St John the Evangelist, Killyleagh Parish Church, Church Hill, Killyleagh
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Killyleagh is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough some six miles from Downpatrick (North) and within twenty miles of Belfast.
- Revd Colin Darling
- Organist: Mark Haffield
We are a church for everyone – for those who have been a Christian for many years and for those who just want to learn a bit more about Jesus. We are committed to following Jesus and we try to live like him, though we don’t always get it right!
As a local congregation, we try to make disciples of all age groups. It is important to us to care for everyone and build a Christian community where all are equally valued and anyone can serve.
Some of our normal activities are on hold currently as our parish hall is being rebuilt, with a scheduled completion date in October 2017.
The Church of St John the Evangelist, Parish of Killyleagh, is one of the oldest churches still in use in Ireland. Dating to medieval times, by the early 1600’s, it was in a bad state of repair. The present church was built by James Hamilton (later to become Viscount Clandeboye) and consecrated on the 2nd October 1640. The church and surrounding graveyard occupy 1.5 acres on an enviable, elevated site overlooking the town and Strangford Lough – there can’t be many better views from church grounds anywhere in Ireland..
Rev. Dr. Edward Hincks (1792–1866), a famous Assyriologist and one of the decipherers of Mesopotamian cunieform, was one of the church’s past rectors. Another famous son of Killyleagh was Sir Hans Sloane, physician and naturalist (1660–1753). He helped establish the British Museum and rose to become the only man to be President of the Royal College of Physicians and President of the Royal Society. Hans Sloane also is credited with the recipe behind Cadbury’s chocolate!! See more details about the history of the parish and some of its people on the parish website http://www.killyleaghparish.com.
With a new Rector, in situ for less than a year, and the blessing of a new parish hall, which will present many opportunities for our Christian family to grow, in number and in spirit, the parishioners and people of Killyleagh are excitedly optimistic about the future.
Normal Sunday Service Pattern
9am Holy Communion
11.30am 1st Sunday Holy Communion, 2nd & 3rd Sundays Morning Prayer, 4th Sunday Family Service, 5th Sunday as announced on parish website killyleaghparish.com & Facebook facebook.com/stjohnschurchkillyleagh
Additionally, each Wednesday at 10.30am, there is a Holy Communion, with the opportunity to pray for the sick and people in need and share a cuppa after.
Summer Services – July & August
During the summer months of July & August, the 9am Holy Communion Service & the Wednesday 10.30am service will be suspended.
The main morning service is at 10.30am in July and August
- • Sunday School
- • Junior Sunday School – Leave Church during Morning Service
- • Senior Sunday School – 10.00 – 11.15 am in the Church until the new hall is built.
- • Girls Brigade: Tinies and Explorers – Mondays 6.15pm Cooke Hall, 1st Killyleagh Presbyterian Church. Juniors, Seniors and Brigadiers – Mondays 7.30pm
- • Choir – Wednesday @ 8.00 pm in the Church.
- • Prayer Group – Wednesdays 10.30 am in the Church.
- • Boys Brigade: Anchor Boys & Juniors – Tuesdays 6pm Lecture Hall, 2nd Killyleagh Presbyterian Church.
- • Mothers Union – 1st Thursday @ 2.00 pm venues tbc.