Welcome!

We are a family-focused, evangelical Christian fellowship in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, whose worship is biblical and contemporary. We have a strong emphasis on using the gifts of our members and expressing God’s love both within the church family and in the wider community.

Feel free to explore our website, where you will learn more about who we are, what we do and why we do it. If you’re free on Sunday, why not drop in to one of our worship services? Dress code is casual and you’re assured of a warm welcome!

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Notices & Events

This year's 'New Horizon' runs 2–8 August at the University of Ulster, Coleraine.

Online registration opens 7 Apr.

Download information flyer.

www.newhorizon.org.uk
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‘Handling the Word' is an introductory course on giving biblical talks. Although no previous experience is necessary, those who participate are usually involved in giving talks in church settings. Entrants must be a communicant member of a Presbyterian church. The course will be held in the Training Resource Centre, Union Theological College, 8–10pm each Thursday 1 May – 12 Jun. Cost £30.
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trc.office@union.ac.uk
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When? 3–5 October 2014
Where? Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry
How do I register? Download the registration form here.
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The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus
Christianity consists of thousands of tribes, cliques, and communities — each with different theologies, traditions, and doctrinal beliefs. Read article here.
Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside
St. Bonaventure once said, “Whoever is not enlightened by the splendour of created things is blind; whoever is not aroused by the sound of their voice is deaf; whoever does not praise God for all these creatures is mute; whoever after so much evidence does not recognize the Maker of all things, is an idiot.” Read article here.
I Want My Kids Brainwashed
"I don't want to send our son to church to be brain-washed like those Stoddard kids!" our atheist friend said to his wife. He grew up in East Germany, and we had been church-planting in the former East for a few years by then. Read more here.
The Church Needs Philosophers and Philosophers Need the Church
"Who cares what Aristotle thinks about a severed hand," retorted an exasperated philosophy student on a wintery night in a Midwestern university. My lecture screeched to a halt. Read more.
Daily Bible reading and prayer is a struggle for many evangelicals
New research has shed light on the difficulties evangelicals have in making time for their spiritual life. In particular, the Evangelical Alliance's study found that evangelicals struggle to find the time for both reading the Bible and praying each day. More here.
Don't let Jesus's death on the cross lose its power
The school Easter holidays are now in full swing; it seems strange this year that Easter Sunday is right at the end of the holiday as it creates quite a build up – the kids were excited about Easter well before school broke up! Read more.
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Bryson Energy providing a ‘helping hand’
Bryson Charitable Group has been funded by Atlantic Philanthropies' to scope and trial a handyperson service model for Northern Ireland based on a social enterprise approach. Find out more.
For the Love of God, Love Others
“Christianity” is often used to manipulate, control, shame, judge, and hurt others. It’s influenced by politics, popularity, wealth, success, pride, hate, fear, selfishness, and a desire for power. Blog post here.
All of Life is Repentance, But Especially Today
Seven years ago this week, I had my “come to Jesus” moment. Read more here.
Accredited Preacher Course in 2015
This is for members of the Presbyterian Church who have recognised gifts in preaching and leading worship. Successful completion leads to recognition as an accepted preacher of PCI. Next course January 2015. Applications by 5 Sept 2014. For more details, T: 028 9020 5088, E: trc.office@union.ac.uk
A matter of integrity: The Church, sexuality, inclusion and an open conversation
Steven Chalke's recent article on sexuality has been widely debated and critiqued by the wider church. Read here.
Book review: Blogging, Tweeting, and Instagramming in the Image of God
It's hard to imagine that only 20 years ago nobody had heard of the internet, and only 10 years ago Facebook and Twitter had yet to be invented. Read review here.


* Views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect those held by BPC or its members.