16th May 2019
Thursday 16th May 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the "birth" of Friendship Hour at Dumfries Baptist Church. Well over 40 gathered in the Avenue Room to welcome special guests Willie and Ena Wright who had started this meeting for senior folks back in Newall Terrace. Willie's talk entertained, encouraged and then challenged us to keep on serving the Lord and reaching out to others. We then enjoyed an excellent tea with time to remember, laugh and rejoice together.
27th April 2019
David White joined the DBC pastoral team as our Associate Pastor in June 2014. We held a special ceilidh on Saturday 27th April 2019 to mark his retirement and to thank him for his service with us at DBC. We had a great evening, music led by Whigmaleerie and an amazing buffet provided by the church family. On Sunday morning, we prayed with David and Paula and David was presented with a gift from the church family as he starts his retirement.
'I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus' Philippians 1v3-6.
25th April 2019
We were delighted and blessed to welcome Celtic Worship to DBC as part of their tour to raise funds for Tearfund. Celtic Worship consists of some of Scotland's most talented folk musicians: Steph Macleod, Mhairi Marwick, Scott Wood, Chris Amer, Naomi Stirrat, Gus Stirrat, Neil Paton and Ifedade Thomas. As well as raising money for Tearfund to help those in the most extreme poverty – bringing change in the places of greatest need, we had a joyous evening of worship and praise, complete with bagpipes!
25th March 2019
We are celebrating and give thanks to God on this the anniversary of the first worship service in the new building. Special thanks to Kate and Katie who made a beautiful mosaic cross to celebrate our first anniversary! The girls collected broken pieces of pottery from the ground at the back of the church, before the new turf was laid, and formed the pieces into a clay cross. It represents how God can bring together all that is broken in our lives through the work of the Cross. This beautiful gift will be hung in the Church office and will be a reminder that the Cross of Jesus stands at the centre of all that we believe and all that we do as a church family.
20th December 2018
Several of our regular groups got together this afternoon for the Community Carol Service. All enjoyed traditional carols, poetry and readings followed by chat and the usual excellent Christmas treats!
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room;
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing.
21st November 2018
We were delighted to welcome Stuart Townend and his band to DBCC on Wed 21st November. The auditorium was full with over 300 attending, and we were blessed as Stuart led us in worship with both new and familiar songs. Stuart and his daughter Emma shared openly of some of the struggles and difficulties they have shared as a family. We were challenged to have the courage to speak with, share and support one another when facing diffculties whether through mental or physical health issues, pain and grief.
17th November 2018
What a night we had on 17th November, we were among the 24,117 people that took part in The Big Quiz Night, in 489 churches at the same time, and same date all over the country, from Lands End to the Shetland Isles and was the biggest multi venue quiz ever. Tearfund, an international Christian relief and development agency who have been going for 50 years, and are now working in 50 countries. The Quiz Night money raised means that they can continue to provide sustainable solutions to extreme poverty in the countries they work in. Tearfund have worked with local partners to provide much needed help and resources, including trauma care, that lays the foundation for a generation of people devastated by conflict, bringing restoration and hope for the future. Many thanks to Rolf for organising the event at DBCC. Pictured here are the winning team with their medals - well done to all involved!
14th September 2018
On Friday the 14th September Dumfries Baptist Church hosted the inaugural 'Christians in Sport' annual sports quiz. The quiz consisted of 6 rounds with a break for tea, coffee and a gospel message. Over 50 people attended the quiz with the 'Chimeras' crowned as the 2018 champions and were presented with the Gillbrae Trophy.
14th September 2018
ITV Border Life visited the church on Sunday 1st July for the morning service and the report was broadcast on Friday 14th September. View Lori Carnochan's report here. The DBC feature runs for the first 7 minutes - it begins with the cross and ends with ‘then sings my soul my Saviour God to me, how great thou art’... to God be the glory.
2nd September 2018
On Sunday evenings, from September through to December an Alpha course is being held. Alpha is for people of faith and those seeking to know more. It is great to see over 100 people attending. Our superb team of volunteers set up the auditorium after the morning service, prepare traybakes, and make soup to serve at 5.45pm for all attending. There is a video each week that explores important questions related to the Christian faith followed by small group discussion - a time to ask questions, delve into different issues and find out what others think.
26th August 2018
It was an exciting milestone today as we had the first baptism in our new building. We were blessed and encouraged to share with Rachel as she was baptised and explained so clearly that Jesus is her personal Saviour.
'Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:' Psalm 37v5
1st July 2018
This year ‘The J Files’ has been the theme for our DBC Children’s Holiday Club.
It’s been a terrific week and we’ve been blessed with stunning weather.
Thank you to all our volunteers for leading and helping with talks, drama, stories, crafts, outside games and our brilliant ‘J Files’ set....and of course enough tray bakes and cakes to feed the whole of Dumfries.
12th May 2018
We had a fantastic time of celebration on Saturday 12th May at the official Opening and Dedication service of the new Dumfries Baptist Church Centre. As we officially open and dedicate the Dumfries Baptist Church Centre to the glory of God...it’s a day of fulfilment and at the same time just the beginning!
12th May 2018
Border TV attended our Opening and Dedication service – view their report here
1st May 2018
"A home for the congregation and so much more," is the guiding principle of Dumfries Baptist Church’s innovative new multimillion pound centre. Built on land on the town’s Gillbrae Road over the past year, the centre is designed to serve its neighbouring communities, and Dumfries as a whole, with a café, sports hall, meeting and conference rooms, as well as a spectacular 400-seater auditorium. All of its spaces can be hired by individuals and groups, for one-off events or regular meetings. Read more
1st May 2018
Please take just over six minutes to watch the cross for our new church centre being made. It took over 200 hours to make. Well done Nate, you did an amazing job. Thank you!
24th March 2018
What a glorious day we had on Saturday 24th March when the church family walked from our old building in Newall Terrace to our new building on the Gillbrae Road - a significant and poignant walk into a new chapter in the life and work of Dumfries Baptist Church.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” - Psalm 126:3
18th March 2018
We had a very special final morning service in our Newall Terrace building today. There were tears and joy in equal measure, and above all, thankfulness to God for all his goodness and faithfulness to us over the years.
We were reminded from God ‘s Word that though we are excited about our new address from next Sunday morning, ultimately the Gillbrae Road is not our final destination!
“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” - Philippians 3:20-21.
Thanks also to David Currie for reminding us in song to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” - Proverbs 5:5-6.
As we move forward we do so together as a people! At the end of the day a building is nothing much without people to fill it! The church is made of living stones.
To God be the glory, great things he has done, is doing and I trust will do in the years to come.