Woodvale Presbyterian Church

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sunshine Hour.

The Sunshine Hour meets on alternative Wednesdays and is for the senior members of the congregation who enjoy meeting on a afternoon for fellowship. While it is mainly made up of ladies from the congregation it also has members from the various neighbouring churches.

The first recorded meeting of the Sunshine Hour took place in the Autumn of 1963 under the leadership of the deaconess Miss Winnie Shaw.

Each week the programme consists of opening devotions, a praise time and a visiting speaker. The speakers range from those in our own congregation and the neighbouring district to those representing differing missionary and evangelical outreaches. There is also an opportunity for fellowship over a cup of tea.

Some of the members require transport to come to the meeting and so a small team of men look after these arrangements. There is also a small group of ladies who look after the catering.

The Sunshine Hour meets from September to May. The year comes to an end with the annual outing.

Two special dates in the year include the Christmas party and the summer outing.

Over the years we have visited the Fernhill Museum, Belfast Castle and Belfast City Hall.

For the summer outing we usually head off to the coast and stop at a Presbyterian church for a meal. While some ladies enjoy looking around the shops, others prefer a paddle in the sea or a stroll along the beach. This is a time when we can invite family and friends to join us for the day.

As the name suggests the Sunshine Hour is a happy and relaxed meeting , where its members share and care for one another and enjoy fellowship together.