St John’s, Donegore, subject of updated history book

Wednesday May 3rd 2017

Mrs Margaret Bell, author of A History of St John’s Church, Donegore.

A new edition of A History of St John’s Church, Donegore, by Margaret Bell has just been published.

Mrs Bell, a long time parishioner of Templepatrick and Donegore and former Churchwarden of St John’s, has completed an update to the book that she first produced in 1988.

This new edition brings the story of St John’s up-to-date and also, as all copies of the previous edition had sold out, allows the story to be shared with a new generation of regular worshippers in St John’s.

Many visitors to St John’s are also interested to learn more about the church as they are struck by its beauty and distinctive spirituality. The history of St John’s is also of interest to local historians who believe the Christian history of Donegore goes right back to the 6th century and the spiritual history goes back even further.

The cover of A History of St John’s Church, Donegore.

The book was launched at the Parish’s regular Community Soup and Cheese lunch during Holy Week and was attended by Margaret’s family and others with an interest in the history of St John’s.

The Rev Andrew Ker, rector of the parish, spoke of how the book came from Margaret’s deep love for St John’s. “My hope is that through the pages of this new edition those who worship there now, and many others, will find a deeper connection with the place where they connect with God,” Andrew said. “Thank you Margaret for making that possible.”

Copies of the book are priced at £7.50 and are available from The Book Well ( or from the Templepatrick and Donegore Parish Office, 926 Belfast Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0AT. (Cheques made payable to The Parish of Templepatrick and Donegore).


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