About Us

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There has been a Church of Ireland church in the centre of Lurgan since 1725. The current building , dedicated to Christ the Redeemer, was consecrated in 1863, having replaced the original church in response to huge growth in the congregation after the 1859 Ulster Revival. Known affectionately as ‘the Big Church’, it is the largest parish church on the island of Ireland. Always at the centre of the life of our town, it has been a place of building faith and community for many generations. Our church is also regularly used for large civic and diocesan services and events. In more recent times, we have been instrumental in reaching across our divided community through the work of Shankill Parish Caring Association (SPCA), a charitable body established by the parish in the 1990s. SPCA continues to play a vital role in building community here in Lurgan from its base in the Jethro Centre in Flush Place.

Normally our Sunday services offer different styles of worship


A quiet Holy Communion service from the Book of Common Prayer


A more informal service with the same Bible teaching from our 10am service and sung worship led by a band.


A service of Morning Prayer with relevant Bible teaching and sung worship led by choir and organ.


Our evening service alternates between Evening Prayer and ‘Deeper’, an informal service with an opportunity to spend longer in worship, Bible teaching, and responding to the work of God’s Spirit through prayer ministry.


Our Values

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In our leadership, decision making, strategic planning, and preparation, we are guided by these nine values:


Passion – for God
Inspiration – in worship
Growth – in our faith
Teams – as we serve
Compassion – for the least and the lost
Relationship – with one another
Investment – for the future
Effectiveness – excellence over perfection
Integrity – authentic lives

Discovering Jesus

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People have been intrigued by the person of Jesus Christ for more than 2000 years. Whatever your understanding or belief about Jesus, he’s undeniably the one figure around whom the whole of history pivots. To some he’s a great teacher, to others a revolutionary or radical. His words have echoed down the centuries. He’s a source of inspiration and a source of controversy. Nearly a third of the people on this planet worship and follow him today.



The Bible clearly teaches us that Jesus was more than a human being – he was God fully taking on our human form. Throughout  the pages of the four gospels ( the stories of his life), we encounter Jesus who healed the sick, raised the dead, reached out to the poor, challenged corruption and offered transforming hope to all who sought him.  He offered himself as the complete sacrifice for the sins of the world and his suffering and death on the cross are the means by which it’s possible for us to come into a restored relationship with God. His rising from the grave means that death does not have the last word.



Countless millions have come to faith in God through Jesus Christ down the centuries and are still even as you are reading this. He offers us ‘life in all it’s fullness’. If you want to know more why not sign up for our next Alpha course (run by the Diocese online) 

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There are also lots of people here in Shankill who’d love to share their story of how Jesus has changed their life.  Come along on a Sunday and find out more.

If you’d like to invite Jesus into your life, you can pray this simple prayer wherever you are right now:

“Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments to ask his forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience).  Please forgive me. I now turn from everything that I know is wrong. Thank you that you died on the cross for me, so that I could be forgiven and set free. Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Spirit. I now receive that gift. Please come into my life by your Holy Spirit to be with me forever.  Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen.”

(Taken from  “Why Jesus?”  © Nicky Gumbel)

If you’ve prayed this prayer or have any questions, please contact us 

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