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 Sunday services are CANCELLED until further notice.

COVID-19: Services to cease until further notice - Presbyterian Church Ireland

Given the current Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency, and associated developments, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr William Henry and the Clerk of the General Assembly and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rev Trevor Gribben, have written to all ministers across Ireland informing them that all congregational organisations and activities, including Sunday worship, should cease until further notice.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the on-line church services and prayer updates etc., sign up to CCR's WhatsApp group - contact Louise on 087 242 1890.

> The following times do NOT apply during the Covid-19 Pandemic <

 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.



 Guido Kerens

Guido served our congregation from the start of his association with Christ Church Rathgar - as a Committee member and Session Elder, recently Emeritus. He and his late wife Annagh were universally popular and active members of our community and we shall be the poorer for his passing.

Given the government ruling on attendance at funerals (family only), we will be unable to mark and remember him in
the traditional way but condolences may be left here. Donations welcomed to the Peter McVerry Trust.

 27 April, 2020

 Barbara Wright (née Robinson) 14 December, 2019
 Jonathan Mitchell 20 October, 2019
 Elizabeth Lee (née Hayes) 2 July, 2019
 Brian O'Neill 12 February, 2019

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


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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, nappies, 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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Conservation Photographic Report:




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Prayers in a time of Pandemic (24th March 2020):

Robin Simmons writes: I received a reply to an enquiry about the young people in the hostels at Vyara and Valsad which CCR supports, passing on our prayerful concerns.

This is an edited version of the reply from Raymond Samuel of SISU who administers this and other schemes. He lives in Madurai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, in South East India. Gujarat is in the North West. Please  hold continually in your hearts and prayers the safety and welfare of the hostel children, their families and all those involved in their care, and in the churches of Valsad and Vyara.

"Dear Brother Robin,

Greetings in our Master’s precious name. Your letter has come as a great source of encouragement in this difficult situationthat is shaking the world.

We had to close suddenly the Bethel Hostels in Valsad and Vyara even before most students could write their school final exams. Schools and colleges and even government offices and private firms have been asked to close this week. Students will be promoted without final exams up to IXth standard. College students are yet to write their exams and are awaiting instructions.

The children and their families will be affected badly without proper earnings or livelihood support in this calamity. Normally the tribal folks migrate to work as manual labourers elsewhere until the rains come in late June. The government has not yet come out with any relief measures for communities in poverty. The civil supplies given - wheat, dal(pulses) and rice - in rations are not fully reliable.

Please uphold the situation in your prayers. We only pray and hope that the epidemic spread is checked and the governments (state and central) work together with relief measures for poor people. We will let you know of developments after Easter.

In spite of illnesss this spring, by God’s grace I was able to visit Gujarat and spend a week with staff for audit review and planning, and talk to senior children about their further studies. I met CNI (Church of North India) leaders in Valsad to encourage them and discuss the CNI/SISU child care program development. They have given positive assurance to raise their support for the program, but are struggling to meet from offerings the cost of hiring their church meeting hall. But amazingly God has provided for the food needs and clothing  for the children from independent local donors, especially during the Christmas season.

So thankful to you and the Congregation for their kind aid, and for your offer to buy us a smart phone for our official work to enable us to communicate better.  We would love to meet your church member any time, and could even go to Chennai (formerly Madras) to meet him.

We are still working with staff co-operation and commitment in spite of the fear with faith in God for our safety.

With many regards, and daily prayers for your health and ministry, thanking you again,

In His service,


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 regularly.

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.

If you would like to make a regular contribution to this excellent cause please contact Randal Gray, the Congregation's Hon. Treasurer.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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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Cross Care Food Bank:

Thanks for all your generous support for the work of the Jobstown Foodbank. In these difficult times the food bank is providing a vital service, all sorts of social distancing measures are being taken to ensure it stays open to support families in financial difficulty in these challenging times. The foodbank focuses on the basics so can I again appeal to you to donate the basics e.g. tea bags, coffee, washing powder. I help out at the Foodbank so I can assure you personally that any donations you can make will be gratefully received and used to directly help those in real need.  With the church buildings in lockdown, I would be happy to collect any donations and can do from your driveway to ensure social distancing via contactless collection. Please contact me on 087 2421890 if you have basics you can donate to the Foodbank and my thanks to Rev Campbell, the Session and all at Christ Church for your fabulous support through these unprecedented times.

Stay Safe


All donations will be greatly appreciated...further information here.

Meals on Wheels:

All well we are delivering about 75 dinners and have linked into Rathgar & Terenure networks if we are getting referrals.  Also using Local GAA  that is attached to Supervalu in Rathgar for shopping.  We have also had contact from Alone and are supplying  4 dinners from Aldi on a Tuesday to 2 ladies.  Lots of good will out there and the panic of a few weeks ago has settled down as we learn to live in our new world.  Family well and we are still talking!!

Take care

Suzanne Ryan (086) 361 1527 and Eleanor Kennedy (086) 815 8131

Gujarat Project:

Virtual Retiring Collection for Gujarati Hostel children in lockdown

We are delighted to announce that the Virtual Retiring Collection after Palm Sunday's Communion Service raised a  tremendous sum, well over the target of
750. This is marvellously encouraging and our  warmest thanks and congratulations are due to you all for contributing so generously to ensuring that the Gujarati hostel children remain well fed! Apart we may be, but the Holy Spirit of community fellowship remains with us  to enable us to work together for the Glory of God - to make God's living and loving presence a reality in this world. Thanks be to God!  We remember all those adversely affected by Covid 19 in our prayers!

Robin Simmons

Retiring Collection funds sent to Gujarat

I am pleased to say that
750 from the Virtual Retiring Collection has been sent to Raymond Samuel  of SISU to provide sustenance  during lockdown to the Gujarati children looked after in CNI Hostels.

Late on 27th April I received a further email from Raymond Samuel of SISU  -

"This support  will be a real blessing for the children at this time, because their parents cannot go to work anywhere due to lock down and restrictions to migration work beyond one's own district. They can work in their small fields ,if they have land, after the  monsoon rains which start in June and can cultivate only in January or so, May the good Lord bless your congregation for all that you do to bless the less privileged children in our care."

N.B. 72% of the children have landless families, and none have more than 5 acres of land to grow crops on.

Dear Fellow Member of CCR,

You will be aware that the Indian government has reacted to the coronavirus threat by sending all migrant workers home for three weeks or longer.  This means that the families of the children at the CNI hostels at Valsad and Vyara are prevented from working as usual, without financial compensation.  It has been decided to raise a  virtual retiring collection on the occasion of Palm Sunday's virtual Holy Communion celebration to ensure that the fifty children attending these hostels do not go hungry.  We aim to raise a total of 750 - 15 euro to feed a child for two months, about 25 cent per day, the price of 250gms of rice or potatoes.  The fund's distribution will be administered by SISU who run the hostels for the Diocese of Gujarat.

We hope you will feel able to respond positively to this appeal and contribute to the continuing wellbeing of these children.  This will show that the CCR community can still work together to respond to the love of God and the needs of others even in these difficult times.  We thank you for your continuing generosity and support.  We pray for God's continuing care of our congregation and for those whose lives are entwined with ours.

How to contribute:

1) Make an online payment to the CCR bank account marking it Gujarat and including your FWO number if you have one, to:

   AIB Bank
   IBAN: IE94 AIBK 931225 05581090

2) Send a cheque to the Hon. Treasurer at Christ Church Rathgar, Rathgar Road, Dublin 6, D06 CF63.

From the Minister and Session of Christ Church Rathgar

Further information on the Gujarat Project here.

Gujarat Girls Leading Worship in CNI Church

Gujarat Hostel Kids Picnic


Rathgar Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show:

The 66th Annual Flower Show organized by the Rathgar Horticultural Society will take place on Saturday 4 July 2020, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. at Christ Church Rathgar.  We are aware that these plans may need to change closer to the date of the show, but for the moment keep growing!

The Pathway:

Meditation at the Crossroads: Learn the Ancient Art and Practice of Meditation

"I have spent a lifetime researching and writing about the intersection of spirituality, politics and human well-being, and been published in edited collections and journals.  My involvement in the art and practice of meditation is the culmination of many strands of life and work. In this world of diversity and constant change, I believe that regular meditation has the capacity to make us more fully aware of the creative power that resides within us.  The more we understand our inner being, the more readily we will treat others with compassion.  I have set up this site ( in response to global anxiety in the face of Covid-19.  The pandemic currently poses very real challenges to mental health and well-being.  My intention is to provide ancient and contemporary cultural and religious resources which might strengthen us as individuals and in communities."
Dr. Celia Grace Kenny

Mothers & Toddlers:

Thursday meetings are cancelled until further notice as a precaution re coronavirus (12/3/20)

Coffee Rota:

Volunteers 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.



January 2020


September 2019


June 2019


Poets, Artists and Prophets in Conversation - Celia Grace Kenny:

Rev. Dr. Celia Kenny

Celia's article may be read here.  This article was presented at a World Congress of Faiths seminar, in Coventry, September, 2019. It has subsequently been published in the December 2019 edition of "Interreligious Insight".

Home from Home Initiative:

Ohna McCaughey and John Lesson attended a meeting in Rathgar Methodist Church recently in support of a project to settle a refugee family in the area. The Home from Home initiative, guided by the Red Cross, seeks to settle and welcome a displaced family in the local community.

The Dublin 6 group is one of six in the greater Dublin area. So far 23,000 has been raised and another 2,000 is needed to reach the current target. At the meeting the Steering Committee, (an enthusiastic and impressive group of volunteers), announced that they had rented a premises.  They are asking supporters to donate furnishings and equipment. It is possible to get an up to date list of what is needed by emailing  Zion Church Hall will be open from noon on Sunday 24th Nov to receive items.

The meeting was delighted to hear that a Syrian family of four has been assigned to Dublin 6 by the Red Cross and the Family will be arriving on 11 December.


Are you on CCR's WhatsApp group contact list?  If not, just ask Louise (087 242 1890) to add you to stay in touch with what's happening.  Feedback and suggestions always welcome!

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Home from Home D6 to benefit from Retiring Collection at CCR 12th January 2020

Home from Home D6 will be the beneficiaries of the retiring collection after CCR's Quarterly Communion, Sunday 12 January.  In December this local group welcomed a Syrian refugee family of parents and two young boys.  The project is sponsored by the churches and synagogue of the Rathgar and Terenure Fellowship, The Salvation Army are the main church managers involved as they have international experience of this sort of venture.  They are assisted by a committee of Rathgar volunteers.  You may have heard two of the committee present the scheme at last month's Festival of Carols in CCR.

Their slogan is - It takes a community to resettle a family and a family to make a community.  You can follow the progress of this family and find out how to assist personally from the Home from Home D6 facebook page. This url will bring you to a short newspaper article about the venture.

Although the first financial target has been met here will undoubtedly be further need aver the two years of the scheme, and we hope you will be a position to support the family most generously on Sunday.

Retiring Collection - Sunday 6th October 2019  (Quarterly Communion) - Gujarat Project:

In aid of the Hostels at Vyara and Valsad which enable indigenous children of migrant labourers in the Dangs area of Gujarat(North-west India) to attend school.  Political pressures have caused difficulties for local congregations which are finding it hard to maintain their contributions to the scheme, and extra money is needed.   CCR has been supporting these young people for some time now, and we would not like to let them down. Please give with you usual generosity!

If you would like to make a regular contribution to this excellent cause please contact Randal Gray, the Congregation's Hon. Treasurer.

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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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We, Data ProtectionChrist Church Rathgar need to gather and use certain information about individuals. 

This can include information about members and adherents, employees, volunteers, suppliers, service users, facilities users, residents, business contacts, and other people we have a relationship with or may need to contact.

This policy describes how this personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet data protection standards and to comply with the law.

Why this policy exists:

This data protection policy ensures that we: 

  • Comply with data protection law and follows good practice.

  • Protect the rights of members and adherents, staff, volunteers and other people we have a relationship with or may need to contact.

  • Are open about how we store and process individuals’ data.

  • Protect ourselves from the risks of a data breach

The full policy and related material can be viewed in the links below.
1) Data Protection Policy
2) Data Retention Policy
3) Consent Policy
4) Subject Access Request Policy and Application Form
For further information, please contact the Data Protection Lead (DPL).


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