Welcome to our website.
Dear members of Belmont,
Thank you for your patience in these uncertain days, especially as local church leaders sought clarity from the Northern Ireland Executive about how the recent lockdown would impact our church services and other activities.
On Thursday 8th January we received word from the Moderator and Clerk of the General Assembly that for a limited period (from Friday 8th January until Saturday 6th February 2021 inclusive, subject to review in late January) all in-person Sunday gatherings for worship, along with all other in person church gatherings, should cease in all PCI congregations in Northern Ireland – with the exception of weddings, funerals, arrangements for recording and/or live-streaming, drive-in services and private prayer (as permitted by regulations).’
That means, that there will be no in-person church services, DV, in Belmont Church on Sundays: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31stJanuary. The situation will be reviewed in late January. Kirk Session will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes and developments.
Obviously this is very sad news; however, in light of the serious situation we face within our society, and globally, it seems the best decision at this moment in time.
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. We will soon inform you of an exciting new venture for our young people.
Needless to say, if anyone requires pastoral care, please do not hesitate to contact myself (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)
Sunday 24h January – 10.30 am – Rev Nigel Craig
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!’