ORGANISATIONS

We believe that a church family is about more than meeting together on a Sunday for worship, it's about journeying through life together, supporting each other and meeting together socially.

That's why we have a wide range of weekly organisations on offer for all.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

We aim to cater for people of all ages and abilities through our organisations. No matter what your background everyone is welcome.

We hope to see you along at one of our organisations soon, we promise you will get a warm welcome. If you need more information then please get in touch with the church office.

FOR THE ADULTS

SUNDAY SERVICES

Every Sunday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


CHILDREN'S SERVICES
Every Wednesday from 
3:00pm to 4:00pm

FOR THE ADULTS

Badminton

Tuesday // 8-10pm

The Badminton Club is open to both Church and non-Church members aged 18 and upwards, and meets on a Tuesday night at 8.00pm – 10.30pm in the Church Hall from the beginning of September to mid-April.  The Club has been in existence for many years and plays competitive badminton in the North Down and Presbyterian leagues. We are fortunate to have a 2 court hall with excellent facilities and this has attracted many people to join the Club over the years. We currently have approximately 30 members, not all of whom attend on a Tuesday night. New members are always very welcome.

 

For further information please contact Desie Milligan Tel: 90448687 or Brian & Sharon McCloy Tel: 97521235.

Bowls

Monday // 7:30pm

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church Indoor Bowling Club was formed 50 years ago.  Current Membership is approximately 35 made up of both ladies & men ranging from 17 – 90.  The Bowling Club meets in the Main Church Hall on Monday Nights at 7.30.  The Club is made up of not only Church Members but also has Members from the surrounding areas of Saintfield, Comber and beyond.  The Club organises a very successful Open Pairs Tournament every year in February with Competitors travelling from all over Northern Ireland to participate in.  New Members always Welcome and anyone interested in joining the Club should contact Desmond Long or Robert Gibson.

Catering Corps

Ballygowan Catering Corps (CC) is an Organisation within Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.  It is made up of a small group of volunteers, ranging in age from 50 – 80.  When required however many other volunteers including Teenagers help to set up hall and serve food.  The CC organise two Big Breakfasts each year, normally March/April & then again in October.  These are supported by not only many Members of the Congregation but a great number of locals who now look forward to these Breakfasts.  The CC also organise a Sunday Lunch each year, normally around September, though depending on needs of the Church this can vary. The CC provides an invaluable service to families by providing teas following Funeral Services.  The CC is indebted to Members of the Congregation for their continued support in providing Sandwiches & Traybakes for Funeral Teas and other events.  The CC has purchased many items for Church over the years as well as making Donations to Church Funds.  In recent years they have purchased new Chairs for the Church Hall at a cost of £15,000 & in 2017 they donated £20,000.00 to the Church Hall Toilet Renovation Fund. 

New volunteers would be made most welcome even on an occasional basis.  If you would be interested in helping in any way contact Margaret Hanna or Mary Gibson.

Choir

As Announced

Contact Church Office For More Information

Energise

Alternate Tuesdays // 10:30am

Energise is an informal ladies Bible study. We meet every fortnight on a Tuesday morning from 10:30am - 11:30am in the choir room.

At present we have 18 ladies and always like to see new members.

We use precept ministries 40 minute Bible Studies (with no homework). We enjoy our time together and of course our cup of tea or coffee.

If you would like more information contact Cheryl Haslam via the church office.

Female Focus

Bi-Monthly // See Calendar for next meeting // 8pm - 9pm

Female Focus is an informal group for ladies with no age limit!!! We meet in the Minor Hall on the first Monday of October, December, January, March and May from 8pm to 9pm ish.

We are quite a small group but we enjoy friendship, fellowship and a bit of fun with, of course, coffee (tea) and tray bakes.

Our programme is very varied and includes speakers sharing with us anything from mission, to family issues and even craft and beauty.  We have also had young people from our Church coming back and telling us all about their summer trips away with various organisations.

 

Each evening starts with a devotional item, which one of our members will provide.

 

We also arrange activities which we take part in eg. craft, trips to cinema or out for coffee. We always finish off the year with a BBQ and, weather permitting, a walk.

 

We offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that people can dip in and out of and not feel that they have to be at each meeting.  We understand that people have busy lives but may just want to meet new friends and strike up new relationships within the Church.

Midweek Meeting

Tueday // 8pm

The weekly Tuesday night meeting has been part of the life of Ballygowan for many years. It is held in the Minor  hall in the Church Hall complex on the Comber Road.

Meeting each Tuesday night at 8:00pm for  time of praise, with a visiting speaker either  from a Mission Society  or someone to teach from the bible.

 

The meeting concludes with a short time of prayer and a cup of tea.

PW - Presbyterian Women

Monthly - Thursdays // 8pm

Contact Church Office For More Information

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FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Boy's Brigade

Friday Nights

1st Ballygowan Boys' Brigade meets every Friday night between September and Easter and offers a great opportunity for boys of all ages to end their week with some recreation and fellowship. Our programme includes; Bible Class; drill; PE and sports; arts and crafts; Duke of Edinburgh and much ,much more!

Why not join us? Just pop into the Church Halls on a Friday night or get in contact with one of our committee. New members and volunteers are always welcome! 

Each section meets at the following times.

Cabin Boys (Pre-School & P1) - 6.30pm-7.45pm (Minor Hall), Heather Alexander

Anchor Boys (P2-P4) - 6.30pm-7.45pm (upstairs Lecture Hall), 

Junior Section (P5-P7) - 6.30pm-7.45pm (Main Hall), Simon McMinn

Company Section (Secondary School age) - 7.45pm-10.30pm (Main Hall)

Children's Church

Sundays // During Main Church Service

Children's Church is a more relaxed version of Sunday school and meets on Sundays during the main service for children 4-11. Children attend the service and leave for Children's Church after the Children's address. 

Each week they enjoyed a range of activities including art & Craft, Games and even the odd movie and popcorn morning all based on a Biblical theme.

Creche

Sunday Mornings During Worship

Creche meets on a Sunday morning during our service for Under 4's. Children can be left off at creche before the service begins and collected after worship. We have a wide range of toys and games to keep them entertained and this is a great way to get them prepared for moving to Sunday school and Children's Church.

Girls Brigade

Wednesday Nights

Information Coming Soon

Girls Group

Second Monday // 7:30-9

More Information Coming soon

Parent & Toddlers

Friday // 10-12

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church Parent & Toddlers group meets in the Church Halls on Friday mornings during school term time from 10am to 12 noon. We welcome all children aged 0 – 4 and their parents, grandparents and carers.  The cost is £1 per family group and includes all activities and snacks.

 

Activities:

Ride-on Tractors, Cozy Coupes and Buggies

Swings and Slides

Play mats and small toys for babies

Painting, Play-Doh, Colouring, Jigsaws and Role-play

Reading corner

Take home Toddler craft e.g. Calendars, decorated buns, Mother’s day cards

Snack time @ 10.40 with an array of toast, cheese, fruit and biscuits for everyone

 

Please check our Facebook page for the current calendar of events.

Youth Club

First & Third Saturday // 7:30 - 9:30

Youth Club meets on the first and third Saturday of every month in the church halls for young people in 1st - 6th form an costs £1 per week.

Each week we have a wide range of activities and sports on offer as well as space to chill out and a tuck shop. 

For more information contact Andrew - Andrew.ballygowan@gmail.com / 07300016653

Young Men's Group

Alternate Mondays // 7-8:30

Our Young Men's Group is for those in 1st to 5th form and meets in the Youth Room every other Monday.

Each week we meet together to explore issues that matter to us, supporting and encouraging each other to develop in our faith and become the young men God wants us to be and there is always food available.

Check out the Church or Youth Calendar to find out when we are next meeting and for more information contact Andrew - Andrew.Ballygowan@gmail.com / 07300016653

Youth Fellowship

2nd & 4th Sunday // 6:45 - 8:45pm

Youth Fellowship is for young people in Year 8 - 14 and meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday from 6:45-8:45pm.

Each week we explore Life Issues, study the Bible and support and encourage each other in our journey with Jesus. Each week is a lively mix of Bible Teaching, Games, Small Group study and conversation. 

For more information contact Andrew - Andrew.Ballygowan@gmail.com / 07300016653

Sunday School & Bible Class

Sundays // 10:15 - 11:15

Our Sunday School and Bible Classes are open to all children from Pre-school age to youths of 18.

Our dedicated,loyal and enthusiastic band of teachers want to share the love of the Lord Jesus Christ with all our children so that in God's timing they will know Him as their personal Saviour and friend.

The children are taught through song, Bible stories, craft, prayer, memory verses, drama and quizzes. We also enjoy guest speakers especially with our older age groups.

We have strong links with the other youth organisations in the Church with many of our children, and indeed teachers, attending or helping at these also. 

Above all we want the children and youth in our community to know that no matter who they are, where they're from, what their ability they are loved. They are loved by a living God and nothing will ever change that.

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OUR MISSION

For the Glory of God, Ballygowan Presbyterian Church desires to see the making and maturing of disciples of Jesus Christ - this through worship, fellowship, service and evangelism.

GET IN TOUCH

028 9752 1096

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church Church Hill, Ballygowan, BT23 6JA

 

Ballygowan@presbyterianireland.org

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