Interim Priest

A warm hello to everyone in St. Ninian’s Castle Douglas and Christ Church Dalbeattie. Bishop Gregor has appointed me as your Interim Priest during the vacancy, so this is by way of a brief introduction. Along with everyone else, we too will miss David and Alison as they move to County Wexford and retirement. Although if I know anything about the Church of Ireland David will be called upon to do something clerical!

Revd Stephen Hazlett

I am a friendly big Irishman who has been over thirty years in ministry, and moved to be Rector of Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet last October, having previously served as Anglican Vicar and Port Chaplain with the Mission to Seafarers in Rotterdam. I am speaking about this to your next Mothers’ Union meeting on 28 November. Canon Bayne had been our Interim Priest – so maybe this is pay-back time!

As I already look after two busy congregations, I am privileged that both your churches are well blessed with excellent Vestries and local clergy, including active retired ministers, who will be especially appreciated as they undertake the church services. Although I may be the first point of contact for weddings, funerals, hospital visits, and other pastoral emergencies (please do not hesitate to contact me) I will also have a number of clerical colleagues perfectly able to assist as required.

These will not be easy days for either church as you contemplate the future so I will leave you with the words of the Revd Adoniram Judson (what a great name!), a former missionary-partner in Burma, the future is as bright as the promises of God.

Stephen D. Hazlett, Interim Priest
Tel: 01557 620132     Mobile: 07900 231360
Email: stephen.hazlett@greyfriarsstmarys.org.uk