What we believe
Formed in 1833, we are a congregation within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Although Presbyterians have been in Ireland since the sixteenth century, our denomination was formed officially in 1642 just a few miles away in Carrickfergus.
It is a Reformed denomination, which simply means we rely on the Bible (also referred to as the Word of God or the Scriptures,) as our supreme authority in anything and everything to do with everyday life and church practice. There are also important documents which summarise the timeless truths – doctrines – which we believe the Bible teaches. These are primarily the Westminster Confession (which means a declaration) of Faith and the Longer and Shorter Catechisms (books with a series of questions and answers explaining important beliefs.)
Presbyterian Church in Ireland Mission Statement
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland, as a Reformed Church within the wider body of Christ is grounded in the Scriptures, and exists to love and honour God through faith in His Son and by the power of His Spirit, and to enable her members to play their part in fulfilling God's mission to our world.
God calls us to a shared life in which we love, honour and are reconciled to one another whilst respecting our diversity within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. We are called to encourage the exercise of the gifts of every member of the Body for the work of ministry and, seeking the renewal of the whole Church, to co-operate with other parts of Christ's Church without betrayal of our convictions.
God calls us to worship Him with our whole lives, meeting together in groups large and small and gathering especially on the Lord's Day for the preaching and study of His word, the celebration of the sacraments and the offering of prayer and praise with reverence and joy, using language, form and music appropriate both to Scripture and to our time and culture.
God calls us to mission as witnesses to Christ through both evangelism and social witness challenging the values of the world in which we live with the values of God's kingdom and winning men and women to faith and discipleship. This mission is to be pursued amongst all the people of Ireland and the peoples of the European Community and the whole world: those with whom we feel comfortable, those from whom we feel alienated and those who are in any way distant from us in culture and faith.
We ourselves are challenged with a biblical discipleship which is radical in its self denial, simplicity of lifestyle, stewardship of money, faithful relationships, prayerfulness, concern for the world which God has created and love for its people whom he loves and for whose salvation He gave his Son.