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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.

20 October
 World Cup quarter final. Hopefully Ireland v South Africa at 11.15 a.m. So - one service - Communion at 9.30 a.m.
27 October
 Dublin City Marathon. So - one service at 7.00 p.m.
Normal service will resume in November!



Information for all...



Conservation Photographic Report:




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 Elizabeth Lee (née Hayes) 2 July, 2019
 Brian O'Neill 12 February, 2019
 Olive Eaton 30 October, 2018
 Alan Corsini 25 July, 2018
 Dr. Alan Wilkie (Peebles, Scotland) 30 May, 2018
 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

~ 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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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.

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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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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.


Are you on CCR's WhatsApp group 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!

Cross Care Food Bank:

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


June 2019

 September 2019 
Wednesday Morning Group:   Wednesday 16th October at 10:30 a.m.
Christian Aid Ireland Information Evening:   Dundrum Methodist Church, Ballinteer Road, Dublin 16.  Thursday 16th October at 7 p.m.  Further info.
Rathgar Children's Book Festival 2019:  Christ Church Rathgar, Saturday 19th October from 12 - 4 p.m.  Further info.

Wednesday Morning Group:   Coffee - Wednesday 23rd October at 10:30 a.m.
Dublin Gospel Choir:   Thursday 24th October at 8 p.m.

>>>  Background details and ticket info here.  <<<


Faith in Conversation Lecture:  Faith & Emotion - Revd. Purvis Campbell - Thursday 24th October at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall

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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.

Retiring Collection - Sunday 7th July  2019  -  South Sudan Relief

Humanitarian needs  in South Sudan are massive and long-standing. Your generous contribution will be most greatly appreciated. Thank you. Details below!

In 2011  the  mainly Christian South Sudan achieved independence from its mainly Muslim, Arab northern neighbour , Sudan. But the country quickly slipped into civil war between  and within its fourteen or so tribal groups of which the Nuer and the Dinka are the largest.  English is the common language. A peace deal agreed in 2018 has reduced this violence, but not ended it.  Violence causing insecurity  and occasional periods of famine and flooding have left more than half the population of about 12 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance - food, housing, health, sanitation and education.  Some two million people are refugees outside the country,  and more than two million internally displaced. Some refugees from Sudan have recently entered the North of the country. In June 2019 floods disrupted life in the camps, especially near the capital, Juba.  In spite of oil resources South Sudan is one of the worst-off countries in the world. Our contributions will go to Christian Aid, which is based in Juba and works with local partners and  international Catholic charities, Trocaire and CAFOD, Sudan.

Christian Aid breakfast - 1,700 raised. Thanks to Randal and Jenny Gray and their team of helpers for organising.

Retiring Collection - Palm Sunday Quarterly Communion 2019:  This Sunday's retiring collection will be in aid of the Crosscare Foodbank, West Tallaght which caters for the emergency needs of our less fortunate neighbours.  We have a long association with this efficient and excellent local charity and hope you will be able to give most generously to support its essential work....400 raised.

Retiring Collection - Sunday 31 March: PCI Moderator's Appeal for Cyclone Idai Relief - CCR Retiring Collection: The Moderator has launched an appeal to help those affected by Cyclone Idai, which  recently swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe causing widespread devastation.  A retiring collection will be taken after our services to enable members to contribute to the Moderator's Appeal. We look forward to your generous support.

Retiring Collection - January 13: Last August the worst floods for over 100 years devastated the lives of more than a million people in Kerala in South west India, displacing them from their homes and livelihoods. Christian Aid and its local partners undertook to support 20,000 victims in two districts lived in by very poor people, mainly those stigmatised as 'Dalits' or 'tribals'. After the initial emergency provision of food, shelter, clean water and medical supplies, work continues to source long-term water supplies, to rebuild homes, to rehabilitate farming land  and to replace lost equipment so that people may continue to look after themselves in the future.

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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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