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We are an open minded, liberal and inclusive congregation. 
We welcome people irrespective of their race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation. 
All Souls is a member of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.
We also share a special relationship with  the General Assembly of Unitarians and Free Christians of Britain and Ireland and have links with the Dutch Remonstrant Church.

Minister Rev Chris Hudson MBE        

Assistant Minister Rev Alister Bell BA (Hons)

Committee 2018: Report by the Hon. Secretary, Niall D. Haldane, from the “eagle”, 26/08/2018

A few weeks ago, The Rev Chris regaled us with a “Believing in God” test: I would by default get a very low score.  A few months ago, however, a vicious twisting wind hit Elmwood Avenue and uprooted a Lime tree, which fell on our Church! The critics of our Liberal expression of Faith called it a punishment from God for our sins: we were doomed!  I am convinced God moved All Souls’ to catch the falling tree on the Tower!  The tree was removed very skilfully with no damage to the Church and a new sapling is flourishing. We now have light and air on the South side of the Church and all is good! 

I fear we cannot always just rely on Divine Providence, All Souls also relies on the dedication of people who work tirelessly for the Church: as Ministers, on Session, on Committee or just volunteer.

Isabella who produces the New Light Calendar and manages our Hall lettings with the help of Brian our energetic Caretaker.  Charles on the door or on the roof!  Ian and Jim who have poured over the accounts with the help of John.  Myself as Hon Secretary, who organised the dullest Committee on record in August, according to Michael. 

The Committee is doing things:

It is employing our staff on sound legally compliant contracts.

It is supporting Sheena Lewis in setting up a Kids Club.

It is maintaining and enhancing the fabric of the Church and halls, with again Ian and Brian to the fore.

It is trying to position the Congregation as a socially aware force, for example, Michael is leading thinking on the issues of begging and homelessness in Belfast.

Nonetheless, the Congregation has to be conscious of a simple financial fact: we are running a monthly deficit of £500.  The Finance Committee is doing its best to manage the situation, control costs and generate income from different sources.

So what can you do? 

Firstly: offer your skills and time!

Secondly: Anne Stewart is our Stipend Clerk and meticulously records your giving to All Souls’, stipend and collections. Anne is able to add    20% + to all that you give, if it is linked to a HMRC gift aid form: so please make the effort complete a form if you are a taxpayer.  Stipend can be paid as a lump sum or by the envelopes.

Thirdly: If you are new to the Church, please ask Anne, who will help you fill out the form to become a Member.

Finally, I have an apology: we pride ourselves on being a welcoming Congregation, but I am aware that it is unnerving coming into any new social group and at times our relaxed approach can actually exclude newcomers.  So, if you are new or old: let’s talk!


Join us for Morning Service every Sunday at 11.30am 
followed by Fairtrade tea/coffee and snacks.

View our calendar "New Light" for up to date news, thoughts, inspiration and information

Panorama created by Michael McKelvey: michael_mckelvey@talk21.com


All Souls' Data Protection Policy including guidelines for use of images in publications and Summary of Child Protection Guidelines are published below

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Inclusive Christian Community,  Diversity,  Progressive Thinking,  Faith with Integrity,  Love,  Liberalism, Compassionate,
I n d i v i d u a l i s m,  Intellectual Freedom.  

 

All Souls, an inclusive church, is a religious liberal community.  We are united in Christian fellowship and not by any fixed doctrine or creed. Our members believe/agree that religious belief is a matter for the individual and not proscribed by dogma. We also acknowledge that such belief should be held in the light of reason and may change with new knowledge.

We come together in the worship of God, seeking greater awareness of the divine, in the spirit of freedom and in fellowship with all who seek truth.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.
Whilst the ethos of our worship is placed firmly in the Christian Tradition, we find guidance and inspiration from all great literature as well as in the deepest experience of human life. 
 
 

Our hope is to express our religion in ways that are open and free thinking, which will enhance human dignity.


Membership of this church is open to all, who can share these values with us
Our Minister is Reverend Chris Hudson MBE
 
Services are at 11.30am every Sunday
(unless shown otherwise)

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