  We know from experience that this organization is efficiently run and effective in meeting its aims.  Please support this most important local charity with your usual generosity. Very many thanks!

Christian Aid Breakfast - Warmest thanks to Randal and Jenny Gray and their helpers for putting on another very successful and enjoyable Christian Aid breakfast on Sunday 21 May.  More than 1,500 was sent to Christian Aid.  Thanks to all who contributed so generously!                                    

The Retiring Collection after the Quarterly Communion service on 2 April will be in aid of Christian Aid's South Sudan Appeal (raised 765).

The Retiring Collection (raised over 900) after the January Quarterly Communion service will be in aid of Merchants Quay IrelandFounded by the Franciscans in 1969 MQI provides an open access  service at the Riverbank Centre providing food, lodging and basic medical care. Each month an average of 2000 people attend the Riverbank Centre, about 7000 meals are provided, and 12000 cups of tea are drunk. MQI also offers long term care  and rehabilitation for the homeless and addicted, in Dublin and some Midland counties.

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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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