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 (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.
Finding us:
Hydrangeas outside Church
The attractive Hall doorway
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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6.00 pm Squirrel Scouts (4-6 years) in the Halls until 7.00 pm

7.00 pm Beaver Scouts (6-8 years) in the Halls until 8.00 pm

8.00 pm Explorer Scouts meet in the Hall until 9.30 pm


10.15 am Prayer Cell in The Minister’s Room. Everyone welcome!

7.30 pm Bowling Club Annual Dinner, AGM and Prizegiving in Moyola Golf Club—non bowlers are welcome and should book with Sharon Allingham (86758781).


10.30 am Morning Bible Study (final study of Romans) in The Loft, followed by end of season annual lunch in SW College, Dungannon. Anyone wishing to book lunch contact Vera McMullan (86763478)

7.30 pm Cookstown High School Music Department, Spring Concert, in The Upper Hall. Soloists and Ensembles. Refreshments. All welcome.


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 Cookstown Youth Choir (conductor, Meta Bell) in Concert with Peter Corry in The Burnavon. Tickets bookable only at The Burnavon.


9.30 am Cake Stall outside Menary’s, William Street (to support Churchtown PS)

10.00 am First Walking Group—walk at Benburb Priory—meet at First Car Park at 10.00 am (NB time to meet!) - everyone most welcome. Info: Anne Rea (86765845)

Next Sunday

10.15 am Final Communicants’ class in The Minister’s Room

11.30 am Revd Dr Isaac Thompson

3.30 pm 70th Anniversary Christian Aid Choir Practice in First

7.00 pm Very Revd Dr Andrew R Rodgers (Pastoral Assistant)

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The Six Miracles of Calvary—multi media presentation in The Morrison Room

Sunday 22 March 2015 at 7.00 pm—(1) The midday sky turned dark; (2) the veil in the temple suddenly split; (3) an earthquake shook the land.

Sunday 12 April 2015 at 7.00 pm—(4) graves opened; (5) Jesus’ grave clothes were found undisturbed; (6) saints rose to life and walked the streets of Jerusalem.

Make a note in your diary and plan to attend! And bring others with you!


April 2015

Wednesday 22 PW Committee meets in Loy Hill Manse at 7.30 pm

Friday 24 Dessert Evening, (7.30—9.30 pm) in The Main Hall, to raise funds for Bethel Royal School, Uganda and 1st Cookstown Scout Supporters’ Group.

Saturday 25 Shopping Trip and Sunday School Big Day - shopping at Junction One and Ballymena-book a seat on church bus trip. 23 seats left, leaving church car park at 9:30 am- to arrive at Junction One at 10:30am. The Sunday school children go to play Pirates Crazy Golf on arrival. Around 12 o'clock the bus will depart for Ballymena-shoppers dropped off at Fairhill Shopping centre and Sunday School group will lunch at McDonalds before heading to Wellington Presbyterian Church for the Kids' big Day Out at 1.45pm. Shoppers picked up again at 4:45pm and everyone home for 5:45pm. If interested in this exciting church outing please either sign the sheet in the entrance hall or contact Peter McIlwaine on 07740367541. If there is a big demand we will book more buses. No charge for trip but you must sign up before Wednesday 22 April to ensure a seat. Your presence will be a big encouragement to SS pupils and teachers!

Monday 27 Taking Care (PCI) - foundation training in child protection for all new leaders, in First Magherafelt at 7.45 pm.

Thursday 30 Presbytery Commission in The Minister’s Room at 11.00 am

Thursday 30 Catering in The Main Hall at 12 noon.

May 2015 (some dates)

Friday 1 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 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.

Thursday 14 Annual elevenses@first Lunch, in The Main Hall, 12 noon for 12.30 pm. Book with either Margaret Crooks (86764153) or Janet Wallace (86762083). All welcome. Please feel free to come along even though you may not have been to elevenses@first before.

Cookstown Christian Aid Committee thanks everyone who supported their recent soup lunches. £3100 was raised for the vital work done by Christian Aid throughout the world.

Gordon Black has managed another lovely Easter Sunday dawn picture on Slieve Gallion.