The people of the parish of Saint Nicholas, Lisburn Road, Belfast returned to worship in the church building on Saint Nicholas' Day after using the Parish Halls for 33 weeks.
During that time a number of major repairs were carried out to the church which included refacing the pillars with Portland Stone and the installation of a new heating system. In addition, most of the carpets were removed to reveal the original tile floor and the front of the church was opened up by removing some pews – giving a large area for creative worship.
Under the direction of Andrea Rea, the choir anthem "Now thank we all our God" brought the opening service of Holy Communion to a fitting conclusion.
The parish is now looking forward to December 13 when at 11am Bishop Alan Abernethy will conduct a Confirmation Service and at 7pm there will be Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols followed by Preacher's Punch! The following Sunday, December 20 at 11am the parish holds the Annual Christingle Service.
Christmas Holy Communions are at 11.30pm on December 24 and 9.30am on Christmas Day.