The church is the only organisation in the world that exists solely for the benefit of its non-members.
Archbishop William Temple
Our vision is
- Growing Deeper in our relationship to God
- Growing Closer in our relationships and fellowship with one another
- Growing Wider by sharing the Good News of the Kingdom of God with everyone, by word and deed
We are the diocese of Derry and Raphoe located in the counties of Londonderry, Tyrone and Donegal in North West Ireland / Northern Ireland. Our denomination is the Church of Ireland and we are part of the Anglican (Episcopal) Communion which has 70 million members in 164 countries.
Our Bishop is Rt Rev Ken Good who is responsible for 98 worshipping congregations across 48 parishes serving 15,000 members. This task is only made possible through the 50+ serving ordained clergy, 32 diocesan lay readers and over 700 volunteers who serve their communities in many diverse ways on a weekly basis.
Each local parish church is unique due to geography, demography or worship style, however it is not uncommon for Anglican churches to be united through a love of their community, serving them through providing youth clubs, uniformed organisations, lunch clubs, Mothers Unions and food banks alongside providing pastoral support in times of need to whoever requires it.
Our worship is not restricted to Sundays, with many parishes holding services in nursing homes, hospitals and even schools on a variety of days throughout the week and we would encourage you to check the 'find-a-church' page on this site for more information.
Any service in the parish church is ordered by the Book of Common Prayer, which unites the whole of the Church of Ireland in how worship is conducted. This means that services can feel familiar no matter which parish you may visit, yet it also allows for flexibility and creativity within the confines of orderly worship to cater for a breadth of worship styles. To find out more about what we believe in the Church of Ireland, please read more here.
We are delighted you are on our site, and we would love to help you to find a local church which you feel comfortable joining. Please search for one here in order to help you experience the joy of knowing Christ in your own life and in your community.