Since 1874 there has been a congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the heart of the Dromara hills in County Down. The rolling upland country is home to beef and sheep farms and in 2013 we saw enormous snowfalls!
Dromara under Slieve Croob
Our congregation reflects the local agricultural community alongside new housing which has become a ‘dormitory’ community for Belfast. Increasingly many are moving into the district with little or no church contact and sadly seem reluctant to engage with the local churches.
Our church building
We do enjoy the fellowship of other Reformed Presbyterians within the presbytery as there are 4 congregations within a short distance, so thankfully we are less isolated than some, however in Ireland we have little to complain about regarding distances.
The current minister Geoffrey Allen was installed in 2008 and the congregation consists of about 60 families, some now only a single person, yet we have faithful attendance with an average of 80 at morning worship. We seek to equip Christians to work and witness for Christ in their life and community.
We meet weekly for 2 Sabbath services, 2 prayer meetings, Sabbath school, and various young peoples and ladies work. Along with our regular children’s club, the annual Bible Club reaches children from outside our congregation. A week of evangelistic meetings each autumn have been a great encouragement in seeking souls for Christ. One thing we do enjoy is being together where various BBQ’s, outings, meals at missionary meetings, and other times really blesses our fellowship.
Several years ago we undertook a major renovation of the interior of the 1876 building. We re-floored and re-seated the worship area and inserted a glass partition, creating closer seating and a new meeting room which has been a blessing to our after church fellowship, Bible study, and children’s work.
Dromara before renovation (after picture is located at the top of this page)
We are thankful to God for a clear Christian witness in our area among other denominations but we work and pray that those hardened of heart may respond to the gospel call.
Rev. Geoffrey Allen