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Rev. Arthur Linton Agnew


(my fathers' brother was named after him but he died a few days after birth Arthur Linton Lennon)

All Souls' Church

First Presbyterian Church, Belfast (Founded 1644)

A Service of Thanksgiving

to mark the Restoration and Re-Opening of the Meeting House
Sunday, 3rd October, 1976 at 3.30 p.m.

     There is no procession at the beginning of the Service.  It begins when the minister, the Reverend D. G. Banham, takes his place in the pulpit during the organ prelude. This prelude played by Mr. Wm. McCay, B.Mus., the Organist and Choirmaster, is an integral part of our worship.
     The Congregation remains seated except for the hymns, the Prayer of Thanksgiving and after the closing hymn for the Blessing and Dismissal.

ORDER OF SERVICE

     Organ Prelude
     Prayer of Invocation
     Introit: "Rejoice in the Lord". attrib. Redford
     Welcome & Invitation by the minister
     Prayer of Thanksgiving:
          Almighty God, we give you thanks and praise for every gathering of people which has witnessed for you, down through the ages, in this our city of Belfast: and especially do we bring our thanks this day, because this historic Meeting House has been restored for your service.
          We thank you for the skill of hands and minds, and the generosity of hearts, which have fulfilled that task.  And we pray for your blessing and your guidance in the years to come, not only for this place and those who worship in our land, where men and women meet to worship you in true spirit of love, and a desire for a just and Godly Peace.
          May the work which is shown forth in this place this day resound to the Glory of your Name, and of your Love, revealed in Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen

     Paraphrase Isaiah II, 2-5
'Behold the mountain of the Lord!'  Tune: Glasgow
          Scottish Paraphrase 1745 alt. M. Bruce

     First Reading: from Zechariah Chapters I and IV, Mr. J. Hynds, Representing all who worked on the restoration

     Hymn: "Praise to the living God!"  Tune: Leoni
          Daniel Ben Judah c.1450

     Second Reading: from the words of Evelyn Underhill and William Blake
          Mrs. N. Trueick, Representing the Congregation

     Anthem: "I waited for the Lord."  by Mendelssohn

     Prayers for Others

     Hymn: "City of God how broad and far."  tune: Richmond.  S. Johnson

     Address: By the Reverent Dr. H. J. McLachlan, Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Belfast 1952-1967

     Organ Interlude: During the Interlude a collection will be taken towards the Restoration Fund.

     Hymn: "O Lord of earth and altar"  Tune: Ewing
          G. K. Chesterton

     The Blessing
     Dismissal by the Choir

     Visitors are warmly invited to join the Congregation in the Central Hall for refreshments.

     The present Meeting House is the Congregation's fourth place of worship and its Second Meeting House on this site.  It was built 1781-3 to the design of Roger Mulholland who was, to quote Mr. C. E. B. Brett, "the individual mainly responsible for the reconstruction of Georgian Belfast."

     The exterior of the Meeting House was altered in 1833 and the organ apse added in 1907.  But the interior, with its unusual elliptical shape, 18th Century pulpit and curved gallery and pews, is very much as John Wesley saw it when he preached here in 1789 and wrote in his Journal, "It is the completest place of public worship I have ever seen."

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ALL SOULS' CHURCH, BELFAST
SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION
Founded 1708
YORK STREET N.S. PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION
Founded by the Second Congregation, 1840
Annual Report 1977

SESSION: Rev. D. G. Banham, T.Eng., B.D.
(Minister-in-charge during vacancy)
Mr. A. Moorhead
Mr. D. Warwick
Mr. R. Moffett
Mr. W. Jamison
Mr. T. Coey, B.A.
OFFICE BEARERS:
Mr. A. N. Lovesay F.C.A., Hon. Treasurer, Second Pres. and York St. N.S. Pres. Congregations
Mr. G. H. Devlin, Hon. Stipend Clerk, Second Cong.
Mr. D. Warwick, Hon. Stipend Clerk, York St.
Mrs. R. Purdy, Chairman
Mr. A. Moorhead, Hon. Secretary
COMMITTEE:
Mr. J. Gray, Retires 1978
Mr. D. Moneypenny, Retires 1978
Mr. J. Gray, Retires 1978
Mr. D. Moneypenny, Retires 1978
Mr. W. Adair, Retires 1978
Mrs. M. Warwick, Retires 1978
Mrs. M. Jackson, Retires, 1978
Mr. A. Reddy, Retires 1978
Mr. M. Wylie, Retires 1979
Mr. S. Kirker, Retires 1979
Mr. K. Boyd, Retires 1980
Mr. W. Dickson, Retires 1980
Mr. A. Smith, 1981
Mr. E. Callan, Retires 1981
Mr. J. Mitchell, Retires 1981
Mr. E. Daniel, Retires 1981
Mr. P. Harland, Retires 1981
Mr. M. Moneypenny, Retires 1981

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

          When your Committee took office last year we were still reeling under the shock of Dr. Agnew's death. There were some who doubted whether it would be possible for All Souls to carry on and indeed we all recognised that the task would be a very difficult one. But, the Committee hoped that everyone would rally round and support us in our efforts to hold the congregation together and prevent the erosion in attendance that might have taken place.  I am glad to say that our hope was well founded and attendances at all our services during 1977 have been most encouraging. Our success has been due in great measure to the devoted efforts of our Minister-in-charge, Rev. D. G. Banham. The task of looking after First Church is already a full load for one man, but he has responded magnificently to the challenge of running two churches. We were also fortunate in securing the services, in a temporary capacity, of Rev. Jean Dumas who was able to lighten Rev. Banham's burden considerably during the University vacation period. Jean has endeared himself to all of us by friendliness and readiness to help with all aspects of church activity both in and out of the pulpit and we wish him every success in his current studies and future career wherever it takes him. We are also greatly indebted to all the visiting Ministers who conducted different services throughout the year and especially to our own lay preachers who have so readily accepted the additional demands placed upon them, often at short notice.
          The major activity during the year was to decide upon and pursue the question of a fitting permanent memorial to Dr. Agnew. Bearing in mind his great interest in the social activities of the congregation it was eventually decided to have the annexe to Rosemary Hall re-roofed and redesigned internally to provide a hall, to be known as the Agnew Memorial Hall, suitable for social activities, meetings of all kinds and a more comfortable home for the Sunday School.  Once this decision had been taken in principle we went ahead with the re-roofing and this was accomplished by August at a cost of around 3,600.
          A plaque to Dr. Agnew's memory has been installed in the Church and was unveiled by Dr. Isobel during morning service on 29th January after a simple, but moving, address by Rev. D. G. Banham on what was essentially a family occasion.
          During the year we learned with surprise and gratitude that A;; Souls' congregation had been named as joint beneficiaries in the will of a Mr. Galloway who died in the early 1900s. His assets had been left in trust but as all the immediate beneficiaries have since died the residue of the estate will now be divided equally between All Souls and one other beneficiary. We have thus become the joint owners of three houses in South Parade, one in Ireton Street and a shop in Botanic Avenue. Additionally the bequest should bring us a cash benefit of 2,000 - 2,500 which will be particularly useful in view of our current objectives.    -   S. Kirker

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS 1977

LIST A
Miss A. A. Bleakley, 45 Cherryvalley Gardens
Mrs. K. M. Courtney, L.B.E., B.A., 264 Upper Newtownards Road
Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Devlin, 12 Ballyhenry Crescent, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
Mrs. M. J. English, 33 Cobham Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey
Mr. W. J. McCartney, 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
Miss E. C. McCartney, 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
Mr. T. W. McCartney, 74 Martinez Avenue
Mrs. T. W. McCartney, 74 Martinez Avenue
Mr. & Mrs. T. McKelvey, 127 Stockmans Lane
Mr. J. Spence, 13 Meadowbank Place
Mrs. J. Spence, In Memoriam
Miss F. Wilson, 219 Tates Avenue
Mr. & Mrs. J. Wilson, In Memoriam

LIST B

Adair, Miss J., 41 Silverstream Parade
Adair, Pastor W., 41 Silverstream Parade
Adair, Mr. & Mrs. W. H., 41 Silverstream Parade
Adams, Mrs. W. J., 16 Rochester Avenue
Adams, Dr. W. J., 16 Rochester Avenue
Agnew, Dr. I., 18 Cooldarragh Park
Agnew, Mr. & Mrs. T., In Memoriam
Algeo, Mr. & Mrs. T., 125 Westway Gardens
Allen, Mr. & Mrs. W., 48 Olympia Drive
Andrews, Mrs. M., R.R. 4 Oakview Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Ardis, Mrs. M., 1E Beech Grove, Seymore Hill, Dunmurry
Ardis, Mrs. A., 55 Edward Drive, Ashton ?? Makerfield, Greater Manchester
Balmer, Mr. & Mrs. D. H., 11 Wallingford Avenue
Baxter, Mrs. E. L., 20 Adelaide Avenue
Baxter, Mr. W., In Memoriam
Boll, Mrs. V., B321 Montreal Street, Victoria, B6.V8V1Z6, Canada
Billington, Mrs. G., 13 Cavehill Road
Billingsley, Mr. & Mrs. W., 42 Lyndhurst Parade
Black, Mrs. M., 12 Beechgrove Avenue
Black, Mr. & Mrs. J., 33 Virginia Street
Black, Mr. R., 36 Virginia Street
Boyd, Mr. K., 19 Parkmount Road
Boyd, Mrs. E. M., In Memoriam
Bruce, Miss J., 42 Matchett Street
Burrell, Mr. & Mrs. T., 75 Strand Road, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
Bustard, Mr. H., 43 Breahill Crescent
Bustard, Mrs. H., 43 Breahill Crescent
Bustard, Miss S., 43 Breahill Crescent
Bustard, Miss R., 43 Breahill Crescent
Callen, Mr. & Mrs. E., 93 Westway Gardens
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. J., 1161 Audubon Road, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230, U.S.
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. R., Plantin Head, Ballycarry
Calwell, Mr. W., Plantin Head, Ballycarry
Campbell, Mrs. R., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. R. H., 41 Ailesbury Road
Campbell, Mrs. L., 20 Timbey Park
Campbell, Mr. G. B., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Carnduff, Mrs. M., 63 Knockwood Park
Carson, Mrs. H. L., "Beechill", 39 Coach Road, Comber, Newtownards
Carson, Mr. W. A., "Beechill", 39 Coach Road, Comber, Newtownards
Cavan, Mr. & Mrs. W., 15 Finaghy Road, North
Chambers, Mr. & Mrs. G., 297 Merville Garden Village
Chambers, Mrs. K., 23 Kilcoole Park
Clarke, Mr. V., 4 Ravenhill Street
Clarke, Mr. C., 23 Rathcoole Street
Clapham, Mrs. E. P., 21 Glencregagh Park
Clements, Mr. & Mrs. A., 7 Mayo Street
Clements, Mrs. A. J., 'Lilybank', 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Clements, Mr. & Mrs. L., Grange Manor, 916 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
Close, Mr. & Mrs. H., 4 Houston Parade
Close, Miss M., 2 Houston Parade
Coey, Mr. T. W., 48 Westway Gardens
Compton, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 33 Timbey Park
Conway, Mrs. D., 361 1A Las Colinas Drive, Austin, Texas, 78731
Copeland, Mrs. A., 3 Graymount Grove, Newtownabbey
Couch, Mr. & Mrs. R., 100 Welsh House Farm Road, Harborne, Birmingham
Crabtree, Mr. & Mrs. M., 21 Sunnyside Drive
Crawford, Miss E., 379 Ballysillan Road
Croskery, Mr. & Mrs. J., 13 Coolfin Street
Cummings, Mr. & Mrs. T. A., 30 Vandyke Gardens, Newtownabbey
Curran, Mrs. A., 13 Jellicoe Avenue
Curry, Mr. & Mrs. J. H., 26 Tedburn Park
Dazell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 14 Ballysillan Park
Dazell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 607 Ballysillan Road
Daniel, Mr. E., 52 Mountmerrion Park
Daniel, Miss L., 4 Rusholm Street
De Bock, Mrs. H., 15 Rue De La Fauvette, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
Devlin, Mrs. H., 79Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Miss H., 79 Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Mr. & Mrs. G. H., 12 Ballyhenry Crescent, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
Devlin, Mrs. M., 59 Cliftendene Gardens
Dickson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 'Glenmore', 196 Bangor Road, Newtownards
Dougherty, Mrs. M., 30 Cairnmore Drive, Lisburn
Drummond, Mr. & Mrs. J., 55 Cliftendene Gardens
Dunseith, Mr. & Mrs. J., 11 Frenchpark Street
Edmondson, Mrs. M., 18 Walmer Street
Entwistle, Miss M., 37 Bainsmore Drive
Elliott, Mr. & Mrs. D., 51 Meadowbank Place
Fearn, Mrs. M., 4 Cooldarragh Park
Firman, Mr. & Mrs. G., 25 Strandburn Park
Flannigan, Mr. & Mrs. J., 97 Shandon Park
Fletcher, Mrs. M., 192 Derrycoole Way, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss E. H., 'Crofton', 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss L. M., 'Crofton', 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forrest, B.A., Miss K. B., 'Crofton', 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forsythe, Miss E., Deceased
Frazer, Mr. J. M., 23 Malone Heights
Frazer, Mr. D. M., 10 Burnside Park, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down
French, Mr. & Mrs. W., 20 Mountainview Park
Fullerton, Mr. & Mrs., 5 Portmore Hill, Newtownabbey
Gaston, Mr. & Mrs. D., 148 Sydenham Avenue, Belfast
Getty, Mrs. H., 25 Knutsford Drive
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. M., 11 Orchardville Gardens, Old Belfast Road, Bangor
Gibson, Mrs. S., 49 Woodvale Drive
Gibson, Dr. M., 9 Green Lane, Allerton, Liverpool
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 84 Haypark Avenue
Gilliland, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Gilliland, Mrs. J., 129 Alexandra Park Avenue
Gillis, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Gilmore, Mr. & Mrs. W., 19 Breda Gardens
Girvan, Mr. & Mrs. R., 10 Ladas Drive
Gourley, Mr. R., 88 Benburb Street
Graham, Mr. & Mrs. J., 193 Cavehill Road
Graham, Mr. L., 118 Causeway Street, Portrush
Graham, Mr. & Mrs. S., 118 Causeway Street, Portrush
Gravelle, Mrs. E., 4 Elm Street
Gravelle, Miss P., 4 Elm Street
Gravelle, Mr. & Mrs. R., 12 Conduit Street
Gray, Mr. & Mrs. J., 2 High Pass, West Circular Road
Gray, Mr. J. L., 19 Sharonmore Park, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
Green, Mrs. M., 54 Ulsterville Avenue
Greeves, C.B.E., Mr. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Greeves, Mrs. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Hadden, Mr. & Mrs., 'Pine Croft'. Glen Road, Craigavad, Co. Down
Haldane, Mr. & Mrs. N., Plantin Head, Ballycarry, Co. Down
Hall, Mr. & Mrs. J., 8 Forthill Drive, Ballyduff, Newtownabbey
Hamill, Mrs. W. J., 60 Boundary Way
Hamilton, Mrs. J., 22 Swanston Park, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
Harland, Miss J., 28 Woodvale Parade
Harland, Mr. & Mrs. P., 35 Mullaghmore Park, Greenisland, Co. Antrim
Harland, Mrs. A., 28 Woodvale Parade
Harris, Mr. H. K., 83 Prospect Road, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
Harris, E. M., 83 Prospect Road, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
Hart, Mrs. M., 217 Joanmount Gardens
Haslett, Mrs. M., 11 Ballyregan Road, Dundonald
Henry, Miss E., 11 Altnagreeva Avenue, Milltown
Henry, Mr. G.
Hodgett, Mr. R., 159 Cregagh Road
Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. R., 'Outwood', 3 Rockport Rise, Craigavad
Holmes, Mrs. L., 175 Ulsterville Avenue
Hopley, Mr. & Mrs. G., 21 Orangefield Road
Hutchinson, Mrs. E., 14 Braemar Terrace
Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. N., 56 Pommern Parade
Jackson, B.A., B.Sc., Mr. & Mrs. J., 298 Upper Newtownards Road
Jackson, Mr. W. J., Deceased
Jamieson, Miss S. P., 18 Palestine Street
Jamison, Mr. A., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jamison, Mr. & Mrs. W., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jebb, Miss W., 1 Willesden Park
Keenan, Miss J. A., 61 Mountview Street
Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. F., 7 Irwin Crescent
Kennedy, Miss M., 54 Moyola Street
Kennedy, Miss D. M., 11 Stranmillis Park
Kennedy, Mrs. M., 249 Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey
Kinnear, Mr. & Mrs. J. B., 9 Parkmount Road, Ballymoney Road, Ballymena
Kinsella, Miss A.
Kirker, Mr. & Mrs. S., 3 Carlston Avenue, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down
Kirkpatrick, Mrs. J. M., 'Broomhill', 124 Malone Road
Lawther, Miss M., 18 Woodvale Parade
Lennon, Mr. & Mrs. J., 6 Ballyholme Road, Bangor
Lennon, Mrs. M., 6 Ballyholme Road, Bangor

Lee, Mrs. C., 20 Grover House, Notre Dame Estate, Clapham
Livingstone, Miss F., 40 Cussick Street
Livingstone, Mrs. L., 40 Cussick Street
Logan, Mrs. M., 20 Deerpark Drive
Logan, Miss K., 39 Elm Corner, Seymour Hill, Dunmurry
Logan, Miss J., 'Ford Lodge', Islandmagee Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
Logan, Miss S., 1F Rathcoole Close, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Loughans, Miss S., Flat 50, Kansas Avenue
Lovesy, F.C.A., Mr. A. N.
Mackenzie, Miss N., 44 Knockeden Park
Macauley, Miss R., 4A Maryland Avenue, Whiting, New Jersey 08759, U.S.A.
Magill, Mrs. M., 15 Northbrook Street
Mahood, B.D.S., Mr. W. R., P.O. Box 100, Churchill Falls, Labrador, Canada
Martin, Mr. R., 53 Slievenamaddy Avenue, Newcastle, Co. Down
Martin, Miss E., In Memoriam
Martin, Mr. & Mrs. W., 2 Abbeydale Park
Matthews, Mrs. M. M., 138 Coast Road, Larne
Mason, Mrs. L., 59 Kirkstone Drive, Blackpool, Lancs.
M.G.D., Belfast
Millar, Mr. & Mrs. J., 98 Kensington Road, Knock
Mitchell, Mr. B., 'Coolsallagh', Crossnacreeby (Crossnagreevy), Castlereagh
Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 'Coolsallagh', Crossnacreeby, Castlereagh
Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 12 Prospect Park, Ballygowan
Minnis, Mrs. E., 56A Orpen Park
Miniss, Mrs. D. L., Towell House, 57 King's Road
Moffatt, Mr. & Mrs. R. W., 23 Rosewood Street
Moneypenny, Mrs. A., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. D., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. F., 21 Church Park, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. M., 21 Jellicoe Drive
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. R., 39 Dalboyne Park, Lisburn
Moneypenny, Miss J.,
Montgomery, Mrs. J., 40 Breda Drive
Moore, Miss I. C., 34 Willowbrook House, Cregagh
Moore, Miss R. E., Flat 3, 371 Holywood Road, Belfast
Morgan, Mrs. E., 34 Ava Drive
Moorhead, Mr. & Mrs. A., 10 Tembey Park
Moreland, Mrs. J., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Moreland, Miss J. M., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Morrison, Mrs. A., Flat 14 Bothall Court, Winsley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
Murray, Mrs. E., 12 Beechgrove Avenue
McAleer, Miss M., 14 Cliftonville Drive
McAleer, Mrs. S., 14 Cliftonville Drive
McAleer, Mr. & Mrs. W. E., Springburn Park, Lisburn
McCaw, Mr. & Mrs. J. J., 67 Old Church Road, Newtownabbey
McCleery, Mrs. M., 46 Messenger Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478, U.S.A.
McClure, Mr. & Mrs. T., 3 Rusholm Street
McConnell, Mr. & Mrs. W. H., 59 Gilnahirk Road
McCullough, Mrs. S., 24 Adelaide Avenue
McDermott, Mrs. F. P., 98 Larkfield Road, Sydenham
McDowell, Mrs. N., 2 Richill Park, Sandown Road
McEwan, Mrs. L., 60 Burmah Street
McGregor, Mrs., 36 Rosemary Park
McGuigan, Mrs. V., 507 Balmoral Drive, Apt. 108, Bramalie, Ontario, Canada
McIlveen, Mrs. L., 41 Moyola Street
McKee, Mrs. E., 24 Stockheath Lane, Havant Hants
McKelvey, Mr. A., 11 Springdale Gardens
McKenna, Mr. & Mrs. J. R., 13 Braehill Crescent
McKinstry, Mr. & Mrs. W., 80 Queen's Park, Glengormley, Newtownabbey
McClean, Miss H., 33C Mourne View Park, Ballymacross, Lisburn
McMillan, Mr. & Mrs. A., 14 Drumgiven Road, Ballyhahinch
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. W., 12 Napier Street
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. J., 19 Malone Place
McNeill, Miss M., 16 Erinvale Avenue
McNeill, Mr. R., 16 Erinvale Avenue
McNeill, Mr. W., 36 Innisfayle Gardens
McQuoid, Mr. J., 52 Wandsworth Road
Nelson, Mrs. J., 31 Moyola Street
Nesbitt, Miss W., 6 Glantane Street
Nixon, Mr. & Mrs. E., 39 Penwick Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Norwood, Mr. & Mrs. R., 29F Innishowen Drive
O'Hara, Mr. & Mrs. S., 44 Sunningdale Gardens
Oliver, Mr. & Mrs. J., 9 Shanlieve Park
Orr, Mr. H. J., In Memoriam
Orr, Mr. & Mrs. G., 212 Tate's Avenue
Osborn, Mr. S. Q., 5 Eglantine Place
Osborn, Mrs. G., 18 Ebrington Gardens
Patterson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 606 N. Windsor Drive, Marion, Indiana 49932
Patterson, Miss J., 6 Deerpark Drive
Patterson, Mr. & Mrs. R. D., 6 Deerpark Drive
Pepper, Mrs. R., 12400 78th Avenue North, Apt. 310. Seminole, Florida 3354D
Pollen, Mr. & Mrs. W., 16 School Road
Porter, Master C. H., The Manse, Ballyhosset Road, Ballee, Downpatrick
Porter, Miss S. P., The Manse, Ballyhosset Road, Ballee, Downpatrick
Porter, Mr. & Mrs. D. H., The Manse, Ballyhosset Road, Ballee, Downpatrick
Porter, Miss A. L., The Manse, Ballyhosset Road, Ballee, Downpatrick
Prentice, Mr. & Mrs. R., 29 Cloghan Park
Press, Mrs. M., 151 The Mount
Press, Mr. & Mrs. W. C., 18 Sunnyside Drive
Purdy, Mr. & Mrs. E. B., 59 Kinbayne Crescent, Greenisland
Purdy, Mrs. R., 81 Woodstock House, Cregagh
Purdy, Mr. D., In Memoriam
Reddy, Mr. & Mrs. A., 35 Balmoral Avenue
Reeve, Mr. & Mrs. P. J., 16 Prince Edward Drive
Reford-Finlay, Mrs. I., 150 Alexandra Park Avenue
Reford-Finlay, Mr., In Memoriam
Reid, Mrs. J., 7 Mountview Place, Rushpark, Newtownabbey
Reid, Mr. & Mrs. J. A., 18 Ormonde Gardens
Reid, Mrs. M. A., 57 Euston Street
Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. G., 64 Jaffa Street
Robinson, Miss L., 111 Twaddell Avenue
Robinson, Mr., 6 Beresford Street
Russell, Miss I., 20 Adelaide Avenue
Russell, Mr. T., 22 Ballysillan Park
Sampson, Mrs. R., 498 Innishowen Drive
Shaw, Miss J., 4 Edinburgh Street
Service, Miss M., 22 Mount Prospect Park
Singleton, Mr. & Mrs. K. Y., 11 Malone Heights
Skelly, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 49 Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn
Sloan, Mr. & Mrs. W., 117 Orby Drive
Smith, Mr. & Mrs. S., 24 Glenside Parade
Smith, Mr. S., 24 Glenside Parade
Smyth, Miss D., 24C Moyard Gardens, Greenisland, Co. Antrim
Smyth, Mr. A., 56 Bendigo Street
Smyth, Mr. & Mrs. S., 138 West Circular Road
Snodden, Mrs. L., 109 Tavanagh Street
Spratt, Mr. & Mrs. H., 50 Donegall Road
Stewart, Miss A., 5A Elmwood Avenue
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., 5A Elmwood Avenue
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., 11A North Road
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. D., 18 Castlemore Park
Sewart (Stewart), Mrs. Rachael, In Memoriam
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. W., 3 Colby Park
Stewart, Mr. W., 200 Deerpark Road
Stockman, Miss A., 8 Arosa Parade
Stockman, Miss C., 8 Arosa Parade
Stockman, Mr. J., 8 Arosa Parade
Stockman, Mr. J., In memoriam
Surplus, Mr. & Mrs. R. F., 'Lilybank', 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. E., 763 Crumlin Road
Thompson, Mrs. A., 7F Glenvarna Walk, Glengormley
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. J. K., 3 Sandy Hill Avenue, Ballyskeagh, Dunmurry
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. R., 20 Ebor Drive
Thompson, M.B.E., J.P., Mr. R., 131 Haypark Avenue
Thompson, Mrs. E., 24 Frenchpark Street
Thompson, Mrs. M., 51 Cheviot Avenue
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 50 Glenalpin Street
Thornton, Mrs. D., 545 Oldpark Road
Tierney, Mr. T., 23 Landseer Street
Warrick, Mr. & Mrs. D., 2 Windmill Hollow, Belfast Road, Saintfield, Co. Down (Warwick)
Watson, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Waugh, Mr. & Mrs. D. A., 4620 Soughwind (Southwind) Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816, U.S.A.
Waugh, Mrs. S., 16 Erinvale Avenue
Weir, Mrs. M., 54 Glenside Parade
Wilks, Mr. M., 73 Priory Park
Williams, Mr. J., 101 Stockman's Lane
Williamson, Mrs. M. R., 61 Silvio Street
Williamson, Mr. & Mrs. T. J., 6 Beechill Park, Saintfield Road
Williamson, Miss K., 24A Malvern Court
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. J., 46A Thorburn Road, Whitewell, Newtownabbey
Woods, Mr. & Mrs. P., 37 Lisnoe Road, Duneight, Lisburn
Wylie, Mr. & Mrs. M., 105 Kilcoole Park
Wylie, Mr. S., 5 Hollymount, Seymour Hill, Dunmurry
Young, Miss J., 56 Moyola Street
Anonymous
D.L.M.                           TOTAL  5,071.28
NOTE - The Committee regret that except in the case of new members and junior members they cannot include the names of contributors of under 1.

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     The Second Presbyterian Congregation of Belfast was founded in 1708. A few years later in the argument within the Synod of Ulster over the Westminster Confession of Faith it refused to bind itself in religion to a man-made document which was already out of date. With other Non Subscribing congregations it was placed in the Presbytery of Antrim in 1725. This Presbytery does not call upon its members to believe as faith any man0made creed or narrow doctrinal formula.  The York Street Congregational was founded in 1840 by the Remonstrant Synod of Ulster. This Synod was founded in 1830 by the Reverend Dr. Henry Montgomery and others who seceded from the Presbyterian General Assembly in a further controversy over subscription to the Westminster Confession. Since 1942, when York Street's meeting house was bombed, the congregation has shared ALL SOULS' CHURCH with the Second Presbyterian Congregation of Belfast.

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ANNUAL REPORT
Year Ending 31st December 1983

SESSION:

Very Rev. C. M. Kelly, B.A., (Minister-in-Charge during vacancy)
Mr. A. Moorehead (Clerk of Session)
Mr. D. Warrick (Also Representative Elder)
Mr. R. Moffatt
Mr. W. Jamison
Mr. J. Gray
Mrs. R. Purdy
Mr. W. Adams (Also Representative Elder)
Mr. M. Wylie

OFFICE BEARERS

Mr. A. Moorhead, Chairman; Miss E. M. Henry, Hon. Secretary; Mr. I. W. Bradley, Hon. Treasurer Second Presbyterian and York Street N.S. Presbyterian Congregations;
Mr. E. Steele, Vice Chairman; Mr. E. Steele, Sunday School Superintendent; Mrs. M. C. Warrick, Hon. Stipend Clerk Second Congregation; Miss J. Harland, Hon. Stipend Clerk York Street

COMMITTEE

Mr. P. Harland Retires 1987
Mr. A. Smyth      "        1987
Mr. K. Boyd        "        1985
Mr. M. Moneypenny "   1985
Mr. K. Steele       "        1985
Mr. E. Steele       "        1985
Mr. D. Moneypenny  "  1986
Mr. F. Moneypenny  "   1986
Mr. T. Stewart     "       1986
Mr. T. Whyte           "   1987
Mr. E. Gilpin            "   1987

COMMITTEE REPORT

     In spite of its continuing lack of success in finding a minister the Committee is pleased to report a busy and generally successful year for church activities and improvements in church properties. Many members have contributed to this success and the Committee is grateful for their dedication and enthusiasm. The Committee also records its great appreciation of the encouragement and support of the ministers-in-charge during 1983, the Very Rev. C. M. Kelly and the Rev. D. G. Banham.
     During the year several consultations were held and Mr. John Nelson, a student at U.C.M. was invited to candidate for our empty pulpit. After long and prayerful consideration Mr. Nelson decided that he could give the best service in his home area of Co. Antrim and did not take up our invitation. A long term possibility has been discussed in committee and will be places before the Annual General Meeting.

CHURCH SERVICES

     The Committee records its gratitude to the following preachers who have conducted services in All Souls during 1983. Dr. A. R. Kingston, Rev. Kenneth Cairns, Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. Ian Parsons, Mr. Ian Gilpin, Mr. Alan Kennedy, Mrs. Rita Richardson, Rev. T. W. Coey, Rev. D. G. Banham and the Very Rev. C. M. Kelly

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
LIST A

Courtney, Mrs. K. M., 5 College Avenue, Bangor
Craig, Mr. & Mrs. E. J., 4 Sandford Avenue
English, Mrs. H., 33 Cubham Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey
Gibson, Mr. R.
Gilpin, Mr. I., 55 Eglantine Avenue
McCartney, Mr. A., 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
McCartney, Miss E. C., 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
McCartney, Mrs. T. W., 74 Martinez Avenue
McGurran, Mrs. E., 5 College Avenue, Bangor
McKelvey, Mr. & Mrs. T., 127 Stockmans Lane
Spence, Mr. J., 13 Meadowbank Place
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. F.
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. E., 132 Earlswood Road
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. K., 6 Edgecumbe View
Wilson, Miss F., 219 Tates Avenue
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. T., In Memoriam
Warrick, Mr. & Mrs. D., 2 Windmill Hollow, Saintfield
Whyte, Mr. T. J., 55 Ward Avenue, Lisburn
LIST B
Adams, Mr. W. J., 16 Rochester Avenue
Agnew, Dr. I., 18 Cooldarragh Avenue
Agnew, Mr. & Mrs. T., In Memoriam
Algeo, Mr. & Mrs T. H.
Allen, Mr. & Mrs. W., 48 Olympia Drive
Ardis, Mrs. M., 1E Beech Grove, Seymour, Dunmurry
Ardis, Mrs. A., 4A Carnreagh Gardens, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Balmer, Mr. & Mrs. D. H., 11 Wallingford Avenue, Sunderland
Baxter, Mrs. E. L., 20 Adelaide Avenue
Baxter, Mr. W., In Memoriam
Billington, Mrs. G., 162 Woodvale Road
Billingsley, Mr. & Mrs. W., 42 Lyndhurst Parade
Black, Mrs. M., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
Black, Mr. & Mrs. J., 33 Virginia Street
Black, Miss B., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
Black, Miss V., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
Boyd, Mr. K.
Boyd, Mrs. E. M., In Memoriam
Bradley, Mr. & Mrs. I., 6 Kinnegar Road, Holywood
Bustard, Mr. H., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Mrs. H., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Miss S., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Miss R., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Callen, Mr. & Mrs. E., 93 Westway Gardens
Callen, Mr. G., 93 Westway Gardens
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. J., 800 Park Lane, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48320 USA
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. R., 29 Acreback Road, Ballycarry
Campbell, Mrs. R., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney
Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. R. H., 41 Ailesbury Road
Campbell, Mrs. R. L., 20 Timbey Park
Campbell, Mr. G. B., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney
Carnduff, Mrs. M., 63 Knockwood Park
Cavan, Mr. & Mrs. W., 15 Finaghy Road North
Chambers, Mr. & Mrs. G., 297 Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey
Chambers, Mrs. K., 3 Carlson Avenue, Cultra
Clarke, Mr. C., 23 Rathcool Street
Clapham, Mrs. E. P., 21 Glencregagh Park
Clements, Mr. A., 7 Mayo Street
Clements, Mrs. A. J., 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Close, Mr. & Mrs. H., 4 Houston Parade
Coey, Mr. T. W., 48 Westway Gardens
Compton, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 33 Timbey Park
Copeland, Mrs. A., 3 Graymount Grove, Newtownabbey
Crabtree, Mrs. M., 21 Sunnyside Drive
Crawford, Miss E., 379 Ballysillan Road
Croskery, Mr. & Mrs. J., 13 Coolfin Street
Clarke, Mr. & Mrs. I.
Curran, Mrs. A., 13 Jellicoe Avenue
Curry, Mr. & Mrs. J. H., 26 Tedburn Park
Dalzell, Mrs. L.
Dalzell, Mrs. J., 14 Ballysillan Park
Daniel, Mr. E.
De Bock, Mrs. H., 129 Avenue Des Sept Bonniers BTE2 1190 Brussels, Belgium
Devlin, Mrs. H., 79 Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Miss H., 79 Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Mr. & Mrs. G. H., 13 Collinbridge Drive, Glengormley
Devlin, Mrs. M., 59 Cliftondene Gardens
Dickson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 196 Bangor Road, Newtownards
Dorman, Mr. & Mrs. A., 10 Aberfoyle Gardens
Dougherty, Mrs. M., 29 Laurelhill Road, Lisburn
Drummond, Mrs. J., 55 Cliftondene Gardens
Dunseith, Mr. & Mrs. J., 11 Frenchpark Street
Entwistle, Miss M., 37 Bainesmore Drive
Elliott, Mr. & Mrs. D., 51 Meadowbank Place
Elliss, Mrs. M. (Deceased)
Evans, Mr. & Mrs. D., 30 Derryvolgie Avenue
Firman, Mr. & Mrs. G., 25 Strandburn Park
Flannigan, Mr. & Mrs. J., 97 Shandon Park
Fletcher, Mrs. M., 192 Derrycoole Way, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss E. H., 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss L. M., 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Frazer, Mr. J. M., 23 Malone Heights
Frazer, Mr. D. M., 10 Burnside Park, Crawfordsburn
French, Mr. & Mrs. W., 30 Mountainview Park
Fullerton, Mr. & Mrs. T., 5 Portmore Hill, Whitewell, Newtownabbey
Gaston, Mr. & Mrs. D., 148 Sydenham Avenue
Getty, Mrs. H., 25 Knutsford Drive
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. M., 11 Orchardville Gardens, Old Belfast Road, Bangor
Gibson, Mrs. S., 49 Woodvale Drive
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. P., The Orchard Knock Road
Gilliland, Mrs. J., Sea House, Antrim Road
Gillis, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Gilmore, Mr. & Mrs. W., 19 Breda Gardens
Gilpin, Miss R., 35 Lister Avenue, Lisburn
Gilpin, Mrs. E., 35 Lister Avenue, Lisburn
Gilpin, Mr. E., 35 Lister Avenue, Lisburn
Girvin, Mr. & Mrs. R., 10 Ladas Drive
Gourley, Mr. R., 88 Benburb Street
Graham, Mr. & Mrs. J., 193 Cavehill Road
Gravelle, Mrs. E., 203 Tates Avenue
Gravelle, Mr. & Mrs. R., 12 Conduit Street
Gray, Mr. & Mrs. J., 2 High Pass
Greeves, Mrs. M., 48 Martello Park, Craigavad
Greeves, Mr. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Greeves, Mrs. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Hamill, Mrs. W. J., 60 Boundary Way
Harkness, Mrs. E., 79 Old Dundonald Road, Dundonald
Harkness, Mr. W., 79 Old Dundonald Road, Dundonald
Harland, Miss J., 28 Woodvale Parade
Harland, Mr. & Mrs. P., 35 Mullaghmore Park, Greenisland
Harland, Mrs. A., 28 Woodvale Parade
Henry, Miss E. M., 11 Altnacreeva Avenue
Hill, Mr. & Mrs. R., 54 Ravenhill Avenue
Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. R. 3 Rochport Rise, Craigavad (Rockport)
Holmes, Mrs. L., 175 Ulsterville Avenue
Hutchinson, Mrs., Braemar Terrace, 33 Upper Lisburn Road
Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. N., 56 Pommern Parade
Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. J., 14 Cherryvalley Park
Jamieson, Miss S. P., 18 Palestine Street
Jamison, Mr. A., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jamison, Mr. & Mrs. W., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jamison, Mr. W., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jebb, Miss W., 1 Willesden Park
Jelly, Mr. M. R.
Johnston, Mrs. L., 23 Wolseley Street
Keenan, Miss J. A., 10B Riverdale House, Conway, Dunmurry
Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. F., 7 Irwin Crescent
Kennedy, Mrs. M., 249 Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey
Kirker, Mr. & Mrs. S., 3 Carlston Avenue, Cultra
Lawther, Miss M., 18 Woodvale Parade
Lennon, Mr. & Mrs. J., 17 Godfrey Avenue, Bangor
Lennon, Mrs. M., 6 Ballyholme Road, Bangor
Lee, Mrs. M., 20 Grover House, Notre Dame Est., Clapham
Loftus, Mrs. E., V/1 32 Corhampton Road, North Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Logan, Miss K., 39 Elm Corner, Seymour, Dunmurry
Logan, Miss J., 'Ford Lodge', Islandmagee Road, Whitehead
Logan, Miss S., 1F Rathcoole Close, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Lomas, Mr. & Mrs. H., 22 Orby Gardens
Lyttle, Mr. & Mrs. D. A., 18 Downshire Road, Bangor
Mackenzie, Miss N., 44 Knockeden Park
Magill, Mrs. M., 15 Northbrook Street
Marshall, Mr. & Mrs. C., 111 Gregg Street
Martin, Mr. R., Abbeyfield House, Scarva Street, Banbridge
Martin, Mr. & Mrs. W., 2 Abbeydale Park
Mathewson, Mr. G. J., 11 Magheralave Road, Lisburn
Mawhinney, Dr. & Mrs. H. J. D., 22 Martello Park, Craigavad
M.G.D., Belfast
Mitchell, Mr. B., 7 Houston Road, Castlereagh
Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 12 Prospect Park, Ballygowan
Moffett, Mr. R. W., 23 Rosewood Street
Moneypenny, Mrs. A., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. D., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. F., 21 Church Park, Glengormley
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. M., 21 Jellicoe Drive
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. R., 39 Dalboyne Park, Lisburn
Montgomery, Mrs. J., 40 Breda Drive
Moore, Miss I. C., 3A Willowbrook House
Morgan, Mrs. E., 34 Ava Drive
Moorhead, Mr. A., 10 Timbey Park
Moorhead, Mrs. A. In Memoriam
Moreland, Mrs. J., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Moreland, Miss J., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Morrison, Mrs. A., Flat 14, Bethell Court, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
Murphy, Mr. & Mrs. J. S., 12 Kendal Park, Newtownards
Murray, Mrs. E., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
McAleer, Miss M., 14 Cliftonville Drive
McAleer, Mr. & Mrs. W. E., 43 Cadogan Park
McClean, Mrs. M., 33 Dunlambert Park
McClune, Mr. & Mrs. T., 3 Rusholme Street
McCullagh, Mr. & Mrs. D. C., 6 Clonallon Gardens
McCullough, Mrs. S., 24 Adelaide Avenue
McDermott, Mrs. J., 98 Larkfield Road
McDowell, Mrs. N., 2 Richill Park
McEwan, Mrs. L., 33 Agra Street
McGregor, Mrs., 1 Kingsway Close
McGregor, Mr. & Mrs. D., 4 Elm Street
McGuigan, Mrs. V., 507 Balmoral Drive, Apt. 108 Bramlea Ontario Canada
McIlveen, Mrs. L., 41 Mayola Street
McKee, Mrs. M., 24 Stockheath Lane, Havant PO94QZ Hants
McKelvey, Mr. A., 11 Springdale Gardens
McKeown, Mrs. M., 29 Laurelhill Drive, Lisburn
McKinstry, Mrs., 80 Queens Park, Newtownabbey
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. W., 12 Napier Street
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. J., 19 Malone Place
McNeill, Miss M., 1 Kingsway Close
McNeill, Mr. R. In Memoriam
McNeill, Mr. W. In Memoriam
McQuoid, Mr. J., 52 Wandsworth Road
Nesbitt, Miss W., 10 Shandarra Park
Nixon, Mr. & Mrs. E., 39 Penwick Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Norwood, Mrs. I., 29F Innishowen Drive
O'Hara, Mr. D.
O'Hara, Mr. & Mrs. S., 44 Sunningdale Gardens
Oliver, Mr. & Mrs. J., 9 Shanlieve Park
Orr, Mr. H. J. In Memoriam
Orr, Mr. & Mrs. G., 212 Tates Avenue
Osborne, Mrs. G., 18 Ebrington Gardens
Parker, Mr. & Mrs. R., 29 Strathmore Park North
Patterson, Miss J., 6 Deerpark Drive
Patterson, Mrs. M., 6 Deerpark Drive
Pepper, Mr. & Mrs. R., 12400 Park Boulevard, Apt. 310, Seminole, Florida, U.S.A.
Porter, Mr. C. H., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss S. P., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Rev. D. H. & Mrs., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss A. L., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss B. H., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Press, Mrs. M., 151 The Mount
Press, Mr. & Mrs. R., 7 Wynford Park, Lisburn
Press, Mr. & Mrs. W. C., 18 Sunnyside Drive
Purdy, Mrs. R., 8A Woodstock House
Reddy, Mr. & Mrs. A., 36 Balmoral Avenue
Reford-Finlay, Mrs. I., Flat 22, 64 Henderson Avenue
Reford-Finlay, Mr., In Memoriam
Reid, Mrs. S. C., 7 Mountview Place, Rushpark, Newtownabbey
Reid, Mr. & Mrs. C., 15 Cherry Drive, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry
Reid, Miss K., 7 Riverside Drive, Harmony Heights, Lisburn
Richardson, Miss H., 59 Glenbank Drive
Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. G., 59 Glenbank Drive
Robinson, Miss L., 111 Twaddell Avenue
Robinson, Mr., 111 Twaddell Avenue
Russell, Miss I., 20 Adelaide Avenue
Service, Miss M., 22 Mount Prospect Park
Simpson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 379 Ballysillan Road
Singleton, Mr. & Mrs. K. Y., 11 Malone Heights
Skelly, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 38 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
Smith, Mr. B., 24 Glenside Parade
Smith, Mr. & Mrs. S., 24 Glenside Parade
Smyth, Miss D., 14C Glassillan Grove, Greenisland
Smyth, Mr. A., 56 Bendigo Street
Smyth, Mr. & Mrs. S., 8 Wynfield Court, 133 Upper Newtownards Road
Spratt, Mr. & Mrs. H. James Dixon House, Rugby Parade
Stewart, Miss A., 38 Sunnyhill Park, Dunmurry
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., 5A Elmwood Avenue
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., Site 40 Richmond Avenue, Lisburn
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. D., 5 Lough Swilly Park, Carryduff
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. W., Site 12A Rockmount Middle Road, Saintfield
Stewart, Mrs. S., 16 Woodvale Parade
Stockman, Miss A., 8 Arosa Parade
Stockman, Miss C., 8 Arose Parade
Surplus, Mr. & Mrs. R. F., 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Thompson, Mrs. A., 8F Glenvarna Walk, Glengormley
Thompson, Miss J., 38 Sunnyhill Park, Dunmurry
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. R., 20 Ebor Drive
Thompson, Mr. R., 131 Haypark Avenue
Thompson, Mrs. E., 24 Frenchpark Street
Thompson, Mrs. M., 51 Cheviot Avenue
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 2 Locksley Place
Thornton, Mrs. D., 545 Oldpark Road
Wallace, Mr. & Mrs. H., 6 Upper Ramone Park, Portadown
Warrick, Mr. & Mrs. D., 2 Windmill Hollow, Belfast Road, Saintfield
Watson, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Waugh, Mrs. S., 66 Gilnahirk Road
Weir, Mrs. M., 54 Glenside Parade
Weir, Miss V., 54 Glenside Parade
Wilks, Mr. M. (Deceased)
Williams, Mr. & Mrs. J., 101 Stockmans Lane
Williams, Dr. J., 41 Manchester Road, Altrincham, Cheshire
Williamson, Mrs. M. R., 61 Silvio Street
Williamson, Mr. & Mrs. T. J., 6 Beechill Park
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. J., 46A Thornburn Road, Newtownabbey
Wylie, Mr. & Mrs. M., 42 Carwood Drive, Glengormley
Wylie, Mr. S., 5 Hollymount, Seymour Hill, Dunmurry
Young, Miss J., 56 Moyola Street

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Dear Friends.....

     My month with you is almost over and I face Monday, April 30 with much sadness at leaving but with some small hope of returning soon.

     Although I have felt something pushing me or pulling me to All Souls' for some four years now (ever since I was Senior Student at Manchester College Oxford and was awarded the late Dr. Agnew's scarf, sent by Dr. Isabel, in memory of him) I would not be truthful if I said I felt no trepidation as I drove off the ferry onto Donegall Quay on March 28.  My apprehensions were soon dispelled, however, as I sat in my car, having completely lost my way. A van driver for the RAC stopped, remarked that I looked lost and then guided me all the way to my guest house - all this despite the fact that I was displaying AA stickers.  Later that evening I caught the tail end of the first Lay Readers evening at Rosemary Street where everyone greeted me with true warmth and enthusiasm.  I have felt at home in Belfast from the very first day!

     It had been an eventful month in all sorts of ways.  I have attended a committee meeting and a fashion show.  The committee meeting was very much like every other committee meeting I have ever attended, inside and outside churches - I wonder when I will stop expecting church committee meetings to be different.  The fashion show was on the other hand, quite extraordinary.  Unlike many of the professional fashion shows I was involved in when working as a publicist, ours was a friendly, happy occasion with everyone working together for the benefit of All Souls'.

     I also spent a delightful evening with the Bowling Club.  I enjoyed myself thoroughly and that must be due in great measure to the good humoured tolerance of my team mates. (It's not like cricket!)

     Fun aside - this has been a deeply moving moth for me.  I have been welcomed warmly into many of your homes and you have allowed me the privilege of sharing with you some of your pain and much of your joy.  In worship too, I have been glad to be here.  For the first time in six years I have been able to preach about the God I know without fear of being told that I am too christocentric.  Bearing in mind the deep and loving warmth and openness of the people, something I have missed since I left Australia six years ago, together with the theological compatibility, something I have been searching for but never found until now, is it any real wonder that I am willing to make my life here?

     You have a beautiful church, and despite your sometimes quite sharp differences (I am not oblivious to them!) there is a profound atmosphere of peace within its walls.  In this troubled world, in this troubled land that is a priceless gift from God and I pray that you will all be vigilant to see that it is not desecrated.

     May God be with you all, in all ways and always.

     Love and Peace

     Ardroy Helen Campbell

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A very young Dr. Agnew

 

ALL SOULS'
'ALL SOULS ARE MINE' (Ezekiel 18v4)

Quarterly Newsletter
April - June 1979
Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

Second Presbyterian Congregation (founded 1708) & York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Congregation (founded 1840)

Minister-in-charge: The Rev. D. G. Banham, T.Eng., B.D.
Regular Ministerial Supply: The Rev. T. Cross, M.A.
Address for both ministers: 59 Knockbracken Park, Belfast

Useful addresses:
CHURCH OFFICERS: Mr. and Mrs. C. Stewart, All Souls' Church
CHAIRMAN: Mrs. R. Purdy, 8a Woodstock House, Cregagh
SECRETARY: Mr. A. Moorhead, 10 Timbey Park
TREASURER: Mr. D. Warwick, 2 Windmill Hollow, Saintfield

CHURCH SERVICES: Conducted by the Rev. Tony Cross, except for the following dates when he is on holiday and attending the Unitarian General Assembly Meetings in Manchester
Mr. J. Nelson; Mr. T. Coey; Mr. E. Lockett; Mr. T. Coey

Dates for your diary:
April 6th   Young Non-Subscribers Weekend at Ballycarry (Ballycarry is where my fathers uncle lived, he had a farm and the church outings where to a large tent on his land in the 1920s, unfortunately his Uncle took his own life)

In one of Dr. Agnew's favourite hymns, there is the line: "We shall not flag, we shall not fail." May this indeed be your watchword for 1979

COMMITTEE GOING-ON by Andy Moorhead

          We were delighted with the appearance and performance of the Rev. Tony Cross on the "Compass" UTV programme on 5th march. He certainly dispelled any misunderstanding which may have been caused in an earlier programme in which All Souls' was depicted as a church which had been sold. We are grateful to UTV for the opportunity to let all and sundry know that we are very much in business.
          Progress on the Memorial Hall has been rather slow, not through any fault on the part of Des Moneypenny and his team, but because of difficulty in obtaining suitable wood for door frames. It is hoped that painting and decorating will soon be under way. Some preliminary painting has already been done by Miss Ann Stewart and Miss Sandra Jamieson to whom we are greatly indebted.
          The state of the Church grounds has been the cause of some concern to us all. We hope it will not be long before there will be a welcome change as Mr. Peter Woods has undertaken to carry out much needed improvements.
          With our last Newsletter, we intended to enclose envelopes for donations towards various denominational charities, but this wasn't done. Which demonstrates that we are human by the simple test that we make mistakes. The envelopes are included with this Newsletter and we trust there will be the usual generous response.

WHAT ALL SOULS' MEANS TO ME by Tom Coey

          One body with many members ... for more than half of my life, I have been a member of the body names ALL SOULS'. What does All Souls' mean to me?
     It was the first church in which I heard my religious beliefs echoed from the pulpit and where I was invited to compare the opinions expressed by the preacher with my own opinions and where I had the freedom to decide which were the better. I found that they nearly always coincided, so I looked up the Constitution of this denomination and found that it say very easily with the religious opinions that I had formed.
     Over the years, I learned a great deal from out late minister, Dr. Agnew, and was persuaded by him that I had the ability to preach and that I should take a more active part in church life.
     I like my fellow members and enjoy meeting them; I like out church building and, if I cannot attend a service, I feel a sense of loss. When I sit in a pew in All Souls', I never fail to experience a great feeling of peace. I absorb the atmosphere and it always seems that I am brought closer to God.
     Last year, I was appointed to the Session of All Souls' - an elder for life ... till death do us part! I am more that content with that situation.

IN MEMORIAM

Mrs. Sadie Clements
     We are saddened by the recent death of Mrs. Sadie Clements. Sadie was a member of one of our oldest families - dating back to York Street days. She was always to the fore in Church activities and gave much valuable service to the Ladies Guild of which she was Treasurer. With her husband, Andy, she was a stalwart member and, latterly, organiser of the Wednesday Old Tyme Dance.
     In spite of considerable pain, Sadie never faltered in her involvement in Church affairs and the courageous manner in which she faced her illness must be an inspiration not only to her family and friends but to all who came into contact with her.
     Our heartfelt sympathy goes to her husband, Andy, and all the family circle.     E.S.

Mr. Bob McNeill
     It is with regret that we record the death of Bob McNeill - a faithful member of the Church from York Street days, attending regularly and contributing in many ways to the life of the Church.
     In later years, he and his sister, Mrs. Sadie Waugh, left these shores to live in America, but returned after a few years there.  Only last November, they returned to America as he felt the cold so much over here. His other sister, Mary, had just gone to them for a holiday a few days before he died.
     To his three sisters and brother and their families we offer our deepest sympathy    R.P.

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ANNUAL REPORT
Year Ending 31st December 1982

SESSION:

Very Rev. C. M. Kelly, B.A., (Minister-in-Charge during vacancy)
Mr. A. Moorehead (Clerk of Session)
Mr. D. Warrick (Also Representative Elder)
Mr. R. Moffatt
Mr. W. Jamison
Mr. J. Gray
Mrs. R. Purdy
Mr. W. Adams (Also Representative Elder)
Mr. M. Wylie

OFFICE BEARERS:

Mr. D. Warrick, Hon. Treasurer Second Presbyterian and York Street N.S. Presbyterian Congregations
Miss E. M. Henry, Hon, Secretary
Mr. A. Moorehead, Chairman
Mr. E. Steele, Vice Chairman
Mrs. L. Devlin, Sunday School Superintendent
Mrs. M. C. Warrick, Hon. Stipend Clerk Second Congregation
Miss J. Harland, Hon. Stipend Clerk York Street

COMMITTEE

Mr. P. Harland Retires 1984
Mr. A. Smyth      "        1984
Mr. E. Callen      "        1984
Mr. H. Wallace    "        1984
Mr. K. Boyd        "        1985
Mr. D. Moneypenny  "  1986
Mr. F. Moneypenny  "   1986
Mr. M. Moneypenny "   1985
Mr. K. Steele       "        1985
Mr. E. Steele       "        1985
Mr. T. Fullerton   "       1986
Mr. C. Stewart     "       1986

COMMITTEE REPORT
     Your Committee is delighted to report that 1982 has been one of our most active years in the congregation's recent history. We still await a Minister to fill out pulpit regularly but we are grateful for the help and advice given by the Rev. D. G. Banham, our Minister-in-Charge.
CHURCH SERVICES:
     We were glad to welcome Mr. John Nelson as Student Pastor during the month of July. He conducted all the services while he was with us and did a large number of hospital and home visits. We have also received much appreciated help from Dr. Kingston, Rev. K. Cairns, evenings have also been loaned to the Academic Training Board.
CHRISTMAS SUNDAY:
     This is the highlight of the year for many members, especially the children. The Carol Service and the children's readings and music were a delight. There were few empty seats and the real feeling and meaning of Christmas was present. It would be impossible to mention individually everyone who worked so very hard for this day but our Sunday School Superintendent, Mrs. Lillian Devlin, and our Organist, Mr. Tom Whyte, deserve special mention since they organised the entire service.
YOUTH:
     We have been glad to welcome the Young Non Subscribers who have spent several weekends at All Souls', joined by members of our Youth Club. This club has gone extremely well and very best thanks are recorded to Mr. Peter and Miss Jennifer Harland, Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Devlin, Mr. Harry Wallace and all the other parents and friends who help. A Badminton and Games Club has been launched, inspired by the Steele brothers, and held on alternate Friday evenings.
HALLOWE'EN:
     The Fancy Dress Party was a tremendous success thanks to the enterprise of Mrs. Lillian Devlin and Miss Jennifer Harland - and many others. Mrs. Annie Thompson organised the catering for the party, with help from friends.
HEATING:
     Our new church heating system is mainly completed and working well. The initial estimate of 7,500 has been exceeded by some 1,000 owing to unexpected difficulties with old pipework. There will be further costs but, owing to the tremendous voluntary work of Mr. Peter Harland and his partner, the total involved is still likely to be less than half of the nearest comparable estimate.
ADULT MEDITATION CLASSES:
     A course in spiritual meditation was started in the New Year under the leadership of Mr. Richard Gibson.
MRS. RUBY PURDY:
     During the latter half of 1982 our Lady Chairman, Mrs. Purdy, suffered ill health and became unable to attend recent Committee meetings. After her eye operation it was hoped she would soon be restored to her usual able self and rush around with Mrs. Stewart as before to keep contact with the homebound and visit those in hospital. However, she had now had to give up her car and has been advised to take things more quietly. Ruby has been Committee chairman for some five years and has worked hard to help hold the congregation together and to keep alive the sense of fellowship which is so important to the housebound. These have been difficult but valuable years and the Committee is appreciative of her efforts. We hope that 1983 will see her restored to full health and the Committee would ask members to record their sincere gratitude to Ruby. In conclusion, the Committee records thanks to the many members who have given special support to All Souls' in this past year. Particular thanks to our caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Stewart, and their family, who have coped with flooded basements, leaking roofs and builders' debris and yet kept All Souls' and its grounds one of the show places of the denomination.    Elizabeth M. Henry, Secretary
SUNDAY SCHOOL:
     The Sunday School Competitions were held in January. The first heat was held at Templepatrick and we entered 6 teams. Two teams got through to the final and the 10/13 year old team consisting of Helen Moneypenny, Paul McCallum and David McFarland came first and were presented with a Shield to be held for the year.
     The main Sunday School competitions were held in Larne on June 5th. We had several entries and gained a first prize for a Biblical game created and made by Tammy and Tracey Fullerton and Lucy Harland.
     Finally I would like to thank the many people who assisted the Sunday School throughout the year. First, and most important, the teachers - Miss Jennifer Harland, Mrs. Muriel Singleton, Mrs. Sally Evans, Mr. Gavin Devlin, and our Music Teacher Mr. Tom Whyte. I would also like to thank Mrs. Moira Jackson who assists with the little ones, and Mr. Peter Harland who helps us out on many occasions.
     Christmas Sunday again was a very happy day for all. With new carol anthem books the choir sang two anthems and a lullaby written by Mr. Tom Haire, organist of Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church, Lisburn.
     Finally, my thanks to Mr. R. A. Megraw, Mr. D. P. Collins, Mrs. Sylvia Stewart and Mr. R. A. Kennedy, each of whom has acted as relief organist, when it was impossible for me to be present.    Lillian E. Devlin, Sunday School Supt.

All Souls' Church, Second Pres. and York Street N.S. Pres. Congregations

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS 1982

LIST A

Courtney, Mrs. K. M., 5 College Avenue, Bangor
Craig, Mr. & Mrs. E. J., 4 Sandford Avenue, Bloomfield, Belfast
English, Mrs. H., 33 Cubham Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey
Gilpin, Mr. I., 55 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
McCartney, Mr. A., 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
McCartney, Miss E. C., 235 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn
McCartney, Mrs. T. W., 74 Martinez Avenue, Belfast
McGurran, Mrs. E., 5 College Avenue, Bangor
McKelvey, Mr. & Mrs. Thos., 127 Stockmans Lane, Belfast
Ross, Mr. & Mrs. D. K., England
Spence, Mr. J., 13 Meadowbank Place, Belfast
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. F., England
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. E., 132 Earlswood Road, Belfast
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. K., 6 Edgecumbe View, Belfast
Wilson, Miss F., 219 Tates Avenue, Belfast
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. T., In Memoriam
Warrick, Mr. & Mrs. D., 2 Windmill Hollow, Saintfield
LIST B
Adams, Mr. W. J., 16 Rochester Avenue
Agnew, Dr. I., 18 Cooldarragh Avenue
Agnew, Mr. & Mrs. T., In Memoriam
Algeo, Mr. & Mrs T., 125 Westway Gardens
Allen, Mr. & Mrs. W., 48 Olympia Drive
Ardis, Mrs. M., 1E Beech Grove, Seymour, Dunmurry
Ardis, Mrs. A., 4A Carnreagh Gardens, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Balmer, Mr. & Mrs. D. H., 11 Wa??ingford Avenue, Sunderland
Baxter, Mrs. E. L., 20 Adelaide Avenue, Belfast
Baxter, Mr. W., In Memoriam
Billington, Mrs. G., 162 Woodvale Road
Billingsley, Mr. & Mrs. W., 42 Lyndhurst Parade
Black, Mrs. M., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
Black, Mr. & Mrs. J., 33 Virginia Street
Black, Mr. R.
Boyd, Mr. K.
Boyd, Mrs. E. M., In Memoriam
Bradley, Mr. & Mrs. I. W., 6 Kinnegar Road, Holywood
Bustard, Mr. H., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Mrs. H., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Miss S., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Bustard, Miss R., 8 Kimberley Drive, Carnmoney, Newtownabbey
Callen, Mr. & Mrs. E., 93 Westway Gardens
Callen, Mr. G., 93 Westway Gardens
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. J., 800 Park Lane, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48320 USA
Calwell, Dr. & Mrs. R., 29 Acreback Road, Ballycarry
Calwell, Mr. W., 29 Acreback Road, Ballycarry
Campbell, Mrs. R., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney
Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. R. H., 41 Ailesbury Road
Campbell, Mr. G. B., 8 Beverley Crescent, Carnmoney
Carnduff, Mrs. M., 63 Knockwood Park
Castellano, Mrs. A., Flat 7 Mt Aboo Court
Cavan, Mr. & Mrs. W., 15 Finaghy Road North
Chambers, Mr. S. G.
Chambers, Mr. & Mrs. G., 297 Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey
Chambers, Mrs. K., 23 Kilcoole Park
Clarke, Mr. C., 23 Rathcoole Street
Clapham, Mrs. E. P., 21 Glencregagh Park
Clements, Mr. A., 7 Mayo Street
Clements, Mrs. A. J., 'Lilybank', 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Close, Mr. & Mrs. H., 4 Houston Parade
Coey, Mr. T. W., 48 Westway Gardens
Compton, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 33 Timbey Park
Copeland, Mrs. A., 3 Graymount Grove, Newtownabbey
Couch, Mr. & Mrs. R., 100 Welsh House Farm Road, Harborne, Birmingham
Crabtree, Mrs. M., 21 Sunnyside Drive
Crawford, Miss E., 379 Ballysillan Road
Croskery, Mr. & Mrs. J., 13 Coolfin Street
Cummings, Mr. & Mrs. T., 30 Van Dyke Gardens, Newtownabbey
Curran, Mrs. A., 13 Jellicoe Avenue
Curry, Mr. & Mrs. J. H., 26 Tedburn Park
Dalzell, Mrs. L.
Daniel, Mr. E.
De Bock, Mrs. H., 129 Avenue Des Sept Bonniers BTE2 1190 Brussels, Belgium
Devlin, Mrs. H., 79 Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Miss H., 79 Ogilvie Street
Devlin, Mr. & Mrs. G. H., 13 Collinbridge Drive, Glengormley
Devlin, Mrs. M., 59 Cliftondene Gardens
Dickson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 'Glenmore', 196 Bangor Road, Newtownards
Dorman, Mr. & Mrs. A., 13 Glenshack Park, Dunmurry
Dougherty, Mrs. M., 29 Laurelhill Road, Lisburn
Drummond, Mrs. J., 55 Cliftondene Gardens
Dunseith, Mr. & Mrs. J., 11 Frenchpark Street
Entwistle, Miss M., 37 Bainesmore Drive
Elliott, Mr. & Mrs. D., 51 Meadowbank Place
Elliss, Mrs. M., Sea House, Antrim Road
Evans, Mr. & Mrs. D., 30 Derryvolgie Avenue
Firman, Mr. & Mrs. G., 25 Strandburn Park
Flannigan, Mr. & Mrs. J., 97 Shandon Park
Fletcher, Mrs. M., 192 Derrycoole Way, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss E. H., 'Crofton', 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss L. M., 'Crofton', 69 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey
Forrest, Miss K. B., In Memoriam
Frazer, Mr. J. M., 23 Malone Heights
Frazer, Mr. D. M., 10 Burnside Park, Crawfordsburn
French, Mr. & Mrs. W., 30 Mountainview Park
Fullerton, Mr. & Mrs. T., 5 Portmore Hill, Whitewell, Newtownabbey
Gaston, Mr. & Mrs. D., 148 Sydenham Avenue
Getty, Mrs. H., 25 Knutsford Drive
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. M., 11 Orchardville Gardens, Old Belfast Road, Bangor
Gibson, Mrs. S., 49 Woodvale Drive
Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 84 Haypark Avenue
Gilliland, Mrs. J., Sea House, Antrim Road
Gillis, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Gilmore, Mr. & Mrs. W., 19 Breda Gardens
Girvan, Mr. & Mrs. R., 10 Ladas Drive
Gourley, Mr. R., 88 Benburb Street
Graham, Mr. & Mrs. J., 193 Cavehill Road
Gravelle, Mrs. E., 4 Elm Street
Gray, Mr. & Mrs. J., 2 High Pass
Gray, Mr. J. L., 19 Sharonmore Park, Glengormley
Greeves, Mrs. M., 48 Martello Park, Craigavad
Greeves, Mr. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Greeves, Mrs. J. E., 22 Downshire Road
Hadden, Mr. & Mrs., 'Pine Croft', Glen Road, Craigavad, Co. Down
Haldane, Mr. & Mrs. N., 35 Bridge End Road, Ballycarry
Harkness, Mrs. E., 9 Springdale Gardens
Harkness, Mr. W., Springdale Gardens
Harland, Miss J., 28 Woodvale Parade
Harland, Mr. & Mrs. P., 35 Mullaghmore Park, Greenisland, Carrickfergus
Harland, Mrs. A., 28 Woodvale Parade
Henry, Miss E. M., 11 Altnacreeva Avenue
Hill, Mr. & Mrs. R., 54 Ravenhill Avenue
Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. R. 'Outwood', 3 Rochport Rise, Craigavad (Rockport)
Holmes, Mrs. L., 175 Ulsterville Avenue
Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. N., 56 Pommern Parade
Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. J., 14 Cherryvalley Park
Jamieson, Miss S. P., 18 Palestine Street
Jamison, Mr. A., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jamison, Mr. & Mrs. W., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jamison, Mr. W., 34 Finaghy Park Central
Jebb, Miss W., 1 Willesden Park
Johnston, Mrs. L., 23 Wolseley Street
Keenan, Miss J. A., 10B Riverdale House, Conway, Dunmurry
Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. F., 7 Irwin Crescent
Kelly, Mrs. M.
Kennedy, Mrs. M., 249 Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey
Kirker, Mr. & Mrs. S., 3 Carlston Avenue, Cultra
Lawther, Miss M., 18 Woodvale Parade
Lennon, Mr. & Mrs. J., 17 Godfrey Avenue, Bangor
Lennon, Mrs. M., 6 Ballyholme Road, Bangor
Lee, Mrs. M., 20 Grover House, Notre Dame Est., Clapham
Loftus, Mrs. E., V/1 32 Corhampton Road, North Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Logan, Mrs. M. (Dec'd)
Logan, Miss K., 39 Elm Corner, Seymour, Dunmurry
Logan, Miss J., 'Ford Lodge', Islandmagee Road, Whitehead
Logan, Miss S., 1F Rathcoole Close, Newtownabbey
Loughans, Miss S. (Dec'd)
Lyttle, Mr. & Mrs. D. A., 18 Downshire Road, Bangor
Mackenzie, Miss N., 44 Knockeden Park
Magill, Mrs. M., 15 Northbrook Street
Mahood, Mr. W. R.
Marshall, Mr. & Mrs. C., 49 Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn
Martin, Mr. R., Abbeyfield House, Scarva Street, Banbridge
Martin, Mr. & Mrs. W., 2 Abbeydale Park
Mawhinney, Dr. & Mrs. H. J. D., 22 Martello Park, Craigavad
M.G.D., Belfast
Mitchell, Mr. B., 'Coolsallagh', Crossnagreevy, Castlereagh
Mitchell, Mr. & Mrs. J., 12 Prospect Park, Ballygowan
Moffett, Mr. R. W., 23 Rosewood Street
Moneypenny, Mrs. A., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. D., 1 Ingledale Park
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. F., 21 Church Park, Glengormley
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. M., 21 Jellicoe Drive
Moneypenny, Mr. & Mrs. R., 39 Dalboyne Park, Lisburn
Montgomery, Mrs. J., 40 Breda Drive
Moore, Miss I. C., 3A Willowbrook House
Moore, Miss R. E., Flat 3 371 Holywood Road
Morgan, Mrs. E., 34 Ava Drive
Moorhead, Mr. A., 10 Timbey Park
Moreland, Mrs. J., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Moreland, Miss J., 51 Summerhill Avenue
Morrison, Mrs. A., Flat 14, Bethell Court, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
Murray, Mrs. E., 16 Beechgrove Avenue
McAleer, Miss M., 14 Cliftonville Drive
McAleer, Mr. & Mrs. W. E., 43 Cadogan Park
McClean, Mrs. M., 33 Dunlambert Park
McClune, Mr. & Mrs. T., 3 Rusholme Street
McCullagh, Mr. & Mrs. D. C., 6 Clonallon Gardens
McCullough, Mrs. S., 24 Adelaide Avenue
McDermott, Mrs. J., 98 Larkfield Road
McDowell, Mrs. N., 2 Richill Park
McEwan, Mrs. L., 33 Agra Street
McGregor, Mrs., 1 Kingsway Close
McGregor, Mr. & Mrs. D., 4 Elm Street
McGuigan, Mrs. V., 507 Balmoral Drive, Apt. 108, Bramalea, Ontario, Canada
McIlveen, Mrs. L., 41 Moyola Street
McKee, Mrs. M., 24 Stockheath Lane, Havant, PO04QZ, Hants.
McKelvey, Mr. A., 11 Springdale Gardens
McKeown, Mrs. M., 29 Laurelhill Drive, Lisburn
McKinstry, Mrs., 80 Queens Park, Newtownabbey
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. W., 12 Napier Street
McNamara, Mr. & Mrs. J., 19 Malone Place
McNeill, Miss M., 1 Kingsway Close
McNeill, Mr. R. In Memoriam
McNeill, Mr. W. In Memoriam
McQuoid, Mr. J., 52 Wandsworth Road
Nesbitt, Miss W., 10 Shandarra Park
Nixon, Mr. & Mrs. E., 39 Penwick Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Norwood, Mrs. I., 29F Innishowen Drive
O'Hara, Mr. D.
O'Hara, Mr. & Mrs. S., 44 Sunningdale Gardens
Oliver, Mr. & Mrs. J., 9 Shanlieve Park
Orr, Mr. H. J. In Memoriam
Orr, Mr. J., 4 Marcelle Court, 150 Muller Street, Belleview East, Johannesborg
Orr, Mr. & Mrs. G., 212 Tates Avenue
Osborne, Mrs. G., 18 Ebrington Gardens
Parker, Mr. & Mrs. R., 29 Strathmore Park North
Patterson, Miss J., 6 Deerpark Drive
Patterson, Mrs. M., 6 Deerpark Drive
Pepper, Mr. & Mrs. R., 12400 Park
Porter, Mr. C. H., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss S. P., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Rev. D. H. & Mrs., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss A. L., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Porter, Miss B. H., 'The Manse', Hillrise, Windsor Hill, Newry
Press, Mrs. M., 151 The Mount
Press, Mr. & Mrs. R., 7 Wynford Park, Lisburn
Press, Mr. & Mrs. W. C., 18 Sunnyside Drive
Purdy, Mr. & Mrs. E. B., 59 Kinbayne Crescent, Greenisland
Purdy, Mrs. R., 8A Woodstock House
Purdy, Mr. D., In Memoriam
Reddy, Mr. & Mrs. A., 36 Balmoral Avenue
Reford-Finlay, Mrs. I., Flat 22, 64 Henderson Avenue
Reford-Finlay, Mr., In Memoriam
Reid, Mrs. S. C., 7 Mountview Place, Rushpark, Newtownabbey
Reid, Mr. & Mrs. C., 15 Cherry Drive, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry
Reid, Mr. & Mrs. J. A., 18 Ormonde Gardens
Richardson, Miss H., 59 Glenbank Drive, Belfast
Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. G., 59 Glenbank Drive
Robinson, Miss L., 111 Twaddell Avenue
Russell, Miss I., 20 Adelaide Avenue
Service, Miss M., 22 Mount Prospect Park
Simpson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 379 Ballysillan Road
Singleton, Mr. & Mrs. K. Y., 11 Malone Heights
Skelly, Mr. & Mrs. W. J., 49 Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn
Smith, Mr. & Mrs. S., 24 Glenside Parade
Smyth, Miss D., 1C Glastry Gardens, Kilcooley, Bangor
Smyth, Mr. A., 56 Bendigo Street
Smyth, Mr. & Mrs. S., 188 West Circular Road
Spratt, Mr. & Mrs. H., James Dixon House, Rugby Parade
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. J. E., 132 Earlswood Road
Stewart, Miss A., 38 Sunnyhill Park, Dunmurry
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., 5A Elmwood Avenue
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. C., Site 40 Richmond Avenue, Lisburn
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. D., 5 Lough Swilly Park, Carryduff
Stewart, Mr. W., 200 Deerpark Road
Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. W.
Stewart, Mrs. S., 16 Woodvale Parade
Stockman, Miss A., 8 Arosa Parade
Stockman, Miss C., 8 Arose Parade
Stockman, Mr. J., 8 Arosa Parade
Surplus, Mr. & Mrs. R. F., 'Lilybank', 4 Rugby Road, Larne
Thompson, Mrs. A., 8F Glenvarna Walk, Glengormley
Thompson, Miss J., 38 Sunnyhill Park, Dunmurry
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. R., 20 Ebor Drive
Thompson, Mr. R., 131 Haypark Avenue
Thompson, Mrs. E., 24 Frenchpark Street
Thompson, Mrs. M., 51 Cheviot Avenue
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. W., 2 Locksley Place
Thornton, Mrs. D., 545 Oldpark Road
Tierney, Mr. T., 23 Landseer Street
Wallace, Mr. & Mrs. H., 6 Upper Ramone Park, Portadown
Warrick, Mr. & Mrs. D., 2 Windmill Hollow
Watson, Mr. J., In Memoriam
Waugh, Mr. & Mrs. D. A., 4630 Southwind Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 U.S.A.
Waugh, Mrs. S., 66 Gilnahirk Road
Weir, Mrs. M., 54 Glenside Parade
Weir, Miss V., 54 Glenside Parade
Wilks, Mr. N., 73 Priory Park
Williams, Mr. & Mrs. J., 101 Stockmans Lane
Williamson, Mrs. M. R., 61 Silvio Street
Williamson, Mr. & Mrs. T. J., 6 Beechill Park
Williamson, Miss K. (Dec'd.)
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. J., 46A Thornburn Road, Newtownabbey
Woods, Mr. & Mrs. P., 37 Lisnor Road, Duneight, Lisburn
Wylie, Mr. & Mrs. M., 105 Kilcoole Park
Wylie, Mr. S., 5 Hollymount, Seymour Hill, Dunmurry
Young, Miss J., 56 Moyola Street

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1984 - Anniversary Service
Rev. T. W. Coey; Mrs. M. Richardson; Mrs. B. Kelly; Rev. D. G. Banham; Dr. A. R. Kingston; Rt. Hon. David Bleakle; Mr. I. Gilpin; Mr. I. Parsons; The Rev. Martin Smyth.

Minister-in-Charge, Rev. T. W. Coey, B.A., 48 Westway Gardens, Belfast
Chairman, Mr. A. Moorhead, 10 Timbey Park, Belfast
Hon. Secretary, Miss Betty Henry, 11 Altnacreeva Avenue, Belfast
Hon. Treasurer, Mr. I. Bradley, 6 Kinnegar Road, Holywood, Co. Down
Organist & Choirmaster, Mr. T. Whyte, 55 Ward Avenue, Lisburn
Sunday School Supt., Mr. J. E. Steele, 132 Earlswood Road, Belfast

The Anniversary Service is on Sunday 7th October.
At this service especially, memories of the late Dr. A. L. Agnew flood back.
"Any man's death diminishes me - because I am involved in Mankind"
John Donne, churchman and port, has the genius of putting feelings into a nutshell. This congregation was diminished considerably by the passing of a beloved elder, Martin Wylie, on 3rd July. Martin was a talented inventor and a quiet, unassuming, thoughtful, gentle man. Our sympathy goes out to his wife, Margaret and the family circle.
     Our congregation was again diminished by the death of William Gilmore, son of a former Church Officer and brother of Mrs. Eileen Stewart, wife of our present Church Officer. Billy was a loyal member over many years, thoughtful and quiet in his way, dedicated to his family life, his home and garden. We share the grief of his wife, Jean and all the family circle.

     We welcome into our household of faith - David George Clarke, baptised 8th July 1984

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The Story of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
1642 - 1942
Told for its Sunday Schools on the occasion of the Ter-Centenary of the Foundation of the First Presbytery in Ireland, 10th June 1642
by
Rev. A. L. Agnew, B.A., D.D., and Rev. J. McCleery, B.A., S.T.M.
Published by the Sunday School Committee of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, 35 Rosemary Street, Belfast
May 1942

     To tell in a few words, the long and complicated story of our Non-Subscribing Church, so that it may not only interest children, but give them some sense of the Spiritual back-ground and importance of our movement, is something we should not have attempted had we not had confidence in the ability of our Teachers to adapt it to their needs.

     To that loyal body of men and women we offer these pages.
A.L.A.  & J.McC.

     Every Sunday you go to Sunday School and to Church.  You know that there are other Churches the same as your own.  Perhaps you have been in some of them.  All these Churches belong to what is called the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

     In these few pages we are going to tell you something about that Church.  We want you to know how it began, what it stands for, and how it got its name.  We should like to tell you about other Churches in other lands which are also part of the same great movement to which it belongs.  We cannot do this now, but it is important that you should always remember that your Church is part of a world wide movement.

     Our history does not begin in our own country.  It goes back to Scotland, from which most of our forefathers came, and indeed to that great movement on the Continent of Europe which is known as the Protestant Reformation.  Our Church is the most Protestant of All Churches.  We must therefore consider the Reformation and its cause.

The Protestant Reformation

     From the earliest times some people have liked to be told what to believe.  Others have always liked to think for themselves.  It is easier to be told what to think than to form our own beliefs.  For this reason, those who would think for themselves have always been few.  Men also like to walk in well-tried paths, and often they have persecuted the few who were brave enough to explore new ways.  The whole history of religion repeats that story.

     In your Bible you read of the Prophets.  They were men who gave new truths to the world.  Most of them were persecuted whilst they were alive.  But after they were dead men began to believe that they had been right, and Priests were appointed to teach the people those very things which the Prophets in their time, had taught in vain.  These Priests considered it their duty to prevent any other way of thinking than that which they thought right.  But very often what they thought was right was far from the Prophets' real teaching.  So when Jesus came, bringing the greatest truths the world has ever known, it was the Priests who led the people to oppose Him.  Yet in time His followers appointed their own Priests who told people what they should believe about Him.  They made creeds, or statements of belief, and all who would not "subscribe" or agree to these creeds were cast out of the Church and, indeed, were sometimes put to death.

     So things went on for many centuries.  But at last, in the year 1517, a man called Martin Luther led that great movement called the Protestant Reformation.  He declared that Priests were not needed, because every man should be his own Priest and read the Bible for himself.

     But men's minds did not change.  At Geneva in Switzerland, John Calvin, though a Protestant, drew up a system of Religion in which men were compelled to believe, and it was so widely accepted that the work of Luther was largely undone.

     We have said that our Church in Ireland is the most Protestant of all the Protestant Churches.  How it came to be so, why it is that the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church has the Bible as its only creed, and how it escaped being bound by the fetters of Calvanism, is the story we have to tell.

The Reformation comes to Scotland and Ireland

     The Protestant Reformation came to Scotland mainly through the work of John Knox, at a time when that country was backward, badly governed, and very poor.  Knox was a popular preacher and a born leader, and with the people behind him, his movement of Reform  was begun and carried on against the Priests and rulers of the Catholic Church.  His victory pledged Scotland to the Protestant religion.

     Now Knox had been much influenced by Calvin, but his conflict with Royalty and the Bishops of Scotland had served to dull much of his Calvinism.  Questions of belief became of less importance to him.  It was Presbyterianism that mattered.  Later we shall tell you what is meant by Presbyterianism.  For the present we will describe it as the rule of the Church by the people, instead of by the Bishops.

     After the death of Knox, King James VI. of Scotland decided to do away with the Presbyterianism that had become the form of government in the Scottish Protestant Church.  He preferred the rule of Bishops, and was strong believer in the maxim, "No Bishop, No. King." But his people would not give up the Presbyterian form of government.  They resisted the King, and some of them left their native land to find refuge in Antrim and Down, across the "Waters of Moyle."

     These were the first Presbyterians to come to Ulster.

     A few years later, in 1610, the plan of colonising the North of Ireland, known as the Plantation of Ulster, was put into operation.  As a result, vast numbers of people from Scotland and England began to arrive in Ulster.  Settlers came in hundreds, and with them were ministers and laymen, who had actually been banished to Ulster because they held so strongly to Luther's principles.  It was these ministers who laid the foundation of Irish Presbyterianism.

     Among them was Edward Brice, who began to preach in Ballycarry in 1613.  Ballycarry thus claims to be our oldest congregation.  Edward Brice's grave can still be seen in the old graveyard there, beside that of James Orr, a local poet, who wrote the lines :-

     "There thy rever'd forefathers heard
          The first Dissenter dar'd to tarry
     On Erin's plain, where men felt pain
          For conscience sake, in Ballycarry."

     Just before his death, Brice and other ministers were asked to submit themselves to the rules of the Episcopal Church in Ireland, but such was their spirit, that they utterly refused, and as a result were not allowed to preach again.

The "Eagle Wing."

     One interesting story of this first persecution of the early Presbyterians in Ulster is that of the voyage of the "Eagle Wing."  This small ship of about 150 tons, was built at Groomsport, Co. Down, by Presbyterians who were prepared to cross the Atlantic to find in the New World a refuge from persecution, like the men and women of the "Mayflower" some sixteen years earlier.  The ship was completed and provisioned, and when all was ready on September 9, 1636, a little company of about 140 people went on board.  The "Eagle Wing" weighed anchor, rounded the Gobbins and bore out for the open sea.  Before long, contrary winds drove her into Loch Ryan, but she sailed again and soon the Ulster Pilgrims were clear of Ireland and steering west of the New World.  Then came fearful weather, which made havoc of the little "Eagle Wing."  The rudder was broken, the sails were torn, heavy seas swept over the deck, a leak was sprung, and finally the captain declared it was impossible to face the storm any longer.  The ship was put about and in miserable plight they headed back again for Ireland, feeling that God wished them to return to continue the fight for liberty at home.  The "Eagle Wing" dropped anchor in Carrickfergus Bay on November 3, 1636.  So ended an adventure which shows the spirit and courage of our forefathers.  Small wonder then, that in spite of persecution, they persevered in their opinions and finally established the way of thought and Church government which is ours to-day.

The First Presbytery

     In the year 1641, the native Catholic Irish, under Hugh O'Neill, made a great attempt to drive out the Scotch and English settlers.  The full fury of this Rising was felt in Ulster, which became a "field of blood."  To protect the Protestants, it was arranged that a Scottish Army should be sent to Carrickfergus, and in 1642 several regiments arrived, each with its own Chaplain.  These men decided that Presbyterianism should now be put on a  sound footing, and in June, 1642, there took place the first Presbytery meeting ever held in Ireland.  This was at Carrickfergus.  It was composed of five ministers and four ruling elders, and at that first meeting various arrangements were made to strengthen the Presbyterian cause.  The Presbytery made visits to various places in which Presbyterian Societies had formerly existed, and they set up new congregations.  Several of these exist until this present day and form part of our Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, such as Belfast, Cairncastle, Holywood, Larne and Templepatrick.  Thus did Presbyterianism begin three hundred years ago.

What Presbyterianism is

     Now that we have told you how the first Presbytery came to be formed, we will try to explain as simply as possible what a Presbytery is, and what Presbyterianism is.
     Many people think that Presbyterianism is a form of belief.  This is not so.  It is a form of Church Government.  In the Presbyterian system every Church is free to manage its own affairs, under its own minister and elders elected by its own people.  But there must be something to hold all the different Churches together.  Therefore the ministers with one elder from each congregation in a district meet from time to time to discuss things of interest to them all.  This is called a Presbytery.  The Presbytery looks after all those Churches which need help.  It sends a minister to preach where a Church has no minister of its own.  It advises all the Churches belonging to it, and sees that their affairs are properly looked after.  It does many other things.  You will see that this is a good system of government.  All the ministers and elders are equal, whether they come from large Churches or small ones, and their only concern is to help one another.  The different Presbyteries meet together once a year to form a Synod or Assembly to deal with matters affecting all the Presbyteries and Churches in the country.
     Some Presbyterians have always considered that Presbyteries and Synods should try to make all the Churches and people believe the same things.  Others have just as firmly held that they have no right to do this.  Here we touch on the difference between Subscribers and Non-Subscribers.  The Subscribers require their ministers to sign, or "subscribe" their names to a certain form of belief.  We, the Non-Subscribers, allow out ministers and people to form their own opinions about what the Bible teaches.
     The struggle between these two points of view among Presbyterians went on in Ulster for over a hundred years, and twice the Presbyterian Church in Ireland was divided by it.  But there was no struggle in the early days.  The Presbyterian Church at its beginning was as true to the Lutheran principle of the Open Bible, as the Non-Subscribing Church to-day.  It is the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church which still carries on the principle of the Reformation which those first Presbyterians brought to Ulster.

The Early Days

     For some years after the forming of the first Presbytery, the Presbyterian Church grew and flourished.  More and more ministers came from Scotland, and more and more Churches and Meeting Houses were built.  But dark days were soon to come.  Troubles in England in the days of  Cromwell and Charles II., which you may read of in other histories, led to several attempts being made to impose the rule of Bishops on Ulster Presbyterians.  It was then that some of the persecuted ministers fled to America, and along with them went many members of their congregations.  In the new land they established towns with the old Ulster names such as, Belfast, Derry, Bangor, and Hillsboro'.  Their first action when they did so was to establish Churches, and in many of those Churches to-day the same freedom of religion is upheld as in our own Churches.  Some of our ministers have preached in them, and sometimes their ministers visit our Churches here.

William and the Boyne

     Soon events took place which bound all the Protestants in Ireland together, whether they were Presbyterian or Episcopalians.  In the streets of Comber, Co. Down, a letter was found stating that a massacre of Protestants was to take place on December 7, 1688.  General alarm spread over Ulster, and at Derry, where many of the Protestants had taken refuge, the gates were closed and remained so for one hundred and five days.  This was the famous Siege of Derry.
     In June, 1690, King William III. landed at Carrickfergus and, as he passed on his way to the Boyne, he renewed at Hillsboro' Castle the grant of money to the Presbyterian ministers of Ulster, known as the "Regium Donum," or Royal Bounty.  This was paid to all Presbyterian ministers until the year 1869.  When the "regium Donum" ceased, lump sums were given by the Government to the ministers who had formerly been paid this yearly gift.  Some ministers handed over the money to their Churches, and some of our congregations still benefit through this action of those ministers.
     Unfortunately, after the victory of King William at the Boyne, the unhappy divisions between the Protestants in Ireland broke out once more.  Trouble and persecution by both sides continued until the Act of Toleration in 1719.  It would be unfair to blame one side more than the other for these things.  Each party persecuted the other in turn when opportunity arose, and no sooner had Presbyterians become free from outside troubles than they began to have others of their own.

Subscribers and Non-Subscribers

     From its beginning until now, Presbyterianism had remained true to the principles of the Protestant Reformation.  In Scotland, however, the Presbyterians had deviated from the open Bible and had become strict followers of John Calvin.  Scottish ministers now signed, or "subscribed" their names as a token of belief in the Westminster Confession of Faith, which contained the doctrines of Calvin.  Many of these ministers came to Ireland, bringing with them the influences of their native land, and soon Calvinism had become the popular belief of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.  Bo serious attempts were made to make it compulsory as yet.  Soon, however, such attempts were to be made, and to be bravely resisted, and so began the dispute between the Subscribers and the Non-Subscribers.

The Antrim Presbytery

     John Abernethy, the young minister of Antrim, was opposed to all attempts to introduce Subscription, and in 1719 he preached a famous sermon in Belfast, in which he denied that the Church had any right to make people subscribe to statements of belief.  For preaching this sermon, he was accused of attempting to give New Light to the world, and from this time the Non-Subscribers were known as "the New Light people."  The installation of the Rev. Samuel Halliday in the Church at Belfast, took place a year later, in 1720.  When Halliday came to Belfast he refused to subscribe at all, and this brought the matter to a head.
     By this time, the Synod of Ulster had been formed, and at the next Annual Meeting of that body in 1721, it was urged that all Ministers should subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith.  Those who opposed this, and contended that there should be no creed, except the Bible, were known henceforth as Non-Subscribers.  For some years there were many disputes between them and the Subscribers.  In 1724 Thomas Nevin, minister of Downpatrick, was called on to make a declaration of his belief, but steadfastly refused.  He was expelled from the Synod, but remained in charge of his congregation.
     In 1726 the whole matter ended for a time, when seventeen ministers and their congregations were excluded from the Synod and formed into the Non-Subscribing Presbytery of Antrim.  In that Presbytery ever since, the original contention, "that human creeds and confessions restrict the right of private judgment," has been faithfully maintained.
     But the old spirit of independence was very strong, and it had not been got rid of by excluding the Presbytery of Antrim.  By the year 1783, ten of the fourteen Presbyteries which then composed the General Synod of the Presbyterian Church had ceased to demand Subscription, and in 1805 there was almost a reunion of the divided Presbyterians.  Again in 1824, the Synod adopted a Code of Discipline which would have satisfied all, and a great liberal Presbyterian Church might have been built up, with untold benefits for the whole of Ireland, but for a succession of events and but for two great rival personalities who now appear upon the stage of Presbyterian history.

Cooke and Montgomery

     There was one man whose ambition was to build up a strong Church at all costs.  He was convinced that only by enforcing unity of belief, could this be attained.  His name was Henry Cooke.  But the Non-Subscribers also found a champion: this was Henry Montgomery, known as "the Lion of Dunmurry."
     These were two of the greatest orators Ulster ever produced.  Both of them were men of commanding appearance.  Montgomery was six feet four inches in height.  You will probably have seen his portrait about your Church.  The statue of Henry Cooke stands in College Square, Belfast.  Montgomery waged a continual fight for liberty, not only for Non-Subscribers, but for his Roman Catholic fellow countrymen, who is those days were greatly oppressed.  Cooke on the other hand, put the glory and power of the Presbyterian Church before all else.
     The Synod Meetings of these times were the scenes of great duels between these famous men.  In the end Cooks was victorious.  Montgomery, with sixteen other ministers, left the Synod to form, in 1830, the "Remonstrant" because it remonstrated against people being compelled to subscribe the Westminster Confession.

The Remonstrant Synod

     The first meeting of this Synod, which contained three Presbyteries (Bangor, Armagh and Templepatrick) consisting of seventeen congregations, was held in Belfast on May 25, 1830.  The first Moderator, the Rev. William Porter, of Limavady, in his opening address, said:
          "We have come together to prove that we are genuine Presbyterians. . . assertors of the right of private judgment, uncompromising advocates of the all-sufficiency of the Bible as a Rule of Faith and Duty . . . Christ, and Christ only, is our King; the Bible, and the Bible only, is our accredited standard of belief."
     Thus was Protestantism upheld.  Doctor Henry Montgomery in his statement of the Fundamental Principles of the New Synod said:
          "We are now compelled . . . in obedience to the dictates of conscience . . . in vindication of our own rights . . . in defence of religious liberty, and to avoid being accessory to the suppression of the truth of God, to separate ourselves from the General Synod of Ulster, and to remain separated, until that body shall have returned to the Scriptural principles and usages of Presbyterianism."

The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church

     During the years that followed, several new congregations were formed, and it is worthy of mention that in 1843 a minister was ordained in York Street Meeting House, Belfast, for a new Church in Montreal, and that a Presbytery of Canada was connected with the Remonstrant Synod until 1856.  The Churches in Toronto and Montreal still remember the old links that bound them to the Non-Subscribing Church in Ireland.
     In these years also, the Remonstrant Synod and the Presbytery of Antrim drew closer together.  At length in 1910 they united to form the General Synod of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.  In more recent times, 1935, the Synod of Munster, an old and historic Non-Subscribing Synod, was welcomed into fellowship with the Non-Subscribing Church.  To-day our Synod, or General Assembly, consists of four Presbyteries and thirty-four congregations.  All these congregations together form and constitute the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

Conclusion

     Such is the story of the Non-Subscribing Church, so far as it may be told in a few pages.  But remember that there are many more things about it that you will have to discover for yourselves.  The more you learn about it, the better you will be able to serve it in the days to come.  You will discover why it is not a large Church.  It was built up by men who cared little how many were with them, if they themselves were faithful to what they believed to be right.  Such men were brave, and the brave are few.

     But because it is not a large Church, it needs your loyalty and courage all the more, so that it may continue to bear witness to the right of men to think for themselves.  Now, as never before in the history of the world, that right must be fought for, and there is no principle more valuable to-day than that for which our Non-Subscribing Church has stood, and must stand in the days to come.


1911 Census - Agnew, Arthur Lindon (Linton) 14 male Grandson NS Pres.