Area Deanery of Clanbrassil

Lurgan: Shankill

  • Lurgan Christ The Redeemer (shankill)

Christ the Redeemer, Church Place.
The Jethro Centre, Flush Place.


Shankill is one of the largest parishes in the diocese and plays an important role in both diocesan and civic life. The parish church of Christ the Redeemer which sits on the historic ‘Fair Green’ of Lurgan at the head of the town, occupies a site on which an Anglican church has stood since 1725. Known affectionately as ‘The Big Church’, Shankill was built in response to the Ulster Revival of 1859 when numbers of worshippers dramatically increased and is reputed to be the largest parish church on the island of Ireland. Opened in 1863, the church remains a focal point in Lurgan.

As we face the future, we are called to be a church that is Building Faith and Building Community in a community that is still divided and where faith is increasingly on the margins of society The parish has recently embarked on a process of ‘Re–Imagining Shankill’ in the lead–up to our 300th anniversary in 2025, as we seek to ensure that this iconic centre of worship remains a living witness and a place where people encounter God for generations to come, as they have done for almost three centuries.


The Parish Church is located in Church Place in the centre of town and is approx 1.5 miles from the Junction 10 of the M1 Motorway. 

The Jethro Centre is a mile from the church at the southern end of the town.

Ven Mark Harvey (Rector)

Revd Rodney Blair (Curate)

Gerardo Gimpel (Curate)

Christine Connolly (Lay Reader)

Joy Stevenson (Pastoral Support/Young Families)

Nicola Brown (Parish Coordinator)

Wendy McDowell (Parish Office)

Stu Armstrong (Youth Worker)

Andrew Dunlop (Jethro Centre Manager)

Sunday Services


9.00am Holy Communion
10.30 am: Main Morning Service
11.30 am: Eleven30 Contemporary Service in the Jethro Centre
6.30 pm: Evening Service


10.30am: Holy Communion

Church Walk, Lurgan, BT67 9AA.

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