News and events
Services will start meeting again in our church buildings
added October 3rd 2020
For the foreseeable future:
Closeburn Church will meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 10 am and
Kirkmahoe Church will meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11.30am
Worshippers are kindly asked to wear face coverings and follow the guidance specified.
The online services will continue. See the home page for more details.
Closeburn Autumn 2020 Newsletter
added September 1st 2020
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair (Moderator of the General Assembly) teamed up with an ecumenical charity to explore the “biggest question of all time”.
It took the form of a series of three online discussions on the relationship between science and faith on Tuesday 15th, 22nd and 29th September from 7.30—9pm. The videos can still be viewed on the Grasping the nettle facebook page
week of Prayer for Church and Country from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August
added August 13th 2020
The Church of Scotland is holding a week of Prayer for Church and Country from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August believing that as we head into such a critical period we should be ‘on our knees’ before the One who has promised to lead us. It will consist of a short recorded reflection and prayer each morning and an opportunity to gather nationally online each evening for a live 30-minute videoconferencing event, which will include contributions from ministers, youth workers and ecumenical partners. Please email the church for the zoom details if you wish to take part. They are also being filmed and will be available on the Church of Scotland YouTube channel, CofS website (https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/home under ‘news and events’) and CofS facebook page if you wish to watch them after the event
Keswick convention (online)
added July 25th 2020
July 27th-31st was Keswick Convention (the annual Christian Conference Week on our doorstep) - five days of engaging biblical teaching and worship as they look at the theme of Hope. You can still watch it on the Keswick Convention YouTube channel. See vkc.keswickministries.org for more information and other practical points
Closeburn and Kirkmahoe parish churches
added July 20th 2020
After careful consideration, the Church Session and Trustees took the difficult decision to keep the Church building closed for the next weeks. It was felt that because of the profile of those who regularly attend the Church, coupled with the still quite restrictive Covid-19 Rules in relation to Worship, it was safer for all concerned to continue as a Church without a building in the meantime. (This will be revisited as and when the rules change). We will continue to offer a weekly service online and this is available on the Church Website www.closeburn-kirkmahoe-churches.org . Only the building is closed. All other functions of the Church are available and contact details are also on the website.
Closeburn SPRING 2020 Newsletter
added May 10th 2020
The link above is to a video taken of the Closeburn Church Bell being rung at 3pm on Friday May 8th 2020 as a mark of respect on the 75th anniversary of VE day (1945). This 1606 bell is housed in the belfry of the East gable of Closeburn Church. It was designed by GH (thought to be George Hog) cast in the " Potterraw" Edinburgh.
added May 5th 2020
As part of Scotland’s garden scheme in 2020 Dalswinton House has a virtual tour of its gardens in support of their charity choice, Kirkmahoe Parish Church of Scotland. Dalswinton House is a late 18th-century house sitting on top of a hill surrounded by herbaceous beds and well-established shrubs, including rhododendrons and azaleas, overlooking the loch. There are attractive walks through woods and around the loch. It was here that the first steamboat in Britain made its maiden voyage in 1788 and there is a life-size model beside the water to commemorate this.