General Assembly 2017

  • 5.6.2017 - 9.6.2017
  • 7:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Assembly Buildings, Belfast
  • Free

This year's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland will run from Monday, 5th June to Friday, 9th June 2017.

The 178th annual meeting of the Church's governing body will meet on the Monday evening to formally nominate and install Rev. Noble McNeely of First Holywood Presbyterian Church as this year’s Moderator of the General Assembly.

Attended by 1,000 ministers and elders from our 500-plus congregations across Ireland, business will be streamed live via this website. You can also follow debates via our live Twitter feed @pciassembly. Previews and reviews of the day's business and the official daily minutes of proceedings will also be posted.

Opening Meeting
Monday, 5th June at 7pm

Opening Night, on Monday, 5th June, will begin at 7pm in Assembly Buildings, Belfast, when Presbyterians from across Ireland will hear current Moderator, Very Rev. Dr. Frank Sellar, reflect on his year in office.

Having been formally elected and installed as the 177th Moderator, Rev. Noble McNeely will then give his opening address.

Tickets are not required for this or any of the business sessions.

Business will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday. Those who are not voting members or visiting delegates are welcome to attend in the public gallery (apart from the one Private Session).

There will be three one-hour alternative presentations, each beginning at 2pm on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The Tuesday and Thursday presentations will be on the work of the Council for Congregational Life and Witness and the Council for Mission in Ireland respectively, while the Wednesday one will again be ‘Listening to the Global Church’.

Wednesday Night Celebration

Your attendance is encouraged for the Wednesday Night Celebration at 7.45pm, with Vaughan Roberts as keynote speaker.

SPUD are organising an event at tea-time that same evening themed around young people and the church.

Proceedings will be streamed live and you can also follow events via Twitter @pciassembly #pciga17 and and @pcimoderator.

Opening Meeting

Monday 7.00pm

Outgoing remarks – Dr. Frank Sellar

Installation of Moderator – Rev. Noble McNeely

All are welcome – no tickets required



11.45am – Communion Service

Wednesday and Thursday


Wednesday Night Celebration

7.45pm – Assembly Hall

Speaker: Vaughan Roberts

All are welcome – no tickets required

Youth Night

Saturday, 10th June

7.30pm – Assembly Hall

Theme: ‘(Un)faithful’ – A faithful God and His unfaithful people, lessons from Hosea

Speaker: Mel Lacy

Music: Worship Academy

Tickets available from the Congregational Life and Witness Office
Assembly Buildings, Belfast BT1 6DW
Tel: +44(0)28 9032 2284


9.30am Business Committee
9.45am General Council
10.45am Reception of Delegates
2.00pm Alternative Presentation (Congregational Life and Witness)
3.30pm Council for Congregational Life and Witness
4.30pm Council for Social Witness

9.30am Council for Public Affairs
11.15am Council for Training in Ministry
2.00pm Listening to the Global Church
3.30pm General Council

9.30am Council for Global Mission
11.15am Council for Mission in Ireland
2.00pm Alternative Presentation (Mission in Ireland)
3.30pm General Council

9.30am Judicial Commission (Private Session)
11.15am Linkage Commission
12.00pm Business Committee
Close of Assembly

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