About Maze Presbyterian
Maze is a congregation of about 230 families set in the heart of the community which it serves. It is a very homely congregation, with a friendly atmosphere, and lots of activities throughout the week catering for all ages.
While the church building we meet in has been here for 150 years the congregation itself has grown a lot in the last 10-20 years creating the need to enlarge the church and erect new halls. The Sunday morning gathering has a young feel and everyone is made very welcome and at ease so that one of our priorities of ministry is to the many young families who attend and reaching out to the community surrounding our premises.
Further growth required another historic step for the congregation which was completed in 2014. This required the demolition and compete rebuild of the church building itself and the creation of a new welcome area and a purpose built creche.
William originally studied to be a chemist at Queens but felt the call of God to the full time ministry. He then entered the ministry of the Presbyterian church, studying at Union Theological College and serving an Assistantship at Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church.
He came to Maze in January 1997. He is married to Nora with three children: Bethany, Megan and Connor.
Until the erection of our large hall in 1995, Maze Presbyterian didn’t need to bother too much about building anything. The last major projects were the School house (1872) and Manse (1874). Our forefathers were so keen to establish a work for God here that they had cleared all their debts, some £2000, by 1879. In days when most people had extremely little that was quite an achievement and we continue to benefit from their efforts and far sightedness.
These buildings were more than adequate for over 100 years as the movement of Presbyterians was towards Belfast. These congregations in the city in developing their ministry and work built much larger meeting houses and considerable halls. It was not without cost. But, they believed they had a mission and they worked towards fulfilling it.
The congregation in Maze have not been found lacking in vision and commitment. A very spacious new hall was opened in February 1995 beside the church building. With growing numbers of people attending worship each week the church building itself was getting cramped so the decision was taken to make the church bigger and more open while at the same time link it up the new hall, this was completed in May 2004.