Ballynure Methodist Church      

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Mission Statement:

To allow the Holy Spirit freedom to move in our lives and in the life of our Church, so that others will see how the love and power of God meets needs and changes lives.

 

Church Activities
(These activities take place from September until April/May)
 
Sunday Service of Worship 10.00am
  (Holy Communion—1st Sunday each month)
  Sunday School & Bible Class -10.15am
  Youth Fellowship (year 8 +) in Doagh at 7 - 9pm
   
Monday League Bowls in Ballynure at 7.30pm
  MWI—1st & 3rd Monday (venue varies) at 7.45pm
   
Tuesday Bible Study at 7.45pm
   
Thursday Sports Club 6.30–8pm (P1-P7) - 50p per child
   
Friday Bowls at 7.30pm
   
Saturday Men’s Breakfast in Doagh at 8.30am (1st Sat)
   

 

Superintendent Minister   Rev Stephen Thompson
Circuit Steward   Kyle McAdam
Circuit Secretary   -
Circuit Treasurer   -
Circuit Property Steward   Kyle McAdam

 

Ballynure Church Council    
Society Steward   Sally McDowell
Society Secretary   Linda Dodds
Society Treasurer   Mary Robinson
Society Property Steward   Stanley Robinson
     
Elected Representatives    
To serve 3 years    
To serve 2 years    
To serve 1 year    

Church History

Prior to the erection of the first church building in Ballynure in 1846, meetings took place around 1815 in an old corn mill in Straid owned by a Mr John Wilson. 

Robert Beatty, who was born in Ballynure in 1814 and is believed to have been the manager of the cotton mill in the village, joined the Methodist society in 1833 and in the same year established the ‘Dunturkey & Toberdowney Sunday School’.  Robert was deeply impressed with the necessity for better accommodation for religious services and in 1846 drew out a plan for a chapel, got the neighbouring farmers to assist him in carting building materials, superintended the erection and eventually presented the building to the connexion free of debt, for which he received the thanks of the conference.  The building was of dressed stone construction the same width as the existing sanctuary but approximately half the current length.  The church was approached through the existing pedestrian entrance and via a straight path to a plain arched doorway servicing a central aisle leading to an ornate pulpit in the same position as the current pulpit.

Robert Beatty and his wife Sarah were both spared to witness the growth of their original work and in 1894 the building was extended forwards towards the roadway and in addition a Sunday School room was built to the rear.  The contract price for the work was £715.

In 1902, under the guidance of Mr Thomas Wilson of Straid, a scheme was adopted and completed for the erection of a block of stables at the rear of the church.  These would have been used for stabling of ponies or traps during Sunday service.

In 1907 further internal improvements were made to the church.  A hot water central heating system was installed, fired by a coal boiler in the Sunday School room.  A large raised platform was constructed to provide a vantage point for the preacher, seating space for the choir and a position for the installation of a pipe organ.  The cost of this work was almost £300, and when compared to £750 spent to rebuild the entire church 12 years earlier, was a considerable sum for internal improvements.

In 1940 a memorial window was dedicated to the memory of Miss Elizabeth Hay Beatty and her parents Robert & Sarah Jane Beatty.  The window is an artistic representation of Dorcas (Acts 9:36) carrying on her beneficent work amongst the poor afflicted folk.

In 1955 a small extension to the rear, which allowed for a small vestry, a kitchen and toilets, was completed at a cost of £830. 

In 1960 renovation work took place consisting of repointing all external walls, repair work to the roof, repair of the old heating boiler, installation of new leaded windows, complete internal re-decoration and installation of three memorial windows.  The window situated above the pulpit depicts, from the Book of Kells, the gospels Matthew (a man), Mark (a lion), Luke (a calf), and John (an eagle), was in memory of Robert Henry Wilson JP.  The window situated opposite the entrance door to the sanctuary was in memory of John Kirk, Legaloy, John and Jane McMcRoberts, Dunturkey.  The third window, also situated opposite the entrance door was in recognition of the help of the many benefactors of this church.

In 1970 a memorial window to Margaret Logan (church organist from 1910) was installed to acknowledge her service to the church and in particular to church music.  The window depicts Saint Cecilia, the patron Saint of music holding and surrounded by musical instruments.

In 1992, due to the growth and development within the Ballynure area, it was felt that the church facilities were inadequate.  A major project providing a main hall, a larger kitchen, toilets, vestry and an upper room was commenced directly behind the Sunday School room.  Initial costings were in the region of £200,000 but with direct labour from within a very dedicated congregation, final costs were just £120,000.   

The Methodist congregation in Ballynure continues to proclaim the gospel of Christ and, with the wonderful suite of buildings, offer Christian service to the community.

This brief history is extracts taken from ‘Sailing Ship & Sugar Planter – A History of Ballynure Methodism’ researched and written by Hubert Greer 1996.

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