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Ordination of elders at Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn

Sloan Street Church, Lisburn

Sloan Street Church, Lisburn

At a Service of Ordination and Installation in Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn on Sunday evening 10th April 2005, Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson were ordained as Elders.

The service was led by The Rev. Gary Glasgow - Acting Moderator of Dromore Presbytery assisted by the Rev. John Keefe - Acting Clerk of Dromore Presbytery. The Rev. Keith Duddy - Minister of First Dromore Presbyterian Church, who gave the ‘Scriptural Warrant for the Office of Elder’ explained how the appointment of elders originated, how it is woven through the Scriptures, and therefore in accordance with the Old and New Testaments.

The Rev. Gary Glasgow - Acting Moderator of Dromore Presbytery conducted the Act of Ordination and Installation. The Rev. Adrian McLernon - Minister of Drumbo Presbyterian Church gave a meaningful and practical ‘Charge to the Elders and the Congregation’ based on the portion of Scripture from Nehemiah Chapter 1: Verse 1 to 11, read by Sloan Street Representative Elder - Mr Jim Hamilton. The Rev. McLernon explained the importance of charting a course for God’s glory at Sloan Street using the example of Nehemiah: - A man with Deep Concern for People; A man of Prayer and Planning; and a man Available for individuals, devotion and God’s leading. Referring to well known parables about the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son, Mr McLernon pointed out the need for new elders and the whole congregation to begin an all out search for lost souls and see God’s hand at work in Sloan Street.

Valarie Wiggam - Organ, Dr. Gareth Irwin - Piano, the Praise Band and Church Choir led the praise which included - Praise waits for Thee in Zion Lord; Revive thy work, O Lord; King of my life, I crown you now; O Thou who camest from above; and the concluding hymn was - Lord of the church, we pray for our renewing.

A special offering, taken on behalf of the Students’ Bursary Fund, raised a total of £500 and after the Service of Ordination ladies of the congregation served an excellent supper in the Church Lecture Hall.

Pictured at Sloan Street Church last Sunday evening is newly ordained elders L to R: Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. Also included is (back row) The Rev. John Keefe - Minister of Sloan Street, James McDowell - Clerk of Session and Jim Hamilton - Sloan Street Representative Elder.

Pictured at Sloan Street Church last Sunday evening is newly ordained elders L to R: Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. Also included is (back row) The Rev. John Keefe - Minister of Sloan Street, James McDowell - Clerk of Session and Jim Hamilton - Sloan Street Representative Elder.

Pictured at a Service of Ordination and Installation of Elders in Sloan Street Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening are L to R: (front) The Rev. John Keefe - Acting Clerk of Dromore Presbytery, James McDowell - Clerk of Session and newly ordained elders: Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. (back row) The Rev. Adrian McLernon - Minister of Drumbo Presbyterian Church, Rev. Keith Duddy - Minister of First Dromore Presbyterian Church, Rev. Gary Glasgow - Acting Moderator of Dromore Presbytery; and Representative Elders of Dromore Presbytery: Jim Hamilton - Sloan Street Presbyterian Church; Ken Kyle - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Professor Harold Gamble - First Dromore Presbyterian Church and John Magee - Anahilt Presbyterian Church.

Pictured at a Service of Ordination and Installation of Elders in Sloan Street Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening are L to R: (front) The Rev. John Keefe - Acting Clerk of Dromore Presbytery, James McDowell - Clerk of Session and newly ordained elders: Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. (back row) The Rev. Adrian McLernon - Minister of Drumbo Presbyterian Church, Rev. Keith Duddy - Minister of First Dromore Presbyterian Church, Rev. Gary Glasgow - Acting Moderator of Dromore Presbytery; and Representative Elders of Dromore Presbytery: Jim Hamilton - Sloan Street Presbyterian Church; Ken Kyle - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Professor Harold Gamble - First Dromore Presbyterian Church and John Magee - Anahilt Presbyterian Church.

The Minister and Elders of Sloan Street Presbyterian Church pictured at a Service of Ordination and Installation of Elders last Sunday evening. L to R: (front) New elders - Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. (back row) The Rev. John Keefe - Minister of Sloan Street and existing elders: James McDowell - Clerk of Session, Robin McCulla, Jim Hamilton, James Martin, Dr. Brian Craig and Kenneth Irvine.

The Minister and Elders of Sloan Street Presbyterian Church pictured at a Service of Ordination and Installation of Elders last Sunday evening. L to R: (front) New elders - Paul McCarroll, Nelson Small, Ivan Wiggam and Gary Wilson. (back row) The Rev. John Keefe - Minister of Sloan Street and existing elders: James McDowell - Clerk of Session, Robin McCulla, Jim Hamilton, James Martin, Dr. Brian Craig and Kenneth Irvine.

After the Service of Ordination ladies of the congregation served an excellent supper in the Church Lecture Hall.

After the Service of Ordination ladies of the congregation served an excellent supper in the Church Lecture Hall.

Written by:
John A. Kelly