Listed below are all the announcements happening in our around Fitzroy over the coming days and weeks.  To move between announcements, you can use the sidebar on the left or click on the Permalink at the bottom of each story.


Puppetry Training Day

puppets-trainingSaturday 3rd March, Dungiven, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Basic and Advanced Puppetry, Choreography, Gospel Illusions,
Solo Puppetry, Story Telling, Team Leadership,
Creating Unique Puppet Characters
For those interested in puppetry, and especially those without prior experience but who are keen to be involved, The cost for this is £18 per person if booked within more than 25 days before the event.  Brenda has previously been to a training event by One Way UK so she can give interested folk a better indication of how beneficial the day might be.


This is the only training day in Ireland – all others are in England



Safeguarding Conference - Taking Care of all

helping-handsTo raise awareness of Adult safeguarding and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland guidelines and policy.

Thursday, 15th March 2018, from 10.30am to 3.00pm, Assembly Buildings, Belfast

The purpose of this conference is to raise awareness throughout the Church of Adult Safeguarding and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) guidelines and policy. The event will be of particular interest to ministers, elders, pastoral visitors, staff/volunteers involved in adult organisations.

PCI Guidelines on Adult Safeguarding will be formally launched at the conference.

Topics covered:

  • Who is an adult at risk
  • Prevention agenda
  • Types of abuse
  • The role of the churches in this area

Keynote Speakers include:

Joyce McKee – an elder in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, who also works in the area of adult safeguarding.

Veronica Gray – Director of Action on Elder Abuse (NI).

The event is free - To register for the conference please contact the Council for Social Witness office. Tel: +44 (0)28 9041 7234 or email:


My Place | Exploring inclusive children's ministry

my-placeAn evening for ministers, leaders and all members of congregations exploring ways of including children with special additional needs in worship and children’s ministry.

A mixture of Bible teaching, insights from parents and the practical suggestions from those in the field of special education.

Monday 5 February 2018
Muckamore Presbyterian, 7.30-9 pm

Wednesday 2 May 2018
Ballygawley Presbyterian, 7.30-9pm

This event is free; register on the Presbyterian Church website


The Linen Memorial

linen-memorialIn Memory of those who died as a result of The Troubles in Northern Ireland

A significant, and rather challenging exhibition currently on show in the beautiful Central Library in Belfast - Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA until the end of February 2018

Portraying named linen handkerchiefs for each of those killed in our “Troubles” (during the years 1966-2006).  The creator of the exhibition, Lycia Trouton, left Northern Ireland at the age of 3, with her parents and now lives on the west coast of Canada.  She is an academic in the field of art and sculpture.  (Lycia was with us in Fitzroy last Sunday morning!)

More information at


taking-careTaking Care Refresher Training

7.30pm - 9.30pm.

19th February 2018    Crumlin Presbyterian, Crumlin
20th February 2018     Helen’s Bay Presbyterian, Helen’s Bay, Bangor
8th March 2018    Ballynure Presbyterian, Ballyclare

Refresher training recognises that leaders will have considerable knowledge and experience of working with children and young people. Therefore it is delivered using a more interactive approach where leaders engage and share experiences, talk about best practices and discuss Child Protection scenarios.

Numbers for Refresher training are limited to 40 people max.

If you wish to attend refresher training at another church please contact the church directly to ascertain numbers attending and ensure there is space for you to join.


Foodbank January update

foodbankJanuary has been a busier month than expected so we are thankful for all the donations than came in over December. The people of South Belfast responded so generously to our Christmas appeals.

As our food parcels provide 3 days emergency food for 3 meals a day we have to try to keep stocks of the variety of food that goes into a parcel. The food parcel was designed to be nutritionally balanced by Trussell Trust.  As always we are grateful for your support.

Currently our needs are -
Pulses tinned and dried – lentils chick peas etc
Instant mashed potato
Tinned fish    
Cooking oil

Many thanks from your Church Champion, Brenda Johnston
phone 079 6232 3604


BicycleSoft Cycling

Keep the kilos off by joining us for a cycle on the lovely Lagan Towpath from Shaw's Bridge to Lisburn (morning coffee there to revive us!), and back most Saturday mornings, starting at 9.30 am.
For more details, contact Eileen McGeown 07768 273 576
For more details contact the church office 028 9023 5075


Hand holding plantTaking Care

In Fitzroy we recognise we have a legal duty of care to look after children and provide a safe environment for them as best we can.  The Kirk Session has adopted the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s child protection guidelines and our Policy can be viewed on the notice board in the rear hall.  This is aimed at creating an environment where children and young people may enjoy social contact, personal and spiritual development and where they and the leaders and helpers working with them will be kept safe.