Congregation returns to First Antrim

THE first phase of a major refurbishment project at First Antrim Presbyterian Church has finally been completed - and the results are simply stunning.

During the summer the First Antrim family have been worshipping in their hall while Cleary Contracting from Randalstown have carried out the building work with Kennedy FitzGerald Architects.

Much of the distinctive church gallery has been closed for safety reasons for a number of years.

The structural problems with the gallery have now been repaired along with the installation of a new sound system and new lighting.

The congregation returned to their listed church building on Sunday past (October 14) for the Harvest Thanksgiving services.

The Very Rev Dr Ian McNie, former Presbyterian Moderator, was speaker at the 11am service.

Ian grew up in Antrim’s Riverside and attended First Antrim before ministering in Kilkeel and Ballymoney.

Rev Sam Mawhinney spoke at the 6.30pm service. Sam is minister of Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church, Dublin, and also has family connections in First Antrim.

“First Antrim are up for giving a warm welcome any Sunday, especially if you don't usually connect with any church. Please feel free to come along to any of our services. Be our guest!” said a church spokesman.

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