University Road, Moravian Church, Belfast

Belfast BT7 1NA (1887), Sandy Row (1871)



University Road Moravian Church was originally situated on Sandy Row in Belfast in 1871 and moved to its present location in 1887. It was planted by members from Kilwarlin Moravian Church who recognised the need for Christian witness in the C19th Belfast as people moved into the city to seek work.

Morning Worship is held each Sunday at 11am with Sunday School beginning a little later after the children have shared some of the worship time with rest of the congregation. Holy Communion is offered to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour on the first Sunday of the month following the morning worship.

The church is opened for quiet reflection on Thursdays between 12 noon and 2 pm and includes a time of prayer at 1.30 pm.  Worship is followed by coffee on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and a Tradecraft stall is held on the 3rd Sunday. 

The Art Club meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays and there are plans for a possible Gardening Club and the Bowls Club every Tuesday at 7 pm during the summer months. The young adults will have regular meet up sessions during the coming year, beginning on Saturday February 4.

Our communicant membership stands at 60 with a few adherents and several people who attend occasionally. During the year the congregation gave their regular support to Christian Aid, the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Haitian Hurricane Appeal. The Nightreach ministry, which operates on the last Friday of each month from Midnight to 2pm, serves in average of 70 - 120 people with a hot drink, as an expression of love.


Regular Weekly Activities

Sunday 11 am: Worship and Sunday School 

Monday 7 pm: Sing-for-Life Choir

Tuesday 7pm: Bowling 

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Thursday 12 noon - 2pm: Chuch Open for quiet reflection; prayer meeting at 1.30 pm

Thursday 2 pm: Art Club

Special Services During 2017:

March 19: Special Family Service for all members with their extended Family

URMC Family_Tree_2 Our Family Tree

April 10-12: Passion Week Readings at 1pm

April 13: Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 6:pm

April 14: Good Friday Service at 1pm

April 16: Easter Service at 11 am

May 14: Anniversary and Re-affirmation of membership Commitment; Guest Preacher, Bishop Joachim Kreusel

October 8: Harvest Festival, Guest Preacher Rev Dr Donald Watts

December 10: Christingle

December 17: Carol Service

December 25: Christmas Day Service at 11 am

December 31: New Year's Eve Service 

GMT Strategy - Go, Make Teach 

During 2107 efforts will be made to equip all members to be involved in the strategy for renewal and revival, the GMT strategy. 


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A Pilgrimage 

university road walkersThe University Road church was founded in 1887, partly to provide a place of worship for the members of Kilwarlin who had travelled to seek work and live in Belfast.

In the year of 250th anniversary of Kilwarlin, Br Mark Kernohan suggested, as only he can, that the journey be reversed with a walk from University Road to Kilwarlin. As a result at 10.00am on Saturday 24th September a group of 24 people and 1 dog set out on the 19-mile trek to Kilwarlin. The route took us to the Lagan towpath, which led us out of the city of Belfast alongside the river and canal passing several points where it had been arranged that walkers could either join or leave the party depending on their commitments and ability to complete the course.

After following the River Lagan through Lisburn the towpath came to an end at Blaris. By this time due to the varying pace and fitness of the participants there was some distance between the first and last of the group, contact being made by the use of mobile phone - how times have changed since the first pilgrims from Kilwarlin to University Road! Leaving the towpath meant taking to the local roads for the last few miles. However, the scattered nature of the group and varying degrees of local knowledge resulted in a number of routes being taken by road, pathways and shortcuts {?} to reach the final destination at Kilwarlin.
The first arrivals reached Kilwarlin shortly after 3.00pm with the last arriving at 5.45pm. (They took the shortcut). In total 14 people and the dog completed the whole course, in various states of fatigue and pain. Those completing the walk ranged from a thirteen year old to a retired minister just past 70 but all with a great sense of achievement.

We were greeted at Kilwarlin by a very welcome barbeque, for which we thank those who provided it. Thanks are also due to the drivers who ferried walkers to and from the meeting points and returned people to their cars at University Road (otherwise we would have had to walk back for them). Congratulations to all the participants whatever distance they walked, but especially those who completed the course and particularly those whose first time it was to walk such a mileage.
As well as enjoying the fruits of God’s creation, the flora and fauna along the route, including squirrels, blue jays, ducks, swans, buzzards and falcons, the whole experience left a feeling of satisfaction at completing a physical task (despite the resulting pain), a moral uplift and a strengthening of the link between the two congregations."

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If you want to know more about University Road Moravian Church then please contact the current minister, who is Rev. Dr Livingstone Thompson and he can be contacted on +44 74 8480 6784 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Worship Times

Services: 11.00am Family Worship and Sunday School.
Holy Communion second Sunday each month after family worship.


Minister: Rev Dr Livingstone Thompson
Tel: +44 74 8480 6784  
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Treasurer: John Costley
Tel: 0781 042 6243
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University Road Moravian Church, Belfast BT7 1NA

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