Mission 2017 – Explore Life

Springtime sees our church engage in a focussed time of MISSION as we seek to share the good news of Jesus with our community.  Taking place over 15 days beginning on 19th March, there will be a wide range of events, programmes and special services catering for all ages.


Billy Patterson will be our guest speaker for the special services as well as many of the events during the fortnight.

Explore Life is the theme of Mission 2017 as we invite people to discover what Jesus meant when He said ‘I have come that they may have life, and life to the full’ (John 10:10).  Let me tell you about some of the highlights taking place during the mission.

For those who are interested in the Big Questions of life, such as suffering, life after death or other faiths, there will be an evening in The Planters on Tue 21st March @ 8pm where Andrew Conway will seek to bring answers from a Christian perspective.


An evening with two local personalities, David Blevins (Ireland Correspondent for Sky News) and Daniel Wright (former professional footballer turned golfer) will take place on Wed 22nd March @ 8pm. This promises to be fascinating, as we hear anecdotes from their respective careers along with an insight into how their faith shapes their life.

For children (p1-p7) we will have a Kids Club taking place from 20-24th March from 6-7.30pm including songs, stories, crafts and games. On Sat 25th March from 3.30-10pm there will be a Youth Day (ages 11-17) including activities such as Lasertag, Cage Football, BBQ, Live Music and entertainment along with some life-stories and our guest speaker Mitch.

Our Special Services will run from 26th March – 2nd April at 7.30pm and each will last around 45 minutes including music, life-stories and a message from Billy Patterson followed by refreshments.

It is our prayer and hope that you will join with us as we Explore Life this Spring and that you will encounter this Jesus who promises ‘life to the full’.

Billy PattersonMy name is Billy Patterson and I have been a Christian for almost 44 years.  I came to faith in the Lord Jesus as the result of an open air meeting in Lisburn where I was living.

Ten years after my conversion I joined the Irish Mission and served in Kilkenny for 20 years and then in Drogheda for 10 years.  In Kilkenny and Drogheda I worked alongside Rev John Woodside.

Since retiring from the mission I live in Banbridge with my wife Pat.  I’m also involved in outreach in Newry, doing door-to-door visitation and a hotel Bible study.  I am also a very poor golfer, a fact to which many will testify!

I’m looking forward to conducting the mission in Waringstown.