Ballyholme Parish, St Columbanus Church – hence the white dove!
Columbanus means ‘white dove’ in the ancient Irish. Columbanus was the sixth century Bangor Abbey monk who sailed off from our local shores with twelve companions and is credited with fanning the flame of Christianity back to life and growth in continental Europe.
That’s an image and example we cherish in Ballyholme Parish. It reminds us of our call to be an outward-looking, Christ-centred church, bound by the peace of the Father and serving adventurously in the joy of the Spirit through the worst that life can throw at us!
What are we our priorities? Pastoral care, young people, children, seniors, the local community and world mission are all dedicated areas of ministry we take seriously, all as part of our round of weekly worship and prayer, and our daily programme of organisations and activities.
As a Church of Ireland congregation dating to 1950, we are a parish in the Area Deanery of Clandeboye within the Dioceses of Down and Dromore, under the auspices of the world-wide Anglican Communion of churches.
We are also part of a thriving local fellowship comprising Presbyterian, Methodist and Roman Catholic congregations. For decades now, we have been meeting together throughout the year for worship and important community initiatives.
Thank you for visiting our website and our live-streamed services, and we hope you will consider this a personal invitation to come on a Sunday or a Wednesday morning. Please make yourself known to us when you do, so we can help you feel at home in Ballyholme.