Area Deanery of Ards

Greyabbey & Kircubbin with Ballyphilip & Ardquin

  • Ardquin
  • Ballyphilip (portaferry)
  • Greyabbey St Saviour
  • Kircubbin Holy Trinity

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


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).

The Parish centre is in the grounds of St. James’, Ballyphilip Church.

There is a variety of cross community groups including  a Mum’s and Toddler Group, Bowling club, exercise classes and the integrated Primary School use the Parish Centre for weekly activities. The Parish Mother’s Union and Historical Society also use this facility. Additionally,  there is a variety of events involving all the local Churches.



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.

St.James’  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.

The Abbacy, Ardquin can be reached 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.


The Revd Gillian Withers (Rector)
(028) 4272 9307

The Revd Roy Taylor (Auxiliary Minister)
(028) 9186 2769

Sunday Services

St. Saviour, Greyabbey at 10.00 am – Holy Communion 2nd Sunday, All Age Worship 4th Sunday  

St. James’, Ballyphilip is currently closed for major renovations. Services are held in The Abbacy every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. with All Age Worship held in the Parish Centre in the grounds of St James’ Ballyphilip on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 10.00 a.m.(Holy Communion is held on the 1st Sunday of every month.) Holy Communion is also held on the 2nd & Evening Prayer on 4th Sunday in the Abbacy Church at 3.00 p.m. but please check with Canon Gill before attending.


Holy Trinity, Kircubbin at 11.45 am – Holy Communion 1st Sunday, All Age Worship 4th Sunday


The Rectory, 4 Rectory Wood, Portaferry, BT22 1LJ.

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