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Weekend of harvest celebrations at Ballinderry Parish Church

The Rev Canon Ernest Harris and the Rev Alan McCann pictured at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Friday evening 13th October. 

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Friday evening 13th October commenced a weekend of harvest celebration at Ballinderry Parish Church.  The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion by Mrs Florence Kidd and many members of the congregation.  The rector, the Rev Canon Ernest Harris led the service and the guest speaker was the Rev Alan McCann, rector of Woodburn Parish, Carrickfergus.  Robert Yarr - Organist and the Ballinderry Parish Church choir led the praise.  The harvest hymns were, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Great is thy faithfulness; We plough the fields and scatter; and Holy is the seed-time.  The anthem was, God is Great.

Referring to the story of the rich fool as recorded in Luke 12, Mr McCann spoke of the priorities of life and the importance of thanking God for what we have received and stop thinking about ourselves saying that, �God should be the first thought�.  Explaining that we need to find our value and be rich before God, he emphasised the importance of planning for the moment when God calls so that we will hear the words, �well done good and faithful servant� and not �you fool�.

The Rev Angus McCullough, minister of Magheragall Presbyterian Church was the guest speaker at the harvest service on Sunday morning.  The evening service commenced with community hymn singing at 6.45pm and the guest speaker was the Rev William Orr, curate of Shankill Parish, Lurgan.


The rector, the Rev Canon Ernest Harris and organist Robert Yarr (front) pictured with choir members that led the praise at a Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Friday evening 13th October.  L to R: (front row) David Elwood - People�s Churchwarden, Elizabeth Tuft, Jackie Hunsdale, Betty Totten, Sandra McKerr, Wilma Biggerstaff, Mildred Devlin, Joan Crossey, Myrtle Carson, Susanna Tuft, Patricia Harris, Florence Kidd and John Hunsdale - Rector�s Churchwarden. (second row) Elizabeth Neiland, Margaret Yarr, Carol Elwood, Patricia Dawson, Lyndsey Devlin, Josephine Kelly, Patricia Yarr, Daphne Davidson, John Tuft and Bill Thomas. (back row) Timothy Elwood, Alan Yarr, Cecil Davidson, Stanley Biggerstaff, Eddie Kidd and Bob Yarr.