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Student minister’s first harvest service at Ballinderry Moravian

Sr Patsy Holdsworth - Student Minister pictured during the Harvest Service in Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning. Olivia Black (6) and Sophie Black (5) add their own floral contribution to the beautiful Harvest decorations at Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning, which included corn arranged in a crisscross display around the front of the pulpit.  Included in the picture are Sr Patsy Holdsworth (left) and Sr Violet Best (right).

Sr Patsy Holdsworth - Student Minister pictured during the Harvest Service in Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning.

Olivia Black (6) and Sophie Black (5) add their own floral contribution to the beautiful Harvest decorations at Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning, which included corn arranged in a crisscross display around the front of the pulpit.  Included in the picture are Sr Patsy Holdsworth (left) and Sr Violet Best (right).

Maire Napier - Organist and Sr Patsy Holdsworth pictured at the Harvest Service in Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning.Sr Patsy Holdsworth, took her first Harvest Service as the new Student Minister of Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday morning (24th September).  The historic old country church, built in 1836 was beautifully decorated for the occasion.  Instead of the usual harvest decoration using sheaves of corn, the tradition at this church for over half a century has been to arrange the corn in a crisscross display around the front of the pulpit.

In her address Sr Holdsworth said that harvest is a real time of celebration during which we should remember to look after our neighbours.  We should remember the parable of the mustard seed, a small seed that grows tall and strong.  The message of the Kingdom of God is like this, we must plant the seed of God in people’s lives so it will grow and flourish.

Maire Napier presided at the organ and the harvest hymns included, ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’ and with a church so beautifully decorated, it really was a case of - All things bright and beautiful.  Pretty young sisters - Olivia Black (age 6) and Sophie Black (age 5) further added to the beauty of the church with their very own floral contribution perhaps also showing that just like the small mustard seed, their small floral contributions helped to create a large and magnificent floral display.

Sr Holdsworth’s husband, the Rev Paul Holdsworth, minister of Kilwarlin Moravian, conducted the evening Harvest Service at Ballinderry Moravian Church.