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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8.00 pm Service in St Luran’s Derryloran to mark the 40th Anniversary of Revd Canon Norman Porteus to the Priesthood of the Church of Ireland.


10.15 am NO Prayer Cell in The Minister’s Room until 1 September

Wednesday - 99th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

6.00 am Gordon & Jonathan Black depart Dublin for Uganda (see prayer points)

12 Noon Wedding of Laura Gillespie and Ivan Keys


8.00 pm NO Prayer Cell in The Minister’s Room until 3 September

Next Sunday

11.00 am Revd Dr Isaac Thompson

7.00 pm Commissioning Service for Cookstown Summerlight 2015 in the main church building followed by supper in The Morrison Room.


1st Cookstown Scouts

A party of 19 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders left on Friday last for Thriftwood International Scout Campsite, Brentwood, Essex, for annual camp, they return next Saturday 4 July. Highlights include a half day canoe expedition on a local waterway, a day at Thorpe Park theme park and a day in Central London. The Leaders are Colin Rea, Alan Badger and Eddie Ferguson. Eddie has gained a 1st class honours degree from St Andrews University and he will take up a post in London in early September with the Civil Service fast track group. Alec Sloan (a former member) is in Syria, working for the UN.

Smiles Foundation Romania—Quiz sheets on healthy living are available on entrance tables—all proceeds to Smiles Foundation Projects Romania. Return by the end of June. Info and donations: Anne Rea 86765845 / Mob 07548016145


July 2015

Monday 5 Start of Cookstown Summerlight until Friday 10 July: Glows & Sparks (P1-P7, ages 4-11) 10.30 am—12 Noon in Derryloran Halls, Loy Street. Super Sparks (P4-P7, ages 7-11), 7.00—8.30 pm in Derryloran Halls, Loy Street. Flames (ages 12-18) 7.00—9.00 pm in First Presbyterian Church Halls, Fairhill Road.

Friday 10 Summerlight Family Fun Night in First Presbyterian Church grounds from 7.00 pm. Parents and Friends all welcome. More info ref Summerlight, contact: Andrew Bell on 07871 638529 or