Sligo Centre of Mission

Sligo, County Sligo

The Sligo Centre of Mission is a partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. In October 2021, Drumcliffe Centre of Mission was relaunched as Sligo Centre of Mission, reflecting a change of direction to better represent the vision of the project and the area which it serves on the west coast of Ireland.

A significant part of the work of the centre of mission is ReCentre Community Church, a fresh expression of church. Thanks to your support, on Sunday 3rd October 2021, ReCentre Community Church met for the first time for public worship with Bishop Ferran Glenfield sharing a service of blessing for ReCentre and the work of the centre of mission in the local area.

Alan Williamson, Lead Evangelist, writes “We have been working hard to get the building cleaned and decorated. This building has been secured through some generous Trust donations for the coming year. We would really appreciate prayers as we settle into our new home and listen to what Gods saying in the local community that we become good neighbours and serve the local community well as both a place of presence and a place of service.”

Historically, Mail Coach Road where ReCentre Community Church is situated was named after the mail delivery vehicle that brought news to Sligo in the 19th and early 20th century. It is the hope of the centre of mission that ReCentre Community Church will live up to the roads’ rich history and bring good news to the people of Sligo.

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About Sligo

• County Sligo has a population of 63,000, with the county town of Sligo accounting for 38,500 members of the population. 67 different languages are spoken in Sligo.
• Single parent households have doubled in the last 20 years.
• 28% of County Sligo’s population live alone.
• Sligo has experienced the fastest rate of urbanisation in Ireland across the last decade but most people live in rural areas.
• In the last 15 years, Sligo has seen a large increase in social deprivation, with 4 areas classed as “Very Deprived” and a further 31 “disadvantaged” areas.
• Social exclusion is experienced mostly by the unemployed, lone parents, new communities, Travellers, older people and people with disabilities.
• In Sligo, the population of Travellers aged 40+ decreases sharply compared to those 40+ in the overall population.
• Self-harm rates and psychiatric inpatient admissions are higher than the national average and are increasing faster than the national average also.
• Sligo has the third highest rates of treatment for alcohol misuse across Ireland.

Statistics courtesy of Sligo County Council.

Type of Work

Church Planting /
Fresh Expressions

Building Community

Poverty alleviation

Recreation activities

Youth/Kids

Family work

Bible Study

Evangelists & Leaders

Alan Williamson

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Partnerships

Diocese of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh

The united dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh include parts of three Irish provinces: Ulster, Connacht and Leinster. The diocese of Kilmore covers most of County Cavan, north County Leitrim and small areas of the neighbouring counties of Fermanagh, Longford and Donegal. Elphin covers most of County Roscommon, north County Sligo and a small part of east Galway. Ardagh encompasses most of County Longford, the southern part of County Leitrim and a small area of County Westmeath.

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