Visiting Us

Planning your visit

We understand that visiting somewhere for the first time can lead to lots of questions. Whether you are planning to visit First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church to attend a Sunday Service, Wedding, Baptism, Funeral or Social event; we want to make you feel as welcome as posssible.

Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions and if you have any more please don’t hesitate to contact us.

FAQ's

What does Non Subscribing mean?

Non Subscribing means that we do not insist on conformity of opinion about matters of faith. Literally, we do not ‘subscribe’, or sign up, to any creed or confession, specifically, we do not require subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith.  No creedal statement is made during our services.

This does not mean that members of the denomination are not permitted to sign up to confessions of faith or to adhere to the Apostles’ or any other Creed. It simply means that we do not insist on this. We believe that everyone has the right to interpret the scriptures and to exercise personal judgement.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the Church.

What time is your Sunday Service?

Every Sunday, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

What format does your Sunday Service take?

Each week our Sunday Service (excluding special services), opens with a welcome, weekly announcements and opening words from our Minister. The service, incorporates four hymns, prayers, readings from scripture, a children’s story and sermon. The Minister then closes the service with a benediction following the final hymn.

Can anyone attend?

Yes, everyone is welcome to join us and if you have any questions before your visit please get in touch.

What about children?

Sunday School is open to all children and runs from 11.45am-12.30pm, each week from September through to June. The children join in the weekly Sunday Service for the first 15 minutes, which includes a Childrn’s Address from the Minister and a Children’s hymn before heading over to the Sunday School Room, which is in The McCleery Hall.

In Sunday School we follow the Curriculum set by the NSPCI Sunday School and Youth Committee. The children listen to bible stories and do activities based on the story of the week including crafts, drawings, quizzes, puzzles and singing.

To find out more please visit our Sunday School webpage or don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Do you have a Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy?

First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church comply with The Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Guidelines. To view a copy of the guidelines and procedures, please visit out publications webpage.

How often do you take Holy Communion?

At First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church we take communion twice a year, usually in May and November where we have an open Communion table and freely welcome you to join us. Our congregation continues the old Presbyterian custom at the Communion Service of going out into the pews to sit along linen covered tables in the aisles. Communion is lead by our minister and church elders, inviting the congregation to take part in the Lord’s supper.

Do you have car parking available?

We have limited car parking available, both within the Church and McCleery Hall grounds. Therefore, we would ask that where possible car parking spaces are left for those that require close access to the church, McCleery Hall or graveyard. Further car parking is available in the public carpark at the Glenburn Road/Kingsway junction or street car parking on Glebe Road.

I would like to make a booking enquiry in The McCleery Hall, who do I contact?

The McCleery Hall was built by the congregation in memory of Rev John McCleery. It opened its’ doors in 1973 and ever since has been the venue for a host of church and community social events and groups, from concerts to craft fairs, seminars to children’s clubs and Irish dance classes to yoga.

The McCleery Hall measures 9m by 18m , with 10 tables and 100 chairs also available to hire. The McCleery Hall has access to a fully functioning kitchen which can be accessed through a hatch and wooden flooring throughout.

If you would like to arrange a viewing of The McCleery Hall for your community event or group please contact us.

How do I find First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church or McCleery Hall?

First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church is located on Glebe Road, off Kingsway in Dunmurry Village. The McCleery Hall is situated beside our Church, and can be accessed via the driveway situated beside the railway crossing.

Our Church is accessible by bus, train and is only a short distance from the M1 motorway.

By car:

Our full address is First Dunmurry Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church, 23 Glebe Road, Dunmurry, BT17 0PN and you can access directions via Google Maps by visiting our Contact us webpage.

If travelling from Belfast direction:

If travelling from Lisburn direction:

By bus:

Please visit Translink Ulsterbus for a full list of timetables serving Dunmurry Village.

By train:

Please visit Translink Railways  for a full list of timetables serving Dunmurry Railway Station.

I have a pastoral enquiry e.g. illness, bereavement, wedding or baptism, who do I contact?

Our Minister can be contacted directly using the contact us section.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions, please get in touch.