150th ANNIVERSARY
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Continuing into 2018, our 150th anniversary celebrations
will be held over the same time period from the laying
of our church's corner-stone on 18 May 1867
to the consecration of the church on 22 September 1868.
  1. Launch
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    An information evening in the Parish Hall officially launched our 150th anniversary programme. The opening service was attended by His Grace The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh, visiting clergy, sponsors, and local community.
    March 2017
  2. Favourite Hymns
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    An evening of 'Favourite Hymns' on Sunday 21 May 2017 officially commenced our 150th anniversary. 12 hymns selected by the parishioners of Christ Church were sung with great enthusiasm by the 200+ congregation. Musical accompaniment was provided by the talented Tullyvallen Silver Band.
    May 2017
  3. Garden Visit
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    Parishioners William and Hilary McKelvey opened their 'Model Garden' at 7 Mount Charles North in Bessbrook to the public and almost 300 people availed of the opportunity to view this horticultural masterpiece. Many enjoyed teas in our Parish Hall and many also visited our church for a tour.
    June 2017
  4. Live Issue Concert
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    A sell-out concert featuring the country-gospel group 'Live Issue' was held in our Parish Hall on Saturday 16 September 2017. The 2 and a half hour event proved to be a very enjoyable night out which was truly enjoyed by all who attended.
    Sept 2017
  5. Harvest Services
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    Our annual Harvest Celebrations were held in Christ Church on Sunday 22 October 2017. Holy Communion was held at 11.30am with the Sunday School pupils taking a leading role. Evening Prayer was held at 7.00pm. The Senior Choir performed an Anthem at both services.
    Oct 2017
  6. Inter-church Table Quiz
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    A table quiz was held in our Parish Hall on Saturday 28 October 2017 at 7.30pm. Local teams attended and a throughly enjoyable night and supper was had by all. The winning team 'Plus One' won by a mere 3 points from 'Strictly Come Bessbrook'.
    Oct 2017
  7. Coach Trip to Londonderry
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    The first of three visits to three CoI Cathedrals was held on Saturday 25 November 2017. This coach trip to St. Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry was followed by Christmas shopping in the city and an evening meal in Salley's restaurant in Aughnacloy.
    Nov 2017
  8. Christmas Carol Service
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    A large attendance enjoyed our annual Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 17 December 2017. This brought our 150th anniversary events in 2017 to an end.
    Dec 2017
  9. Parish Visit to Dublin
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    A coach trip to Dublin and a tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral was held on Saturday 26th May 2018. As well as a mid-morning picnic, the party enjoyed the company of the Dean and Ordinary of St. Patrick's, the Very Rev William Morton, a former organist of Christ Church.
    May 2018
  10. Family Fun Day
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    A fun-filled family day out to Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne was enjoyed by all who attended. A day of brilliant warm sunshine added to the enjoyment as did the evening BBQ before the journey home.
    June 2018
  11. Flower Festival
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    Our much anticipated Flower Festival, themed 'Songs of Life', opened to the public from 11.00am to 9.00pm in Christ Church. Displays by floral artiste Marie Cairns adorned the church with colour and fragrance. Teas & lunches were enjoyed in the adjoining Parish Hall.
    Sept 2018
  12. Flower Festival Opening
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    The Opening Service of the Flower Festival was held in Christ Church at 7.00pm on Friday 21 September 2018. This was a Celebration of Holy Communion and the choir sang an athem.
    Sept 2018
  13. Flower Festival
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    Our Flower Festival continued on Saturday 22 September from 10.00am to 9.00pm. Teas & lunches were enjoyed throughout the day in our adjoining Parish Hall. Rev Dr Peter Thompson provided an enjoyable organ recital and a large attendance was recorded.
    Sept 2018
  14. Flower Festival
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    The final day of the Flower Festival proved the busiest of the weekend. Many people took this chance to view the magnificent floral displays on show before the Flower Festival drew to a close.
    Sept 2018
  15. Flower Festival Close
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    Our Flower Festival closed with a special Closing Service of Hymns, Readings & Prayers on Sunday 23 September at 7.00pm. A large congregation enjoyed the service at which the choir sang their anthem 'O thank we God, our Father.'
    Sept 2018
  16. 1) Harvest Services
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    Our 150th anniversary Harvest Thanksgiving Services will be held on Sunday 21 October 2018 with Holy Communion at 11.30am and Evening Prayer at 7.00pm.
    Oct 2018

Our 150th anniversary programme of events was very generously sponsored by local businesses and companies, whose financial assistance was greatly appreciated by everyone within Christ Church.  Please use the link below to view our sponsors.






Our 150th anniversary continued into 2018, and culminated with
a Flower Festival over the weekend of 21 - 23 September 2018.  .