Workshippers at Third Portglenone Presbyterian Church are preparing to mark 50 years in their new meetinghouse.
The original building was destroyed by a fire during the early hours of Sunday, April 16, 1962, believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault.
Miraculously, given the strong winds which blew on that dramatic night, members of the fire service managed to save the Church Tower and the Church Hall.
This proved to be an important feat as the hall provided a venue for church services until rebuilding work was completed on the main sanctuary three years later.
Chief subscriber to the restoration fund, James Martin, Managing Director of Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd, performed the opening ceremony which was also attended by the then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt. Hon. Terrance O’Neill.
A special service to mark the 50th Anniversary at the current premises will take place on Sunday, November 8, at 6pm.
‘Looking Back, Looking Forward will be the theme.
With this in mind, Rev. Eddie Kirk, who occupied the Pulpit at 3rd Portglenone from 1986-92 is set to be the guest speaker.
Long serving Church Elder, Jim Kerr, commented: “What God has done over the last 50 years has been amazing – we have had our ups and downs – but the recent installation of our new Minister, Rev. Philip McCullough, has really got us moving again.”