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Joint Confirmation Service at Ballinderry Parish Church

The Bishop of Connor, the Rt. Rev Alan Harper, Rev Canon Ernest Harris - Rector of Ballinderry Parish (left) and Dr Fred Ruddell - Diocesan Reader (right) are pictured with seven people from Ballinderry Parish who were confirmed at a Confirmation Service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Sunday 26th November. The Bishop of Connor, the Rt. Rev Alan Harper, Rev Nicholas Dark - Rector of Magheragall Parish (left) and Jill Belshaw and Jacqui Adams - Peoples Warden (right) are pictured with fifteen candidates from Magheragall Parish Church who were confirmed at a Confirmation Service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Sunday 26th November. Ballinderry candidate Alan Kennedy (fifth from left) pictured with his family relations at a Confirmation Service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Sunday 26th November. L to R: (front) Eveline Stewart, Betty Webb, Billy Webb and Gillian Webb.  (back row) Dorothy McWilliams, Iris Wilson, Stephen Lilley, Emma-Louise Lilley, Alan Kennedy, Barbara Kennedy, Muriel Lilley, Eric Lilley and Sam McWilliams.

A joint Confirmation Service was held in Ballinderry Parish Church on Sunday 26th November for twenty-two people from the Parishes of Ballinderry and Magheragall.  The seven members of Ballinderry Parish confirmed were: Aisling Napier, Chelsea Gamble, Alan Kennedy, Gareth McKee, Aaron Killough, Hannah Boyd and Patrick Ruddell; and the fifteen members of Magheragall Parish confirmed were: David Corbett, Daniel Edmonds, Jonathan Grattan, Vaughan Hendron, Michael Keery, Gareth Mackey, Gareth Nelson, Conor Walker, Sarah-Jane Dowds, Kerri Ferris, Lois Greenfield, Laura Roberts, Ruth Seaton, Clare Smyth and Louise Turkington.

Magheragall candidate Kerri Ferris (left) pictured with her parents Brendan and Deborah and brother Ryan at a Confirmation Service in Ballinderry Parish Church on Sunday 26th November. Ballinderry candidate Hannah Boyd (left) pictured with her parents Thelma and Merville and sister Shannon at a Confirmation Service in Ballinderry Parish Church last Sunday evening (26th November).

The Rev Canon Ernest Harris, Rector of Ballinderry Parish, led the service and read the Old Testament reading. The Rev Nicholas Dark, Rector of Magheragall Parish, read the New Testament reading. Canon Harris and Mr Dark presented the twenty-two people being confirmed and the Bishop laid hands on them praying that God’s Spirit will confirm, strengthen and guide them as they strive, each day of their lives, to live up to the solemn commitment they made. In his address based on John 18 v 33-37, the Bishop spoke on how Jesus came into the world to testify to the truth. Emphasising the importance of belonging to the truth, he pointed out that Christ was condemned because he told the truth and explained that we can identify truth by listening to Christ’s voice and learning from what is genuine and real.

Robert Yarr on organ and the Ballinderry Parish church choir led the praise.  The hymns were, ‘Jesus is Lord’ ‘Spirit of God’, I want to walk with Jesus Christ’ and ‘O Jesus, I have promised’.

Everyone had an opportunity to meet with the Bishop after the service when refreshments were served in the Church Hall.

01/12/2006