Welcome to St Gall’s

 

Welcome to St. Gall’s Church, Carnalea, in Bangor

County Down in Northern  Ireland. 


We are an Anglican/Episcopalian Church.

A congregation in The Church of Ireland

within the Diocese of Down & Dromore. 


If you are local to Bangor, or even just visiting to the area, you would be very welcome to join us here in St Gall’s in Bangor West. Details of our Sunday Worship times are available on this site.


If you would like to learn more about our church why not read this months Church News? Click on the image on the right and a pdf version of this months magazine will open. 


In January 2012 we broadcast our Morning Service on BBC Radio Ulster. Like to listen?


We hold our Church Fete each year as a MASSIVE community event. Check out the photo galleries to see all that went on!


For a guide on surviving church go to the Things to Know page.


If you would like to pray you could use our Prayer for Today page.


The Rector here is The Reverend Michael Parker. He was instituted to the parish in May 2000 having served in parishes in Birmingham, England and also in Belfast here in Northern Ireland. 


If you are thinking about the things of faith and would like some food for thought do take time to have a look at our Reflection page . 

The parish has a broad range of very active organisations catering for all age ranges.


If you are younger, organisations of interest include Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbow Guides, Brownies, and Guides and Youth Fellowship. Contact our parish office for more information about these organisations. We also hold our Annual Holiday Bible Club - we have a whole page of info about that on this site.

Click here for contact details.


For our older members we have a large range of things going on. An annual dinner dance to a Friendship Lunch, and a thriving Indoor Bowling Club are just some of the activities available. Our Friendship Lunches are very popular and are on every three weeks or so. Click on the page link above for more details on when the next lunch is on. Our Mothers Union branch is strong and has a large and very active program of evening and afternoon events.


We celebrate St Gall each year on the third Sunday in October. On that Sunday young and old in our congregation bring their teddy bears to church and we hear again the story of the saint and his bear.  Our sculpture of a large European bear, by local artist Owen Crawford, stands in the grounds and reminds us of the founding of St Gall’s community at Steinach in Switzerland over 1400 years ago.

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Each year for our Easter Annual General Vestry we publish our Annual Report on the life of the church.

Follow this link for an in depth look at what we have achieved in the parish in this last year.....More..


We have coffee and tea in the church hall every Sunday after the 10 a.m. Service. It is a great opportunity to get to know people. We support Fairtrade Bangor and the committee that has worked to have Bangor established as a Fairtrade Town.


If you want to know more about Fairtrade Bangor click the logo on the right.

 

In  2005 the Select Vestry of the parish took the decision to declare the church a "Fair Trade Church". This means that all tea and coffee served in the church  - at functions, events, after services - will all be from a fairly traded source. This means that those who have worked to provide these drinks will have been paid a fair price for their produce and for their labour. That has to be a good thing.


There is full access for those in wheelchairs to the church and halls. An induction loop is fitted to the church for those with hearing difficulties.  The church is also fully prayer conditioned.


If you live locally and would like to join us for worship here you would be most welcome.


Join our dedicated Facebook page for St Gall’s Fete to hear news about this hugely popular local event. Click the logo and be our friend! Join the 700 other people who use Facebook to keep up to date with the fete and other parish events that go on through the year.


We hope that you have enjoyed your visit to Saint Gall's Online.


Peace to you.

Michael Parker

Rector


For SatNav put in our post code: BT19 1BT.