Message of Welcome from the Rector
Tartaraghan and Diamond Grange are two vibrant and friendly churches, to the west and north-west of Portadown, County Armagh.
Tartaraghan Parish Church, Clontylew Road, is approximately 5 miles north-west of Portadown, and 10 miles north-east of Armagh. It lies close to Junction 12 on the M1 Motorway. Diamond Grange Church, Annagora Road, is about 4 miles to the south of Tartaraghan.
Many people in the area have roots in farming. There are cattle and sheep in the fields. Vegetables are also grown, especially closer to Lough Neagh. This is also an apple-growing area with many orchards to be seen.
Tartaraghan church was built in 1816 and consecrated in 1819, to replace an earlier building on the same site. The chancel was added in 1890. The entrance is through a lych gate, and in the church is a beautiful cantilevered stone staircase leading to a gallery. The Sports Hall and Parish Hall are nearby. The Rectory is approximately two miles from the church, near the 'Toby Hole', an ancient burial ground, and the site of the original church. Tartaraghan church records have survived as follows: Baptisms from 1825, Marriages from 1824 and Burials from 1828.
Diamond Grange Church was built in 1926. It is a beautifully proportioned building in black whinstone in the Norman style of architecture. Beside the church is the Parish Hall(formerly the primary school). Surviving Diamond Grange church records consist of Baptisms from 1877 and Marriages from 1910. There is no graveyard at Diamond Church.
Both churches are dedicated to St Paul, a man who was so changed by his encounter with the risen Jesus on the Damascus Road, that he could hardly contain his enthusiasm to share the Good News of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ with the whole world. In truth, the church is the people, and, as the people of God in Tartaraghan & Diamond, we seek to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and put our trust and faith in Him.
Our vision, inspired by the example of St Paul, is to be 'growing communities of faith, reaching out in Jesus' name'. We seek to be what we claim to be, Christian disciples, responding to Jesus, growing in faith and reaching out to all in His name.
We look to God's future with confidence and hope in his promises and his power to save. Grace and peace be with you.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
St Paul (Letter to the Romans 15: 13)