On Tuesday 30th July 2020, Templepatrick Reformed Church reopened its public services with a Prayer Meeting to give thanks to God.
Services had been discontinued since the UK government enforced lockdown at the end of March. Services are being held with social distancing and sanitisation arrangements but are otherwise being conducted as normal. For the time being the church mid-week Prayer Meeting is being held on Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.
On Saturday 23rd June 2018, Templepatrick Reformed Church (TRC) and Arann Reformed Baptist Church, Dublin (ARBC) established a closer relationship of mutual support and fellowship.
One aspect of the new relationship between the two congregations is that Mr. Colin Meikle, elder in TRC, is now also an Interim Elder in ARBC, and Mark Fitzpatrick, elder and Pastor in ARBC, is now also an Interim Elder in TRC. This introduces a degree of mutual support in the oversight of the two congregations, and brings both congregations closer to the biblical goal of a plurality of elders.
Templepatrick Reformed Church seeks to advance fellowship and mutual support with other Christian congregations which are committed to godly living, Christian charity, reverent worship, faithful testimony, and active evangelism. This new relationship builds on other congregational relationships already developed.
Templepatrick Reformed Church commenced services in our new building on Lord’s Day 30th April 2017. A conference and Service of Thanksgiving to mark the official opening took place 6-8th October 2017.
The address of the new building is 25 Carnanee Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0BZ. For users of Satnav, the coordinates are N054.703850, W006.038760.
From Templepatrick travel 1.3 miles on the A6 towards Belfast and turn left into Carnanee Road. The meeting house is 0.7 miles along on the right.
From Belfast travel 2.5 miles from Sandyknowes roundabout on the A6 towards Templepatrick and turn right into Manse Road. At the T-junction after 0.3 miles turn left. The meeting house is 0.4 miles along on the left.
Templepatrick Reformed Church is Evangelical, Protestant and Reformed. This sums up the teaching of the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, to which we adhere. This confession was drawn up in 1644 and revised in 1689 in accordance with the Westminster Confession of Faith, to demonstrate its unity with the creeds of Christendom. These creeds summarise accurately the teaching of the Word of God, which is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice. We strive, in dependence upon God, to faithfully serve Him in doctrine, worship, witness and practical Christian living, so that in every aspect of life we obey God's Word, and bring glory to our God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2013, Templepatrick Reformed Church suffered a division in the congregation. The church had been grappling with a constitutional and conscientious difficulty over the subject of Baptism for more than two years. In June 2013, our minister, Pastor Trevor Kirkland, resigned from office in the church, and was invited to supply the pulpit while further discussions took place. With the consent of the congregation, a number of our members, including Mr. Kirkland, elected to withdraw to form a new congregation founded on the Westminster Confession of Faith. At the end of November 2013 they did so, and now meet separately. They have since become joined to the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). The remaining congregation of Templepatrick Reformed Church continues, founded on the Baptist Confession of Faith. It had been our hope that the two congregations might continue to worship together and share resources after the division, but this proved not to be possible. Templepatrick Reformed Church continues the process of seeking Reformed Baptist oversight and ministry. We desire the prayers of our friends as we seek the Lord's direction for the future.