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Sinclair Seamen's Presbyterian Church, Belfast

I preached in Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church in Belfast last Sunday morning. It is not just a place of Presbyterian worship, but also very much part of Belfast’s seafaring history as described on the NI Tourist Board’s website Discover Northern Ireland

Although dating from 1857, the interior of this Venetian style harbourside church was refurbished on a maritime theme and is continued as a gleaming tribute to the city’s seafaring traditions by a friendly congregation. Don’t miss the stained glass, the bell from HMS Hood and the lifeboat shape collection boxes.

Shipyard workers, dockers and sailors at the time of Titanic would have felt at home in its ship-like interior, with its pulpit shaped as a ship’s prow flanked by navigation lights, ship’s binnacle font and the bell of HMS Hood calling worshippers to service.

I too felt at home as I spoke in this church (but not from the pulpit) which I had never been inside before. It has an amazing interior!


Ship's prow shaped pulpit

Wycliffe banner & life-boat offering plates










Although I appreciated the unusual decor very much, I did think that the celebration of seafaring does not help the use of modern communications technology during the church service – and that’s OK by the way!

On the other hand when my laptop decided not to talk to my digital projector just as I started the sermon, it was Lynn’s generous servant attitude that got them re-connected… as I plodded on with words without visuals. Thank you, Lynn!

My topic was The God who Speaks – the God who wants to speak to every language group in its heart language.

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”   Hebrews 1:1-2

God also speaks through fellow Christians and through their actions – just like Lynn.

PS For an amazing virtual visit to Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church go to.

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