Moneyreagh 300 Years of Worship
It was a pleasure to recieve an offical invitation to join our chaplain Rev Chris Wilson at his church for their celebration of 300 years of worship, and to act as the Priory's official representative. I am aware from my previous visits to Northern Ireland that hospitallity is a very important part of receiving guest. So made sure I had a little "fast" before boarding the flight.
Given I was arriving the day before the service, and the weather was a little inclement (or as Rev Chris advised "It's not raining...so could be summer") we headed to Belfast for a visit to the Titanic Experiance, which was fasinating, and moving in equal messaure. The recordings of the actual voices of those who had survived, only re-inforced what a tragic loss of life it was.
Numbers for the Sunday service of celebration were predicted to be between two and three hundred. As it turned out three hundred was closer to the mark.
Rev Chris is a passonate believer in ecumenism, so much so, over the past decade of service at this particuar church he has made it his mission to engage with other demoninations in and around his Parish and nationally, as well as building up the congregation locally.
This work has clearly paid off, by my count there were at least sixteen members of the clergy from the Roman Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, and other Presbyterian denominations who all came together to celebrate this wonderful aniversary.
I was honoured to attend as a member of the Priory and share in this celebration.
Steve Jones PrioryPKC