Coming events and services


Service of Installation at St Columb’s Cathedral Londonderry

Bishop Andrew Forster will be installed as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe in St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry at 4pm on Sunday 5th January.

Disestablishment 150 Lecture Series

Christ Church Cathedral Fridays in January 2020. The lectures will take place on Fridays throughout January starting at 1.15pm in the Music Room. Admission is free and all are welcome. The series begins on Friday January 10

Service of Installation in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe

Bishop Andrew Forster will be installed as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe at 4pm on Sunday 12th January.

Royal School Armagh Scripture Union service

In St Mark’s Armagh at 6.30 pm on January 12 Speaker is Revd Barry Forde (C of I & Methodist Chaplain to QUB)

Public Lecture on Francis Hutcheson

In Union Theological College, Belfast by Prof Ian McBride (University of Oxford) on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 7.30pm. “Francis Hutcheson in Ireland, Scotland, and North America”

Ian McBride, who grew up in County Armagh, is the Foster Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College. His research interests include the history of Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century and the history of Northern Ireland since 1920.

This free public lecture will explore the life of Francis Hutcheson in the transatlantic world. Hutcheson (1694-1746), a son of the manse at Drumalig, Co Down, went on to become a leading philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, influencing Adam Smith, David Hume, and several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial America.

Any Questions? Comes to Assembly Buildings

Any Questions? BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs discussion programme is returning to Northern Ireland and will be broadcast live from Assembly Buildings in Belfast on Friday 17 January 2020. Seating between 6.45 and 7.15 pm. Order tickets at – [[]https://www.presbyterianireland.org/Events/Any-Questions.aspx

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18 – 15. The theme for 2020 is ‘Unusual Kindness’. The materials have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo. Resources can be downloaded here
[[] https://ctbi.org.uk/resources-for-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2020/ ]

Handling the Word – Ards Presbytery

Saturday 25 January 2020 & Saturday 1 February 2020 .10.00 am. Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards. This course is organised by Ards Presbytery but is open to people from other Presbyteries. A charge of £30 will be made to cover the expenses involved in running the course. Tea/coffee will be supplied but you should bring a packed lunch with you on the day. Pre-registration is required. To register please contact Rev Dr Paul Bailie by email: [paul.bailie@missionafrica.org.uk ] Registration deadline is 17 January 2020

Consecration of the Bishop of Down and Dromore

The Ven David Alexander McClay will be consecrated or ordained as Bishop of Down and Dromore by The Archbishop and Primate of All Ireland The Most Reverend Dr Richard Clarke, assisted by other bishops.

When: Saturday 25 January 2020 at 3.30 pm (The Conversion of St Paul)
Where: St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

The service will be followed by a Reception in The Birley Building, Ulster University, York Street (formerly The Art College).

Commissioning of Diocesan Lay Readers

Commissioning Service for Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Lay Readers, Saturday 25th January 2020 at 7.00pm in Christ Church, Limavady.

Catholic Schools Week 2020

When: January 26, 2020 – February 2, 2020
Theme : Living in Harmony with God’s Creation

Handling the Word – North Belfast Presbytery

Weekly for six weeks from Monday 27 January 2020. Venue: Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church. Time: 7pm to 9.30pm. This course is organised by North Belfast Presbytery but is open to people from other Presbyteries. A charge of £25 will be made to cover the expenses involved in running the course. Pre-registration is required. To register please contact Trevor Long: [taslong@hotmail.com ]or phone 07990837726. Registration deadline is 20 January 2020


Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Vice Presidents and Unit Coordinators Meeting

February 1, 10.30am. Conference Planning Committee Meeting 12 noon
Seagoe Parish Centre, Portadown, BT63 5HS

New Wine 3–day Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference is taking place in the Sligo Park hotel from 4–6 February 2020.

The conference is open to all those in some form of church leadership and usually attracts a wide variety of people from across Ireland. The speakers this year are Paul and Becky Harcourt and Paul and Priscilla Reid.

The conference will be hosted by Rt Rev David McClay (Leader and Chairperson, New Wine Ireland) and Revd Simon Genoe (Assistant Leader New Wine Ireland).

More details can be found at this link. https://www.newwineireland.org/events/leadership-conference/ ]

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Holy Communion Service
February 6, 11.15 a.m. Christ Church Cathedral All Welcome

C of I Vocations Retreat

The Church of Ireland is holding a ‘Vocations Retreat’ at the Dromantine Centre near Newry from 7-9th February, 2020. The retreat is entitled ‘It’s Your Call’ and it will offer those considering ordination an opportunity to explore their vocation. Anyone who is considering such a step should contact/email their Diocesan Director of Ordinands for an application form.

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Diocesan Hon. Treasurer Training Day
February 8. 10.30 a.m. Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare W23 W280

Saturday Night Live hosted by Bangor Parish

Bangor Parish is the venue for the first Saturday Night Live of the New Year. The theme is ‘Being An Apprentice’ and the speaker for February is Hannah O’Neill, Children’s and Youth Pastor at Hope Community Church. There will be worship led by the SNL band, prayer, Bible teaching and food.

Bring your youth fellowship along! When: Saturday 8 February, 7.30–9.30 pm Where: Bangor Parish Church, 1 Castle Street Bangor, BT20 4SU

Installation of the Bishop of Down and Dromore in Dromore Cathedral

The Bishop of Down and Dromore will be installed in his cathedra (teaching chair) in The Cathedral Church of Christ the Redeemer, Dromore, on Sunday 9 February at 3.30 pm.

Bishop David will be installed by the Dean, The Very Revd Geoff Wilson. The bishop will preach on the ministry of teaching – acknowledging the leaders, lay and clerical, who exercise this ministry in their parishes. It is hoped that as many of these leaders as possible will be present.

Parishes in the Diocese of Dromore are invited to attend, although there is a second event in Down Diocese if this does not suit.

Service of Institution, Kilkeel

The Revd Canon Alison Calvin will be instituted as Incumbent of the Parish of Kilkeel on Thursday 13 February 2020 at 8.00 pm. The preacher will be Bishop Ken Clarke.

Clogher Mothers’ Union Prayer Breakfast

Saturday 22nd February – Mothers’ Union Prayer Breakfast will be held in Fivemiletown with June Butler, All-Ireland President. More details later.

Ash Wednesday – 26 February

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Trustees
29 February ,10.30 a.m. St. Michan’s Church, Dublin


Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Holy Communion Service
March 5, 11.15 a.m. Christ Church Cathedral. All Welcome

06–08 March: Down & Dromore Confirmation Youth Weekend 2020

Crosslinks Ireland Day Conference

March 21, 2020. 028 9079 6028
Email: ireland@crosslinks.org ]

Website: https://www.crosslinks.org/

St Patrick’s Day, March 17

Celebrations at Saul Church and Down Cathedral

Mothering Sunday, March 22

Lady Day, March 25

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Triennial Training Weekend
27 – 29 March. An Grianán, Termonfeckin, County Louth, A92 X9TF

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Unit Meetings Triennial Training Weekend
29 March. An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Evensong

Guest speaker. Worldwide President, Sheran Harper. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 29 March at 3.15pm. All Welcome


02 April: DDYC Youth Workers Network, Down & Dromore

04 April: SNL hosted by Hope Community Church, Down & Dromore

10 April: Good Friday

12 April: Easter Sunday


C of I General Synod

Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th May 2020 – 2020 General Synod in Croke Park Meetings and Events Centre.