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The History of our Church.........
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF BELVOIR METHODIST CHURCH
It was in the late 1950s, due to the massive population shift from inner Belfast, and the building of many houses in the Belvoir area, that the Methodists in the estate got together to hold regular meetings in the homes of the families.
A Sunday School was set up under the guidance of Ms Jean Walpole in the Primary School in May 1971 with around 50 children.
Door to door contacts and early fundraising led to a Methodist cause in Belvoir gradually taking shape.
Following many meetings involving the Ballynafeigh Circuit, the first Leaders’ Meeting was held in January1976, and the Methodist Centre was opened later that year, on 11th June.
A copy of the Order of Service for the Dedication & Opening of the Methodist Centre held on the 11th June 1976 can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
(Download Order of Service)
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Sunday services were held originally in the Church of Ireland, and this arrangement continued until early 1983 when a decision was taken to move the services to our own centre, where the first service was held on 1st April.
With a view to adding a Church building, major fund raising was undertaken, and grants explored before the Church was opened and dedicated on the 16th September 1989.
The Church was only three years old when, on 23rd September 1992, it was completely wrecked, as were others in the area, by a massive terrorist bomb at the nearby Forensic laboratory. All the Churches in the estate rallied round and united services and organizations carried on as best as possible.
The rebuilt Church was opened on the 13th March 1993, and the halls a year later on 1st March 1994.
Since these days, all of the Churches in Belvoir have worked closely together under the auspices of the Association of Belvoir Churches to promote Christian activities and Youth outreach in the estate