The Mission Halls of Ireland

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On a recent visit to the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland, I discovered a little mission hall on a quiet country road, not far from the Silent Valley Reservoir. Somehow this brought back to mind thoughts that I previously had about discovering the mission halls of Ireland.

From time to time I hope to research and accumulate information about mission halls throughout Ireland, inserting this into a new category in my blog. I hope to discover how often they are used and include details of the times of meetings, as well as historical information on how each mission hall had its beginning and, if possible, the contact details of those who are currently responsible for the meetings.

In the past many of these small non-denominational places of worship have been a wonderful blessing to local Christians and, at the same time, an essential local lifeline to the unsaved. Mission halls fulfilled a great need in the communities in which they started up; it cannot be denied that many of those who occupied the pulpits of mainstream churches had not been faithful in their proclamation of the gospel, often because they too were unsaved! Unfortunately, although nothing has changed in this regard, the mission halls are used much less frequently in these days.

Above all the mission hall has a tradition of transcending denominationalism and bringing souls together in a spirit of love and unity. They were once a ‘reservoir’ in the spiritual sense; many having had their roots in the 1859 Revival.

Sadly the mission hall would appear to be a dying phenomenon, even though the faithful witness which once emanated from within their humble walls is as essential today as it was in bygone days. My personal memories of mission halls are very positive ones; it was within mission halls rather than churches that I would have felt convicted, challenged and experienced that great sense of the Lord’s Presence. And it was within mission halls that I would have heard many stirring and challenging testimonies.

Mission halls exist mostly in Northern Ireland but there are some, too, in the border counties as well as in the midlands of Ireland. If anyone reading this has information about a Mission Hall they know well, I would be delighted to hear from them!

 

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4 Responses to “The Mission Halls of Ireland”

  1. Marco Reale Says:

    It will be very helpful for travellers to Ireland to be able to access a website with a least the addresses, times of services and contacts of the Mission Halls still open

  2. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hello Marco, Thank you so much for your comment. I have emailed you in regards to this and hope to post details of mission halls currently open throughout the island of Ireland. County Antrim (the first county alphabetically) has perhaps the greatest number of mission halls still running. There are very few in the Republic of Ireland but I will endeavour to post the information you suggest as soon as possible. I will contact those who run the mission halls and if they have my contact details, then changing circumstances and special events can also be listed as they arise. Many thanks again.

  3. Ignacio Baeza Says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    My name is Ignacio and I am a graduate student at UW Milwaukee. Throughout this semester I was translating an Irish text called “The Wee Wild One” from English into Spanish. This challenging, but extremely fun text mentions the famous mission halls you refer to. I wanted to personally thank you for your valuable information because it helped me immensely with my translation.

    Best,
    Ignacio Baeza

    • readywriterpublications Says:

      Ignacio, thank you so much for your interesting comment. I have just looked up the book you mentioned. In fact someone has just ordered me a copy (in English). I too grew up in Northern Ireland which has a very rich tradition from an Evangelical Christian point of view. I’m glad that my blog has been of help in your translation work. Every Blessing, Elizabeth.

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