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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Carryduff Church holds special Sunday services

A service of ordination was held by the Presbytery of East Belfast in Carryduff Presbyterian Church on the evening of Sunday 18th September when Mrs. Tanya Adams and Mr. Colin Webster were ordained as Elders. Back row: Mr. J. Dixon, Rev. P. Jamieson, Mr. D. Cowan, Rev. A. Bill, Rev. A. Smyth (Minister) & Mr. F. Wilson (Session Clerk). Seated: Mr. Colin Webster and Mrs. Tanya Adams. US38-712SP CARRYDUFF Presbyterian Church, which was formed in 1841, held two special services on Sunday - a service of preparation for Evangelistic Mission to begin in the church on Harvest Sunday, October 9 and lasts for two weeks and the ordination and installation of two new Elders to the Kirk Session.

At the morning service the special preacher was the Very Reverend Doctor David McGaughey, senior minister of Mourne Congregation I Kilkeel, and a former Moderator of the General Assembly.

The scripture reading by Doctor McGaughey for the children's address was taken from Luke 15: 1-7 when he began by giving an account of fishing in Kilkeel.

The church choir rendered the anthem 'Faithful One', with words and music by Brian Doerksen.

Doctor McGaughey for his address read the scripture passage from John 15: 1-17 and then challenged the congregation with three questions - Do we really need a mission? What should a mission do for your congregation? Is mission a tremendous help to Christians?

On giving a detailed explanation on the preceding questions he took as his text The purpose is to Glorify our God'. This was a very inspiring and challenging address to the large gathering.

The minister Reverend Alistair Smyth and Youth & Family Worker Mr. John McCandless together with members of the Kirk Session have during the past weeks been planning for the Evangelistic Mission and will be delivered to many homes in the area with a colourful leaflet giving all the events and services during the two weeks mission.

The evening service saw the ordination and installation of Mrs. Tanya Adams and Colin Webster to the Eldership. The moderator of the East Belfast Presbytery, the Reverend Alistair Bill

The new testament scripture reading, Romans 12: 19 -21 was read by Reverend A.S. Smyth and the Church choir rendered the anthem entitled  'All to Jesus I surrender'.

The Reverend Paul Jamieson, minister of Christ Church, Dundonald, delivered a most challenging and stimulating charge taking as his text from the same scripture passage in which he exhorted the newly-ordained Elders to the high calling they received as Ruling Elders in the life and work of the church.

Also officiating from the presbytery was the clerk, Mr. Douglas Cowan and the minister Reverend Alistar Smyth.

The church choir and church music group under the direction of Mr. Lloyd Scales who also presided at the organ and piano led the praise at both services.

A special offering was taken up at the evening service, a reception was held for the newly ordained Ruling Elders in the church hall, where Reverend A.S. Smyth welcomed members of East Belfast Presbytery and all guests.

Ulster Star