Welcome…

..to our parish website.

We hope you’ll find enough here to whet your appetite. Do come and see us if you’re in the area and please let us know if we can help in any way.

You may have heard that Eglinton was severely affected by flooding recently. More than 10% of our parishioners are out of their homes and many more facing a degree of disruption and loss.  As you can see from the photos,

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both our church building and hall were damaged and will require major repair work taking many months. In spite of that we are in good heart, and seeing this challenge as an opportunity to build for the future.

In the meantime, we are worshipping together at 11am every Sunday in Eglinton Primary School.  We’d be delighted if you would join us.

On the first weekend of December we have two Christmas Concerts; Saturday 2 December Cup O’Joe, an award winning young band, all from the one family, perform a programme of folk, country and jazz music. Then on Sunday 3 December the Omagh Youth Choir, along with Paul Hughes (lead singer of McPeake) and Bronagh Broderick (singer songwriter) present an evening of popular music and light classical. Both acts have performed internationally and we are extremely fortunate to have them in Eglinton. Both concerts start at 7:30pm in Eglinton Primary School.

For details of this and forthcoming events see our What’s Happening page.

 

 

 

 

 

Who Are We?

The Church of Ireland parish of Faughanvale is situated in the heart of the village of Eglinton, six miles to the East of Londonderry.

The parish is part of the diocese of Derry, the Bishop of which is the Rt. Rev Ken Good.

We are a parish of over 200 families most of whom are centred around the village but some live in Londonderry city, Ballykelly and Limavady.

We see ourselves as continuing a rich tradition of Anglican worship and witness in the area while making it a priority to offer a warm welcome to the many people of all traditions and none who live nearby or who visit the area and our aim is to include people of all ages and stages on the journey of faith.

Enjoying fun together is important for us and we run regular events for people of all ages to laugh, learn and grow together.  Relationship is at the heart of everything we do; relationship with one another, with our neighbours and, above all, with God.

We are beginning to develop a ministry of Christian healing, with periodic Healing Services and a Prayer Chain for those who’d like us to pray for any need

We seek to work together as much as possible with our fellow Christians in the other faith communities in the area and, together, to be a blessing for all the people of the area.

 

Who’s Who?

Rector: Rev Paul Hoey

Paul was appointed to the parish in September 2015. He ministered in Belfast, Portadown, Fermanagh and Donegal before coming to Eglinton and also had a roving role for some years when he travelled all over Ireland helping to equip church leaders for mission. He also acts as Parish Development Adviser in the diocese.

Youth Worker: Claire Hinchliff

Claire works with Faughanvale Presbyterian Church as well as St. Canice’s.  We are developing with her a programme of activities to engage young people within the church and beyond.

Organist and Choir

Our permanent organist post is currently vacant. We are fortunate to have a  number of others who can step in as needed. Our enthusiastic choir sings at special occasions

Praise Band

Alan McElreavey heads up our versatile band which, at the moment, consists of guitarist, keyboard players, drummer and trumpeter – but we’re always looking for new talent!

Secretary of the Select Vestry: Alan McElreavey

Parish Treasurer: Steven Lindsay

Churchwardens: Elaine Way and David Holmes

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Worship

Our aim is to offer worship that engages people of all ages and outlooks and draws them into an experience of God’s holiness, grace and power.  We see the time we spend together on Sunday as the focus for the worship we offer with the whole of our lives.

Our worship services are relaxed, simple and varied with a good sense of participation.

At present, due to flood damage, we are worshipping in Eglinton Primary School at 11am each week. the JAM kids’ ministry is beforehand at 10am. 

The normal pattern of services is:

10:00 am

All-age worship with music by the praise band and input for children

(First and fifth Sundays Service of the Word, second and fourth Sundays Holy Communion, third Sunday Morning Prayer)

11:30 am

A quiet, simple, generally traditional type of service with music on organ

Outside school term-time and on a few other occasions around the major Christian Festivals the two services are combined for an 11am Service with elements of both contemporary and traditional music.

In addition we offer occasional extra services, mid-week or on Sunday evenings, of various types.

Please check the What’s happening? page for latest details.

 

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What’s Happening?

or up to date information on what’s happening this week please click on this link 12 Nov St Canice’s news b for a copy of the weekly news sheet.

Also everyone is welcome to the Getting to Grips with the Bible meeting in the Rectory on Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Tickets for our two Christmas Concerts on 2 and 3 December are available from David on 07545526106

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What’s On Offer?

Choir – practices as announced for special services at key times of the year

SPARK for young people of secondary school age meets on Friday evenings in the hall every other week. See the weekly news sheet for details.

JAM (children’s ministry for 4-12s) – 11am in the hall during term-time. Lots of fun activities and imaginative Bible-learning

SPARK – for young people meets on alternative Fridays at 7pm in the Youth Room.

Bowling Club – meets Tuesdays and Thursday in the hall

Women’s Badminton Group

Scouts – meets Wednesdays in the hall

Confirmation Group – for those preparing for full membership and public commitment of faith. As announced.

Occasional meetings for Bible study, fellowship and prayer are held; also faith discovery courses. Please see weekly news sheet for details.

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History

History of St Canice’s Church

In the 6th century St Canice built a small church in the townland of Faughanvale. which is in the village of Greysteel which is about three miles from the village of Eglinton.

Following the plantation of Ulster in 1615 the Grocers’ Company of the City of London was granted a substantial manor of some 16,000 acres in size stretching from the banks at Lough Foyle. The village then known as Muff (meaning a plain, from the flat land in the area) became the headquarters of the Grocers’ Company in Ireland. Indeed, their Manor House known as the Grocers’ Castle was situated on the site of the present-day Rectory. In 1823 James McAuley was paid £18 to demolish the castle and the rubble was used to build the Rectory. It should be noted that the name Faughanvale in the case of the parish means ‘new ecclesiastical settlement which has a completely different meaning from the townland of Faughanvale

The Grocers’ Company then in 1622 decided to build a new church closer to the centre of their estate and in 1622 it opened and the gable wall can be found in the grounds of the present church.

In 1820 the Grocers’ Company decided to build a new parish church and the design of the Church of Ireland, church at Fahan in County Donegal, a hall with a tower at the West end was a suitable design for the church.

North and South transepts were added in 1856 as the select vestry at the time considered that the church was unbalanced. The chancel was added in 1899 by WE Scott of Willsborough in memory of his wife and daughter and the East Window was installed in memory of Major WE Scott who hand been responsible for the chancel.

The Michaels and Gallagher families were great benefactors of the church in the 1930s. I August 1936 Mrs Eliza Michaels died. She was the daughter if Thomas Gallagher who founded the famous to15538830648_fe791944c3_bbacco company of Gallagher’s. Thomas Gallagher’s father, also called Thomas was the miller in Templemoyle Mill and he and his wife are buried in the church grave yard.

The most impressive burial monument is that on the Spencer family the monument was erected in 1766 by Paul Spencer who share an ancestral link with Earl Spencer of Althrop in Northamptonshire (i.e. related to Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales.)

A close association was formed between the church and the nearby military airfield in the 1940s and 1950s and to commemorate worship in the church by RNAs personnel the church has on display naval colours and an ensign and crest of HMS Gannet.

The church grave yard has graves of service personnel from WW1 the late Mr Monteith, one of the last of the Derrys and a man with a marvellous war record, and WW2 (35 men and 1 woman who lost their lives during World War 2.

The oldest pieces of communion silver is a chalice gifted by Robert Harrington which is inscribed 9th April 1637 and, the communion paten inscribed by the Spencer Family.

The beautiful stained glass windows are by Shrigley and Hunt of Lancaster, and were manufactured in December 1929. They are magnificent and well worth a look at.

 

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How To Find Us

Postcode BT47 3AB

Directions:

St Canice’s church is on Main Street, Eglinton, opposite the health Centre. Coming in to the village from the Campsie roundabout turn left at the junction and the church is a few hundred yards further on the left.

geographical coordinates 55.0271959 -7.1738336

 

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Contact Us

Rev Paul Hoey
The Rectory
21 Main Street
Eglinton
Co Londonderry

Ph: 02871 812462

E: dphoey@btinternet.com

 

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