2023 General Assembly

  • 21.6.2023 - 24.6.2023
  • 7:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Assembly Buildings / Livestreamed
  • Free
  • General Assembly

The 2023 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland will meet in Belfast from Wednesday 21 June to Saturday 24 June.

The General Assembly is the principal decision-making body of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and will formally elect Rev Dr Sam Mawhinney of Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church in Dublin as Moderator of the General Assembly for 2023/2024 on its opening night - the first time since the year 2000 that the General Assembly will be chaired by a Moderator who is from a congregation in the Republic of Ireland.

Attended by upwards of 1,000 ministers, elders, and others who have right to attend - or sit and deliberate - from PCI’s 500-plus congregations across Ireland, the reports that are debated, and the resolutions that are passed, shape the Church’s direction in different areas, decisions taken jointly by ministers and elders, men and women, from congregations up and down the land.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the public gallery for the Opening Night at 7pm on Wednesday, 21 June and main public business sessions, which start at 10.00am on Thursday and Friday and at 10.30am on Saturday morning. This year’s ‘Listening to the Global Church’, will take place at 2.45pm on Friday, 23 June.

While you can find the reports that will be discussed and full details of all business and other information on the General Assembly Overview page here, a brief summary, including worship, can be found below.


Wednesday, 21 June at 7pm


Opening Meeting


  • Outgoing remarks:

  • Installation of the Moderator: 

Rt Rev Dr John Kirkpatrick

Rev Dr Sam Mawhinney

All welcome, no tickets required


Thursday, 22 June at 6pm

  • Under 30 Fringe Event

(Registration details to follow)

Under 30 delegates & members of Assembly

Thursday, 22 June at 7.45pm

  • Thursday Evening Celebration


Speaker: Rev Jonty Rhodes

founding pastor, Christ Church Central, Leeds

All welcome, no tickets required


Thursday 22 June at 12.15pm

in the Assembly Hall

Friday 23 June at 11.45am

General Assembly Communion Service

in the Assembly Hall

All welcome, no tickets required


All public business of the General Assembly will be livestreamed via this website here.You will also be able to follow events at this year’s Assembly @pciassembly on Twitter using the hashtag #pciga23 and @pcimoderator.

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