Service of Thanksgiving for Pastor James McConnell

The service of thanksgiving for Pastor James McConnell will be held on Wednesday 21 July at 10:00 am here at Whitewell.

We know many people will want to attend this service to pay respects, to support his family, and give thanks for the tremendous life of our Pastor, but we must also be mindful of the current covid situation, so it is important that we share the following information.

The doors to the church building will not open until 9:15 am, and the sanctuary will be seated in its socially distanced manner. Please note that to maximise safety and allow us to manage capacity, stewards will show people to seats – there will be no opportunity to sit in your usual seat. Mask wearing for all non-exempt people is mandatory.

Once the sanctuary is at its socially distanced capacity, the minor hall will then be filled to its socially distanced capacity. At that point, we have no further internal capacity, but speakers in the front car park area (in front of the youth centre) will relay the service people who are outside. Because there is no seating in this area please can we please ask that everyone outside socially distances.  Please also be aware that the weather could be hot so please bring water and prepare for the unusually warm weather.

Another way to be part of the service is to join online. Our usual live streams on the church website and Facebook will be running – there will be a full stream of the service.

Many people have posted some lovely comments online already, but if you have a memory to share, or you would like to pay tribute to Pastor, you can email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will collate these, pass them on to his family, and share some of them online.

Finally On behalf of us all here at Whitewell, Thank You Pastor for your years of service, your love for Jesus, your love for the work of God, your passion for souls, and your testimony of the faithfulness of a loving Saviour, The Lord Jesus Christ.