Welcome to Fisherwick

We hope that you will find here something of who we are and where we are going as a family of God’s people – but even more, I hope that you will find here and in whatever organisation, event or service you attend, a sense of your welcome among us and of your value to us and God.
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.

The Dove

The illuminated dove in the vestibule represents the Holy Spirit and was a gift from University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, USA in 1976.
Presented by Spencer Thomas, Intern between 2008 and 2009.

The West Window

The West Window is by W.F. Clokey and was installed in memory of Mr. John Bodel in 1956. A notable feature of the window is the portrayal of workers and craftsmen in the industries of Ulster.
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.

The Bishops’ Bible

The Bishops’ Bible in the glass case (made by Eddie McCormick) dates from 1568.It was given to the church by Col Fred Crawford to mark the opening of the church in 1901.
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.
(The Bishops’ Bible is an English translation of the Bible which was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568. It was substantially revised in 1572, and this revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611.)

Helen Sanlon’s art in Fisherwick

Above the Resources Centre is the first of Helen Sanlon’s artworks it celebrates the Word and the Spirit. The windows in the side aisles are original Edwardian decorative glass. As you turn to look towards the back of the church Helen Sanlons piece the Bread and the Wine are above the tea point. The theme common to this piece and the piece above the Resource Centre is through the Word and Sacrament of Communion Taste and see that God is good. Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.

The Prayer Chapel

The Chapel and the artwork throughout the church were made possible by a legacy from Miss Marjorie Edwards, a former Clerk of Session. The layout of the chapel and the wooden screens were designed by John Baird. The North Window is Edwardian hand-painted glass, now quite rare. Under the window is one of Helen Sanlon’s pieces of art, the Tree of Life producing fruit in all seasons depicted against a background of the Ulster countryside. Hidden in the fields are verses of scripture indicating our desire to plant God’s word deep in this land. The scene of sky and sea depicting God’s Creation masks a listing of the many names of God. The hand-woven carpet, designed by Helen Sanlon and made by Donegal Carpets, depicts a cross but is also a set of stepping-stones across water into the presence of God symbolised on gold. The leaves of the Tree of life swirl in the water.
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.

The Memorial Chapel

At the end of the aisle you come to the south transept – the Memorial Chapel. Dominating the chapel is a splendid stained glass window by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, depicting the Incarnation and the Nativity. The window is a memorial to Frank McCaughey and his wife Sarah Remington Charles and was installed by their family in 1930. In the chapel note the unusual wrought ironwork of the First World War Memorial, the memorials to Rev John Waddell, Sir Robert and Lady Anderson, Sir James Musgrave and Thomas Doig. A large brass memorial lists the substantial donors to the building of the church and a brass cross lists names of missionaries sent by the congregation overseas. The absence of recent names reflects the change in the pattern of mission work, as people now go abroad on short-term service.
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.

The Church Organ

The Organ, made by Walker, is considered to be one of the best in Ireland. It was installed in 1901 and since then has had many additions and modifications. It has 10 speaking stops on the great organ, 11 on the swell and 9 pedal stops. It has been brought up to concert pitch.
Presented by Neale Agnew, Director of Music, Fisherwick.

The Session Room

In the Session Room you will find portraits of the six ministers of Fisherwick and a picture of the first church. In almost 190 years Fisherwick has only had seven ministers!
Presented by Rev Dr Derek McKelvey, seventh Minister of Fisherwick, 1994-2013.