St John's Parish Church is situated at 'The Rock' on the South side of Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland. A parish in the Diocese of Dromore, of the Church of Ireland.
St John’s church and parish hall will be open for services and events as usual whilst the restoration work is being undertaken on the Spire.
Entrance to the church is through the door on the left hand side of the church building.
Car parking is still available at the rear of the church.
UPDATE : St John’s Spire & Tower Appeal
The spire and tower at St John’s has stood proudly over Newcastle since 1832. However, constant exposure to driving rain, wind and storms has caused significant deterioration to the external and internal structure of the spire and tower. If essential maintenance work is not undertaken now, the church may have to be closed due to health and safety considerations.
The estimated cost of repairs is £143 130. This amount was well beyond what could be raised by parishioners and an application for grant funding was made and was successful through The National Lottery Heritage Fund (LHF) to enable the essential work to take place. Last year, we launched an appeal to raise £50,000 towards the cost of repairs. Select Vestry are delighted to be able to confirm that we have now received cash donations and pledges from parishioners and friends of St John’s for just over £50,500. This has been a tremendous success, in such a short period, and the Select Vestry is grateful for the generous response of so many people.
The application is now being processed and with the essential assistance of the HLF grant it is anticipated that the work will commence on the spire and tower in June and be completed by October.
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Lord. Amen.