Abbey Presbyterian Church, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

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Parabola’ – Paint and multi-media art exhibition

Bethany Garvey-Williams our artist in residence hosted her first solo exhibition from the opening night on Thursday January 31st to Sunday February 2nd . A  response  to our series on the Parables, brought some interesting conversations and the nursery room was transformed to a tranquil space with the visual ideas in Bethany’s expressions and art work. We hope to repeat similar events. The weekend has bought success both to Bethany and positivity to the first days of 2020

Thankyou to Bethany for all her work to those who helped both family, friends and members of Abbey congregation.


(Photos of the Parabola Exhibition credit: Sam Boal) 
About this Event
Bethany Garvey-Williams presents ‘Parabola’ – an exhibition of work completed as artist in residence at Abbey Church, Parnell Square. Inspired by the narrative tradition of parables, she juxtaposes the familiar with the complex, comparing and contrasting ideas in visual form, using paint and multi-media.
Launch Night is Thursday January 30th open from 6pm-8pm
and for the weekend the exhibition will be open
January 31st 12pm-6pm
February 1st 12pm-6pm
February 2nd 1pm-4pm
Exhibition is free


Another beautiful start to January  as we had our first Oasis day of the New Year. Taking some time to reflect on the Psalms. Oasis days are our monthly retreat days usually taking place at the Margaret Aylward centre in Glasnevin and everyone is welcome. Please contact us if you would like to join us.














New Year Communion Service January 5th at 11am .Please join us and stay for Bring and Share lunch afterwards

Christmas DayService 10 am on Christmas Day







Advent Oasis Day

9.30pm-2pm in the beautiful surroundings at the Margaret Aylward Centre Glasnevin.

This is a lovely opportunity to take some time out and space especially when our lives are so busy at this time of year.

A light lunch is provided

Advent and Christmas :

Humbug and Happiness is an original Advent course based on the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Carol in four weekly study sessions, structured around key scenes from the film, it explores the following themes:

  • The Chains of Life – living through difficult times and personal circumstances.
  • In the Past-things from the past that hold us back today.
  • Living Now- being aware of God’s call for us in the present.
  • Future … Perfect? – understanding God’s plan for our whole life: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

We will start the evening with Tea & Coffee at 7pm


Our Annual Harvest Service took place on October 13th. Members bought gifts to be donated to the Alice Leahy Trust helping homelessness. Plants were also distributed to members and friends who are unable to be with us as often as they used to be. It is always special to be thankful of all we have and in some small way to pass on that thankfulness in tangible ways. A big thankyou to all those involved in the extra tasks needed for this day particuarly to Sandra Poynton and all her faithfulnes in this.

At the end of August we said good bye and farewell to our Organist Thomas Hanley as he takes up his position as musical director at Cavan Cathedral.

During the summer we welcomed tow interns from Belfast Bible College. it was good to have them around and we hope they gained more insight to inner city church life, cross cultural ministry and the arts.
Our church family meets every first Sunday in the month for a bring and Share lunch, this is a very popular event and as well as enjoying food from around the world, we enjoy getting to know one another over table fellowship. A new idea for September-we will be celebrating one another and anyone with a birthday that month will come to the front of the church as we recognize them and pray for them . Afterwards we will have tea coffee and cake.

Reading Romans. You can join us on Wednesday evenings as we read Romans and seek to understand with lively and friendly discussion. Led by our minister Alan Boal with tea and coffee to begin. This is a great way to be with fellow believers and to share together in the middle of the week 7pm 5 Gardiner Row.

With great sadness and regret we had to close our well established nursery. Under the leadership of Deirdre Moore over 27 years our nursery had been a beacon of good practice, a warm and loving setting for children, providing early education with formative social skills and an acclaimed learning field for students from childcare courses and colleges, including DCU and DIT. It was highly regarded in the community around Abbey and served families as a welcome to them also providing childcare for those new into our country. Restrictive regulations after inspection, that went beyond what our building could provide made it impossible for us to achieve the ability to remain open. Abbey is indebted to Deirdre for her love, her dedication and her maintenance of the high quality of the Abbey Day Nursery and we are mindful of the impact that this decision made both to her, to staff and to all the families who relied upon it. We are disappointed that a service that was running well fell victim to regulations that do not take into consideration the variety of childcare settings and seek to allow more flexibility to cover them within the guidelines. We love the community from where our church resides and we hope that we will always be faithful to serving and transforming lives as we seek to live out our faith in this part of the city.

It was with great saddness that we announced the passing of our dear friend and elder at Abbey. Robert G.E. Poynton on the 22nd March 2019, peacefully surrounded by his family and in the wonderful care of the staff of St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He was a dearly loved husband and best friend of Sandra and a fond brother in Christ amongst us. His work and committment to Abbey was immense and the contribution he made to both the church and the community are sorely missed and gratefiully remembered by our church family. A Service of Thanksgiving was held in Abbey Presbyterian Church on 25th March 2019.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]