Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church began as a Church Extension project in 1949 and built its main sanctuary in 1956, followed by a church hall in 1964. It has always had an evangelical ethos and over the 60 years of its existence, has consistently been involved in efforts of various kinds to reach out with the gospel to the local community. Our confidence has always been and continues to be in the good news of the gospel made effective in people's lives by the work and power of the Holy Spirit.
Our mission statement is 'to bring glory to God through meaningful worship, relevant evangelism, loving fellowship and wholehearted service.' This can be boiled down to these simple words: 'To love God and share His love in word and deed.'
During its 60 year history, Abbots Cross has developed or facilitated many varied programmes, including: youth organisations, programmes and events for ladies and men, bible classes and Sunday schools, evangelistic events, Mothers and Toddlers, craft classes, Special Olympics, Job Centre, overseas teams, Good News clubs.
We engage in our mission in an urban context and the parish community around us essentially comprises four housing areas, namely: the lower part of Rathcoole, most of Rush Park, all of Rathfern and most of the houses in the Fernagh area. This means that we are placed in the middle of a very large population with around 3,700 homes in the immediate vicinity of our church premises, which accommodate approximately 8,500 people.
Due to the increasing breakdown in relationships, many families are no single parent units which affects the environment in which children grow up, and places considerable financial burdens on those who are responsible for their upbringing.
Among other facilities, our parish contains two primary schools, two community centres, six churches, multiple shops and businesses, a hospital, two health centres, a nursing home, a special needs work centre and residential accommodation, a dental surgery, a factory, two lounge bars, a protestant hall, a TA Centre, and a Credit Union.
In engaging in mission, we want to be a blessing to others and make life better for them, but our ultimate desire is to see them come to faith in Jesus Christ, so that they may experience the greatest blessing of all in the rich, abundant and eternal life which only He can give. We are very conscious in all of our efforts to share God's love, that we are completely dependent on Him to give spiritual fruit. This reminds us that prayer must lie at the foundation of all that we do as we seek to fulfil the mission that God has entrusted to us.
We recognise that we must plan and be intentional about mission, but above all else we must humbly call on the Lord to use our efforts for His glory, for the good of others, and for the extension of His Kingdom.