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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dedication of Christ Church rectory

THE Dedication of the new Rectory for Christ Church Parish Lisburn was held on Sunday October 16.

The worship was led by Canon Dr Ken Cochrane and the hymns sung were: God Is Here, Emma Crowe, Rev Paul Dundas, his wife Nola, Dr Samuel Semple and Samuel Bird at the dedication of Christ Church's new Rectory. US42-746SPAs We His People; Lord of the Home; Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, When You Walk With the Lord and May the Mind of Christ My Saviour.

The Psalm was 127 - Unless The Lord Builds The House.

At morning worship the choir sang the anthem Holy, Holy, Holy and the reading was Exodus 32 v.1-14, which was read by Mr Eric Thompson.

The Rector, Rev Paul Dundas, used Ephesians 1 v.17 as his text about knowing Christ better and knowing His will for our lives.

The church's Curate, Rev Diane Matchett, introduced the Confirmation Group and the congregation were encouraged to pray and support the young people as they go through the course Emmaus.

The Rural Dean led the intercessions and the earthquake in Pakistan was the focus for the prayers of the family in Christ Church.

At the end of the processional hymn the congregation walked over to the front of the rectory.

The key was passed by the young people from the church to the rectory. The rector read some scripture sentences and then the Rural Dean, Rev Peter Galbraith, dedicated the new Rectory. The key opening ceremony was performed by Dr Samuel Semple, Samuel Bird and Emma Crowe.

The congregation were invited for refreshments to the Hall where the Rural Dean congratulated the Parish on this momentous occasion of the dedication of their second rectory.

Mr Jim Anderson spoke on behalf of the parish. He thanked Mr Robert Bleakney, Architects, and the contractor, M E Crowe for the professionalism in constructing a modern Rectory.

He wished the Rector, his wife Nola and their family every blessing in the new Rectory.

The Rector congratulated the vestry for their vision and determination in building the new rectory and hoped that the rectory would be a place of welcome and blessing to all who lived and called at the rectory.