The Larne church building is a traditional building constructed in 1885. The premises are well cared for and the people  who make up the Church community enjoy making people feel welcome in their midst.  Sunday morning service is at 10.00am. with Sunday School and the Creche  starting at 10.15am.  Holy Communion is held on the first Sunday in the month. 
Each Sunday morning there is a time of prayer from 9.450- 10.00am which is held in the minor hall and is open to all.

An evening Service is held on the Circuit each Sunday at 7.00pm.  The location is listed in the What's on this week page of the website


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Sunday School / JMA 


                                              ROBERT HILARY GAWN

At the recent Sunday School service in Larne Methodist Church the

 Hilary Gawn Memorial Trophy was awarded for the second time to Lucy

and Scott Brownlow for the most money collected in 2015 on the Junior

Mission For All collection cards.

The photograph shows Mrs Patricia Gawn, Lucy and Scott Brownlow,

  and new Sunday School Superintendent Ashley Thompson  who recently

 took over the position from Colin Henderson after his many years

 of service to the Sunday School.

While the presentation of the trophy has been an annual event in the church

 for many years, this time it caused me to think back on the life and times of

 the man in whose memory the trophy was given to the church by his widow

 Patricia (otherwise Pat) Gawn after his death on the 26th December 1979.

A long time ago but he is still fresh in the memory of many of our older

members.

He spent most of his working life with Larne Borough Council where his sense

 of humour and ability not to take formal council occasions too seriously made

 him a bit of a legend. On one occasion when the Governor of Northern

 Ireland was in the Borough for a formal visit and lunch, Hilary was deputised

 to announce that lunch was served. With his usual good humour he leaned in

the door and announced “ boys your dinners ready”.

I personally have the warmest memories of Hilary in his life in the church and

 as a loyal supporter of Larne Football Club for years along with his good friends Billy McCaw and Billy Rainey. 

He was Circuit Steward, Society Steward and Pew Steward

among other offices held  in the Church and a longtime member of the

 Badminton Club and the Youth Guild ( similar to today’s youth fellowship) .

He also helped to run the junior badminton club that met on Saturday evenings.

 He was a jack of all trades and when one young member broke their

badminton racket and could not afford another Hilary took it home and

repaired it and the racket remained in use for a good few years after that.

However his most memorable contributions were to the Sunday School and

Young Worshipers League. He was the Sunday School Secretary

 for many years and carried out his duties with his usual meticulous care. His

 welcome to the children and his care and concern for them was without equal.  

He was just part of the furniture and was so sorely missed by all when God called

him home.

He was born in the 1st May 1917 in Point Street Larne. His father was

 Robert Gawn a shoemaker and his mother Matilda Gawn ( nee Boyd).

When his father died the shoemakers premises in Point Street were turned into

 a tearoom managed by his mother and called “ Gawn’s Tearooms”.

Hilary was the third of 4 children and the whole family were well known in

Methodist circles.

His sister Nell started the Girls Life Brigade in the Larne Church but eventually

emigrated to Australia.

His younger sister Alice always lived in Larne and became a member of

 Craigy Hill Church when it opened.

His only brother David married May Reid , moved to Belfast and became a

faithful member of Jennymount Methodist Church.

Also a member of Jennymount was Hilary’s future wife Patricia Adair.

Hilary met Patricia at the wedding of his neice Anna in June 1973 and not

 being one to hang around, only six months later he and Pat were

 engaged to be married.

Ever the romantic Hilary wooed Pat with roses and tomatoes from his garden

 every time they met. They were married on 10th September 1974 at

 Jennymount Methodist Church by Rev. Stanley Ross assisted by the

Rev. Henry Gilpin who was the minister of Larne Methodist Church at the time.

Also present were the Rev and Mrs Jack Young and Mr and Mrs Jim McWilliams

the great grand-parents of Lucy and Scott Brownlow who were firm friends

of the couple. Indeed before his marriage, for many

years he was like a member of the McWilliams family went on holidays with

them and every Sunday evening after church he came to the McWlliams

for his supper and often during the week as well.

Very sadly Hilary suffered a coronary attack on 5th July 1979 from which he

was making a good recovery but suffered a further coronary on Christmas

night on 25th December 1979 and passed to glory on 26th December.

His marriage to Pat was somewhat late in his life and their marriage was, sadly,

 a short one but  it was evident to all that during the  years they shared

 together they were a blissfully happy couple.

Pat has continued to this day as a faithful member of Larne Church as a choir

Member, holding the office of Circuit Steward for many years as well a

assisting  the Carnlough Church by acting as Society Treasurer.

The Hilary Gawn Trophy was presented by Pat to the Church in 1981 and over

the 34 years since its inception it has been awarded to 11 different children.

Some have been frequent recipients and to be awarded the trophy has

always been regarded as a great encouragement for children continuing

to work hard for JMA.

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