Ballykelly Presbyterian

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By way of a short introduction, the earliest records of the congregation date to around 1650 but it is believed that Presbyterians were worshipping in the area from around 1634. The earliest congregation worshipped at Walworth, but the first building for Presbyterians was at Tully.

As a ‘plantation’ village it wasn’t until 1820 when a deputation from the Fishmongers Company London who owned the land around Ballykelly came over to Ireland.

Soon after their arrival they noted that the condition of the existing Presbyterian Church was poor. They were asked to renew the lease, but refused, and instead decided to build Church Buildinga new church (the present one) in what is now known as the village of Ballykelly. 

The building designed by Richard Suter and built by James Turnbull began in 1826 and was completed in 1827 costing £4000. The Fishmongers Company formally presented the building to the congregation on 4th March 1828, which is marked by a large stone tablet above the pulpit. 

There were over 900 families in the congregation at this time but the numbers fell to around 300 and remained so for the next one hundred years. To date there are around 238 families.   As we seek to provide modern facilities and resources for our congregation and community we are in the early stages of building a new hall complex.

The building itself which is steeped in history is a Grade ‘A’ listed building in neo classical style and there are few churches as imposing and yet so appealing.  

But a church building important as it is, is only a meetinghouse. It is the people who gather there week by week who make the church together with the Holy Spirit into a place which is welcoming, and vibrant in its witness.

Our focus is that our services are bible based; Christ centred and help to equip us to live out our faith where God has placed us.As a result our services are varied with a commitment to teaching the whole of the Bible.

We believe that building relationships are of vital importance as Jesus commanded us to do in the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:36ff).Our aim is to love God but also to love those around us seeking to provide care, prayerful guidance and understanding for all people irrespective of their background. 

Many organisations within the church exist to help cater for the needs of our growing congregation and the community. These organisations vary from the spiritual, social, youth, musical, even our senior folk. Meals together where we are able to chat and enjoy friendship are also a regular feature.

Many visitors are attracted to the natural beauty of the area with the Roe Valley Country Park and the Foyle Estuary on our doorstep. We are also only 20 minutes drive away from either Londonderry or Coleraine, and Benone Strand is a short distance away. 

Times of Public Worship – 11.30 am & 7 pm (1st & 3rd Sundays of the month)
Summer times, if applicable – 11am
Midweek Bible Study / Prayer – Thursday 7.30 pm
Sunday School Times – 10.30 am,
Organisation times:

Monday – Bowling Club 7.30 pm

Tuesday – GB 6.30 pm

Wednesday – Bowling Club 7.30 pm

Thursday – Midweek 7.30 pm (PW 2nd Thursday)

Friday – BB 6.30 pm
Saturday – Youth Club 7pm alternate weeks

Set Dates for special services
Communion – 1st Sunday January, 7 pm; 1st Sunday May & November 11.30 am.
TEARFund lunch Service 3rd Sunday in March
Children’s Day: 3rd Sunday June 11.30 am & 7 pm

Harvest – 3rd Sunday October 11.30 am & 7 pm
Other special services, GB & BB Enrolment 3rd Sunday November 11.30 am.
Family Service every 3rd Sunday morning.

 

On R238 from Derry to Buncrana at Tooban, Burnfoot 

Fahan 

Co. Donegal 

Republic of Ireland F93 XY65