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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.

Sunday 2
 9:30 a.m. Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Sunday 9
 9:30 a.m. Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Sunday 16
 9:30 a.m. Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Sunday 23
 9:30 a.m. Communion
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship



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Conservation Photographic Report:




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 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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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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Cornerstone: January edition now available (click the image)...


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 will be greatly appreciated...please see here for further information.



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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~ HARVEST 2019 ~





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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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Page last updated 02/02/2020


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