The United Diocese of Down And Dromore

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Greyabbey & Kircubbin with Ballyphilip & Ardquin

St Saviour, Ballywalter Road, Greyabbey,
Holy Trinity, Main Street, Kircubbin,
St James, Ballyphillip Parish Church, Portaferry
Ardquin (Abbacy) Parish Church, Ardquin, Portaferry

Contact Details

The Rectory, 4 Rectory Wood
Portaferry
BT22 1LJ

T: 028 4272 9307
E: vicarofdibley@hotmail.co.uk
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Directions

St. Saviour's is situated on the Ballywalter Road on the outskirts of Grey Abbey.

Holy Trinity is at the Portaferry end of Kircubbin High Street, set back from the road behind iron railings.

Ballyphilip, can be entered from High Street or Church Street in Portaferry town. There is a one way system in operation. High Street is the one main road in to the town and Church Street the one main road out of the town.

Ardquin can be found by turning into the Abbacy Road between Kircubbin and Portaferry and continuing for about four miles, when the church will be found on the left-hand side above the road.

Staff

  • The Revd Gillian Withers (Rector)
    (028) 4272 9307
  • The Revd Roy Taylor (Auxiliary Minister)
    (028) 9186 2769

About Us

The Present

The average congregation in Greyabbey numbers 45 on a Sunday morning, with the numbers rising for the monthly family service. The worship of the church is conducted using the contemporary language series of the BCP. The congregation share a weekly Bible Study, and a Wednesday morning, with Holy Trinity Kircubbin, and also an evening Prayer and Study Group at Holy Trinity. Greyabbey Parish is looking to build a new hall close to the church.

Holy Trinity is a small but vibrant church community, with an active Sunday School which meets in the Church room below the worship area. Together with St. Saviours, the church runs a Prayer and Study Group, a Bible Study and a small but enthusiastic choir. The services are currently contemporary language Prayer Book services, together with a monthly family service (Service of the Word).

Ballyphilip is the only parish in the Ards Peninsula to have a celebration of the Holy Communion every Sunday at 8.30am. In the last three years a new parish centre has been built in the grounds of the Ballyphilip Church, which has opened up cross community work. There is now cross community Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Mum's and Toddler Group, bowling club two evenings per week, a martial arts class, and the local Integrated Primary School use the New Parish Centre for weekly activities. The parish Mother's Union and Historical Society also use this facility. Within the last two years a cross community Bible Evening has been taking place every two weeks in the new Parish Centre.

The Future

St. Saviours is looking to develop its links with the community, thinking of youth work, but the church's unique role lies in potential Christian outreach to the many visitors to the old Abbey ruins. The church is considering building a hall/education centre for offering education facilities to schoolchildren about the life and work of the monastery form a Christian point of view (e.g. an art session on calligraphy, but explaining what motivated monks to illuminate manuscripts).

Holy Trinity is looking to develop its links with the wider community, seeing how it might use its building during the week for community activities in the name of Christ. One example might be hospitality offering meals to shoppers and to the elderly, or a chance to meet while distributing tea/coffee. Being on Kircubbin High Street, Holy Trinity has a unique opportunity to bring together members of the different Christian communities.

Ballyphilip and Ardquin are in the process of preparing for the future, so that we can welcome more people to our places of worship; for both spiritual and community needs. It is quite clear that we must strengthen our cross-community work, both in the spiritual realm and in all other areas where need is perceived, especially where the very young are concerned, and continue to conduct worship which is God centred, rather than people centred, giving great emphasis to the liturgy of our services, as found in the book of common prayer recently published.