New book charts history of Christ Church in Strabane

Gordon Smyth and Trevor Smyth with their book which charts the history of Christ Church in Strabane. DR45

A NEW book will be launched this weekend which charts the history of Christ Church in Strabane.

‘Upon This Rock’ is a new and updated chronicle of the parish from father and son team, Gordon and Trevor Smyth.


Speaking ahead of the launch on November 25 at Christ Church on the Bowling Green in Strabane, the authors remarked that since the laying of the foundation stone on November 17 1874 by the Duchess of Abercorn, the local church has been at the heart of the Strabane community.

They said, “The church enjoys the support of all denominations and it is important to record its place in history.

“What started out as a simple idea to compile an inventory of gifts and presentations, made to the church, was to become a most interesting journey into the history of the parish and its people.

“Over the years families have grown up and while many have stayed, some have perhaps moved away. It is hoped that this book will rekindle their interest, and strengthen their associations with the church. We hope this book will also inspire the younger generation, just as we have been inspired by our predecessors.”

In his review, the Rev Mark Lennox of Christ Church, Strabane stated, “This book captures wonderfully the history and stories of the Parish of Camus-Juxta-Mourne and in particular the life of Christ Church, the current church building.

“It is intertwined with personal accounts of what life is like as a parishioner of the parish.

“I wish to acknowledge the hours of work and dedication, and the many miles travelled by the authors, Gordon and Trevor Smyth in their penning of this book. I trust that you will be enriched, as I have, as you read this book.”

‘Upon This Rock’ will be in full colour and will go on general sale at the book launch on this Saturday,  November 25 at Christ Church, Bowling Green, Strabane from 10am until 1pm. The cost will be £20 and all profits will go towards church funds.

The authors would like to thank all those who shared their memories, provided photographs, supplied information or contributed to the production of this book in any way.


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