The Belfast City Mission has had a presence within the Island Street district since 1875. Throughout the years it has been served faithfully by many Missionaries. Mr Robert Ferguson is the first recorded Missionary, he served 1875-1895. Mr Ferguson was followed by Mr John McAdam 1895-1916, Mr George McKillen 1916-1918, Mr James White 1918-1920, Mr Thomas Magill 1920-1922, Mr John Pattison 1922-1926 and Mr Wallace McClean 1926-1927. Mr David Magill was then appointed to the role. Mr Magill was to serve in the district for 41 years. It was said of him “that he wore out more shoe leather on the streets of East Belfast than any Insurance man or Rent Collector”. Mr Magill had a great influence for Jesus Christ on the lives and hearts of the people he contacted, in their homes and on the streets. The onset of “the troubles” took their toll on district with fathers, sons, brothers and uncles being caught up in different “organisations”, as a result family life suffered. Another aspect of this period was the re-development programme that was taking place in the surrounding district. However, throughout all this change the Belfast City Mission Island Street remained focused upon its aim of coming alongside the people and sharing the Gospel and importantly seeking to point them to Christ Jesus. This aim was carried forward by each of the succeeding Missionaries. Mr R G Anderson 1968-1969, Mr James A Boyd 1969-1971, Mr Robert Humphries 1971-1973, Mr Robert Smith 1975-1983 and Mr Robert J Jess 1983-1986 (Part-time). Mr Samuel Morrow was appointed to Island Street on the 6th August 1987 after 5 years of service in the Sandy Row district. Mr Morrow was to oversee the opening of a new hall on Saturday 29th October 1988. The old hall had been in existence at that time for over 100 years, however, the problem was a vesting order had been placed on it and that it was to be demolished to make way for new housing. The old hall was demolished during 1987 which meant for a period the weekly meetings were held in a large lounge of Medway Court Fold. The Mission was consequently able to acquire a site and planning was given to erect a new hall. This was a new beginning a reminder of the very heart of City Mission work, a new beginning in Christ Jesus. Mr Morrow was transferred to take up duties in the Kimberley Street district in 1996 and Mr Billy Creighton was appointed to Island Street and remained for 4 years before receiving a call to Minister in Bangor Congregational Church. On 1st April 2000 Mr Billy McCullagh joined the staff of the Mission and was appointed to the work in Island Street hall. Mr McCullagh has continued to work with great vision within the district and has been innovative in his thinking, engaging with the community at large. This has been done even though he has faced adversity on a personal level. On the 18th October 2008 a new extension was added to the hall, this created a multi-purpose building that has enabled and enhanced the work.
Belfast City Mission Island Street is a place were real friendship and fellowship can be experienced. A place were all can come and find support and help for situations in daily life. But most importantly a place were people can come and find Christ Jesus the only hope for us all.
Contact Mobile : 07754671798
Remember in prayer Billy as he continues to battle through setbacks with his health issues. Give thanks for the small signs of encouragement through the recent procedure that took place regarding his loss of eyesight. Pray this will continue to be the case and even become more substantial for Billy.
The annual 11th July evening once again was a great success. A enjoyable evening was experienced by many from the community. This remains an avenue of witness and outreach.
Sunday School @ 3.00pm ( September – May )
Prayer Meeting @ 6.15pm
Gospel Service @ 6.45pm
Men`s Fellowship @ 7.00pm ( 1st and 3rd Monday ) ( September – June )
Ladies Craft and Fellowship @ 6.00pm ( September – June )
Children`s Club @ 6.00pm ( September – June )
Bible Study and Prayer Time @ 7.30pm
Belfast City Mission is an Urban Evangelistic Mission. We are among one of the oldest Urban Missions still in existence. Our work is carried out in the inner City districts alongside a number of areas in greater Belfast.
We need your continued support to bring the message of Jesus and His salvation to the streets and communities where we work.
Belfast City Mission, 5th Floor, Glengall Exchange, 3 Glengall Street, Belfast BT12 5AB
T. 028 9032 0557
F. 028 9031 1793