Harryville Presbyterian Church is one of the 536 congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland was established in 1840 by the unification of two Presbyterian churches: the General Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod. The union of the two churches took place at the first General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in Ireland which met in Belfast on 10th July 1840.
Irish Presbyterianism has its origins in Scottish migration to Ulster in the early 17th Century.
The Presbyterian Churches are part of the historic Christian Church. The Presbyterian form of Christian faith is best described as Reformed. We place a strong emphasis on the Sovereignty of God, the Kingship of Christ and the authority of the Bible.
Preaching the Word of God is central to Presbyterian worship services which also include singing praise and prayer. There is no fixed liturgy in Presbyterian services of worship. Prayers and hymns, psalms and paraphrases, Scripture readings and sermons are adapted to the needs of the occasion.
The word Presbyterian describes our form of Church government. It comes from the Greek word presbuteros which means elder. Our Congregations are led by elders who are chosen by the people. All members share in the organising and running of every aspect of the Church's work.
Our Congregation is led by our elders, known collectively as our Kirk Session.
They are responsible for the spiritual oversight of our Church.
Rev. Eddie Chestnutt
Our teaching elder is Eddie Chestnutt. Eddie is married to Alison and they have three children, Ben, Dan and Grace.
When Eddie is not working he likes to read, watch rugby and go for long walks.
Eddie trained for the ministry in Northern Ireland and was the assistant minister in First Ballymena Presbyterian Church before being ordained and installed as minister of Harryville Presbyterian Church on 10 June 2011.
Emma & Aaron Wallace
Emma has been Director of Music since August 2017.
She has been blessed with a beautiful singing voice and sings many solo worship songs.
Emma is a very talented musician and plays numerous instruments.
She is married to Aaron who is also a very talented musican and he often accompanies Emma at our services of worship.
In 2016, they released their first CD called 'AN EVERLASTING LOVE'