South Belfast Friendship House is situated in Blythe Street and has been providing a Christian witness in the Sandy Row community for many years. It is ideally situated on a residential street adjacent to shops, factories and other community facilities. It is a place in which fellowship and support are available ot local people.
The House, like other similar ministires, has been affected by the pandemic and restrictions.
Over the summer of 2021, they hope to have a gazebo outside one or two mornings a week, serving tea and coffee, thus providing opportunities to chat and connect with local people.
They also hope to resume the homework club for primary age children and restart the Tots and Toddlers group again as soon as possible.
In the early days of South Belfast Friendship House, Presbyterian Women was responsible for its management and funding. In 2017 The Council for Mission in Ireland took over the management role and will be key in the development of the work and witness of the House.
The House was renovated and extended to include a new multipurpose room and was reopened in March 2010 was by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Councillor Naomi Long. The act of worship and Rededication was conducted The Rt Rev Dr Stafford Carson, Moderator of the General Assembly.
The House is currently managed by Rev William Harkness who is also the minister of Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church. William hopes to develop the House in a way that best suits the local community and God's Kingdom.
South Belfast Friendship House
1-5 Blythe Street
Tel: 028 9032 2733