How we got started
MCC first began in September 2002 when, in partnership with our congregation in Lucan, a little group of nine people started meeting together to pray and study the bible together here in Maynooth. In February 2003, when the group had grown in size to around 20, we began to hold monthly services together in the Post-Primary School on the Moyglare Rd, whilst joining up again with our friends in Lucan on the other Sundays. More people joined us and the decision was then taken to formally launch the church and move to weekly services here in Maynooth. Our first weekly service as Maynooth Community Church was held on Sunday 7th September 2003.
Over the next four years we slowly developed towards the point of being able to stand on our own two feet. On November 25th 2007 we were formally constituted as a new independent congregation by the Dublin and Munster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. On that occasion, Rev Dr Keith McCrory (to give him his full and seldom used title!) was installed as our inaugural Minister and we were up and running.
Since then our congregation has been slowly but steadily developing and we have been amazed again and again at how God uses such very ordinary people in the building of his extraordinary Kingdom.
What Does “Presbyterian” Mean?
As a Presbyterian or Reformed church, we are part of a fellowship of churches in Ireland and throughout the world who are committed to the ongoing reformation and renewal of the one church of Jesus Christ, in accordance with the scriptures and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as part of our ministry, we want to encourage and affirm every congregation and community, regardless of denomination, where the presence and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ is found.
MCC is one of the newest members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The PCI is an all-island movement of over 560 churches. Irish Presbyterianism has been much involved in education, evangelism, social service and world mission in India, China, the Middle East, Jamaica, Africa, Indonesia, Nepal and Brazil.
In our Christian worship, the preaching of the Word of God is central, in a setting of prayer and praise. There is no fixed liturgy. Prayers and hymns, psalms and paraphrases, Scripture reading and sermons are adapted to the needs of the occasion.
The word ‘Presbyterian’ describes the form of our Church government which emphasises the individual and corporate responsibility of members. Ministers and members must share in the organising and running of every aspect of the Church’s work. No one member is considered superior or more important than an other but instead we aim to be a “priesthood of all believers”, regardless of age, race, gender or class.