At St Columba’s, we warmly welcome everyone who comes though our open door! We believe that our purpose is to serve God to the very best of our abilities, bringing people together to use their own individual talents to stretch out our arms around our local community and overseas. We have 5 areas which we focus on:
Growing our congregation. We understand that life can sometimes ‘take over’ how we feel, and we want to encourage people to have space and time to reconnect and reflect on God’s work and it’s impact on us all.
Growing in God. We do everything we can to encourage people to visit us, to gain an understanding of how God can help in both good and bad times and provide space for personal growth in faith.
Helping those in need. We provide assistance to our local foodbank, The Larder, on a very regular basis, by devoting time and finance to help the team at The Larder to deliver the items required to those in desperate need.
We encourage the use of local retailers and businesses as much as we can, e.g., our ‘Pause group’ use local eateries to meet up. We have found that this support works both ways, as many of the businesses are happy to help us when we need it too!
We support the work of our neighbouring churches for example we share our Holy Week services with Knock Methodist Church.
Our daughter churches of St Molua’s, Stormont and St Dorothea’s, Gilnahirk are both included in many of our activities.
The Reverend Chancellor John R. Auchmuty, Rector of St Columba’s, is the Area Dean for the Lagan area, meeting with clergy and staff regularly to discuss how we can help each other.
We are extremely lucky to have a Rector and two Assistant Priests, who visit every family in the parish. This allows for individual support or supporting a family together. Visits can be easily scheduled by contacting clergy or our Parish Administrator.
We support both local and overseas charities. Each year, we select a different charity to support, one in which our parishioners have been involved with, for example Cradle of Love in Tanzania. Locally, we support many charities eg The Air Ambulance, Marie Curie, SOS Bus to name a few.
Every single person in our parish has a gift which we encourage them to use in our parish. This gift can be anything – from making coffee to accounting. Every single person has an ability which we can use to help our church build for the future, and we warmly welcome people to share their own personal skills and talents with us.
We encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to join us in worship, either online or in person. Our services are streamed from this website and are also available on Facebook. We provide interesting Sunday School classes, Confirmation classes and a wonderfully creative Creche, so that everyone has a chance to connect with God in their own way.
We have a wonderful musical tradition, with our very gifted Organists and Choir, all professionally led by Dr Joe McKee. They provide music of an exceptional quality, enjoyed by everyone. We have even been privileged to host the BBC on several occasions for live worship!
As a result of these 5 purposes, we have a forward-thinking, growing and thriving parish church. We love meeting people and new parishioners, and we underline everything we do to meet these purposes. We would love you to come along and experience it for yourself