Our purpose is summed up in three words: Know, Grow and Go.
Everything we do together as a church should be about helping people to know and discover the reality of a living relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We all need to grow in that relationship; in our understanding of who God is and how he wants to use us.
We go and live out our faith, to care and to share as we serve people around us.
Born, raised and educated in Kilkeel Lynda worked in administration in Newry before moving to Belfast where she worked for the Civil Service for 7 years. She and husband John returned to Kilkeel to raise their family, Rachel, Peter and Zoe. Lynda and her family have been very involved in Christ Church, not least Lynda’s involvement with Mothers’ and Toddlers in particular. Lynda works as Family worker for the Parish.
For any queries during this period of vacancy please contact Rector’s Warden Sam Seed on 07851984621.
Born in Belfast, Karen lived in East Anglia for 20 years where she persued a career in nursing and met and married her husband, Julian. After the birth of their 4th son the couple came to live in Kilkeel. Karen took up the position of Parish Secretary in September 2006 and is also a Girls' Brigade officer and helps with creche and children's church.
Sidnee was born and raised in Kilkeel and is married to Paul. They have three children, Matthew, Andrew and Sarah. As well as looking after the church and halls Sidnee is a dedicated Boys' Brigade officer. Sidnee loves where she is from and enjoys nothing more than walks in the Silent Valley with her family.
Colin is married to Jenna and they have three children Connie, Alfie and Eli. He enjoys cheering on Manchester United, eating ice cream with the family and likes his tea with milk and one sugar. Colin works full time for Crosslinks mission society which seeks to bring God's word to God's world and believes we can do that from right here in Kilkeel.
The parish has two centres of worship, Christ Church and Carginagh, and each has its distinctive identity. We rejoice in our diversity as churches, but rejoice even more in our unity, as we seek to serve God and our community together.
The present church in Kilkeel was consecrated in 1818. By 1837 it was necessary to reroof the church and the gallery was lowered to give extra seating in 1853. A new gallery was erected along with a south transcept in 1857/8. The north transcept dates from 1886 and the apsidal chancel from 1903. The Pratt Memorial Hall at Carginagh was built in 1889 in memory of a former Rector of Kilkeel, the Revd E. O’B Pratt, incumbent 1883-1887. In 1991 at Christ Church, we completed an excellent suite of halls and rooms that are in constant use and we’re blessed with extensive car parking.
Kilkeel is a small fishing community situated at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne and the mouth of Carlingford Lough. The name comes from the 13th century church ruins in the centre of the town, Cill-Caol (Gaelic) meaning ‘The Church of the Narrows’, but there are references to Kilkeel as a Christian settlement in the 11th century. The harbour is the home port for the largest fishing fleet in Northern Ireland and there are fish-processing factories around it, pleasure angling off the piers and lobster farming along the coastline. The mountains sit behind the town with the craggy Sleive Bignian dominating the skyline. There are many opportunities for hiking, climbing and walking, eating and shopping and in the summer many visitors flood into the town from nearby Blue Flagged Cranfield Beach.