Events Programme

Events in 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture - Angels have lost their Way: Presbyterians and rescue and reform work for women in Belfast in the 19th and 20th centuries
By Dr Leonne McCormick, Ulster University Coleraine

An examination the role of the Presbyterian Church and its members in preventative and reform work with prostitutes and women and girls felt to be morally at risk in Belfast and will consider the changing position of women within the city in a period of turbulent change.

Saturday 15 June 2019
9.15am Society's Field Trip to Presbyterian Churches and Sites in the Ards
departing from Malone Presbyterian Church Car Park

Thursday 21 November 2019
8.00pm McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast
Clerical Families in 19th Century Ulster
By Dr Janice Holmes

Thursday 20 February 2020
8.00pm Cullybackey Reformed Presbyterian Church
Forgotten Covenanters: the Rise and Fall of the Eastern Reformed Presbytery
By Dr William Roulston

Thursday 19 March 2020
St. John's Presbyterian Church, Newtownbreda, Belfast
7:15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm   The Workman Family and their Significance for Presbyterianism
By Dr Alice Johnson,
Belfast Metropolitan College

Thursday 7 May 2020
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture - William Sharman Crawford and his interact with Irish Presbyterians
By Professor Peter Gray,
Queen's University Belfast

Saturday 15 June 2020
Society's Field Trip - to be arranged


Past Events in 2019

 Thursday 21 February 2019
8.00pm Newry Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
The Autobiography and Journal of the Rev A G Malcolm, 1785-1823
By the Rev Dr John Nelson
The story of Malcolm’s life and ministerial career with observations on church, life and society in Newry, 1809-23.

Thursday 21 March 2019
7.15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm Presbyterian Responses to the Second World War: Challenges and Contexts
By Mr Matthew Houston

An exploration of the interpretations of the war offered by leaders within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and within their local and wider British contexts.


Past Events in 2018

Thursday 22 February 2018
8.00pm Cullybackey Reformed Presbyterian Church
To kneel or not to kneel: Presbyterian Reaction to the Five Articles of Perth, 1618
By the Rev Raymond Blair

An examination of King James’ attempt to introduce practices such as kneeling at communion and the observation of Christmas into the liturgy of the Scottish church and the relevance of these disputed issues to church life today.

Thursday 22 March 2018
Glengormley Presbyterian Church
7.15pm  Annual General Meeting
8.00pm The 1718 Emigration from East Londonderry to New England
By Mrs Alison McCaughan

The 1718 emigration was the first organised migration of families (Presbyterian) from Ulster to America.  This talk will examine why the emigrants left, the unpromising land that became their home and the heartbreak for those left behind. 

Thursday 19 April 2018
Millisle and Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church
7.30pm Lasting Legacy - a Celebration of the Life and Work of Amy Carmichael
The Presbyterian Church’s official tribute to one of her most notable missionaries, reflecting on her lifetime of missionary service, the on-going work in Dohnavur, and the present-day challenge of slavery. 

Thursday 26 April 2018
Welcome Evangelical Church, Cambria Street, Belfast
7.30pm Lasting Legacy - a Celebration of the Life and Work of Amy Carmichael
In the Society’s tribute, we focus on Amy as a young adult in Belfast, her work among women working in the mills (‘The Shawlies’), and the mission she founded in what is now the Welcome Church.

Thursday 3 May 2018
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture - The Shape of Ministry in the Early 18th Century
By Dr Robert Whan
Cover image - PHSI Programme 2017-18
A portrait of Presbyterian ministers in the Province of Ulster - their origins in terms of geographical, social and academic background, their role within the church, how they obtained and spent their income, and their status within the community.

Saturday 16 June 2018
Society's Field Trip to Churches and locations in the Banbridge area

Thursday 18 October 2018
8.00pm Strand Presbyterian Church, Belfast
The Mother Kirk: Irish Presbyterians and the 1843 Disruption of the Church of Scotland
By Mr Ryan Mallon, Queen's University Belfast

An examination of Irish Presbyterian reactions to the Scottish Disruption, placed in the broader context of the Free Church of Scotland’s attempt to position itself as the ‘true National Church’ after 1843.

Thursday 22 November 2018
8.00pm Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast
The Disappearance of George Matthews
By Mr John Larkin, QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland

An exploration of the fascinating (and murky) intersection of theology, law, personal ambition and greed through an examination of the legal cases involving Presbyterian churches and charities in mid 19th century Ireland in which George Mathews was the prime mover. Mathews was a close associate of Dr Henry Cooke and A.J. Macrory as well as a writer of some skill but he was also, as this talk will explain, an accomplished and ambitious fraudster who used the legal system to advance his interests.