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
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.
Photos below left: the foundations are completed.
Photos below middle and right: after the foundations were laid, the
steel was put up.
Photos below left and middle: laying of blocks (15 September, 2009).
Photo below right: building the (internal) walls between rooms (24
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).
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,
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
Photo below left: the main entrance (22 January, 2010).
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
Photo below right: the pebble-dash and some of the guttering has been
put on the outside of the building (8 February, 2010).
Photos below: outside and main entrance (4 March, 2010).
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
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:
26 Hawthorne Grove
(make cheques payable to "Covenant Protestant Reformed Church")
Protestant Reformed Churches in America
Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches
4949 Ivanrest Ave.
(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