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Celebrations in the Parish as 10 people are Confirmed by Bishop Kenneth Clarke on Sunday 14th April 2024

A Confirmation Service held at St John’s Church, Islandmagee, on Sunday 14th April saw 10 candidates being confirmed by Bishop Kenneth Clarke.

Many family, friends and parishioners from St Patrick’s, Whitehead & St John’s Islandmagee, attended to give their support and encouragement, as did the newly formed St Patrick’s Church Choir.

The Bishop made everyone feel welcome and his humour served to embrace and draw everyone in to the important Christian truths he had to share with the congregation

There were lots of highlights during the service with 21 year old student Marc McCausland giving a very positive testimony about his faith and the way God is working in his life, and later in the service a solo was bravely sung by 12 year old Alicia Rainey, during one of the choir pieces.

In addition to the confirmation, holy communion was also offered, enabling everyone to draw closer together in faith and one another.

The ten members of the parish who were confirmed are:

Sophie Henderson, Devyn Henderson, Joyce Martin, Alicia Rainey, Jo Pawson, Marc McCausland, Campbell Coles, Lilah Tilson, Austin Jenkins and David Young.

Many thanks to Bishop Ken Clarke, for attending at such short notice to lead the service, and to Canon Mark Taylor, Rector of the Parish, for co-ordinating everything.

A special thanks to the choir and leader Loreto McAuley, for the music and to all those ladies who prepared and served the supper that followed which was wonderful..

The Lenten Lunches 2024

The Church Lenten Lunches 2024 were very well supported and we thank everyone who helped out in anyway, either as sponsors, cooks, servers, dish washers or most importantly, diners who came and partook of a meal between Weds 14th Feb to 27th March 2024.

Our fundraising efforts benefitted 9 local charities .

St Patrick's Welcomes New Church Choir in late 2023

It was a delight for the congregation at St Patrick’s Church in November to hear our newly formed choir sing for the first time during our Sunday morning service.

To date we have 12 enthusiastic choir members led by our Musical Director Loreto McAuley, and together they have demonstrated a wonderful talent for making beautiful music.

We welcome anyone who would like to join the choir. And no previous experience required.

To find out more or to join the choir speak to Rev Mark Taylor or Loreto McAuley.

Victorian Christmas Bazaar at St Patrick's, Whitehead 2023

The Victorian Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 2nd December was a great success
and raised over £2000 in support of the Church's ministry within the local parish.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the event.

A Service of Prayer for Healing at St Patrick's Church Sunday 19th November 2023

A Service of Prayers for Healing was held in St Patrick's Church on Sunday afternoon 19th November 2023.

Guest Preacher at the service was Rev Dr Pat Molloy, (pictured) who is the Director of Ministry of 'The Church's Healing Ministry' based in Belfast.
Our Rector, Canon Mark Taylor led the service.

It was lovely to see more than 20 people attending to share prayers for God's Grace, Peace and Healing for family, friends and others. A number of those attending also took the opportunity to come forward for laying on of hands as prayers were said for healing.

We hope this service will become a regular feature in our programme of services through the year.

A Royal Tea Party was held in St Patrick's Church Hall on Sunday 7th May 2023 to celebrate our new King's Coronation

The Lenten Lunches 2023 brought the local community together
and raised funds for 7 local charity causes


For seven weeks during Lent, St Patrick's Church Hall was the venue for a series of Wednesday lunches being organised to raise funds for the church and local charities, but also to provide a space for local people to come together and catch up with each other over a tasty lunch.
From the first lunch onwards, the event was well supported, despite being 3 years since the lunches were last organised due to the covid pandemic.
Here are a few photographs kindly taken by Steve Diamond and others.


The 2022 Victorian Christmas Bazaar held here in St Patrick's Parochial Hall draws in huge crowds
on Saturday 26th November.
Here are some photographic highlights of the day...

We celebrate our Rector being with us for 20 years...with the planting of a Rowan Tree at St John's Churchyard on Sunday 21st August 2022

On Sunday 21st August 2022 the congregations of St Patrick’s & St John’s took the opportunity to celebrate our Rector’s 20th anniversary since first coming to the United Parish of Whitehead and Islandmagee.

A surprise after service celebration was organised and attendance numbers at the service were particularly high for holiday time,  as parishioners came to support and witness the Rector planting a Rowan Tree purchased to mark the occasion. A card and gifts were also given to Mark and Frances as an expression of love and appreciation for all Mark and Frances have done in the parish since they first arrived.  Refreshments were then served after the tree planting ceremony.

A good time was had by all