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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.

16 December

 Third Sunday of Advent - World Development Appeal Sunday:

9:30 a.m.

Those who attend the 9:30 a.m. service invite those who attend the 11:00 a.m. service to join them for morning coffee in the Lecture Hall at 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Morning Service

Gift Sunday - we will be delighted to receive gifts for those who are disadvantaged - especially for children and teenagers.

These will be placed at the Christmas tree as part of our offering and dedicated with our World Development offering.

23 December

 Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Carol Service

25 December

 Christmas Day
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Family Service for Christmas

30 December

 9:30 a.m. Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning Service




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 Olive Eaton

Funeral Service on Saturday (November 3) at 11 a.m. in Christ Church, Rathgar.

 30 October, 2018
 Alan Corsini 25 July, 2018
 George Stuart 27 February, 2018
 Dr. Alan Wilkie (Peebles, Scotland) 30 May, 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

~ 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.




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 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.

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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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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.

Cross Care Food Bank:

All donations, especially Christmas goodies for the food bank boxes will be greatly appreciated.  See here for further information.

Church Committee:

Will meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 12 December in the Committee Room.

Carols for All:

Friday 14 Decemb
er - starts at 7 p.m., with Rathfarnham Concert Band and local musicians also accompanying.

Wednesday Advent Reflections:

Advent reflections - Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Committee Room on 19 December.

Kirk Session:

Will meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 16 January 2019 in the Fletcher Room.

Church Committee:

Will meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 23 January 2019 in the Committee Room.




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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Retiring Collection: The Session has decided that the proceeds of the Retiring Collection on Sunday October 6th will be devoted to An Cosan the largest community education organisation in Ireland, which works in areas of social disadvantage. Founded  in 1986 by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan in West Tallaght An Cosan provides people of all ages with  educational pathways to learning, leadership and enterprise - it is a platform for leadership and transformational education. An Cosan's virtual Community College spreads their ethos beyond Jobstown to other locations in Dublin and across the country.  Courses for adults and children range from basic literacy to Honours degree programmes across levels 1 - 8 of the National Framework of Qualification.  We hope for your generous support for this enterprise to help disadvantaged communities help themselves to build more fulfilling lives for all their members.

Christian Aid Breakfast: A happy crowd enjoyed an excellent breakfast and jolly sociability at
CCR’s Christian Aid breakfast on May 13th, and the large sum of
1,720 was most generously
contributed. Thanks are due especially to Joanne Vance Cronin and Sile McVeigh who cooked
energetically and appetisingly, and to Randal Gray who organised and encouraged the large attendance.

Gujurat Retiring Collection: just over €400 was raised for the Vyara Girls Hostel by the retiring collection on 25 March, after the Quarterly Communion Service.  We are most grateful for the generous response of those who contributed.

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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