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Dromara congregation bids farewell to their minister

DROMARA Reformed Presbyterian Church has said farewell to its minister of 13 years.

The Rev. John Hawthorne is leaving Dromara to become minister of Dervock Reformed Presbyterian Church; he preached his farewell sermons on Sunday, April 9.

Mr. Hawthorne was installed in Dromara in June 1993, having previously served as minister in Fairview and Tullyvallen and in the Limavady congregations.

Mr. Harold Kerr (left) and Miss Maureen Skelly (right) of Dromara Reformed Presbyterian Church present gifts to the Rev. and Mrs. Hawthorne as they prepare to depart for Dervock. BL17-506

Mr. Harold Kerr (left) and Miss Maureen Skelly (right) of Dromara Reformed Presbyterian Church present gifts to the Rev. and Mrs. Hawthorne as they prepare to depart for Dervock. BL17-506

His first farewell address was based on Pilate's question at Jesus' trial -'What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?' In the evening he based his sermon on the Apostle Paul's address the Ephesian elders 'So now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.'

After the service, Clerk of Session Mr. Harold Kerr and church Elder, Mr. Gordon Bond, paid tribute to Mr. Hawthorne, to whom a cheque was presented on behalf of the congregation. Miss Maureen Skelly presented a gift to Mrs. Hawthorne on behalf of the ladies of the congregation, in recognition of her contribution to the Womens' Missionary Association and to children's work.

Stephen Bond, representing the Covenanter Youth group, thanked Mrs. Hawthorne for the warm hospitality she regularly extended to the group, in token of which Louise Chambers presented her with a gift. Gareth Kerr and Alison Bell also presented gifts to all six members of the Hawthorne family. Mr. Hawthorne replied on behalf of his wife and himself.

The Rev. D. Porter, minister of Second Dromara Presbyterian Church, speaking on behalf of the local ministers, emphasised the fellowship and unity enjoyed between all the ministers of the local churches.

Dromara Boys' Brigade Captain Mr. Ian McCullagh thanked Mr. Hawthorne for his involvement as BB Chaplain - a role shared by three other ministers in the Dromara area - and presented gifts from the BB to Mr. Hawthorne and to Michael Hawthorne, who had been a member of the company for 10 years.

Mr. Nathan Hawthorne, on behalf of the whole family, noted some of the problems but more especially the privileges of being brought up in the manse.

Mr Bond closed that part of the programme with prayer and tea was served in the Church hall to all who attended.