A new page has turned in the Clogher Valley. For the last eighteen months, those travelling along the A4 between Fivemiletown and Clogher will have watched as the foundations were poured and the new meeting house at Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church gradually took form.
On Saturday 16th October the Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, Rev John Armstrong, accepted the keys from the builder, Mr Lester Weir, and officially opened the new meeting house to the glory of God.
On Sunday 17th October the congregation held their first Lord’s Day worship service in the new meeting house. Rev Peter McIntyre, Minister of CVFPC, used that service to preach from 2 Chronicles 29 about the house of the Lord’s doors being reopened and repaired. He challenged the congregation to use the day of new beginnings to mark a restoration in their spiritual lives.
Speaking after the opening Rev McIntyre said,
“This has been a long journey in every sense. This congregation started underneath a tree, moved to a wooden building on this site, then opened our former meeting house in 1977 and fourteen years ago discussed building a new kitchen. Today God has blessed us with a new meeting house, a church hall and a new kitchen.
To open the new meeting house in 2021, is a milestone for the congregation but also stands by the roadside as a testimony to the glory of God. He directed us through His word to “go forward” and as we stepped out God has supplied the need and guided us.
The new meeting house has a modern heating and ventilation system, is more efficient with modern insulation and new technology to allow the meetings to be broadcast online and to the adjoining buildings. It has been integrated with the old meeting house which will now be used as a church hall with access to a kitchen capable of catering for larger services.
God has blessed us in so many ways. Our workers were kept safe. The work progressed and materials were bought before the price rises we have seen in recent months. But most significantly God blessed us with a team of people who wanted to build a meeting house for God’s glory and they gave sacrificially in every sense of the word.”
The builder was Lester Weir from Weir Brothers Aughnacloy, Neil Irvine from Fivemiletown was the architect and the project quantity surveyor Rodney Condell from Clabby.
Rev Peter McIntyre, Builder Lester Weir and Free Presbyterian Moderator Rev John Armstrong open the doors of new meeting house of Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church
The new meeting house located alongside the A4 Belfast to Enniskillen Road
The new entrance
The congregation inside the new meeting house at the opening
Unveiling the plaques
Photo credits to Press Eye photography