Jonathan & Nicola McCracken
Our desire is that people will come to a personal understanding of the Christian message and decide to live for God, putting their hopes in Jesus Christ and not on themselves and their own merits.
Church Planters in Ireland
In July 2013, Jonathan & Nicola moved as a family from Tramore (SE Ireland) to the town of Claremorris in the West of Ireland. They are partnering with the locally based “Calvary Mission” (CM) that has been serving towns in County Mayo for a number of years. CM consists of workers from USA, Australia, N.Ireland and Republic of Ireland who are affiliated to several sending missions, but working together on various church-planting opportunities, mainly in Co. Mayo. Jonathan is the Member Care Facilitator within ECM and is also part of the Field Council. Jonathan and Nicola’s focus of ministry locally is the ongoing church-plant in Claremorris.
Claremorris is a growing town of around 5,000 people in the heart of Mayo. Calvary Church Claremorris began in 2016 and currently meets in the local Town Hall. Outreach efforts are combined with discipleship in the small church which has drawn people from different countries as well as local people. Currently, Jonathan and Nicola work in a team together with another couple from N.Ireland. From Claremorris, there is the further potential to reach out into other towns with similar need for a gospel witness.
Building for the Future
For 7 years we have hired rooms in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre, located in the town centre. As our church has grown, we are beginning to outgrow the available space.
Furthermore, the building has become noticeably busier and is often unavailable, particularly for meetings on weekday evenings. This has resulted in us meeting across three different venues in Claremorris town.
We now have very limited capacity for new people to join us and we are not as visible in the community as we would like. The church members have agreed that we need a new space for growth, to have a visible presence in the town, and to provide a warm welcome to everyone.
Introducing our building project
For some time, we have sought to rent a more suitable premises in Claremorris. However, no suitable properties have become available over this time.
After prayerful consideration we have concluded that it is time for us to seek to purchase & renovate, or construct a suitable premises.
We are seeking a building in a central, visible location in Claremorris. It will be large enough to accommodate future growth and facilitate the development of our ministry. It will be a welcoming space, that is accessible for everyone.
We estimate that such a building will cost approximately €600,000.
We have now set up a building fund and are actively pursuing internal fundraising and external donations. All donations, large or small, are welcome.
How to Give
1. Directly by card on our website
2. By bank transfer to our building fund account: Calvary Church Claremorris Building Fund IBAN IE24AIBK93744415280198 (AIB)
3. Tax-efficient donations via iMap, ECM or UFM Worldwide
4. Post cheques to Jonathan McCracken (address overleaf)
All donations should be marked “Calvary Church Claremorris Building Fund”
For all information needed on giving, see: www.calvarychurchclaremorris.ie
We are affiliated to Calvary Mission, a charity registered in the Republic of Ireland (CRA 20056353).
Jonathan McCracken (Pastor)
19 Rushbrook, Claremorris,
Co. Mayo, F12 N2F1