Charity Lunch & Bridge

Mourne Golf Club

Friday 9th March at 12.30

Subscription: £10.00 per person

Pre-entry please to: or tel. 028 4372 3223

All proceeds to MYMY and The Food Bank

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

***** Afternoon Tea & Craft Fair *****

Saturday 31st March  1.30-5.00pm in Parish Hall behind St John's Church

Afternoon Tea £5.00 (includes Tea breads, scone with jam and cream,buns/biscuits)

For Craft Table booking contact Jennifer on 028-4372 2101 or Wendy on 028- 4372 4786

Craft table £15.00

Parish Harvest Lunch

Sunday 8th October at 12.15pm in St John's Hall


Main Course

Homemade Vegetable Soup or

Homemade Beef Stew

Served with a Selection of Rustic Bread


Apple Pie or Pavlova

Served with Fresh Cream or Ice Cream

Tickets: Adults £10 per person ~ Children 3+ yrs £5 per child
Contact Liz Byrne 07801-968218

Those attending may bring wine if they so wish.

New Lay-Out in Car Park

Please note that due to the 'blind' nature of the exits from the choir robing room and clergy vestry at either side of St John's, the Select Vestry decided that a new lay-out was necessary in order to avoid any risk of a child or adult exiting from either door being accidentally knocked down by a passing car. At the time of writing, a barrier is to be erected outside each door. 

At the choir robing room side of the church, the Select Vestry decided that the current parking lay-out has been unsatisfactory. Also for health & safety reasons, space has to be made to allow a fire engine vehicle to pass from the front of the church right to the Parish Hall.

These are important health and safety measures. The cost of the changes has been £400.00 and the Select Vestry has suggested that parishioners may wish to consider contributing towards this cost. If you wish to make a donation towards the work, please place it in an envelope marked 'Health & Safety Donation', and give it to the churchwardens or deliver to the Rectory. Cheques should be made out to 'St John's Church'. Every assistance with this will be very much appreciated

Table Sales

Sellable new and used goods to re-stock the St John's Saturday Morning Club's tables at their forthcoming sales.

Contact 028-4372 2101 if local collection is required, or speak to George Hanna.

Bible Week 2017

Accept No Imitations

Exploring some of the passages that inspired the Reformation


Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan, 7.45pm

Led by Bishop Greg Venables, Primate of the Anglican Church of South America

Summer Extravaganza - Grand Raffle Prizewinners

1. J. Reynolds - Wadsworth voucher

2. Mrs A. Moore - Hand stitched picture by Vikki

3. Mrs E. McGowan - Mulberry Tree voucher

4. A .Scullion - Bottle of Pimms

5. Mrs M. Aquilina - Downpatrick & Co Railway Family voucher

6. Mrs M. Cash - Bottle of champagne

7. A. Kerr - Alicia Hair Salon voucher

8. Mrs F. Gilmore - Kilmegan Cider presentation set

9. Mrs J. Constable - Dove gift set

10. Mrs G. Lappin - Bayliss mens gift set

Summer Extravaganza 8 July 2017

'Stars on Sunday' Sunday School Prizegiving June 2017

Canon Ian Ellis, Rector, Mrs Liz Byrne, Sunday School Superintendent and the children from 'Stars on Sunday' at the annual prize giving on Sunday 25 June 2017.

Summer Daily Opening Times - St John's

From June to September, St John's church will usually be open to the public every day, from approx 2.30pm to 4.30pm, to allow visitors to view the historic interior of the church, or, to simply enjoy a period of quiet reflection or prayer.  Why not come and visit us! Everyone is most welcome.

Flowers for the Holy Table

The Friends of St Johns who organise the provision of flowers to complement our beautiful church would like to draw parishioners attention to the flower list which is just inside the inner porch, on the left, opposite the hymn book shelves. This is a list inviting parishioners to provide flowers for the Holy Table. Some of you may have noticed that a new 'header' has been placed on the list - this is a beautifully worked cross-stitch completed by Vikki Methven and the Friends thank Vikki very much for this. This 'header' replaces the original art work completed by the late Aimee Bailey which mysteriously disappeared some weeks ago. Strangely, one set of nativity figures also disappeared around Christmas-time 2016! We would like to thank those who already provide flowers both for the large brass bowl and the Holy Table and would welcome additions to the rota, so please do add your name at some convenient date, perhaps at an anniversary.

Barbra Robb June 2017


Parochial Nominators

Jennifer White, Brigid McCaw, George Hanna, Pat Preston

Supplementary Parochial Nominators

Heather McClelland, Audrey Briggs, Dennis Constable, Barbara Robb

Diocesan Synod Representatives

Audrey Briggs, Sharon Williamson

Churchwardens & Glebewardens

Alan Byrne (Rector's Churchwarden)

Noela Abou Saleh (Peoples' Churchwarden)

Dennis Constable (Rector's Glebewarden)

Ronnie Aulds (People's Glebewarden)

Select Vestry

The Churchwardens and Glebewardens, with Audrey Briggs, Eric Cullen, Barbra Gibson (Hon. Secretary), George Hanna, Freda Magee, Brigid McCaw, Heather McClelland, Pat Preston, Barbara Robb, Jennifer White, John Williamson (Hon. Treasurer)


Confirmation 2017

If any parishioner would like to be confirmed by the Bishop later this year, please let me know as soon as possible. (No date has been fixed as yet.) - Ian M. Ellis, Rector (tel. 028-4372 2439)


St John's Tower & Spire

A report which was commissioned by the Select Vestry on the condition of St John's tower and spire has been supplied to us by surveyor Chris McCollum. The work done recently on the tower and roof was both necessary and important but circumstances led to us realising that there might be further difficulties. Unfortunately, this was confirmed by Mr McCollum and we were told in his report that major work is needed which could cost in the region of £150,000. This is, of course, a very serious situation for the parish. However, Mr McCollum has indicated that major work need not start for several years but that, in the meantime, temporary work will be required, which should cost in the region of £3,000. The Select Vestry has decided to proceed with the temporary work and at the February meeting will address the matter of a major, medium-term work project. It is anticipated that grants could be available to cover a substantial part of the eventual major repair and restoration work.


New Catering Committee

The Select Vestry has appointed Jennifer White as convener of a new Catering Committee. Jennifer will gather together names of anyone willing to help with catering and if any parishioner would like to help with this, please let her know (tel. 028 4372 3944).


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service

It was good to welcome the clergy and members of other parishes and congregations in Newcastle to St John's for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service on 24th January. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Martin Luther having famously nailed his theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1617. Divisions in the Church do not arise lightly but, when they do, it is important to try to recover that lost ground of unity


Grand Christmas Raffle 2016 Prizewinners

1st Outdoor Family Portraid, Ronnies Studios - Kayla Storey

2nd Europa Hotel, One night B&B for Two - John Reynolds

3rd Hand Stitched Picture by Vikki Methven -  Kathryn Lawson

4th Enniskeen Hotel Afternoon Tea for Two - Tony McKibben

5th Bottle of Champagne - Liz Nixon

6th Bottle of Spirits - Jack & Rena Hughes

7th Hand-baked Luxury Christmas Cake - Valerie Kelly

8th Voucher for Niki's Cafe - Johnny Hewitt

9th Gift Set from Aspire Beauty Salon - Isobel Richardson

10th Fruit Basket, Hales Fruit Sales- Jessica Moore

11th Bayliss Gift Set - Katherine Pinkerton

12th Box of Chocolates - Ann & Tony Cotton

13th Bottle of Wine - Lynn Cullen

Church Cleaning - Volunteers Needed!

We are very fortunate to have a beautiful Church and modern Parish Hall, but we do need to undertake the occasional ‘deep clean’ to ensure that our premises are maintained to a high standard.

Volunteers are needed to create a team of Parishioners who would be able to undertake periodic cleaning of the Church and Parish Hall.

If you would like to join the team, or require more information, please contact Sharon Williamson on 07735-373068.

Parish Harvest Lunch  9 October 2016

at 12.15pm in Parish Hall after Harvest Thanksgiving Service


Main Course

Homemade Vegetable Soup


Homemade Beef Stew

Served with a Selection of Rustic Bread


Apple Pie or Pavlova

Served with Fresh Cream or Ice Cream

Tickets: Adults £10 per person~  Children 3+ yrs £5 per child
Contact Liz Byrne 07801-968218

Those attending may bring wine if they so wish.

Invitation to Ordination of Suzanne Cousins 4 September 2016

Down & Dromore Bible Week 2016

30 August 2016 to 2 September 2016

The diocese’s 10th Annual Bible Week will be held each evening at 7.45pm from 30th August – 2nd September in Willowfield church, Belfast.

The speaker in 2016 will be the Revd Dr Iain Provan who has been the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, since 1997. He will take as his theme, 'The Big Picture: Reading the Bible for All That’s There'. 

Prayer ministry will also be available every night.


Tuesday 30 August – In the Beginning and Now: God Creates (Psalm 104: 24–35)

Wednesday 31 August – Of Covenants and Promises: God Commits (2 Samuel 7: 4–16)

Thursday 1 September – Of Evil and Suffering: God Saves (Psalm 73: 1–14)

Friday 2 September – A Holy People: God Calls (Isaiah 42: 1–9)

Mothers' Union Notes - June 2016

Saturday 4th June was our annual outing, this year to the Enniskeen Hotel for a beautiful lunch followed by a walk around the gardens for those that so wished.   Nineteen members were made welcome by Eileen and all enjoyed the fun and friendship in a very relaxed atmosphere. The weather was beautiful and this rounded off a very successful year for St. John's Mothers' Union.

This year Mothers' Union is 140 years old (130 years in Ireland) and members have been lights in the world as they have shared the love of God through their witness and service. We remember with gratitude God’s blessings through the years, and those who have gone before us, but we would also want to celebrate our current achievements and look to the future with faith. 


September – Area Opening Service (Date and venue to be confirmed)

We wish you all a safe and happy Summer break and look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Audrey Briggs

Link Missionaries June 2016

The Select Vestry recently agreed that we enter into a mission link with the Revd Keith Scott and his wife Lyn who will be returning to work with the Church Mission Society Ireland in the Diocese of Northern Zambia. They were partner missionaries with us some years ago when they served in Zambia for the first time.

We were delighted that Keith was able to preach in St John's at Morning Prayer on Sunday 12th June. Keith and Lyn will be going off to Zambia in the near future and we probably won't see them again for another three years or so! However, Keith and Lyn will keep us updated about their work while they are in Zambia.

Easter General Vestry 5 April 2016


Rector's Churchwarden:  Alan Byrne

People's Churchwarden: Noela Abou Saleh

Rector's Glebewarden:    Dennis Constable

People's Glebewarden:   Ronnie Aulds

Select Vestry

Audrey Briggs, Eric Cullen, Barbra Gibson (Hon. Secretary), George Hanna, Freda Magee, Brigid McCaw, Heather McClelland, Pat Preston, Barbara Robb, Jennifer White, John Williamson (Hon. Treasurer), Sharon Williamson

Women's World Day of Prayer 4 March 2016

Photographs are now available in Photo Galleries !  Click here >

Pre-Christmas Bazaar 5 December 2015

Photographs of the Pre-Christmas Bazaar are now available in Photo Galleries !  Click here >

Harvest Thanksgiving 11 October 2015

Photographs of the Harvest Lunch are now available in Photo Galleries !  Click here >


We are delighted that the Revd Dr Donald Watts, former Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, will be our guest 'Month of Mission Preacher' at Harvest Thanksgiving.


Parish Harvest Lunch is 11th October at 12.15pm in St John's Hall. Tickets: Adults £10 and Children £5 can be obtained from Liz Byrne 07801968218.


Gift Day & Musical Afternoon in aid of the Tower & Roof Appeal 12 September 2015

Fantastic afternoon at St John's on Saturday. A very big thank you to Finbarr Keaveney for the musical entertainment and making this such an enjoyable occasion. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported St John's - it helps us so much and is really appreciated. And finally....... thanks to our Fund Raising Group and helpers for all their work to make the event a success.

Canon Ellis attends The Pantry Foodbank AGM

Canon Ellis pictured withVice Chair of the Pantry Foodbank Granville Crory, Margaret Ritchie MP and Barbara Porter (Public Health Agency). Naomi Baillie chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down District Council with Terry Nelson at AGM of Pantry Foodbank.

Invitation to ordination of Suzanne Cousins

Suzanne is being ordained in St Mark's Parish Church, Newtownards on 6 September 2015. Parishioners are very welcome to attend.

Messy Church 22 August 2015

Another enjoyable Messy Church for everyone who attended on Saturday 22nd. With a theme of 'God is Love', fun and fellowship was much in evidence. Thanks to Liz and her team for hosting the event. More photographs are in the Photo Galleries. Click here!

Festival Of Flight 8 August 2015

Festival of Flight - St John's car park will be available to the general public for car parking from 9.30am on Saturday morning. A donation of £5 towards church funds per car. Tea and coffee will also be available in the Parish Hall from 9.30am until the air displays commence at 3.00pm.

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Summer Extravaganza 4 July 2015

The sun shone for St John's Annual Summer extravaganza on Saturday 4 July. The event was well attended with adults browsing the stalls and children having fun trying to hook a prize duck or having their faces painted. It was a time to relax, enjoy the tea and refreshments and sit in the glorious sunshine listening to Jazz Jam who provided the musical entertainment. Our thanks to all those who organised the event, helped out on the day and to everyone who came along. A lot of enjoyment was had as well as raising the superb amount of £1600 for church funds. Make sure to check out the photographs in the photo gallery. Click here!

summer extravaganza
4 july usa

'Stars on Sunday' Sunday School Prizegiving 28 June 2015 

The Rector, Canon Ian Ellis, distributed the prizes to our Stars on Sunday children. The Best Attendance cup was awarded to Joshua who only missed one Sunday throughout the whole year.  Stars on Sunday Superintendent, Liz Byrne, congratulated Joshua on this great achievement. Stars on Sunday will resume in September.

Messy Church 18 April 2015

Our first Messy Church event was well supported by families within the parish and the wider community. Children participated in a range of arts and crafts, activities, singing, games and refreshments. 

Jazz and Folk Evening 17 April 2015

A great night's entertainment was had with music Jazz Jam and New Harmony. 

jazz & folk