17th March, 2019 - St Patrick’s Day Lunch

Today was St Patrick’s day and there was a theme of St Patrick throughout the service as we remembered our patron saint and how he brought lasting Christianity to Ireland. Many sprigs of shamrock were worn as a symbol of St Patrick on this his feast day. The service was followed by the annual St Patrick’s Day lunch when many of the congregation made their way down to the Parish Hall for a delicious bowl of stew followed by apple tart and cream.

17th March, 2019 - Re-dedication of the Church Bell

In recent times the electrical mechanism that operates the church bell had become very noisy and was obviously in need of some attention. The bell was formerly rung manually by a bell-ringer standing in the porch of the church but an electrical ‘ringer’ had been fitted approximately fifty years ago. A decision to replace it was made as a matter of some urgency and following a generous donation by the family of a former parishioner, the late Annie Lewis, a brand new mechanism has now been fitted and the bell was re-dedicated during this morning’s service with many of Annie’s immediate family present in the congregation. Annie was a member of the church family in St Bride’s for many years and passed away quite recently on 5th February 2019.


13th March, 2019 - Rural Deanery Lenten Service in Christ Church, Ballynure

The second of the mid-week services was held this evening in Christ Church, Ballynure and despite the inclement weather there was another good turn-out from parishioners in Kilbride. The wind was howling outside but inside the church was warm and cosy as Rev. Jonny Campbell-Smyth continued the Lenten message, Jesus - the Human Face of God, with the topic of “Jesus loved us”. Refreshments were enjoyed in the church hall afterwards where everyone had a chance to mix and meet parishioners from other churches in the rural deanery group. Next week the mid-week service will be in Drummaul, Randalstown.

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6th March, 2019 - Ash Wednesday Service in St Saviour’s Church in Connor

The first of the Lenten rural deanery mid-week services took place in St Saviour’s church in Connor this evening. It was good to see the service so well attended and especially such a good representation from St Bride’s. The service of Holy Communion was conducted by Rev. Ian Magowan and the topic for his sermon was “Jesus prayed for us”, part of the overall theme of the mid-week services - “Jesus, the human face of God”. Next week the service will be in Christ Church, Ballynure with the topic “Jesus loved us”.

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24th February, 2019 - Baptism


A little girl was welcomed into the church family at this morning’s Morning Prayer service. Baby Jessica was baptised by our Rector and she is pictured here with her proud parents.

17th February, 2019 - Family Service

Valerie Ireland enjoying her temporary role as church organist at today’s family service.

Valerie Ireland enjoying her temporary role as church organist at today’s family service.

David and George Rea were on hand with tea and coffee.

David and George Rea were on hand with tea and coffee.

17th February, 2019 - The Herald

The latest edition of the Parish magazine is now available to read. If you haven’t got a paper copy you can read it by following this link to the Useful Information and Links page of this website - The Herald

13th February, 2019 - Invisible Trafficking

The Ladies’ Group met this evening in the Parish Room to hear more about the problem of human trafficking in the UK, Ireland and in particular Northern Ireland. Ash Richmond from the charity Invisible Trafficking, gave a very informative talk on this disturbing practice and its effects on the people involved. All types of modern slavery were discussed including farm workers, builders, factory workers as well as the sex industry. People are brought to Northern Ireland from various parts of Europe and beyond, with the promise of work and then they are forced to live in appalling conditions. They are poorly paid and cannot easily escape from the people exploiting them as they have had their passports and other important papers taken from them. This is a hidden world in what we consider a civilised society and efforts are made by charities like Invisible Trafficking to expose modern slavery and stop it. It was a very enlightening talk on a very emotive subject.

For more information on this subject visit the charity’s website by following this link - Invisible Trafficking

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” - Proverbs 31, Verse 8.

13th February, 2019 - Air Ambulance Thank You

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6th February, 2019 - Watchmen Outing to War Years Remembered.

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The Watchmen men’s group went on its first outing this evening and spend a very enjoyable evening exploring the War Years Remembered exhibition in Ballyclare. The guide for the tour was the very knowledgeable David McCallion who explained what fighting in the trenches was really like during the First World War. David has been an avid collector of wartime memorabilia for many years and he has literally thousands of items on display. In his talk he gave a great insight into the events leading up to the war and what was happening in Ireland at the time and how Nationalist and Unionist battalions fought for the same cause. Irish regiments raised in all parts of Ireland were prominent in many of the famous battles of the war. Ballyclare’s importance was also described and the sacrifice made by so many local families, including many from Kilbride. A very interesting outing which in the three hour trip only covered a fraction of what is on display so it may be somewhere to visit again.

6th February, 2019 - Charity Donation

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Iris McCormick and Lillian Lyttle had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to the Children’s Cancer Unit in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children this morning. This charity exists solely to support the work of the Children’s Cancer and Haematology Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children as well as their families.

For more information on this charity and the work they do please follow this link - The Children’s Cancer Unit

Iris and Lillian present the cheque to Rebecca from the unit.

Iris and Lillian present the cheque to Rebecca from the unit.

1st February, 2019 - Charity Donation

This evening Kate Henry and David Holmes from Kilbride’s Select Vestry presented a cheque to Grace Williams representing the Air Ambulance NI charity based at the Maze near Lisburn. Grace is the Area Fundraising Manager for Co. Antrim and Belfast and she was delighted to receive the cheque for £350 from Kilbride parishioners and especially on 1st February, being the Festival of St Bride’s. Grace explained that the money will be well used in helping to run this vital service which, in the last 18 months since the air ambulance began its service in Northern Ireland, has seen the helicopter deployed a total of 672 occasions to emergencies right across the country . In that time it has saved many lives in a variety of medical emergencies and accidents, 55% of which have been road traffic collisions and 10% farming related accidents.

Grace Williams, Air Ambulance NI, receives a cheque from Kate Henry and David Holmes.

Grace Williams, Air Ambulance NI, receives a cheque from Kate Henry and David Holmes.

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For more information on the air ambulance follow this link - Air Ambulance NI

1st February, 2019 - Celebration of the Feast of St Bride

Today is St Bride’s day and, to celebrate the Saint after whom our church is named, a service of Holy Communion was held, followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.

29th January, 2019 - Charity Donations

Ivan Topping, representing the Select Vestry, visited two charities today to present a cheque for £350 to each as a donation from St Bride’s. It has been a long standing tradition in our church to support local charities and Ivan was delighted to visit both the Simon Community and the Women’s Aid offices in Larne to hand over the cheques. In addition another cheque was forwarded to the SoS Bus charity in south Belfast to help its work with vulnerable people. A further three charities will be receiving donations in the very near future.

For more information on these charities follow the links below;

Simon Community

Women’s Aid


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Ivan makes the presentation to staff member Fay Tilson, Women’s Aid, in their Larne office.

Ivan makes the presentation to staff member Fay Tilson, Women’s Aid, in their Larne office.

Jude Murphy receives a cheque on behalf of the Simon Community

27th January, 2019 - Holocaust Memorial Day


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This morning’s service commemorated the victims of the Holocaust, a dark period of the 20th century’s history which must never be forgotten, when six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis during World War 2. Millions more people were killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, the largest Nazi death camp located in Poland, and this date was chosen as the international date for commemoration across the world. A special address was read by David Humphries, Kate Henry and David Holmes where the horrors of life for the people persecuted by the Nazis was described, with the hope that by remembering this terrible time that it will never be allowed to happen again.

25th January, 2019 - Rev. Canon Ken Ruddock

Rev. Canon Ken Ruddock has retired after 20 years as Connor Diocesan Curate. Canon Ruddock has been a familiar face in St Bride’s in recent years having conducted numerous services during the vacancy following Rev. Paul Redfern’s retirement.

Follow this link for an article on the Connor Diocese website - Rev. Canon Ken Ruddock

20th January, 2019 - Second Sunday after the Epiphany and Family Service.

This morning we were pleased to welcome Valerie Ireland to St Bride’s as our guest organist. Valerie is no stranger to St Bride’s having joined our choir on a number of occasions for recitals and special services. She will be back with us again next week.

Valerie Ireland with David Humphries

Valerie Ireland with David Humphries

This Sunday was also our family service and at the end everyone was able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some good conversation with other parishioners. An excellent opportunity for an informal chat and to catch up with what’s happening in each other’s lives.


13th January, 2019 - First Sunday after the Epiphany

Jim Drennon was on the organ bench again at this morning’s service for the second week since the organist vacancy arose. His wife Betty also had an active role to play this morning as she joined the alto section of the choir, donning the blue robes of St Bride’s in place of her more familiar red ones that she wore in St Anne’s cathedral choir. Betty was a member of the cathedral choir for many years and was delighted to add her voice to the praise this morning.


10th January, 2019 - How Jewish is Christianity?

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This evening was the first of three talks given by our Rector on the origins of the Christian faith and its very strong connections with Judaism. David explored the genealogy of Jesus and the Old Testament prophesies regarding Jesus and the Jewish faith. A very informative talk which will be continued in two weeks time.

9th January, 2019 - Kibride Ladies’ Group Art Demonstration

The Ladies Group welcomed local artist Adrainne Bowden to their January meeting. There was an excellent turnout and some were surprised to learn that they were actually going to paint and not just sit and watch! Adrainne had very kindly prepared cards for each of the members to paint their own watercolour under her guidance and patience. Adrainne shared that she had taken up painting again about 20 years ago and attends various exhibitions with her watercolours throughout the province. Adrainne is a member of Jordanstown Art Club and enjoys painting holidays in such places as Croatia, Italy and France. She has been doing demonstrations to various groups of people over the past 16 / 17 years. By the end of the evening everyone had created their very own masterpiece. Exhibition details to follow!! Supper was served with some leftover Christmas goodies and a massive thank you to Adrainne and her helper Janice for a great evening.

6th January, 2019 - Feast of the Epiphany

St Bride’s celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany at this morning’s service of Holy Communion and welcomed Mr Jim Drennon as guest organist. Jim was delighted to accept the invitation to play for two Sundays from David Humphries, the two having been good friends for many years.

5th January, 2019 - Ice Hockey at SSE Arena

The young people in the Sunday School and their families had a very enjoyable afternoon in the SSE Arena as they watched two ladies’ ice hockey teams from Clarkson University and Northeastern University in the United States go head-to-head in the ‘Ulster University Friendship Series’. These teams represent the elite of ice hockey in the US as Clarkson University from New York are the 2018 NCAA Champions and Northeastern University from Boston, the 2018 Hockey East Champions.


2nd January, 2019 - Watchmen Men’s Group

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This evening was the first monthly meeting for the newly established men’s group. It will be known as ‘watchmen at Kilbride Parish Church’ and it got off to a very good start with ten men from the parish coming to hear our Rector give a presentation on the Holy Land, a place he is very familiar with having organised pilgrimages there for well over twenty years. David showed very interesting photos of many of the locations that the pilgrimages visit every year and there were many very relevant questions asked by the audience, and indeed by David, as he tested the men’s knowledge of Biblical locations and characters.  Everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat during what was a very informative and sociable evening. It is intended that these meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month up until June when they will stop for the summer months. Look out for more interesting talks and outings in the Diary Dates page of this website.

1st January, 2019 - Feast of the Naming of Jesus

The first service of the New Year was held this morning as the Feast of the Naming of Jesus was celebrated with Holy Communion.