The Faughan RP Church is located in the North West of Ireland. Situated amidst mainly farming land, the church is just on the outskirts of Northern Ireland’s second biggest city – Londonderry.
Covenanter societies have been operating in the area for hundreds of years. These society people were dependent on visits from Scottish ministers from 1696 until 1757. In 1763 a “Reformed Presbytery” was formed in the area and rapid growth led to the formation of a Synod in 1811.
The early history of what would become Faughan Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPC) is closely linked to that of Bready RPC. The Glendermott valley was a strong centre of Scottish influence, and visiting ministers from Scotland conducted services there from time to time. The earliest record of preaching by a Covenanting minister is that of Rev. John Thorburn in 1759. Healthy and active Covenanting Societies kept the witness alive and by 1770 a congregation was established at Faughanbridge.
This long established congregation has dwindled slightly in numbers over the years as more people move away from the countryside into bigger population centres, although they still meet faithfully twice on the Lords Day and manage to keep up a full schedule of church events!
The congregation recently invested in a new church website. If you are interested in finding out more about this rural congregation, please check out their website and drop them a note of encouragement, or if you are ever passing through the North West find out their service times and pay them a visit!