The Parish of Agherton, Portstewart

The Church of St John the Baptist

Diocese of Connor - Church of Ireland  -  Anglican  - Episcopal

  19 Church Street, Portstewart, BT55 7AH, Northern Ireland
  Parish Office Telephone 028 7083 3277


Special Services :-

All services in the Parish Centre from 5th July 2015 for the duration of the building work in the church.


 Welcome to our parish website and thank you for taking the time to look us up. If we can be of any further help to you please do get in touch. Inquiries about baptisms, marriages, funerals, genealogical searches and more general requests can be made through the Parish Office, the contact details of which are given above.

Please visit us again and if you're in Portstewart feel free to come and join us  at any of our services. You'd be very welcome whoever you are and where-ever you are on your journey of faith.

Please see the Notices page for details of current services and events.

Peace be with you.

Stephen Fielding +  Rector

Rector's Letter - July/August 2015

Dear Parishioners,

This time last year Iíd written the following in the magazine, and I think it bears repeating:-

ĎOur church building has been altered and restored a few times in its nearly 175 years on this site as needs and expectations and thinking about worship have changed and itís had to move with the times.

Our plans are at an advanced stage now for the porch extension and for some minor alterations to the interior of the church. ÖThe renewal of our church fabric is also an opportunity to renew ourselves as a church community as we try to reflect Godís love for everyone in attempting to make new connections, to be open and welcoming as every church community should be. The actual extension itself is to be an open and more spacious area leading into the church to encourage fellowship and increase circulation and of course to comply with disability legislation of 2004, incorporating disabled access toilet, ramp in from the church street side, kitchenette, rebuilt dual purpose choir-room as a dynamic space and wider doors into the nave of the church. Forward plans are that work will begin sometime in 2015 if we can put a financial plan in place

Weíve thankfully reached the stage of work commencing on the church at the end of July / start of August. This means going to an alternative worship space in the parish centre from and including 5th July.

Future funerals will take place either in the Centre or in Portstewart Presbyterian church, whose members have kindly given us permission to use their church while ours undergoes building work. Weddings will take place in an alternative Church of Ireland church. Baptisms will continue at our services in the Centre. The work will take approximately 6 months and the contractor is W. Dunlop, Ballymoney.

When itís finished, it will indeed be remarkable and a truly wonderful way to celebrate 2016, marking 175 years of the church in its current location at the Diamond. We hope that in planning the porch extension, marrying the best of the old with the best of the new, that we are not only building for the present, making the church fit for purpose in the 21st century but also for future generations as we leave a legacy for those who will come after us. As I said this time last year, ĎAs something very significant and new is being done in Agherton, we hope and pray that a renewal not only of our building but of its people will be effected, that the symbolism of it will help us make new and better connections with those unconnected with church life, that it will be a fresh, attractive and welcoming space when it is complete, in Godís own time

Agherton Bells

Once again the ring of bells in Agherton tower is sounding out following refurbishment and 
automatic electrification made possible through the generosity of Rosemary Peters Gallagher and her husband Sean Gallagher. As a child, Rosemary, along with many of our parishioners remembers hearing the bells on a Sunday morning as they called people to church. They hadnít rung out for several years because of accessibility restrictions. Theyíve had a most welcome return to service being remarked upon positively by many. I extend my thanks and that of the parish to Rosemary and Sean for their generous and positive contribution to the Agherton 2016 celebrations. The bells along with the new porch will be dedicated at an anniversary service at a date in 2016. I also want to mention Mr Edward McCurdy (Rectorís Glebewarden) whose attention to detail and energy saw the project through on behalf of the select vestry. Thank you Ned.

Parish Visitor Co-Ordinator
After almost 10 years of service, Judith Hegan steps down from the above role. We thank her very much for her contribution to the Visitors Team. We welcome Wendy Floyd as she joins Kay Fleming as new joint co-ordinator.

Archdeacon Jack Patterson 
Archdeacon Patterson has been a member of Agherton since his retirement from Ballintoy and Dunseverick and a regular at the 9.30am celebration here. Reaching 50 years in holy orders on 26
th June past we send many congratulations and good wishes to both him and Frances as they look to the future. Jack continues as a valued chaplain to the retired clergy in Connor diocese.

Another 50 years
Warm congratulations both to Ken and Eileen Ward who reach a golden milestone in their married life on 21
st August and to Graham and Valerie Lyons who were married on the same day! Ad moltos annos!

Hoping the summer sun shines on you wherever you are.

Yours in Christ,
Stephen Fielding.