We would love you to be part of our community so whether you are new to First Church or have been coming for years, there will be something to help you get involved. Please contact us if you have any questions about the groups below.
First Kids is our children’s programme that runs during our Sunday morning service. It is for Pre-school to Primary 7 children.
Crèche facilities are provided in our hall during our Sunday morning service for babies up to Pre-school children.
Bible Class is for Year 8 to 10 children and takes place on Sunday mornings at the same time as First Kids
First Steps is our parent & toddler group who meet in our halls on Thursday mornings, from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.
Youth & Young adults
First Youth is a group for all young people from school Years 8 and up. It runs in two formats on alternate Sunday evenings. First Youth Juniors meet from 6.30pm to 8.00pm for the Year 8 -10 age group. The main activities for Juniors include games, food, chat with emphasis on relationship building . First Youth Seniors meet on the alternate Sunday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm for Year 12 and up. The main activities for Seniors include discussion, games, food with particular emphasis on discipleship. Combined Seniors and Juniors also get together for events and evenings, as arranged. All young people are most welcome, both from within the congregation and from elsewhere. Come and build your personal relationship with God ... and bring your friends.
Friends First is a ladies group that meets on the last Wednesday night of most months at 7.30p.m. We invite along guest speakers who talk about a wide range of topics including beauty, craft, floral art, gardening, local charities, & interior design. We usually have a tear jerking testimony of faith, the list is endless. We also hold a few fundraising events throughout the year to include the annual service and salad and dessert lunch afterwards in April. We usually have a Christmas and an end of year outing to look forward to. We encourage former members and new members to come along each year and even provide transport if this is difficult. Please consider coming along and bringing a friend. A warm welcome awaits you and fun, food, friendship and fellowship are guaranteed.
Home Groups meet weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, providing a relaxed and supportive environment where faith and teaching can be explored in a deeper way.
Friendship Circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month between October and May at 12.00 noon in our hall. It is a lunch time meeting for seniors and is open to everyone in the community. Over a lovely lunch, folk chat, build friendships and enjoy fellowship. Some months there will be a speaker with a relevant topic to those of a certain age! We have enjoyed talks that have been varied and have been truly inspirational!
Prayer Ministry is available after every service. Please speak to one of our team and allow us to pray with you.
The Prayer Room is to the rear of the main sanctuary and offers a space for individual or group prayer. Prayer takes place in this room from 10.10am on Sunday mornings before our service.
Our Prayer Chain is a network of people who will pray for specific people or situations. If you would like to be part of our Prayer Chain and pray for others, please let us know
Our Worship Band lead at most of our services and are keen to involve those with a passion for Worship. If you would like to be involved through singing or playing an instrument, please get in touch.
The Choir meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month for practice. In addition to the music, there is fun and companionship. The choir helps lead worship at most morning services and takes part in special services to mark Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
The Creative Worship Group meets bi-monthly in our hall, and additionally as required for special events. The group meets to pray and listen, seeking to facilitate God communicating to us through visual and artistic media.
Sport & Leisure
First Bowls meet in our hall on a Wednesday night at 7.30pm from September to March. During the season we have a lot of fun and fellowship through friendly matches with local clubs. The club is open to all ages and everyone will be made most welcome. The video below gives a great insight into the friendship and fellowship that you will be blessed with at First Bowls.
The Walking Group meets once a week during the summer months to enjoy a walk and time together at different locations not too far from Ballynahinch. Keep an eye on the notices for more information.
We have a long history with the Scouting & Guiding organisations which have enriched and encouraged so many young people over the years.
Monday 6.30 to 8.00pm - CUBS (boys 8 to 10.5 years)
Monday 8.00 to 9.30pm - SCOUTS (10.5 to 15.5 years)
Tuesday 6.30 to 7.30pm - RAINBOWS (girls 4 to 7 years)
Tuesday 6.30 to 7.45pm - BROWNIES (girls 7 to 10 years)
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.00pm - GUIDES (girls 10 to 14)
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.00pm - RANGER GUIDES (girls 14+ years)
Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm - SQUIRRELS (4 to 6 years)
Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm - BEAVERS (boys 6 to 8 years)