Antrim, a county in the Northern Ireland is another significant Presbyterian Community we work with to help the congregations. Based on the latest data, the population of the county of Antrim is around 600,000. The county was named after a town with a same name. The town of Antrim is 22 km away from Belfast and has around 20,000 people that live there regularly. The Presbyterian Church of Ireland has the largest religious domination, followed by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of Ireland. Historically, the roots of Presbyterianism come from around Scottish Lowlands but due to the close ties between the Northern Ireland and Scotland, the Presbyterian Church grew in Antrim and all of the Ireland quite rapidly. Currently there are around 300,000 Presbyterians that count themselves as a part of the part of The Presbyterian Church of Ireland.
When we look at the county of Antrim, around a half of its population are practicing Presbyterians. The Presbyterian community of Antrim focuses on each of the largest towns of the county including Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, Lisburg and Newtownabbey however occasionally, around once every two weeks we try to go beyond these towns and visit smaller communities. Main activities of the Presbyterian community in Antrim revolve around Sunday School Bible Studies but often also includes helping youth education, giving away clothes, serving free food and more.
Anyone is invited to join, whether you are a Presbyterian or not. We are all children of God and we should do everything we can to help our neighbor or anyone in need. If you are willing to help, you can always do so as much as your time and resources allow but if you do need some guidance, please don't hesitate to contact us directly or anyone in the Antrim Presbyterian community. Currently the person responsible.