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CPRC Church Building


Our new church building is now completed and being used for divine worship. It is situated on a piece of land we own of approximately ¾ acre at the west end of Clarence Street off the Cullybackey Road in Ballymena.

The total area of our building is 432m2. The downstairs consists of two main parts, both 12m by 12m. One part is the sanctuary for public worship which will hold up to 130 people. The other part includes a prayer or Bible study room, a kitchen, three WCs (for males, females and disabled), a crèche and a boiler room, with another room containing the oil tank. From the crèche, one can see into the main hall through sound-proof glass. A speaker carries the audio from the worship service into the crèche.

Half of the downstairs is vaulted: the main auditorium or sanctuary. A lift or stairs takes one from the other half to the first floor which includes the council room, a catechism room and a gallery from which people can see down into the main hall through a double-glazed screen.

For pictures of our site before it was cleared, click here.

For pictures of our site being cleared of rubble, tree stumps, etc., and being covered with 4 inch stones, click here.


Photo below left: the sod-cutting—William Graham (deacon), Rev. Stewart, Brian Crossett (elder) and Ivan Reid (elder).
Photos below middle and right: starting to dig the foundations.

Sod CuttingDigging the foundations Digging the foundations photo 2


Photos below left: the foundations are completed.
Photos below middle and right: after the foundations were laid, the steel was put up.

Foundations setSteel frame Steel frame photo 2


Photos below left and middle: laying of blocks (15 September, 2009).
Photo below right: building the (internal) walls between rooms (24 September, 2009).

Building walls photo 1Building walls photo 2  Building internal walls


Photo below left: walls up and windows completed (16 October, 2009).
Photo below middle: stairs leading from ground floor to the first floor (16 October, 2009).
Photo below right: inside walls for rooms and lift shaft on the first floor (19 October, 2009).

Completed walls and windows stairsInside walls


Photo below left: the end wall of the sanctuary (7 November, 2009).
Photos below middle: all the blocks are in place, so it's time to start the roof (7 November, 2009).
Photo below right: soffit and fascia board are added (23 November, 2009).

End wall of sanctuary Starting to put on the roof church building roof


Photo below right: all the felt has been laid on the roof; next comes the slates (30 November, 2009).
Photo below middle: the slates and most of the windows are complete (22 January, 2010).
Photo below left: the main entrance (22 January, 2010).

Felt laid on the roofslates and windows Entrance to church building


Photo below left: another angle of the outside of the building.
Photo below middle: the plasterers have finished the upstairs (22 January, 2010). Notice the opening from which one can look down into the main auditorium.
Photo below right: the pebble-dash and some of the guttering has been put on the outside of the building (8 February, 2010).

Outside of church building Upstairs pebble-dash and guttering


Photos below: outside and main entrance (4 March, 2010).

church building photo 1 Church building 2 Entrance


Later pictures were added individually or in groups to the CPRC Facebook page. These were subsequently gathered together on one special Facebook album page, consisting of 91 photos from early March to early August, 2010.

The official opening of our church building was held on Thursday, 5 August, 2010, with Prof. Hanko bringing the Word of God, entitled "Ichabod," available on-line in both audio and video. A report of the evening and the programme are also on our website.

Those who wish to help us financially with our church building may contact one of the two below:

Ivan Reid
26 Hawthorne Grove
BT40 3HE
N. Ireland
(make cheques payable to "Covenant Protestant Reformed Church")


Protestant Reformed Churches in America
Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches
4949 Ivanrest Ave.
MI 49418
(make check payable to "PRCA" and include a memo that the donation is for the CPRC [N. Ireland] Building Fund)

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work … Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" (II Cor. 9:7-8, 15).

By divine grace, this building is used for the proclamation of the biblical and Reformed gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of the Triune God.