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Revd John Auchmuty
was installed as a Canon of Down Cathedral
at a service on Friday 2nd December.

Events at a Glance
Wednesday 20th September 7.45pm Choir Vestry The Ladies Guild invites you to a humorous look at Ulster-Scots, with  author Liam Logan. All welcome!
Monday 25th September Ladies Bowling Opening Day  2.00pm New members welcome – no experience required!
Wednesday 27th September 7.30pm  Bible Study in Choir Vestry All welcome!
Saturday 30th September Decorating the Church for Harvest   10.30am – 12.30pm Everyone (especially children) welcome to bring along items and help decorate our church. Refreshments in the Rectory.
Sunday 1st October Harvest Lunch following the 11.00am AAW service. Guest Preacher: The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor. Tickets (for catering purposes only) available from the back of church. Come and join us for lunch!
Tuesday 3rd October  in the Choir Vestry 8.00pm  Mothers’ Union invite you to “Nature’s Way” – a talk by the owners of Nature’s Way health Store in Ballyhackamore. All welcome! Please note that the MU Literature stall will also be open to purchase new diaries etc.
Tuesday 10th October 10.30am   PAUSE: Binky’s, Dundonald Cineplex. All welcome!  
Wednesday 18th October Ladies Guild invite you to “S.O.S. Bus” – 7.45pm, Choir Vestry. All welcome!
Friday 27th October 10.30am PAUSE: The Old Mill, Dundonald. All welcome!
Tuesday 7th November 8.00pm MU invites you to “Spud Bear’s Ministry”. all welcome!

John Auchmuty

Welcome to the home page of our parish website. We are a warm, friendly and inclusive church for all ages, situated on the Kings Road in East Belfast. St Columba’s is part of the Church of Ireland which is in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 164 countries.

Whether you are a parishioner keeping up to date or someone who is considering joining our parish I hope that these pages will provide you with helpful information on our schedule of services and activities.

I invite you to explore these pages to find out more about St. Columba’s. More importantly, why not join us for one of our church services or one of our activities and experience the warm welcome which is given to everyone, and the friendly atmosphere which exists throughout our parish. You will find us engaging with the living God through our worship and outreach to the community.

Thank you for visiting our website and I hope that you will return to it for all of our latest news and developments.

The Reverend Canon John R. Auchmuty



Sunday Services

Recordings of Church Services


Holy Communion



Family Communion (Third Sunday of each calendar month)


10.30amServices:Week 1All Age Worship followed by refreshments



Weeks 2 & 4Holy Communion



Week 3Morning Prayer



Week 5Songs of Praise


Week 1Choral Evensong



Week 2Late Evening Office or Compline



Week 3Holy Communion



Week 4Evening Prayer



Week 5Healing Service with the Laying on of Hands.


10.30amHoly Communion followed by refreshments. 

You are very welcome to join us at any of these services. During holiday times, services may vary. Full details of our services are also available in The Columban parish magazine, or each week in the Pew News.

Sacraments and Services

Anyone wishing to discuss and/or arrange Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Christian Marriage or Christian Burial should contact the Rector, The Revd Canon John R. Auchmuty (028) 90471514




Pages 137.

Cost £10. See www.thebookwell.co.uk/stcolumbas for more information. 


History of St. Columba’s Parish Church 1896-1996


Betty Rainsford

Updated 1996-2016


Gerald Hill

This splendid publication, with its attractively illustrated Cambridge blue cover and timed to coincide with the celebration of St. Columba’s 120th anniversary in June this year, offers readers a unique opportunity both to revisit the first one hundred years of the history of St. Columba’s Parish Church, admirably penned by Betty Rainsford - as well as enjoy a recent account of the past 20 years thanks to an excellent update compiled by Organist Emeritus, Gerald Hill - all in one book!

Betty Rainsford’s story opens with the consecration of St. Columba’s Church on 13th June 1896 and closes a century later, just as the parish prepares to celebrate its centenary year in 1996. Gerald Hill follows on and completes the former’s original chapter 10 with an account of those centenary celebrations, and adds two further chapters of contemporary history of his own. The reader is assisted by the skilfully interspersed use of a distinctive font to identify the narrative of events from 1996 to the present time, including updates of the original chapters on memorials, parish organisations and the names of past clergy and parish officers.

Delightfully embellished with colour photographs, Gerald Hill portrays the life of a busy and thriving parish. It is interesting to note that a mere seven incumbents and eleven organists have served St. Columba’s throughout the 120 years of its history thus far, a remarkable tribute to ecclesiastical stamina and liturgical harmony! He describes the significant improvements to the fabric of the building – new interior lighting, boilers and heating, speaker systems as well as replacement windows and blinds in the church hall; and most striking of all, the recent major renovation of the West end of the church to provide parishioners with welcome space and facilities for refreshments and fellowship after morning service.

Such improvements have, of course, required continuous fundraising, with generous contributions both from parish organisations and individual parishioners, as well as the running of successful events such as the Patronal Flower Festival in 2010 and, two years later, the Dinner and Auction of Talents in the Stormont Hotel. Nothing, however, has been allowed to eclipse St. Columba’s commitment to outreach far beyond the parish boundaries. As well as a major mission team of experienced and younger parishioners to Zambia in 2012, there have been individual and group visits since 1996 to Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Serbia and Thailand, including regular support for a multitude of charities nearer home.

The author also tells of a pleasing growth in Sunday School attendance and youth groups, including the Crèche, and enthusiastic participation by young people in the monthly All Age Worship service. No less than 22 organisations currently offer opportunities for parishioners and visitors to meet, share interests and hobbies, and make new friends.

This is a book of meticulous research, packed with a depth of detail expertly gathered, and will be of immense interest to parishioners, family members and friends alike, well beyond these shores. A reference book to keep always to hand, it is more than just a history of a church or a parish. It is a history of people – many named, but even more unnamed - as they have lived and worshipped together during times of peace, strife, war, poverty and prosperity in East Belfast since the end of the 19th century to the present day. Above all, it is a powerful testament to 120 years of determination, faith, steadfastness, compassion and foresight, qualities that today show little sign of diminishing.

Ian Noad

Copies of the book are available from St Columba’s Parish Church, The Parish Office (02890 656891 Mon – Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm) and The Bookwell ( Richard Ryan: 07581 143596). See www.thebookwell.co.uk/stcolumbas for more information. 


To promote growth within the parish by spiritual renewal and reaching out in the spirit of Columba to make our church relevant to the local community and beyond.