Parishioners of St John’s Church, Glynn, will see their new church extension formally opened on Sunday October 9 as part of their Harvest celebrations.
The opening follows five years of planning, seven months of construction and a hectic fortnight of final preparations.
For a number of years the Sunday School at St John’s, Glynn, found that the existing vestry room was too small for the increasing number of children attending. In addition, St John’s Church was without any kitchen facilities, or even a room large enough for vestry committee meetings.
After considering many options, architect Ryan Kennedy, of RE Quinn Architects in Dromore, was invited to submit a design to give both Sunday School children and parishioners the extended facilities needed for a modern and active congregation.
The design adopted by the congregation combined a modern approach to give two bright and spacious meeting rooms, with the careful use of traditional roofing materials. This has given a substantial church extension which is both modern and appropriate for the historic church of St John’s, built in 1840 to a design of Charles Lanyon – the architect best known for his design of Queen’s University, Belfast.
In addition to the Sunday School room, new kitchen facilities, and a minister’s vestry room, which can also be used as a crèche, the extension includes a state of the art disabled toilet, and ramped access from both the main church building, and externally. The building contractors were Piperhill Construction of Ballymoney.
To mark the opening of the new extension, both St John’s Church, Glynn and the new extension will be open for visitors to see on the afternoons of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October, from 2.30 – 4.30pm, as part of Glynn Parish’s Harvest Gift Weekend.
Glynn’s morning Harvest Service will be held at 11.30am on October 9, when the special preacher will be the Rev Helen MacArthur, curate of Derriaghy parish, Lisburn.
The church extension will be formally opened during the Harvest evening service which starts at 7pm and will be led by the rector of Larne, Glynn and Raloo, Archdeacon Stephen Forde. Harvest Music will be led by the St Cedma’s Singers, and supper will follow the opening ceremony. All are warmly invited to the Harvest Festival Services.