Welcome to Kilfennan Presbyterian Church

We are a congregation that believe that our purpose here on earth is to bring glory to God the Father. We are called by Christ to the making of disciples who will grow in their faith in Him and who will live out that faith in the whole of life. It is our hope and prayer that all visitors to our congregation will find themselves embraced by the love of God and by the love of His people.

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                              With Darran McCorriston at Ballyloughan, Ballymena

    Some New Photos

    With the Glendermott Session

    22nd / 23rd February

    It was good for us to be at home for part of last weekend.  Saturday began with breakfast in the City Hotel and some 190 PW members from across the Presbytery.  I was able to mention a few highlights from … more »


    On Friday 7th February it was an honour to be a guest of Rev Andrew Thompson the chaplain of Ulster Rugby.  Given the atrocious weather conditions it was a comfortable way to be a spectator – and the result was … more »

    The Down Presbytery

    Karen and I enjoyed our visit to the Down Presbytery which was both varied and busy.  Between the Sunday services we attended the Tuesday Presbytery at which the Moderator Designate, Rev Michael Barry was appointed.  For me, it was good … more »

    Some Photos

    It’s been a wee while since I have been able to find the time to upload some photos from  our recent visits.  From top to bottom we have: 1)  Karen and Kenneth; Kenneth is a member of 1st Newtownards and … more »

    Happy New Year

    Yes, it is rather late, but as we all enter 2014 may our confidence be in the Lord who is the same, yesterday, today and forever. As Moderator, I enjoyed a break over Christmas and it was really great to … more »

    Emmanuel – God is with us

    Greetings from Belfast where Rachel arrived yesterday and Hannah arrives today.  And then it is off to Ravenhill to Stand Up For the Ulstermen! Since I last logged in we have been busy.  On Sunday last we made our day … more »

    Advent Season

    The Advent Season started for us in Drogheda on Sunday past where Rob spoke at both the morning and evening services.  The morning service was a communion service and in the evening more than 300 people of all ages gathered. … more »

    Sunday 17th November

    What a blessing it was for Karen and me to be back home and in the company of so many from Kilfennan and from the Presbytery of Derry and Donegal.  I know that all who were present in the Millennium … more »

    Kilfennan Wedding

    Karen and I enjoyed being back in Kilfennan so that I could conduct the wedding of Tracy Rosborough this afternoon.  We were glad of the opportunity to meet with so many Kilfennan people.  Well done the ladies for all the … more »

    Half Term Break

    Half Term Break
    Last Sunday past we began the day in Finvoy where we were pleased to meet up again with Rev Roy and Andrena Gaston.  Roy used to be the minister of 2nd Castlederg.  He is just recently back to work having … more »

    Celebration of Mission

    On Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th October we attended and took part in the Celebrations of Global Mission which are organised annually by the Board of Mision Overseas.  It was both exciting and humbling to be in the company of … more »

    Photos To Follow

    Photos To Follow
    Last Sunday I enjoyed being back with Alvin Little in Shore St Donaghadee.  There were two morning harvest services.  The first was more quiet and traditional in that there were no children or children’s address and about 80 people present. … more »

    Board Week

    Last week, as Moderator I attended several of the Boards of our Presbyterian Church – the Boards of Mission Overseas, Mission in Ireland, Social Witness and the General Board – I was chairing the latter.  Through my attendance I have … more »

    No – We haven’t Disappeared!

    No – We haven’t Disappeared!
    Since I was last updating the website we have been on our travels and kept busy. On Sunday 6th October we completed our visit to the Ards Presbytery.   Among our many visits we visited the Old Borstal in Millisle. … more »

    75th Wedding Anniversary!

    Yes, it does read 75th.  That is not a mistake. On Saturday 28th September Karen and I joined Mr and Mrs Bertie Smallwoods from Glendermott Presbyterian to make and celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Their daughter Lorna Smyth is a … more »

    Life has been busy!!

    Life has been busy!!
    Apologies for the lack of information but I have been finding that September has been a very busy month.  In total, I have preached at 15 different services; 5 new church buildings / halls, 8 Sunday services, the installation of … more »


    Yes, we stood up for the Ulstermen at Ravenhill on Friday 13th and were disappointed to see them lose in the last minute to Glasgow.  I hope that this is not a sign of future disappointments.  But the new look … more »

    Smithborough, Co Monaghan

    Smithborough, Co Monaghan
    Thanks to some roadworks we arrived fashionably late for the 3:30pm harvest service.  But very kindly the congregation told us that we were on Monaghan time!  The Rev Ronnie Agnew, a contemporary of Robert Orr is the minister and he … more »

    The Mall, Armagh

    The Mall, Armagh
    In some senses the church building had not changed since I worshipped there in the early 1960s.  But all the people had changed – only one or two were from my childhood days.  The Rev Peter Gamble and his wife … more »

    Union Road, Magherafelt

    Union Road, Magherafelt
    For Rob this was a special moment at he was baptised in Union Road – not that he remembers! The congregation have renovated their place of worship; removing pews, turning it through 90 degrees and have installed clear glass along … more »

    Moderator on Twitter

    Yes, you can follow me directly on Twitter @PCIModerator.

    Belville – Do you know where it is?

    Well, we didn’t.  But we had been bird watching at Oxford Island and it is just a few miles beyond that in the SE corner of Lough Neagh. Belville is a very small congregation of about 15 families.  They have … more »
  • Sunday 9th March

    A very busy day ahead; we start off with the congregation of Groomsport where I start with coffee and the Bible class, followed by morning worship and lunch with the Session. Then we are off to Tandragee for a joint … more »

    14th – 21st March Trip to Gujarat – India

    Karen and I are very excited at the prospect of returning to India.  This time with the Bible Society – Bibles for Children in Orphanages Project – this will be part of the Youth and Children’s Project within Pci in … more »

    Sunday 2nd March

    Drumlegagh and Mountjoy – we are looking forward to being with Jonathan, Tara, Tom and Alice – hard to believe that it is almost a year since they left us.

    Sunday 16th February

    Tomorrow, we shall make our way to Kilkeel Presbyterian Church, in the Kingdom of Mourne were the Rev Stephen Johnston is minister. Yesterday I sent an email around all ministers encouraging them to remember in prayer all who have been … more »

    Down Presbytery Tour Dates

    The above title suggests that I have become a Rock Star – but there is no danger of that! On Sunday 2nd February I shall be conducting worship in 1st Saintfield Presbyterian Church.  This congregation is over 350 years old, … more »

    Future Dates

    Sunday 12th – Cliftonville Church plant in N Belfast.  I have been told to dress down for the occasion!  Jeans and Open neck shirt Sunday 19th – 10:30am  Sixmilecross (home congregation to Philip Mckelvey and my mother’s home congregation) and … more »

    In the near future

    Tonight, Thursday 5th December; Christmas meal and address with the Ruling Elders from the Coleraine and Limavady Presbytery. Friday 6th December: Mosside Presbyterian – service in connection with their Christmas Tree Festival Saturday 7th December; St Columbs’ Cathedral – Apprentice Boys … more »

    Next Week

    Monday 25th – I have been invited to address the local Rotary in Londonderry Tuesday 26th – I shall be taking part in an event for school students in which the 4 church leaders will interact with young people and … more »

    Sunday 24th November

    This Sunday we will be in Ballygowan in Co Down to celebrate their 175th Anniversary.  Then in the afternoon we shall be travelling to St Anne’s Cathedral for a Tiny Life Service.  This is a service of Thanksgiving for premature … more »

    Moderator’s Visit to South Belfast Presbytery

    From tomorrown (3rd November) until next Sunday we shall be engaged in a series of visits to the South Belfast Presbytery.  During the week we shall be visiting Friendship House, BB House, The Urban Soul Cafe in May St, Adelaide House, … more »

    More Harvest Services

    Shore St, Donaghadee where I shall be with Rev Alvin Little – we were in the same Year Group in College all those years ago.  Two services at 9:45 and 11:00am Drumreagh, outside Ballymoney for an evening harvest service.

    Life begins at 50

    Augentaine – where’s that?  Not sure but I hope that the Sat Nav will take us to Fivemiletown and to the manse for the 50th anniversary of the PW.

    Life begins at 40

    Sunday 22nd September at 11:00am we will be with Hazelbank, Coleraine as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

    Ballykelly – Reopening of Renovated Church Hall

    I should be on my way and not typing this update!

    Smithboro, Co Monaghan

    On Sunday 15th at 3:30pm we shall find ourselves in rural Monaghan where we shall be “bringing in the harvest”

    The Mall Armagh – Sunday 15th September

    Rob spent his primary school years in Armagh and the Mall, Armagh was our family congregation.  For this reason it will be a real treat to return to a City and Congregation so full of childhood memories.

    Refurbished Hall and Church – Union Road, Magherafelt

    On Saturday 14th September we shall be attending this event, Rob shall be opening and preaching at the dedication of the newly refurbished Hall and Church


    Immediately after the 300th Anniversary service in Kilmore we shall take the road to Dublin and stay overnight so that we can fly out early to Kigali the capital of Rwanda.  We shall be flying wiht KLM via Amsterdam and … more »

    Kilmore – 300th Anniversary

    On Sunday 18th August at 3:30pm I shall be taking part in the 300th Anniversary service at Kilmore Presbyterian church.  Kilmore is situated in rural Co Down between Ballynhinch and Crossgar – we know the area quite well.  The congregation … more »

    World Police and Fire Games

    On Sunday 4th August I will be taking part in a Service of Remembrance in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast in commemoration of fallen police and fire officers.

    Saturday 27th July

    Karen and I are off to Lake Garda, Italy for a week’s holiday.  Hopefully the good weather at home will set us up for good weather in Italy.

    Newcastle Presbyterian Co Down

    On Sunday 21st July I shall be conducting the two morning services at 10am and 11:30am in Newcastle.  We are looking forward to returning to Co Down.   This congregation has recently become vacant. In the afternoon at 3pm we … more »

    Presbyterian Church of Wales – General Assembly

    On the afternoon of Sunday 14th July we shall be crossing over on the ferry to Holyhead and then travelling down to Aberystwyth to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.  The whole Assembly will be in … more »

    National Day of Commemoration

    On Sunday 14th July we shall be attending the National Day of Commemoration at Kilmainham in Dublin.   This is Ireland’s Armistice Service and I have been invited as Moderator to be present and to take part – along with … more »


    On Sunday 7th July we will be next door to Bray as we take part in a Communion Service with the Greystones congregation.  We will enjoy this experience as David Montgomery the minister was one of the young teenagers when … more »