How we got started
MCC first began in September 2002 when a little group of nine people started meeting together to pray and study the bible here in Maynooth.
Prior to this the McCrory’s had moved to Lucan in 1996 hoping to be involved in starting a new church in north Kildare and Lucan Presbyterian Church in the village had grown significantly and were starting to wonder about starting a new daughter church.
A few years later, with the help of the wider Presbyterian church, the opportunity to try something new arose and it seemed that Maynooth was the obvious place for both of these hopes to be realised. Keith left his job as a Youth Development Officer to lead the team and as a first step we decided to start a new home group in the town and see what happened. When this group had grown in size to around 20 we then began to hold monthly services in the Post-Primary School on the Moyglare Rd in February 2003. Since more people were coming along the decision was then taken to move to weekly services. It was thus in the autumn of that year that ‘Maynooth Community Church’ was officially launched, our first weekly service being on Sunday 7th September 2003.
During our first four years we were still officially linked with the congregation in Lucan but 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 the newest member 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.