15th April, 2018

Kilbride Recital Series

This afternoon saw the continuation of the Kilbride recital series presented by scholars of the Down & Dromore and Connor Organ Scholarship Scheme and Friends of Music at Kilbride.   Rev. Canon David Humphries welcomed everyone to the church and explained the purpose of the scholarship scheme.  Canon Humphries is the outgoing chairperson of the scholarship scheme having been at the helm for a number of years.

Beth Aiken, Organist and Director of Music in St Bride's, is coming to the end of her three year scholarship and was delighted to be able to offer public thanks to one of her tutors on the scheme, Dr Joe McKee, who was assisting at the recital.

The programme for the the recital ran unannounced and was as follows;

'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639  by J.S. Bach - Beth Aiken (organ)

Allegro, Concerto del Signor Meck, 1st movement by Johann Gottfried Walther - Vivien McCullough (organ)

'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier', BWV 731 - Vivien McCullough (organ)

'All I Ask of You' from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Pam Winter (soprano) and David Holmes (tenor)

'You Raise Me Up' by Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham - Vivien McCullough (soprano)

'Après un rêve', Trois mélodies, Op. 7, No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré, Arr. Drayton - Beth Aiken (organ)

'Prière à Notre-Dame', Suite Gothique, Op. 25 by Léon Boëllmann - Beth Aiken (organ)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BVW 559 by J.S. Bach - Beth Aiken (organ)

'With Darkness Deep as is my Woe', Theodora by G.F. Handel - Caroline McCartney (soprano)

A selection of anthems was performed by the choir of St Bride's 

'He Came Singing Love' by Colin Gibson, Arr. by Geoff Weaver

'For the Beauty of the Earth' by John Rutter

'Clare Benediction' by John Rutter.

 Performers at St Bride's Recital

Performers at St Bride's Recital

Following the recital the audience enjoyed some light refreshments in the church hall provided by the Ladies' Group.


14th April, 2018 - The Herald

The latest edition of The Herald has now been published and a copy can be seen on this website - follow this link to the 'The Herald'.  Deadline for the next edition is Sunday, 10th June.

13th April, 2018 Doagh Exhibition

 L to R: The Rector, Deputy Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey Council Councillor Vera McWilliam, Alex Hill and Bob Adams.

L to R: The Rector, Deputy Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey Council Councillor Vera McWilliam, Alex Hill and Bob Adams.

These were pictured this evening at the end of the two-week long Exhibition on the History of Doagh, compiled by Alex and Bob.  Many people came to view the exhibition and to ask questions of Alex and Bob.  Much talking took place, as the exhibition rekindled memories for many of our older folk, and others were pleasantly surprized that our little village had so much history.

3rd April, 2018 Doagh Exhibition

The exhibition on the village of Doagh got under way on Easter Monday and has been well attended.  It has been organised by Alex Hill and a number of friends and Alex has been on hand every evening to share some interesting facts about life in the village over the years.  It ends on Friday, 13th April, so if you haven't had look as yet now is the time to go along and enjoy a cup of tea as you look around.




24th March, 2018

Palm Sunday

This morning we celebrated Palm Sunday with our traditional procession from the church hall into church just prior to the start of the Service of Morning Prayer.  The early morning mist very quickly burnt off in time for the start at 10:50am and we were greeted by brilliant sunshine and a beautiful blue sky as everyone processed up the path to the church.  This year the procession was again headed by Annie the donkey, led by Kerry who made sure she stayed calm with constant words of encouragement and reassurance.  Inside Annie was very well behaved and stood quietly while our Rector explained the significance of a donkey in the Easter story to the children who had dressed-up in Biblical costumes for the occasion.  Annie is 8 years old.



20th March, 2018 - Annual Easter General Vestry Meeting

This evening there was a very good attendance at the annual Easter General Vestry meeting.  The evening began with a service of Holy Communion in the church following which everyone made their way across to the Parish Room to conduct the business of the evening.  Our Rector opened the meeting with prayer and presented his report for the year just past.  The Honorary Treasurer presented the financial report for the year following which all positions were declared vacant.  Church and glebe wardens were appointed and twelve people were elected on to the new Select Vestry.  Everyone then enjoyed some refreshments before the Rector ended the meeting with a closing prayer.  For the list of newly appointed parochial officers please see the 'Our People' - 'Parochial Officers' page of this website.



18th March, 2018 - St Patrick's Day Service and Lunch

Even though St Patrick's Day was yesterday we had a special service today that included many references to our patron saint, detailing his early life as a slave in Ireland and his eventual role in bringing Christianity to Ireland.  Following the service many enjoyed a delicious lunch of stew and apple pie provided and served by the Church Ladies' Group.  Clarence Gibson conducted a 'Dutch' auction with a beautiful hamper as the prize.


10th March, 2018 - Beetle Drive

A beetle drive was held in the church hall this evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike.  Our rector kept everything running smoothly and the top six children, ladies and men all won a prize.  The Ladies' Group was on hand as always to serve tea and coffee during the interval.


28th February, 2018 - Lenten Service

The Rural Deanery series of mid-week services for Lent continued this evening.  It was hosted by St John's in Ballyclare and despite the bitterly cold temperatures outside there was a very warm welcome given inside by Rev. Jonny Campbell-Smyth.  The church was well filled and Kilbride parish was well represented in the congregation.  The theme of the service was a cruise around the Mediterranean looking at the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.  A warm cup of tea was enjoyed by all at the end.


21st February, 2018 - Lenten Service

St Bride's hosted the second service in the Rural Deanery series this evening and welcomed parishioners from across the district.  Brian Clements from St Columba's in Knock was the guest organist for the service.  There were at least six incumbent or retired clergy present from the churches in the Rural Deanery.  Refreshments were served in the Parish Room at the end when everyone had an opportunity to mingle and renew friendships over a cup of tea or coffee.


11th February, 2018

William Harper - Reader Emeritus

During this morning's service of Morning Prayer a special honour was conferred on William Harper as he was given the honorary title of Reader Emeritus.  William has been an active member of the Church of Ireland for many years and has given exemplary service to the Church in a number of different roles.  One particularly notable position he held until 2016 was that of Diocesan or Lay Reader.  He was first commissioned as a Lay Reader on 3rd March 1971 in St John's Church, Whitehouse, by the then Bishop of Connor, Rt Rev. Arthur Butler.   William has been a parishioner in St Bride's for many years and as he stepped down from a number of duties in the Church in recent times, it was felt that his excellent service should be acknowledged, and in particular his former position as Lay Reader.  It was agreed that the title of Reader Emeritus would be particularly appropriate and this recommendation was proposed and duly implemented.  Although William will no longer wear the blue scarf of office he will be able to use his new title for the rest of his life.  William continues his service to the church as a member of the choir and as a regular reader of the Gospel.  



Holy Baptisms

This morning there were two baby girls baptized in separate ceremonies.  

The first little girl was baptized Khaleesi Sheree and she is seen below with her mum and dad, Ciara and Mervyn, Rev. Canon David Humphries and her godparents.


The second baby girl was baptized  Sienna Amelia and she is seen here with her parents, Stephen and Charissa, Rev. Canon David Humphries and her godparents.  Sienna is a baby sister for Lillie and Olivia.



7th February, 2018

Ballyclare Male Choir Recital


The church was well filled this evening for the visit of Ballyclare Male Choir and everyone was thoroughly entertained by a wonderful mixture of sacred and secular pieces, including a number of well known songs from the shows.  Choir conductor was Paul Briggs with Sheelagh Greer as accompanist.  Gerry McCarry and Hubert Greer were the soloists.  The recital was organised by Neil Paget and particular sincere thanks must go to him for arranging this very successful event and to all the ladies who prepared the delicious supper enjoyed in the church hall afterwards.  The choir 'sang for their supper' at the end of the evening when members of the church choir (including the ladies!) were invited to join in.    


4th February, 2018

St Columba's Church, Knock

A group of ten parishioners from St Bride's received a very warm welcome at this evening's choral evensong in St Columba's church, Knock.  The rector of St Columba's, Rev. Canon John Auchmuty, was very pleased that so many from St Bride's had made the journey into Belfast for the evening service which featured Basil Harwood's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A flat.  Two members of St Bride's choir joined the ranks of the choir for the evening and the congregation enjoyed listening to the wonderful singing throughout the service.  The choir was conducted by Choral Director, Dr Joe McKee, himself a frequent visitor to St Bride's.


28th January, 2018

Holy Baptism

This morning's Morning prayer service included another baptism of another baby boy.  The little boy was baptized Luca Alexander and is pictured below with his mum and dad, Faye and Gary, his older sister Lola and Rev. Canon David Humphries.



 21st January, 2018

Holy Baptism

This morning's service of Holy Communion also included a baptism.  The baby boy was baptized Sam Peter and is pictured here with his parents, Michelle and Peter, his older sisters, Annie and Lucy, and our rector, Rev. Canon David Humphries.  The baptism gown worn by Sam today dates back over 100 years and numerous members of his family have been baptized wearing it over several generations.