Welcome to our website.
Sunday 7th March – Rev Nigel Craig
Dear members of Belmont,
In the light of the Executive’s extension of the current restrictions, and on the basis of the clear and unequivocal public health advice that people should continue to stay at home, the General Council Standing Committee, acting with the delegated authority of the General Council and General Assembly, has directed that all in-person Sunday gatherings for worship, along with all other in person church gatherings, should remain suspended in all PCI congregations in Northern Ireland until Thursday 1st April 2021 - with the exception of weddings, funerals, arrangements for recording and/or live-streaming, drive-in services and private prayer (as permitted by regulations).
The Standing Committee also decided that it would further assess the situation immediately after the next NI Executive review on Thursday 18th March 2021, in the cautious anticipation that, from Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) onwards, Presbyterian congregations in Northern Ireland could begin to meet again for in-person gatherings for worship, with all necessary precautions and mitigations in place. This recognises the importance of Easter, which was acknowledged by both the Ministers and the CMO at Monday’s meeting.
We again welcome that this same approach is also being taken by the Methodist Church, the Church of Ireland and, in a slightly different form, by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) encourages all of its members to actively consider receiving vaccination against Covid-19 when it is offered to them. While recognising that this is ultimately a matter of personal judgement, PCI neither discourages its members from taking up the vaccine offer nor is it supportive of those who seek to discourage the take-up of the vaccine.
Our services will continue to be available online each Sunday (on our YouTube channel: ‘Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast’), and on our telephone service ‘Speak, O Lord’ (028 96928944).
Hannah Craig continues to host a weekly MAC ZOOM gathering for our children and their families and Breakfast Club has been relaunched (remotely!).
Needless to say, if anyone requires pastoral care, please do not hesitate to contact Rev Nigel Craig (Manse: 028 90653365/ 07763567965) or Rev. Chris Barron, our Pastoral Associate (028 90283198/ 07784761076 ).
The office will be closed during this lockdown; however, Ali Boyd will be working remotely, and can be contacted by email or on the office mobile: 07391021083, during the hours of 9 am to 12 noon daily.
May the Lord bless you and keep you all at this time.
Rev. Nigel Craig (Minister)
Chris Steele (Clerk of Session)
Welcome to the website of Belmont Presbyterian Church! We hope as you browse through our website you will find something that may be of interest to you. Belmont Presbyterian is situated in the East Side of Belfast, Northern Ireland, an area popular with young families and retirees.
We are a multi-generational congregation, served by a team, under the leadership of Rev. Nigel Craig. Belmont has a rich history stretching back to 1862, and is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, which grew out of the 17th Century Plantation of Ulster.
We would love to welcome you to our services on a Sunday (10:30am/ 7:30pm). Our morning services last for about an hour, following the familiar patterns of Reformed worship (prayer, praise, Scripture reading, preaching, baptism and communion), blending historic and contemporary elements. Our children and young people leave for their own activities after the first 15 minutes of the morning service; we also have a crèche. There is wheel-chair access and a `loop system’ for those whose hearing is impaired. After the service everyone is welcome to the hall for a cuppa and a chat.
Our evening services are more informal, begin with coffee/tea, and meet in the Hyndman Hall.
What do we believe?
The essence of historic Presbyterian belief is to be found in the so-called `Five Solas of the Reformation’: Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura), Christ Alone (Solus Christus), Faith Alone (Sola Fide), Grace Alone (Sola Gratia), to the Glory of God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria).
In plain English it means that all we believe and do ought to be based on the Bible, and that Jesus Christ stands at the centre of the Bible’s message. As God’s Son he did everything necessary, through his life, death and resurrection, to open the way for us lost people to get into a right relationship with God again. That means we don’t have to rely on our own performance to get there, but instead trust Jesus completely. Now that’s grace – outrageous kindness on God’s part! Once we’ve been reconciled to God we’ll want to bring pleasure to Him in everything we think, say and do. It’s great to know that this is possible because God has given us His wonderful Holy Spirit and the fellowship of the Church.
We look forward to meeting you!
We’d love to see you at our services on a Sunday, or at any activity throughout the week. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
`The Lord bless you, and keep you!’