Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church is located right in the heart of the city of Belfast, near the business and university areas, in a community that is very diverse socially and ethnically.
As a church we are a community of God's people who meet to worship God who is our Saviour and King.
We have a vision to see the growth of the congregation into a loving, vibrant centre of ministry in the heart of Belfast, that touches and transforms lives to the glory of God.
And so our church seeks to share God's Word in a loving way to the people of Belfast. We believe that God's Word is relevant to everyone for in it we see our purpose in life. Namely to glorify God.
We encourage you to take the bold step of visiting us.
Pastor David McKay
028 9076 0589
Associate Pastor Philip McCollum
079 2939 0323
Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church is part of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland. More information about our history and beliefs can be found on the denominational website www.rpc.org
But simply let us explain what we mean by Reformed Presbyterian Church
Being reformed means that all that we believe and try to do is found in God's Word and done for His glory alone.
Presbyterian is about the structure of our church. Practically, it means our church is guided and led by a group of elders and overseen by a larger group of churches called a presbytery. Presbyterian keeps the focus on Christ rather than any one man. It gives our church accountability as our elders are overseen by the presbytery. And although never perfect, the leadership and care of our elders is a regular reminder and picture of our Good Shepherd.
We are a family made by God of ordinary people with different personalities, backgrounds, cultures and yet united through the work of Christ. We seek to encourage each other to live out the gospel we preach.
We meet on Sundays at 11:30 in the morning and 7:00 in the evening.
At the very heart of our services is the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. We believe that in the Bible, God speaks to us and so we must listen to every word. We are convicted that the preaching of God's word is important as this is what helps us know God so we can love and serve Jesus more. We systematically preach through a book of the Bible at a time as this gives us a biblical understanding of who God is and who we are.
Our services are characterised by the informal and relaxed atmosphere of a Christian family gathering together each week. As well as the family ethos, our services also enable us to come before God with reverence and a sense of awe as we worship him together. To help us in our worship we seek to keep the focus on Christ and so have limited distractions.
You can listen to our sermons online at SermonAudio.
Before the morning worship service, the Sunday School meets at 10:45am. Our aim in Sunday school is to teach the Bible to children in a fun and appropriate way. Throughout the year there are opportunities to go off on weekends or summer camps as well as outings, parties and events to which family and friends are invited.
At the same time as the Sunday School, the rest of the congregation meet for prayer in the downstairs hall (Lyons room) before the morning service. We also have a midweek prayer meeting twice a month on a Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
Our student ministry called Shaftesbury Fellowship meets twice a month during term time on a Wednesday at 6:45pm. It begins with a meal and then a Bible talk and finishes with tea and coffee. We hope that Shaftesbury Fellowship is an encouragement to students studying away from home. Shaftesbury Fellowship seeks to be an opportunity for fellowship with other believing students and teaching from God's word. As a church we hope to be a support to students away from home and we welcome students into our church family when they are far from their home church.
On a Sunday evening during term time we also have 'Shaftesbury Fellowship Extra', a time of fellowship after church for the students over a tea/coffee and often an informal interview of someone from the congregation.
Shaftesbury Square is on Facebook so join this group to find out what events are happening.
Regularly on a Thursday lunchtime at 1:00 - 1:25 we hold a basic service at lunchtime called 'Service @ the Square'. We purposefully keep the service short for those on their lunchhour with a reading, talk and a short prayer. The talk is focused on understanding what the Bible has to say. After the service there is a cup of tea and an opportunity to discuss the talk or meet new people. If you are in the city on a Thursday at 1pm, you are very welcome.
These lunchtime services are a great opportunity both for Christians and for people who are looking into Christianity to get to know God better, and get to know other people working in Belfast.
If you are coming to Belfast to study whether for a semester, a year or three years - please visit us! We would love to welcome you to Belfast.
Thursday afternoons (2-4 p.m.) and Friday evenings (7-9 p.m.) in the upstairs hall we organise an English class for those who want to improve their English skills. It's an opportunity to learn English, meet local people and develop friendships. Monthly we go on various outings to see and learn some more of local culture. If you do not have English as your first language or know of someone who doesn't, you are very welcome to come along.
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Our 'drop-in Biblestudy' is on the 4th Thursday of every month meeting from 8-9pm. We are currently investigating the Gospel of Mark in a group setting where we look at a passage and encourage thoughtful discussion of the content of the passage.
Shaftesbury Square Church also offers Christianity Explored courses. Christianity Explored is an informal way to i Christianity or just brush up on the basics. Its an opportunity to take a closer look at the claims of Jesus, the person at the very heart of Christianity, understand why he came and what it means to follow him.
We are located at 72 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HP (Beside Tesco Express)