St Molua’s Church is a Grade B+ Listed Building located a few minutes walk from the main entrance to Parliament Buildings on the Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
It is open to visitors on weekdays during most of the year, on Saturday mornings and for services on Sunday.
We are a parish of the Church of Ireland – the oldest member church of the Anglican Communion.
We are situated in a suburban area of East Belfast, through which runs the main arterial route from the City to North Down and the Ards Peninsula. The parish covers an area of about three square miles comprising housing development and a large green belt area containing Parliament Buildings, Government Offices, Stormont Castle, and a public park. The origins of the area’s name can be found in early maps where it is called Storm Mount – a probable reference to its then exposed situation on the side of the Holywood hills.
The city centre is only a few miles away and access to Belfast’s main ring road is close by. A ten minute car journey takes one to Belfast City Airport and the city’s international airport at Aldergrove can easily be reached in 45 minutes. The church, parochial hall and rectory occupy adjacent sites in the centre of the parish. The Parish, comprising 550 family units, was set up in 1960 to meet the needs of rapidly developing housing estates in suburban east Belfast. Much of the housing dates from this period adding to several more mature areas which had been established in the 1920s and 1930s.
At present St Molua’s has one full-time priest (the Rector). Two retired clergymen help with holiday cover. Other staff include an Organist/ Choirmaster and a Sexton both of whom are part-time. The general administration and running of the Parish is greatly assisted by volunteers serving in our Parish Office, on the Grounds Team, on the Select Vestry and on various other committees. Opportunities for fellowship beyond Sunday services are provided through the usual mix of organisations for adults and young people.