The Christian ministry of the old Celtic Church was first promoted by a monk
called Thaddeus (Tida) who lived in the era of Saint Patrick on what is known as Church Island
- described elsewhere in this web-site. A new church was built in the village of Bellaghy in
c1621. It was constructed of brick and lime with windows of timber and a wooden spire, rooved
In 1641 and again in 1741 the original church
was burned down in an arson attack. There may have been a gap before the present church was
built c1788 with a square tower. In 1792 the Earl Bishop of Derry sponsored a stone spire to
be built atop the tower. It rises symmetrically to 120 feet. The main church was roofed using
shingles, these being replaced with Bangor Blue slates sometime in the mid
The building is 'listed' as being of important
architectural and historic interest and is large enough to accomodate some 300 persons.
Approximately 50 of these can be seated in the gallery which can be accessed via the rather
narrow staircase in the tower.
A lot of damage (some of which which can still be
seen) was caused to the church by the local IRA volunteers in their 20th-century terrorist
war. St Tida's internal walls also support many other visual and intensely interesting
memories of its turbulent history but despite this there in a palpable air of quiet grace.
This is a great place for you to enjoy a quiet contemplatory visit.
In our little church we teach only the
old-fashioned, unadulterated faith of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This ancient,
yet always modern message of salvation through Jesus Christ and a simple dedication to the
living Word of God has been practiced at our church in Bellaghy for nearly 400 years. And
previously for 1,100 years since St. Tida's time when he conducted his ministry at the
original old church on Lough Beg's Church Island.
We have been a reformed
church since the 'Reformation'.
It is our privilege and duty to show you a sample of what we are still about in Bellaghy
This church tries very hard with a dedicated group of choir members
to provide a superior musical support to each act of worship. Our organist provides a
truly professional musical experience which has to be witnessed to be
The church invested in a Johannus digital organ. The superior sound
over the previous organ, coupled with the original 'olde worlde' interior of this ancient
and historically-significant church, gives a true feeling of warmth and depth not found in any
It would not be unusual to hear the works of some of the greatest
classical composers that ever lived emanating from this organ at a Sunday service in this
church. The strains of Handel's 'Messiah' are a common Christmas theme
Ask for a free complimentary (CD) recording of one of our
services - E-mail address below.
You are welcome
You should plan to attend your church regularly. If you support no
other then we particularly invite you to pay us a Sunday morning visit. It is only the
constancy of faithful Christians which maintains the established timelessness of St Tida's as
a centre of excellence in Ballyscullion.
We always appreciate your e-mails and letters coming in from
wherever you are in the world and hope that one day you and your friends can come to visit
this place in person. Many of you have already made the trek! You are assured of a great
welcome from us in Bellaghy.
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much, much more ........