ST NINIAN PORTPATRICK

geograph.org.uk St Ninian’s Church is situated in a picturesque location within Portpatrick, the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Dumfries and Galloway with a permanent population of six hundred and twenty (2008) rising in excess of one thousand two hundred during the holiday season.

The area attracts a large number of holiday makers and Portpatrick sets out to provide attractions for them. Attendance at Sunday services averages about eighteen to twenty and this is boosted by holiday makers, some of whom return regularly over the months and also year after year.

The congregation is friendly and welcoming, a point which is often remarked upon by visitors. Indeed, many visitors comment upon the peace and tranquillity of the church itself. It is hoped that we may, in due course, organise a rota to allow the church to be open for visitors for a short time on Saturdays during holiday periods.

We regularly circulate details of our services around the local hotels and guest houses. Socialising is encouraged by the provision of coffee and biscuits after Sunday services, which the majority of the congregation support.

The Blue Book (1982 Scottish liturgy) is used for Sunday Eucharist services.
Ecumenical activities are developing with joint involvement in the making of Remembrance Sunday and the joint Christmas Carol service. Our priest has, traditionally, taken part in the ecumenical service for the blessing and rededication of the lifeboat at the start of Lifeboat Week each year. This takes place on the Harbourside.
We try to reach out into our community. We keep strong links with the community via the Community Council and it, in turn, helps to give us a higher profile, in part by way of the community newsletter.

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SERVICE TIMES

Holy Communion (10.30am): First and Third Sundays 

Matins (10.30am): Fourth and Fifth Sundays 

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St Ninian’s is on the A77, on the left side of the road as you come down the hill into the village.

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