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Sunday Divine Service

Divine Service is held every Sunday at 6.30 pm. Everyone is very welcome. To find out who is on platform, please click on the link below.  

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Spiritual Awareness Class

The spiritual awareness class takes place every Monday evening at 7.30 pm. You will receive excellent teaching from our very experienced tutors. Admission £5.

Healing Service

Spiritual healing takes place every Thursday evening at 7.00 pm. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome. 

The History of Spiritualism in Northern Ireland 

Spiritualism in Ireland has it roots from 1912 when local spiritualists in Belfast first began to meet on the Custom House steps  in the city. At that time the steps where renowned as the 'Speakers Corner' of Belfast. The early pioneers of the Belfast Spiritualist Movement were Mr Morrison, Mr Moore, Mr McCormick and Mr Skelton who met on the steps regularly to debate the many aspects of psychic matters. 

The movement then moved indoors to a rented room in Victoria Street. The room provided a venue for students to study and develop psychic phenomena. As the interest in Spiritualism grew, other groups were formed and eventually merging to become the Belfast Spiritualist Alliance. This Alliance held regular Sunday meetings and mid-week activities at a top floor room at 39 High Street.  As interest in Spiritualism continued to grow, the Alliance continued to need larger premises. They moved to premises in Chichester Street and then to the Central Hall in Rosemary Street. 

Between the first and second world wars, many famous mediums were invited to Belfast by the Alliance. Committee meetings and services were also held in Thompson's Restaurant. Mr Thompson was also the founder member of the Belfast Electronic Spirit Communication Society. Other prominent members of the Alliance at that time were Gladys Gamble and her husband David who organised development circles. 

The Alliance continued to flourish but unfortunately their premises at Rosemary Street were destroyed in the Easter Monday air raid of 1941. The Alliance then accepted an invitation from another group to join them at 45 May Street. This other group was functioning well under the leadership of the truly excellent Medium, Sarah Graham.

They then moved again under the leadership of Joseph Curphy  to St Georges Hall in High Street. At that time, Jack Atkinson and Violet Winters were members of a strong team of local workers who were supported by other regular visiting mediums. It was during this time that the Alliance had a Lyceum with around 50 children attending each Sunday Service.

During the Queens visit in June 1953 the Alliance seized the opportunity to raise funds by renting out to the public, their windows which  overlooked High Street. There were also regular collections which went towards a building fund. The Alliance found that the excessive noise from the drama group renting the room above, affected their Sunday Services. There was also always litter around the entrance from a pools office which was below.

Then under the leadership of Church President, Mr Harry Ryding, the Alliance move to more pleasant and larger accommodation at 6 Dublin Road. Unfortunately though it was still 3 floors up and a chair had to be provided for the more infirm members to rest. They named this hall Curphy Hall in honour of their former President who passed to the spirit realms in 1956. On the 12th June 1963, Harry Ryding received his MSNU Diploma, this was a great honour for Belfast as he was the first person to be ordained as a Spiritualist Minister in Ireland.

The Spiritualist movement in Belfast continued to grow stronger with a strong and active membership with accomplished workers such as Bob and Cicely Moore. The Alliance was on the move again when one of their enthusiastic members, Mrs Margaret McRoberts brought in a small and insignificant advert about a building in Malone Avenue for sale. This was the beginning of the present Belfast Spiritualist Church.

On Sunday 4th May 1969 the Belfast Church of Psychic Science opened its doors for the first Services of a new era. Two weeks later on the 14th May, Mr Charles Quastel, President of the SNU performed the dedication Service along with international mediums Albert Best and Jessie Nason. A few months later Spiritualism in Northern Ireland had its first fully established Church when recognition was granted by the General Registrar's Office as a place of worship in which marriages could take place. The building was then bought from local funds and a £7000 loan from the SNU Building Fund. With a great deal of voluntary labour the building was substantially refurbished, the final work party not finishing until around midnight on Saturday - the day before opening.

Since 1969 the Church has gone from strength to strength, holding numerous marriage and naming ceremonies. The Church Officiant's also perform burial and cremation services throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

At the AGM on 28th February 1976 the name of the Church was changed to its present form - Belfast Spiritualist Church.

In 1979 self contained apartment was added to the side of the Church to resolve an issue of accommodation for visiting mediums. 
Disaster then struck in 1982 when a fire broke out in the kitchen, which luckily was extinguished before major damage was caused. An alert neighbour saw the fire andcontacted the fire brigade.

In 1992 the Church organised a coach trip to Dublin for an evening with our brothers and sisters in the Spiritualist group there. An enjoyable evening was had by and the Belfast members were surprised to hear of the issues that affected Spiritualism in the Republic of Ireland. Due to legislation at the time, they were unable to say prayers or sing hymns during their services.

Spiritualism continues to grow and there presently are a number of bodies who represent spiritualism in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are many, many smaller groups and individuals who in the background, devote their time, commitment and hard work to our shared cause.