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Holidays 2015. Due to members' holidays, Templepatrick Reformed Church will combine with Whiteabbey Congregational Church, Belfast, for four weeks this summer. The last service at the church hall will be Tuesday 7th July when Paul Dowling will preach. Members not on holiday will join services at Whiteabbey Congregational Church thereafter. Services at Templepatrick Reformed Church will resume, God willing, on Lord's Day 9th August 2015.
The church midweek prayer meeting was cancelled on Tuesday 24th March 2015 so that members could attend the meeting at Belfast's Waterfront Hall in support of Asher's Bakery, which was taken to court by the Equality Commission for refusing to decorate a cake with a message supporting same-sex marriage.
Templepatrick Reformed Church is Evangelical, Protestant and Reformed. This sums up the teaching of the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, to which we adhere. This confession was drawn up in 1644 and revised in 1689 in accordance with the Westminster Confession of Faith, to demonstrate its unity with the creeds of Christendom. These creeds summarise accurately the teaching of the Word of God, which is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice. We strive, in dependence upon God, to faithfully serve Him in doctrine, worship, witness and practical Christian living, so that in every aspect of life we obey God's Word, and bring glory to our God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Templepatrick Reformed Church wishes to advise those with whom we have shared fellowship over the years that there has been a division in the congregation. The church has been grappling with a constitutional and conscientious difficulty over the subject of Baptism for more than two years. In June 2013, our minister, Pastor Trevor Kirkland, resigned from office in the church, and was invited to supply the pulpit while further discussions took place. With the consent of the congregation, a number of our members, including Mr. Kirkland, elected to withdraw to form a new congregation founded on the Westminster Confession of Faith. At the end of November they did so, and are meeting separately from 1st December 2013. The remaining congregation of Templepatrick Reformed Church continues, founded on the Baptist Confession of Faith. It had been our hope that the two congregations might continue to worship together and share resources after the division, but this has proved not to be possible. Templepatrick Reformed Church is in process of seeking Reformed Baptist oversight and ministry. We desire the prayers of our friends as we seek the Lord‚Äôs direction for the future.
Colin Meikle Elder 30th November 2013
Lord's Day 11.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer Meeting Tuesday 8.00 p.m. We use only the Authorised Version of the Scriptures and the Scottish Metrical Psalms in worship.