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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland will meet in Belfast from Monday 4th to Friday 8th June.

The General Assembly is the principal decision-making body of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The weeklong gathering is an important time of coming together, of fellowship, worship, Bible study, celebration and debate where decisions taken will set the direction for the life and ministry of the Church over the coming year and beyond.

The vast majority of its business is open to the public, as are the worship services:

  • Tuesday 11.45am – as part of the Assembly Communion Service
  • Wednesday 12.15pm
  • Thursday 2.45pm

and the Wednesday Evening Celebration at 7.45pm – all are welcome.

 


Following a resolution passed at last year’s General Assembly to make each more accessible, changes were made to the times that the Assembly would meet, with additional evening sessions being included.

The 2018 General Assembly will meet at the following times:

Monday, 4th June  7pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday, 5th June  10.30am – 9pm
Wednesday, 6th June  9.30am – 9.15pm
Thursday, 7th June  1.45pm – 9pm
Friday, 8th June  9.30am – 2pm

Attended by upwards of 1,000 ministers and elders from the Church’s 500-plus congregations across Ireland, on the Opening Night, Monday 4th June (which is also open to the public) the Assembly will formally elect and install Rev. Charles McMullen of West Church, Bangor, County Down as Moderator of the General Assembly for 2017/2018.

More details on this year’s General Assembly will follow in the coming weeks on this website and via social media. You will be able to follow events at this year’s Assembly @pciassembly on Twitter using the hashtag #PCIGA18 and @pcimoderator. You can also catch up on Facebook/pciassembly.

 

 

30.4.2018 | Moderator, Statements, Public Affairs


The Moderator, Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely, along with former Moderator and minister emeritus of Lucan Presbyterian Church, Dr. Trevor Morrow, and the Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev. Trevor Gribben, has written to fellow ministers and congregations in the Republic of Ireland outlining the position of the Church in relation to May’s referendum on abortion.

In their letter, which was sent on Wednesday in time for yesterday’s Sunday services, the senior Church figures said that in light of the Government’s clear intention to introduce unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, if the Eighth Amendment is repealed, the Church had concluded that “meaningful protection for the unborn can only be secured if the Eighth Amendment is retained in the forthcoming referendum.

Describing the Government’s proposals as “regressive, incompatible with human dignity and morally unacceptable”, the senior ministers explained that representatives of the Church had written to TDs and Senators in January during the debate on the Oireachtas report on the Eighth Amendment, affirming the value of every human life, while emphasising the importance of care for women, children and families in times of crisis. They said that they had also urged them “to work for a truly progressive Ireland where the weak and vulnerable, including children in the womb, are cherished and protected.”

In writing to every active Presbyterian minister in the jurisdiction, the Moderator and his colleagues said, “As Christians, we see the scriptures speaking consistently of the importance and value of human life, including that of the unborn. On that basis, we are responsible before God to honour the sanctity of human life.

“While recognising that there are mixed views within our Church about the adequacy of the current Constitutional provision, particularly around those exceptional circumstances in which the termination of pregnancy may be necessary, we consider the proposals for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks to be regressive, incompatible with human dignity and morally unacceptable.”

“Having monitored the developments of recent months closely, the General Council of our Church, acting with the authority of the General Assembly, has concluded that meaningful protection for the unborn can only be secured if the Eighth Amendment is retained in the forthcoming referendum.”

The letter concluded by saying, “We therefore encourage Church members to consider these matters prayerfully and with great care over the coming weeks and to vote in accordance with their conscience.”

You can read the full text of the letter here.

25th April 2018
TO ALL ACTIVE MINISTERS AND CONGREGATIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Dear Colleagues,
In January, representatives of our Church wrote to members of the Oireachtas, affirming the
value of every human life, emphasising the importance of care for women, children and families
in times of crisis, and urging all to work for a truly progressive Ireland where the weak and
vulnerable, including children in the womb, are cherished and protected.
Since then the Government has pressed ahead with proposals to introduce unrestricted access
to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, should Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, the Eighth
Amendment, be repealed.
As Christians, we see the scriptures speaking consistently of the importance and value of human
life, including that of the unborn. On that basis, we are responsible before God to honour the
sanctity of human life.
While recognising that there are mixed views within our Church about the adequacy of the
current Constitutional provision, particularly around those exceptional circumstances in which the
termination of pregnancy may be necessary, we consider the proposals for unrestricted access
to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy to be regressive, incompatible with human dignity and
morally unacceptable.
Having monitored the developments of recent months closely, the General Council of our
Church, acting with the authority of the General Assembly, has concluded that meaningful
protection for the unborn can only be secured if the Eighth Amendment is retained in the
forthcoming referendum.
We therefore encourage Church members to consider these matters prayerfully and with great
care over the coming weeks and to vote in accordance with their conscience.
Yours in Christ
Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely
Moderator of the General
Assembly
Rev. Trevor Gribben
Clerk of the General
Assembly
Very Rev. Dr Trevor Morrow
Convener of the Republic of Ireland Panel, Council for Public Affairs

Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland

21.3.2018 | Statements, Public Affairs


With the official announcement today that Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August, Rev. Trevor Gribben, Clerk of the General Assembly and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church Ireland said that “many Roman Catholic people both south and north of the border will be very excited and encouraged by the news.” He also said that he had no doubt that many others, “of differing theological or even political views, will want to join with our Roman Catholic neighbours in welcoming today’s news.”

“The announcement today that Pope Francis will visit Ireland as part of the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families in August has been long anticipated,” Mr. Gribben said.

“I am sure that many, many Roman Catholic people both south and north of the border will be very excited and encouraged by the news that the leader of their Church will be coming to Dublin for this significant event. I’ve no doubt that many others, of differing theological or even political views, will want to join with our Roman Catholic neighbours in welcoming today’s news.

“The attendance of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families will greatly enhance the affirmation of the place of the family at the heart of society, and that is to be welcomed.”

Vision for Society Statement: An introduction

21.3.2017 | Public Affairs, Vision for Society, Congregational Life,


The 2016 General Assembly welcomed and adopted the Vision for Society Statement, which seeks to continue to place peacebuilding firmly at the heart of Christian discipleship and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

At the time, the convener of the Council for Church in Society, Very Rev. Dr. Norman Hamilton said, “This is a symbol of our desire that this statement will both be a stimulus for our engagement with wider society, as well as a powerful symbol that this is a calling of the whole Church to a highly important aspect of Christian and biblical witness.”

The text of the Statement adopted by the General Assembly is as follows:

WE, MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND,
saved by grace
and called by God to grace-filled relationships,
in the power of the Holy Spirit
as ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom
in a broken and divided world;

BELIEVE that the Good News of Jesus Christ
challenges and equips us
to develop radically new attitudes and relationships
with our neighbours throughout the whole of Ireland.

WE CONFESS our failure
to live as Biblically faithful Christian peacebuilders
and to promote the counter culture of Jesus
in a society where cultures clash.

ACCORDINGLY, WE AFFIRM Christian peacebuilding
to be part of Christian discipleship
and reassert the Church’s calling
to pursue a peaceful and just society in our day

WE SEEK a more reconciled community
at peace with each other,
where friend and foe,
working together for the common good,
can experience healing
and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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