First Derry Presbyterian
1st Derry and Claremont Presbyterian Church
Some time after the lifting of the siege of Derry in 1689, a new Presbyterian meeting house was built within the walls, on the site that continues to be occupied by the present church. To assist with the building, Queen Mary provided a large donation in recognition of the sacrifices of Presbyterians in the defence of Derry.
The current First Derry Presbyterian Church was first opened in 1780, and is believed to be on the site of an earlier Presbyterian Church of 1690. The foundation stone of this earlier building can be found above the centre door, inscribed with the Roman numerals M.D.C.X.C (1690). In 1828 the pediment and cornices of Dungiven sandstone was added.
The church was re-opened in 2011 following a programme of works that has totally renovated the building. Having been closed for a period of eight years, the church is once again being used as a place of worship.
Adjoining the Church is the refurbished Blue Coats School, now home to the Blue Coats Museum and Interpretation Centre. This new facility tells the history behind the Church, along with the history of Presbyterians in the city (and beyond) and the role they played in the great siege.
Times of Public Worship: 11.45 am
Summer times – same time during July, which is a joint service with Monreagh, at 1st Derry
Sunday School Times: meets during Church
Tuesday – PW meets 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm
Set Dates for special services
Communion- last Sunday, April & October
Children’s Day – 1st Sunday June am only Harvest – 1st Sunday October, am only
Other special services: Christmas Morning – 10.30 am service with Monreagh @ Monreagh
On R238 from Derry to Buncrana at Tooban, Burnfoot
Republic of Ireland F93 XY65