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Upcoming Events

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Family Table Quiz! 

The Fund-Raising Committee in conjunction with the Youth Club are organising a Family Table Quiz in the Hall on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30 p.m. The question master will be Ian Brown. The cost will be £5 per adult and £2.50 per child. All proceeds will be going to church funds. It is hoped that this event will be well supported by all age groups.

New Year's Day Walk

The New Year’s Day Family Walk is being organised leaving from the church hall @ 10.30. The walk will be suitable for all as the less able can take a shorter route. The full walk should take about 1 ½ hours. A soup lunch will be served in the hall following the lunch and non-walkers will be welcome to join us for lunch at about 12.30. The cost will be £5 per adult and £2.50 per child. For catering purposes please ask anyone interested to sign the sheet in the church porch.

Men's Group Dinner 2017

Offering gifts to Belfast City Mission, Christmas 2017

The picture shows Alex Warden (left) delivering gifts to Belfast City Mission at their Glencairn Estate Hall. Among those receiving the gifts were Ivan Patterson from Newtownards who took some of the services at Ballyblack during the summer.



With Sacrament of Baptism
Gifts will be given to the Belfast City Mission
Coffee or tea after the service in the Halls




Led by the children of the Sunday School





Led by Rev Robert Stevenson


Led by Rev William Haslett






Office Bearers
Clerk of Session – MR Alex Warden
Seaview Farm,
92 Bowtown Road,
Newtownards, Co. Down,
BT23 8SL.
Tel: (028) 9181 3330


Treasurer – MR Jim Palmer
19 Bowmount Park,
Newtownards, Co. Down,
BT23 3SS
Tel: (028) 9181 5709


CONGREGATIONAL Secretary – MRS Madeline Russell
74 Newtownards Road,
Donaghadee, County Down,
BT21 0PT
Tel: (028) 9188 2394


Charity Registration No: NIC105386


May God’s blessing be with you and your family at this Christmas Time and into the New Year.





Minister - Rev Dr Donald Watts
Tel: (028) 91450141

Ballyblack Presbyterian Church PW Programme                        

Our 2017-18 theme is “Grow and bear fruit” 


Thurs. 21st September 2017
Eat Around the World.  Food sampling from six countries.


Thurs. 19th October 2017
Valerie Scott – People International.  
What the Koran says about Jesus.


Wed. 15th November 2017
Candlelit Supper–Secret Garden. 
Flower arrangement display - discount in Gift Shop.
Followed by supper. £15.00. No refunds.


Thurs. 7th December 2017
Bell ringing and musical entertainment.
Followed by light Christmas Supper.


Thurs. 18th January 2018
The Fisherman’s Mission – Superintendent Ingrid Perry.
Pastoral and practical outreach to fishermen and their families.


Thurs. 15th February 2018
Andy Galbraith. Life as a refugee in the Middle East.


Sunday 11th March 2018 11am
P.W. Service – Mrs. Jean Gibson.
Her book “Journey of Hope” will be on sale.


Thurs. 15th March 2018
Neil Porteus. History and development of Mount Stewart.


Thurs. 19th April 2018
A.G.M.  Election of New Officers.  Film and supper.


May or June 2018
Outing to be arranged.                


Old Tyme Dance

Friday 1st April

8pm - 11.30pm

Ballyblack Church Hall


A great evening of dance and entertainment, hosted by a very well-known man in Old Tyme Dance circles,

Samuel Miskelly


Only £5 per person including Supper!

Everyone very welcome!

School's Out NI Easter Holiday Scheme

When? Monday 21st March to Friday 25th March 2016

Time? 8.30am to 5.30pm

Who? All children of Primary School age, P1 to P7

Where? Ballyblack Church Hall, Newtownards


Please contact Susannah Lyttle on 07710953959 or email for more information, or to book!


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Quiz Night!

Everyone will be welcome to our Quiz Night on Friday 11th March 2016 at 7pm in The Church Hall. Bring your team along for an entertaining evening! Supper will be kindly procided by The Youth Club. Suggested minimum donation of £5 per person in aid of The Church Hall Building Fund.

GB Display

The Annual GB Display is on Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 7pm. Everyone is very welcome to come along!

St. Patrick's Night Stew and Tart Night

Everyone would be very welcome to join us at a Stew and Tart Night on St. Patrick's, Thursday 17th March 2016, at 5.30pm for 6pm in Ballyblack Church Hall.


The PW Group are having an afternoon tea party for the senior members of the congregation on Tuesday afternoon, 19th March. They are also presenting a fund raising evening of “Cookery & Craic” with the BBC Presenter Paula McIntyre on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets are available from any member of the PW at a cost of £15 each and all proceeds are in aid of the building fund and PW Missions.

Ballyblack Men’s Group will meet in the church hall on Thursday 21st March at 10.30 a.m. A warm invitation is extended to all men in the congregation and their friends.

Our Seedtime Service will be held on Sunday evening 24th March at 7.00 p.m. when the guest speakers will be Dr John Barry and Mr Harry Sinclair, UFU President.


Other members of the farming community will also be taking part and it is hoped that there will be a good attendance from the congregation.

The Rev McAdam’s Memorial Service will be held Sunday 7th April at 3.00 p.m. and it is hoped that the Memorial Stone will be dedicated the previous Sunday 31st March, Easter Sunday.

On Saturday 27th April there will be a service at 2.00 p.m. when the Moderator of the General Assembly Rev Dr Roy Patton will be officially opening our refurbished and extended church hall.

We have also been asked to announce that the Faith Mission are having their Bangor Convention in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church over the Easter weekend. Details are in the church porch.

The Church Hall Renovation is Complete!

February 2013


Please click here to find out more. These are very exciting times for our Congregation and the surrounding community. Sincere thanks go to all those who have contributed their time, money and gifts to this project. 


You can see photos in the Gallery at the bottom of this page.

Our Christmas Day service is at the ungodly (no pun intended) hour of 10am on the 25th. If you have younglings why not encourage them to bring along their toys from Santa. If you're an adult and you want to show off the present you received we'll give you both the opportunity to show it off and the number of a good Counsellor.


We'd love to see you there!

Our Christmas Eve Service is at the normal time of 11.30pm on 24th December and will be by candle light.


Why not come along and join with us as we welcome in Christmas Day together and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


And don't worry, you'll be back home well before Santa shows his face!

On Friday 7th December 2012 I will be sleeping out at the McKee Clock at Bangor's Marina. Why you might reasonably ask!


You might remember that 4 of our young people went to Uganda during the summer of 2011. They went with a charity called Abaana who works with children in a country that has suffered so terribly over the last few decades.


I'm only doing the one night, but others are spending an entire 48hrs 'on the streets'. I realise that times are financially tough at the moment, but if you have anything to spare I'd appreciate it.


You can donate online at or if you're not computer literate/confident you can hand it to me directly.





Harvest Thanksgiving Services

Sunday 14th October 2012 11am and 7pm


Thank you to everyone who attended these services of thanksgiving. Special thanks to Mrs Carson and the augmented choir, and to Mrs Cochrane and everyone who decorated the Church so beautifully. 


Simon Henning announced that Alexander Lyttle and Graeme Warden from the congregation will be travelling to New Zealand on Monday 19th October for several months to work on farms. We wish Alexander and Graeme and their friend James the very best on their exciting adventure, and they will be in our prayers over the coming months.

Church Hall Renovation

September  - December 2012


We are excited to be renovating our Church Hall. This means that there is some inconvenience for the Clubs and Societies but please don't let this put you off! Girls' Brigade, Boys' Brigade, Creche, Sunday School and PW are all still going. If you would like to find out more about this, click on About Us, the Clubs and Societies. 

Church Hall Clearance

Monday 16th July 2012


The end of an era! The Church Hall has now been cleared out to allow renovations to commence! Thank you to everyone who helped on Monday.

Charity Golf Event

Afghanistan - There and Back

Saturday 5th May, 2012


You are invited to a talk:

"Afghanistan - There and Back"

In the Church on Saturday 5th May at 7pm


Suggested Minimum Donation of £10 per person, to include supper afterwards in the Church Hall. All proceeds in aid of the Church Hall Fund.

GB Display

Friday 27th April, 2012

Our annual Girls' Brigade Display took place in the Church Hall on Friday 27th April. Thank you to everyone who attended! The Church Hall was full! Captain's report and some photos coming soon.

Fields of Life Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who donated clothes, pens, paper and other items for Roy and Alexander Lyttle's trip to Uganda in March. You can read about their trip in the Blog section of the website, and several more photos have been uploaded in the Gallery below.

Seed Time Service

Sunday 25th March, 7.30pm


Our Service of Thanksgiving for the wider farming community was a great success. Thank you to all who attended.

Left to Right: 

Mr William Wilson (President of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster), John Rankin (Member of Kirk Session), Mrs Ethel Patterson (Federation Chairman of the Women's Institute of NI), Mr John Fay (Principal of CAFRE), Mr Angus Wilson (Fields of Life),

Mr Alex Warden (Clerk of Kirk Session)

PW Hospitality Lunch

Tuesday 20th March, 2012


On Tuesday 20th March the PW hosted senior members of the congregation and friends at a lunch followed by entertainment in the Church Hall. This was held instead of the usual evening meeting as many find it difficult to attend in the dark winter months.


The entertainment began as guests were greeted on arrival by their hosts, dressed as they would have been at the opening of our Church Hall, just over one hundred years ago in the style of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Upstairs, Downstairs' staff!


Everyone enjoyed a roast beef dinner, followed by trifle and a cup of tea before some music and song from local group 'Keep Her Lit'.


There was no fee to attend, however a very generous £322 was raised in donations as a token of the appreciation of the guests.

The beginning of the Rambling season!

Saturday 17th March

We will start the season with the St. Patrick's walk organised by the Down District Council. This walk has been operating for many years and is professionally marshalled by the local Lecale Ramblers.This year's walk has been arranged for Saturday 17th March instead of the Monday bank holiday and we meet at Castleward Park, Strangford for registration between 10.00 and 10.30 for a sharp 11.45 start. Everyone is welcome and the more the merrier!

Reflecting on India by Jenny Martin

Tuesday 21st February, 2012


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