The Church

The Presbyterian Church in Groomsport was established in 1841 with 150 subscribers under its first minister, Rev. Isaac Mack. Church services were held in the home of a parishioner at 17 Main Street until a site was acquired on the same street, in June 1841. the Church was officially opened in 1843, with the bell tower and clock gifted a few years later.

Today the congregation consists of around 280 families. Some of these families have lived in the area for generations. Others have moved into Groomsport to occupy new houses erected in recent years in the village or to retire to the area. A significant proportion of our membership is also drawn from outside the immediate area from Bangor, Donaghadee and further afield.

Worship is held on Sunday 11.30am and 7.00pm except in June, July and August when there is no Evening Worship.

There is a well established link between Groomsport congregation and Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. For 11 months of each year, an intern from Princeton, as part of their theological training, takes on the role of Assistant Minister within our congregation.

The Walter Nelson Hall complex, across the road from the church accommodates both church and community activities. These include Presbyterian Women, Boys’ Brigade, Brownies, Rainbow Guides, Badminton, Indoor Bowling Club and The Tuesday Club for people who live alone.