Welcome! At First Holywood Presbyterian Church we seek to help you discover Christ. Please feel free to have a look through our site and contact us if you would like to talk to one of our leadership team.


Updated 28 June 2021

The church office is open again, or you can contact us via phone and email during the following hours

Monday – Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm and Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm

Our church doors may be closed again, but we want our whole community to know that we are here to help in any way we can, so a dedicated phone line and email address have been set up for ANYONE to make contact with us:

For practical support call or text 07720223880

Email prayer requests to prayer@firstholywood.co.uk

*These calls, texts and emails for go directly to our minister Stuart, and will be dealt with confidentially.


Please join with us in worship through our online services, available from 11am each Sunday through the First Holywood Presbyterian YouTube channel and Facebook page. There is also separate content for kids available on Sundays on our YouTube channel. If you have not already done so, please consider subscribing to our social media platforms.

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Connect to our 'lockdown' Sunday services through our YouTube channel HERE

Access First Holywood service livestreams on our Facebook page HERE


Pastoral care will be provided by telephone. Rev Stuart McCrea will seek to give pastoral care over the phone or via email or text. He will also be available for critical pastoral situations and funerals and can be contacted on 0752 8366668 or email stuart.mccrea@gmail.com.

If you need any practical assistance such as some shopping or a prescription collection please contact the church office on Tel 90 425035


Let's Pray Leaflet

Family Devotional Resources

Every Sunday we have a service which starts @11 am. We would love you to join in with our worship and praise God with us.


During the service there is a Creche in the Minor Hall for babies and young children.


Older children and young teenagers can leave church after the second hymn to go to GLEEM.  At GLEEM they praise God, listen to Bible stories, have craft activities and rejoin the congregation for the last hymn.


Following the morning service tea and coffee is available in the Worship Centre.


SUNDAY EVENINGS @ 6.30pm there is a more informal service in the Worship Centre and on the 1st Sunday of the month there is a service including Prayers for Healing 

Recordings of Sunday morning services are available here.

'Presbyterianism in Ulster' has been published and is available from the Church office. (02890 425035)

Our history

First Holywood Presbyterian Church has a history dating back to the 17th century. Although the site of the church building has changed several times there has been a Presbyterian witness in the town for 400 years. The attached history gives some idea of how the church has developed and provides a record which reflects the way the congregation has sought to meet the changing needs of its people.

To read more of our 400 years go to History

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Ordination & Installation

of new Ruling Elders

On 24th February 2019 six new ruling Elders were ordained by a Commission of East Belfast Presbytery. 

Rev Danny Rankin (Moderator of Presbytery), Mr Martin Hampton, Dr Rosemary Hamilton, Mr Aubrey Bell, Rev Alan Johnston, Rev Dr Noble McNeely, Joe Campbell (Clerk of Session)

David Kennedy, Mark Baillie, Lynda Francis, Fiona Woods, Brendan Bromley, Graeme Thompson

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others..

Romans 12:3-5

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To view our Sunday Service Programme for Jan - Apr 2020 click here.

GB Jun/Sen/Brig meet on

Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm

starting Tuesday 4th Sept

GB Explorers meet on Fridays at 3.30pm

starting Friday 7th Sept

BB Jun meet on

Monday evenings at 7.00pm

starting in September

BB Anchor Boys meet on

Tuesday evening at 6.30pm

starting in September

For details of all our Youth and Children's Activities check out the Youth page


is supported by 1st Holywood and other churches in the town.



Rev Stuart McCrea


The Installation of

Rev John Stuart McCrea took place in First Holywood Presbyterian Church on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 7.30pm in a closed service.
We welcome Stuart, Hazel, Luke, Evan and Caitlin, into this congregation in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and we recognise His call for Stuart to be
our minister here.

The Installation service is available to view online here.




The Church News is published at Christmas, Easter and the Autumn. The latest edition Easter 2021 is available to read here.

The previous edition Christmas 2020 is available to read here.

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Prayers topics for the work of the PCI are issued daily.  These are available by following the link