Thank you for visiting our site. Some of you may not have been to Cookstown before, so let me welcome you to our town and particularly to our congregation. Details of the denominational family, throughout Ireland, to which we belong can be found at www.presbyterianireland.org (link above). Loy Hill, in the centre of Cookstown, has been the site of our place of corporate worship for many years as you will see in our history. People come and go here all week to attend the various church organisations and on a Sunday to our services of worship. We must never think, however, that church is about "going to church" or even "coming from church" but rather that people are the church. When Jesus Christ formed a group around him, we are told that he "called" them. So the Greek word for church (ekklesia) reminds us the church is a "called people".  Our church is not just buildings on Loy Hill, but the church is, in the words of a hymn by Carol Ikeler, wherever God's people are praising, are walking in His way, helping,caring for neighbours in sickness and need and sharing the words of the Bible in gift and in deed! That is who we are by the grace of God. Our forefathers could never have dreamt that one day we would be sharing with you in such a way as through this web site. Let us know that you have visited us and we look forward to welcoming you in real space soon to Cookstown.                    
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Clerk of Kirk Session: Gordon Black Assistant Clerk of Kirk Session: Colin Rea
First Presbyterian Church Cookstown.
The Present Congregation
  A Kirk Session of 18 Elders.  A Pastoral Assistant Minister,The Very Rev Dr Andrew R. Rodgers. Sunday Services are at 11.30am and 7.00pm (During the months of July and August the times are 11.00am and 7.00pm with Junior and Sunday Senior Sunday School and Bible  Class from 10.15am-11.00am  There is also a full programme for adults and children during the week,details of which can be obtained from our calendar.
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Loy Hill has been our place of worship since 1764
Minister: The Rev Dr J Isaac Thompson.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH COOKSTOWN Members of the PW are willing to cater for groups visiting the area and offer morning coffee, lunches and evening meals (hot or cold) If interested please contact: Anne Thompson: Tel (028) 867 63296 or  by email:   Above link may not work with some browsers. We would enjoy catering for you.
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Annual Church Report 2014

 

Wednesday

10.30 am Bible Study in The Loft until 12 noon (series on Romans) - all welcome!

7.30 pm Bible Study in 81 Sweep Road. (I Peter) - “Living with Confidence.” All welcome.

Thursday

10.30 am Trefoil Guild in The Morrison Room, until 12 Noon

7.00 pm A Step too Far? A contemplation on forgiveness. A locally produced,award winning film that investigates an alternative to revenge—the idea of forgiveness, in Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. Sponsored by The Irish Churches Peace Project, EU RDF and Stormont OFMDFM.

8.00 pm Prayer Cell in The Minister’s Room. Everyone welcome!

8.00 pm Scouts meet in the Hall until 9.30 pm

8.00 pm Presbytery Elders’ Fellowship in TBF Thompson Auditorium, Garvagh—Paul Francis from TearFund.

Friday

12 Noon Christian Aid Lenten Lunches in Derryloran Hall, Loy Street, until 2.00 pm (hosted by First)

8.00 pm “Gender and Human Sexuality” by The Very Revd Dr Trevor Morrow in Maghera Presbyterian Church

Saturday

9.30 am Tractor Run—breakfast at 9.30 am-St Colman’s Church Hall, 207 Ballymaguire Road, Ardboe. Tractor run start, 10.30 am. Entry fee: £15.00 per tractor.

10.00 am District Beaver Scout Fun Day in Church grounds until 1.00 pm

8.00 pm “Come on, on in! Happy St Patrick’s Day” presented by Dungannon Methodist Church and Friends in The Burnavon.

Fifth Sunday in Lent

10.30 am Communion Preparation Class in The Minister’s Room until 11.00 am

11.30 am Bikers’ Service

7.00 pm The Six Miracles of Calvary

 

8.15 pm Presbytery Youth Ripple Effect in Maghera Presbyterian Church.

March 2015

Tuesday 24 Presbytery Link (PW) meeting in The Morrison Room at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 25 Midweek Bible Study in The Loft at 8.00 pm

Thursday 26 Stimulus Road Trip—Ranfurly House, Dungannon, 6.30—9.15 pm,For people who want to see the Kingdom of God extended by living their lives with passion and purpose: “Living your faith in the workplace”. Reserve your place email: raymond@askwhatnow.org

 or phone the office on 028 9267 6554

Friday 27 Dungannon Choral Society in The Burnavon at 8.00 pm, with Gemma Prince (soprano and harp) and Owen Lucas (oboe). Tickets available only through The Burnavon.

Saturday 28 The church walk is to Parkanaur. Meet in the church car park at 10.30am. Everyone welcome. Contact Anne Rea at 86765845.

Sunday 29 Palm Sunday at 11.30 am: Take one small step—discover HOPE this Easter with Billy Graham.

Sunday 29 AGM of the Congregation at 12.30 pm

Sunday 29 Service at 7.00 pm conducted by Mr Noel Crooks and Elders

Monday 30 Blood Donations in St Brigid’s Hall, Fairhill Road, 1.30—4.00 pm and 4.30–8.00 pm

Monday 30 Congregational Committee in The Morrison Room at 8.00 pm

Monday 30 “Brides though the Ages”-Newmills PW in their Church Hall at 8.00 pm, to raise funds for completion of church halls. (£6.00, inc refreshments)

Tuesday 31 Blood Donations in St Brigid’s Hall, Fairhill Road, 1.30—4.00 pm and 4.30–8.00 pm

Friday 24 April Dessert Evening, raising funds for Bethel Royal School, Uganda and First Cookstown Scout Supporters’ Group.

Friday 1 May Fundraising Golf Day at Killymoon Golf Club in aid of Boys’ Brigade House at Newport, Hillsborough. Tee times 8.30 am—3.00 pm. Details re booking tee times etc on www.bbni.org.uk

Non-players may send a gift to: BB House, Newport, 117 Culcavey Road, Hillsborough, BT26 6HH. More info: Trevor Crooks (8676 2146). Closing date for entries: 21 April 2015.

 

Congratulations to Colin Rea-awarded Silver Acorn.A St George’s Day Award, ranking between the Medal of Merit and the Silver Wolf - seldom awarded for less than 20 years distinguished service.