Naomi reflects on how God has remained a constant in her life - June 2020
Holly reflects on how her faith sustained her during lockdown - May 2020
Introducing Alpha at DBC, February 2020
Stuart reflects on the power of prayer in his life - May 2020
Reflections on Alpha online May 2020
2nd December 2023
The latest magazine is available here.
5th August 2023
A very big thank you to all who participated in the summer mission this year and for all who prayed! We’ve had a wonderful time with all age groups in seeing God’s mighty power at work among us and in people’s hearts in so many ways. Everyone has worked so hard. It’s been so encouraging to see the great variety of gifts being used in our own church family. We’re also very thankful for Brian and Jenny, from MAD Ministries, who’ve partnered with us again this year in sharing the gospel with our community.
5th June 2023
We are rejoicing that with God's help we can report than in June 2024 we have repaid the outstanding debt on the Church Building Project! We are so thankful to all who have given to support the Building project over the last seven years and for the loans provided.
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand." 1 Chronicles 29:14
30th November 2022
We are so thankful to have been once again awarded £5,250.00 from the Nithsdale Area Committee Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Budget. This will be a huge help for the DBC Food Parcel project this year. We extend grateful thanks to Dumfries & Galloway Council for their support.
21st November 2022
Dumfries Baptist Church was founded in 1872, and all this year – beginning and ending with a week of prayer − the church family celebrates their 150th Anniversary. On Saturday 19th Nov, some 280 folk from Dumfries, and further afield, gathered in the church centre at Gillbrae for a Thanksgiving Service, followed by afternoon tea. It was a deeply moving occasion, joyful in its focus on the goodness and faithfulness of God through the years, and at times sad, as those who had gone before were remembered. A musical group and over twenty others took part, some present, some via short videos. There was emphasis on both the local and global impact of the church over the years.
24th July 2022
From 17-24 July, Dumfries Baptist Church ran children’s clubs and events for all ages with a Big Feast theme. Each morning, from Monday-Friday, about 55 primary-age children enjoyed stories, crafts, songs and team games. In the hot sun, water games were especially popular. A small team from Mad Ministries, a charity based in Hamilton, told a bible story each morning, using puppets and magic tricks to keep their audience spellbound. The church has run holiday clubs for many years, but for the first time, pre-schoolers and their parents had their own club. One father said, ‘I took the week off work to come. It’s been fantastic! It’s been great to do arts and crafts and games with my two small children every morning.’ A Cream Tea on the Wednesday afternoon drew 114 Seniors, who were treated to dainty sandwiches, scones, shortbread, profiteroles and strawberry tarts, and held rapt by the moving stories of two of the Mad Ministry team, whose lives have been dramatically changed by encounters with Jesus. Over 90 people came to the Family Fun Night on Thursday to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, family challenges and, of course, lots of good food from the Cornerstone Café.
Eoghan Paterson, Associate Pastor, commented, ‘We’re thrilled that so many church members have been involved in leading and in helping behind the scenes, and especially that so many from our youth group have risen to the challenge. God invites us all to discover his love and forgiveness. We’re praying that many who came will taste and see that the Lord is good.’
15th July 2022
We are celebrating the 150th anniversary this year with acts of kindness. Associate Pastor Eoghan Paterson, Chaplain to the nearby Calside, Georgetown and Noblehill Primary Schools, invited the schools to join in by expressing kindness in practical ways. Children from Georgetown Primary picked up litter, planted the flower beds at Georgetown Library to create colourful displays and provided dog poo dispensers. At Calside Primary the children painted colourful pictures to decorate their boundary fence and cheer up passers-by. The schools participated with such commitment that Dumfries Baptist Church has awarded each with a trophy, congratulating them on their work in the community. Eoghan says, ‘For 150 years, this church has experienced the love and kindness of God, and so we want to demonstrate that kindness. I daily see members of the fellowship doing so in countless ways, from hosting Ukrainian refugees to helping neighbours. During the first lockdown we started a weekly food parcel project for local families who have been hard hit. Every Thursday morning, a small team still meets in the church to pack the boxes with basics and treats, and then delivers them. So far, over eighty families have benefited, either regularly or with a one-off gift. At Christmas, Georgetown pupils contributed many bags of food to help us. It’s such a joy to be working with local schools to make this an even better place to live.’
3rd June 2022
We are very excited to be running a summer holiday club for primary aged children and pre-schoolers, every day from 18th-22nd July 10.30am-12.30pm. It’s going to be amazing… so please get your Primary School age children registered for our DBC Summer Holiday Club and don’t forget the special Children’s Summer Holiday Club for your pre-School children…
Book for the primary club at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dumfries-baptist-church-31221345205
and for the pre-schoolers at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../the-big-feast-2-5s...
17th April 2022
We were blessed to celebrate Easter with four special services. On Maundy Thursday, seniors from Friendship Hour and Encore! met for a service of hymns and readings. There was a communion service on Good Friday at 11am and on Easter Sunday, we celebrated Resurrection day with a special celebration and the baptism of our dear sister Judith. On Sunday evening the DBC Choir led us in special presentation ' The road to the Cross'. Many thanks to all involved.
15th December 2021
A big thank you to Georgetown Primary School who provided a fantastic food contribution for our Christmas Food parcels! Thank you so much!!
11th December 2021
We had a fantastic day at the Christmas market in the town centre on Saturday! There was a Quiz, face painting, colouring and icing hearts for the children, a prayer box , festive drinks and mince pies for adults. The DBC choir joined in during the afternoon too! Many thanks to all involved!
14th November 2021
DBC celebrated its 149th anniversary on 14th November 2021 and is now entering a year of activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary year.
'For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.' 1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)
5th September 2021
On Sunday morning 5th September we had a ‘Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service’ at DBC. We were remembering church family who had passed away over the last 18 months but also giving thanks to God for his faithfulness and goodness to us. The whole service is available at https://youtu.be/drhg0Lvvs8g. This little video was played during the service and includes the thoughts and reflections of those who took up the invitation to express their thanksgiving.
22nd August 2021
The usual 1030 morning service resumed today. What a great encouragement and blessing it was to gather for worship without social distancing rules for the first time since March 2020!
24th April 2021
On Tuesday 20th April the Scottish devolved government confirmed increased numbers will be allowed for gathered worship from Monday 26th April. This means that churches are now allowed to determine numbers for gathered worship based upon the size of their worship space. Two metre social distancing and face coverings are required, and communal singing is still not allowed.
We can fit 100 into the Auditorium and still satisfy all existing Covid19 regulations. 0-5 year olds are not counted within the number we can accommodate as long as they do not require a seat. We will therefore be offering 100 places for both the 9am and 11am services from Sunday 2nd May.
If you have already been attending the 9am service please continue to do so. Please remember that the 11am service has the provision of children’s ministry through the DBC Discoverers. Although the 11am service is not limited to young families only, we would ask that that you keep this in mind when booking place(s).
Please book your seat(s) in good time every week for either service and don’t feel worried about capacity and stopping others from getting a seat. If we reach capacity we may ask those who have been to a service regularly to skip a week. You can book places for either service by phoning the church office on 01387 268926 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can also book a place at either service on EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dumfries-baptist-church-31221345205
2nd April 2021
From Sunday 11th April 2021 we will be offering two morning services at DBC. This is to provide as much opportunity as possible for gathered worship on a Sunday morning. So until the COVID19 regulations allow us significantly more than 50 people to gather for worship at one time we will have back to back services on a Sunday morning.
The first service each week will be at 9am and the second at 11am. This is to provide space between services for our tech and sound teams and also to provide enough time for people to leave after the first service. If you book to come to the 11am service please do not arrive at the Church Centre before 10.30am.
The DBC Discoverers Children’s Ministry will be provided at the 11am but not the 9am service. Only the 11am service will be live-streamed. Communion will alternate each week between both services.
You can book places for either service by phoning the church office on 01387 268926 or by email at email@example.com OR you can also book a place at either service on EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dumfries-baptist-church-3122…
It would be great to fill both services every week, so please book in and plan to gather with others for worship.
24th March 2021
We are so pleased that we are able to open DBCC for the following Holy week and Easter services. Places are restricted to 50 at each gathering and must be booked in advance either via Eventbrite or by contacting the Church office.
Sunday 28th March - Worship and Communion Service at 10.30am.
Thursday 1st April - Maundy Thursday Worship and Communion Service at 7.30pm
Friday 2nd April - Good Friday Worship and Communion Service at 2pm
Sunday 4th April - Easter Day Celebration at 10.30am.
Please note that for young families with children our Discoverers Ministry will be running on both Sunday 28th March and also Sunday 4th April.
The Sunday services will also be livestreamed and available to view from 10.30am on the DBC YouTube site.
24th December 2020
We are so thankful to be able to have three Christmas Eve Services at DBC at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. A carol service and readings at 2pm, followed by two Christingle services for families and children at 4 and 6pm. Also, check out the virtual Christmas Day Service available on the DBC YouTube site from 9am.
25th October 2020
Sunday morning worship at the Church Centre recommenced on Sunday 25th October at 10.30am. We would love to welcome you, and will do this in a safe and COVID-secure way. Due to the government restrictions, attendance is limited to 50, therefore please book your place in advance by phoning the DBC Church office (01387 268926) or via EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dumfries-baptist-church-sunday-service-tickets-125170467237
17th September 2020
The weekly Worship & Prayer Gathering commenced on 17th September and will be held on Thursdays at 2pm and 7.30pm, in the DBCC Auditorium. Each service lasts for approx. 45 mins and both sessions have the same content, including a Scripture reading, brief devotional thought and a prayer section. Each gathering will be restricted to 50 people and you are asked to let the church office know, by email or phone, if you plan to attend. It is also possible to book a place online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dumfries-baptist-church-31221345205
27th July 2020
After many months of closure to the general public, the church centre is open for personal prayer from Monday 27th July daily, Mon-Fri 10am-12 noon in the Newall Boardroom. Restrictions will apply and guidelines on usage will be provided on arrival.
23rd July 2020
The volunteer gardeners have been busy over lockdown keeping on top of the weeds and grass cutting at the church centre. However, in June, we were blessed to hear that the church was awarded a grant from the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Fund (administered by Foundation Scotland) to purchase a Lawn Tractor for maintenance of the church centre grounds. The grant was for 75% of the cost of the mower and the Deacons kindly agreed that the church pay the shortfall to allow the purchase to go ahead as soon as possible. Fundraising for the shortfall will take place in due course. So at the end of June, we took delivery of the new mower, bought locally from Lloyd Honda. At a time when the volunteer gardening team has necessarily been reduced due to shielding and other health concerns, the purchase of the tractor to help with grass cutting has been a huge boost. The new mower has hugely reduced both the time and physical effort involved. The centre grounds continue to be used by the general public for walking and exercise, therefore it has been important to be able to continue to maintain the grounds for amenity value. Many thanks to ANCBC, the DBC funding team for their work on the application, Phil for all his help with H&S requirements, Gibbie for arranging quotes, demo and purchase of the mower and to all our volunteer gardeners for their hard work in maintaining the centre grounds all year round. The mower even has a temporary number plate:
IS 40:8 DBC "The grass withers and flowers fall but word of our God endures forever."
22nd March 2020
Due to government advice and also guidance from the Baptist Union of Scotland we made the decision to postpone until further notice our Sunday services, all church ministries and groups which also include small groups and Alpha, that meet in the church centre. Church activities such as Morning worship, the Alpha course, youth activities, prayer and small group meetings are moving online, where possible.
Visit the DBC YouTube channel at DBCC Gillbrae on Sunday mornings at 10.30am for our morning worship service. Also, remember that you can visit the YouTube channel at anytime after it has been posted up on to our site.
2nd February 2020
We had a great weekend on 1st-2nd February. It started with the 'Confident Christianity' conference on Saturday morning where 100+ people from a range of churches in Dumfries and beyond met to consider a range of topics to help us better explain our faith to others. Andy, is an engaging speaker, and he spoke again at both DBC morning and evening services. Audio recordings and PowerPoint slides of all the sessions, both Saturday and Sunday are available on the DBC website here.
22nd December 2019
We were blessed on Sunday 22nd December to have so many join together for the Children's Nativity in the morning and the Nine Lessons and carols service in the evening. The children were all fantastic and the singing was amazing. A big thank you to the children, Discoverers leaders and the Singing-together group and leaders for all their preparation. Also, many thanks to the Choir for their many months of hard work, the readers and musicians and especially to the Dumfries Town band who came along to lead the congregation carols.
24th November 2019
We were delighted to welcome back Phil & Louise Proctor at our church services on Sunday 24th November. Phil & Louise are in their fourth year working with BMS and based in Dhaka. Louise runs a pre-school education project and Phil is working to improve school buildings and the lives of the children in the project. View a short video here about Phil's work with the BMIS Blind School in Dhaka. Find out more about Phil & Louise's work and how to support them at https://www.bmsworldmission.org/people/louise-and-phil-proctor/
17th November 2019
We had a very special day on Sunday 17th November as we celebrated the induction of Eoghan Paterson as our Associate Pastor, followed by lunch. We were delighted to welcome many visitors including members of Eoghan and Debbie's family and friends from Banchory Christian Fellowship Church. The act of induction was led by Martin Hodson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland and Stuart Keir, Pastor of Central Baptist Church, Dundee spoke at both the morning and evening service.
We were also celebrating the 147th Anniversary of DBC and the 150th Anniversary of the Baptist Union of Scotland (BUS). The 150th Anniversary Prayer Baton was made by Rolf Buwert, who worships with us regularly, and the baton has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland in this special year. Sally Triggs, the longest serving member of our church family, signed the scroll within the Prayer Baton on behalf of members of DBC.
Thank you to Kristoff Henderson for these excellent photographs.
27th October 2019
Earlier this year at DBC we were challenged to raise money so that we could twin the toilets at DBCC to help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. The DBC congregation, church ministry groups and several of the centre user groups including Slimming World and Tai Chi all raised money to help us twin all 14 of the centre toilets! This is a fantastic achievement and will make a huge difference to communities in Africa and Asia. The Toilet Twinning certificates will be installed in each of the centre toilets in coming days! Find out more at https://www.toilettwinning.org/
7th July 2019
It was a busy week at DBC from 30th June-7th July. The theme for the primary holiday club was 'Epic Explorers'. The children and leaders had a great time with lots of games, crafts, singing and finding out more about Jesus and the Christian faith. Many thanks go to Andy Feather and the team of volunteers for all their hard work and service during the week. Wednesday afternoon was the annual 'Seniors cream tea' where there was a time of singing, poetry and learning about the names of God, followed by a fantastic cream tea and quiz. On Saturday evening, we had a great turnout and a fun ceilidh and BBQ for all the family. Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard and made it all happen! We praise God for all that he has accomplished!
21st June 2019
Our first Volunteer Appreciation Evening in the new church centre provided opportunity for the paid staff at DBC (both pastoral and centre staff) to say thank you to all our volunteers who serve in so many different ways week in and week out. Less than half our volunteers were able to attend due to other commitments but we remembered them all. It was a great evening of thanksgiving not only to our volunteers but most importantly to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith in Jesus Christ stands front and centre of all that we do at DBC.
In Jesus own words; “I have come not to be served but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many” - Matthew 20:28.
At DBC we seek to serve Jesus Christ first in all things and in doing so we serve others in Jesus name.
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.