New boy choristers welcomed into Parish Choir


A great morning at St George’s where we welcomed Preston, Ross, Noah, Dan, Stuart and Ben (pictured below) as fully fledged choristers. This sees the end of their training as probationers under Maeve Falconer as the new probationers begin this Friday. Maeve has been auditioning in the past few weeks and there are plenty of new probationers who will need shown the ropes by our new choristers.

We also saw two new head choristers, Hector and James (pictured below) added to the ranks, as Patrick and Jonah have moved to the back row with Carrington and Ben. Again, more future choral scholars, to be trained by Maeve and David.

One new chorister was unable to attend this morning due to a prior commitment, but Jamie will be installed within the coming weeks.


Choir workshop with counter tenor and former chorister Eddie McMullan


The Parish Choir had a fabulous afternoon on Saturday at a workshop held by former chorister, Edward McMullan. The counter tenor from The Sixteen was home for a short stay after performing a concert in Derry last night and before rushing home to his day job as counter tenor lay clerk in Westminster Cathedral. Edward (Eddie) put the choir through exciting warm ups physical, mental and vocal before working through the Five Part Mass setting by William Byrd.


The choir responded really well creating an incredible sound. The climax came when Eddie also sang with them, a group united in utter musical expression. Eddie is delighted that the choir continues to sing such repertoire and we look forward to welcoming him back to direct a choral evensong for the Choral Scholar Training Choir.


Harvest Festival at St George’s


Sunday, October 9th saw our Harvest Festival. Bishop John McDowell, the Bishop of Clogher was our guest preacher at our Choral Eucharist at 11am. The setting was Sumsion in F and the Anthem ‘For the beauty of the Earth’ by Rutter.


Just some of the decorations in church for our Harvest Festival.


New programme of monthly Choral Evensongs


The choir this afternoon was made up of students from many schools across Belfast, from BRA, MCB, St Malachy’s and Wallace High. Thirty students started a new programme of monthly Evensongs, in which students will learn the repertoire that they might come across as university choral scholars. The sound was very strong and solid, for many it was the first evensong they’d encountered. Next month, October 23rd sees the second such evensong, where the students will sing Morley, Stanford in Bb and Beati quorum via, also by Stanford.

Bicentenary Week of Mission in St George’s


St George’s is holding a mission from next Saturday, September 10th until Sunday September 18th as part of the church’s 200th anniversary.

The mission will be led by a team from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, Yorkshire. The team is made up of Fr John Gribben CR and five theological students, Sebastian Hamilton, Alex Hobbs, Philip Kennedy, Steffan Mathias and Waldermar Nion.

Fr John is originally from Willowfield in east Belfast and was ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1975. Since 1979 he has been a member of the Anglican monastic order, the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield.

The week will take the form of a teaching mission on the theme Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever, with morning sessions at 10.30am Monday-Saturday (except Wednesday 14th when the session will be at 11am) and evening mission services Sunday–Friday at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments.

There will be children’s events on the Saturday afternoon, September 17, from 2-4pm.

The team will be commissioned by Archbishop Alan Harper, former Archbishop of Armagh and a former Bishop of Connor, at 11am on Sunday September 11.

The rector of St George’s, the Rev Brian Stewart, said: “Everyone is most warmly welcome to the events of Mission 2016 and we would ask you to pray for is success and particularly for Fr John, Alex, Philip, Steffan, Sebastian and Waldermar.”

For further information contact or ring 028 9023 1275.

Former parishioner instituted as Rector of Drogheda

The Revd Brian Stewart with the Revd Iain Jamieson
The Revd Brian Stewart with the Revd Iain Jamieson

Former parishioner and Servers Guild member Iain Jamieson was instituted as Rector of the Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions on Thursday, September 1st.

He was previously Curate assistant of Ballymena (Kilconriola) and Ballyclug in the Diocese of Connor.

Some members of St George’s attended to support Iain and our own Rector, Brian Stewart preached the sermon. We pray for Iain as he enters this new phase in his ministry.

All welcome to join St George’s Mission 2016

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Preparations are well advanced now for our mission from 10th – 18th September. The mission will commence with a welcome service on Saturday 10th with introductions to the mission team from the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

The team will be formally commissioned by Archbishop Alan Harper on Sunday 11th at our Parish Eucharist, and there will be a mission service that evening at 7.30pm. Throughout the week there will be teaching sessions at 10.30am – noon and an evening service at 7.30pm, with events for children on the afternoon of Saturday 17th.

Put the dates in your diary, and invite your friends to join us too.


Parish Mission Week at St George’s this September


As part of our Bicentenary celebrations we will be holding a mission from Saturday 10th September – Sunday 18th September.

The Mission will be led by a team from the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, Yorkshire. The team will be led by Fr John Gribben CR, and five students from the community will assist him.

The week of events will have the theme ‘Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever’. It will comprise of morning sessions from Monday 12th – Saturday 17th September at 10.30am (11am on Wednesday 14th) and evening services Sunday 11th – Friday 16th at 7.30pm. Put the dates in your diary now and we will publish further details soon.

Celebrations mark 200 years of St George’s in Belfast

Pictured after the Bicentenary Service are our Curate, William Odling Smee, Bishop Alan Abernethy, the Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke and the Rector, Rev Brian Stewart.
Pictured after the Bicentenary Service are our Curate, William Odling Smee, Bishop Alan Abernethy, the Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke and the Rector, Rev Brian Stewart.

The Bicentenary Service on Thursday, 16th June was a lovely occasion with a large attendance of almost 250 people and around 30 clergy. It was good to see the nave of the church full for the Choral Eucharist and to hear the wonderful singing of the choir, under the direction of David Falconer and assisted by organist, Mark McGrath who performed Parry’s anthem ‘I Was Glad’.

The Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke preached a challenging sermon, not only giving thanks for all that has been over the last 200 years but also encouraging us to look forward and to continue and expand our witness and mission in the heart of Belfast.

The service was recorded by BBC Radio Ulster and an edited version was broadcast on Morning Service on Sunday, 19th June. A link to the service is available here