028 2564 4834 office@highkirk.org.uk

Before you come to church

Following clarification from PCI as to the issue of self-isolation we would request that if you have tested positive for Covid 19 please do not come to church until your isolation period has been completed.

The current government guidance on this can be found at : https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolating-and-close-contacts.

We appreciate your co-operation with this.


There is no longer any requirement to register in advance of attending services. Due to social distancing measures there is still a reduced capacity in our church building. Guests are very welcome to attend our services.

  • There is a separate children’s/youth programme, for age 3 to p1, p2 to p7 and yr8 to yr10 and they will be checked in on arrival.
  • Staffed creche for children over 1 year old are in the Birney Room during the 9.30am service only (NOT available at the 11.30am service). Parents with children younger than one are free to accompany their children in the creche room.
  • Café Explore will be meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm.


It’s good as we come to any worship service to prepare our hearts and minds for worship and to hear God’s Word. However, in this season of COVID-19, there are a few additional practical preparations to make before coming to church.
  • Please help us by planning to arrive in good time (20-30 minutes early) in order to allow time for us to get everyone seated. You may have to queue for a short time outside so be prepared for that.
  • The ushers will direct people to their seats, filling from front to back and after the service will direct people to leave in order.
  • Face coverings are required (unless you have an official exemption) when entering, moving around, singing and leaving the building for the well-being of others and for your own protection. Once seated, you may remove your face covering if you wish, but please replace while singing. Please bring your own face covering although we will have a small supply of face masks available.
  • We will have a separate programme for Little HK Kids (age 3 to p1, HK Kids (p2 to p7) and HK Youth (yr8 to yr10). Children should be left off prior to the service at the registration desk. HK Youth can come into the sanctuary for the first part of the service. Parents should collect their children in the main corridor again after the service..
  • Toilet facilities will be available but due to restrictions in the number of people who can access these facilities at one time, we suggest these be used only if absolutely necessary.
  • Please bring your own Bible with you as church Bibles are unable to be used at this time.
  • Depending on weather conditions, you might want to come prepared with a coat / umbrella in case you need to queue outside for a short time.

As you arrive

  • The entrance for worshippers will be through the main entrance off the back car park (not the Thomas Street entrance).
  • As you arrive please comply with social distancing requirements. As you enter into the church building there will be a hand sanitisation point.
  • You will then be shown to your seat – all pews have been spaced to allow for 1 metre social distancing.
  • While we appreciate that some people have a ‘preferred’ pew or area that they sit in each Sunday, this will not be possible. In order to safely maximise the number of people who can attend the service we need to configure the seating arrangements and therefore your places will be allocated. Please cooperate with the ushers as they show you to your allocated seat.
  • Despite all the differences you will experience, do arrive with an attitude of desiring to encourage others and encounter God.

During the service

  • Morning Services will begin sharp at 9.30 am and 11.30 am and the Evening service at 6.30pm.
  • The service will contain much of the content of a normal service. There will not be a children’s address.
  • The service will include music and praise.
  • There will be no offering collected during the service but there will be a plate/box at the exit points for you to leave your gift. We encourage you to continue to give by bank standing orders / transfers where possible.
  • Items for Bob’s Store can be brought and left as you attend the service.

After the service

  • Please exit the building as directed by the ushers. Keep all the exit ways clear and ensure that you practice appropriate social distancing. We recognise that a big part of being together is being able to chat with and encourage each other. While we love having the energy of children near us, please don’t allow your children to run freely around the buildings.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided outside at the front doors to allow a time of chat and fellowship, when weather permits.
  • While the practicalities of the service will be a topic of discussion, make sure you leave considering the question, “What has God been saying to me today?”
  • Make sure you take up the various opportunities during the week to engage further with others and with God’s Word.

We appreciate that, for a season, this is not church as we know it. However, these measures are required to keep people as safe as possible while enabling us to worship God and encourage each other as meaningfully as possible. We look forward to welcoming you as we continue to gather again for worship.



65-71 Thomas Street,
BT43 6AZ

Get in touch:

Call us: (028) 2564 4834
Email us: office@highkirk.org.uk

High Kirk Ballymena Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland | Northern Ireland charity number: NIC105563