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Student minister is welcomed at Ballinderry Moravian Church

The Right Worshipful the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn are welcomed to Ballinderry Moravian Church by Br Henry Wilson (left) and the Rev Jan Mullan (right).

The Right Worshipful the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn are welcomed to Ballinderry Moravian Church by Br Henry Wilson (left) and the Rev Jan Mullan (right).

Sr Patsy Holdsworth, Moravian Lay Preacher, was welcomed as the Student Minister of Ballinderry Moravian Church at a Service of Introduction and Welcome last Sunday night.  Sr Holdsworth, whose husband is the Rev Paul Holdsworth - Minister of Kilwarlin and University Road Moravian Churches, will be supervised by the Rev Jan Mullin.  She replaces the Rev Eckhard Buchholz, who preached his farewell sermon at Ballinderry Moravian Church on Sunday 25th June and now lives in South Africa.

The Rev Jan Mullan, Gracehill, Minister of Gracehill led the service and in welcoming Sr Holdsworth, she said that at University Road and Kilwarlin Moravian Churches, the congregation have lost their minister’s wife and that here at Ballinderry, the congregation have lost their minister’s husband.

Br Henry Wilson said that he wanted to make Sr Holdsworth extremely welcome and hoped that she would enjoy a fruitful ministry at Ballinderry.  The Rev Leslie Spence - Minister of Glenavy and Craigmore Methodist Church, welcomed Sr Holdsworth on behalf of all the churches in the area.  The congregation included members from the other Moravian Churches and Br Derick Woods welcomed her on behalf of the Moravian Irish District, of which he is the Chairman.   The whole congregation then joined in the welcome, promising to support, encourage and pray for her in her work amongst them.

Pictured at the Service of Introduction and Welcome at Ballinderry Moravian Church last Sunday evening is (seated) Sr Patsy Holdsworth (left) and the Rev Jan Mullin.  Included in the picture is L to R: (back row) Rev Paul Holdsworth, Br Henry Wilson, Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn, Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn, Rev Canon Ernest Harris - Ballinderry Parish and Rev Leslie Spence - Glenavy and Craigmore Methodist.

In response to her introduction and welcome, Sr Patsy Holdsworth said that she was “very excited about her new appointment at Ballinderry” and explained that she was “embracing a new family and looking forward to getting to know everyone”.

The special guests were the Right Worshipful the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn in this the first of their visits to several churches in the Lisburn City Council area during their term in office.  The Mayor brought the greetings of Lisburn City Council and said that he had enjoyed the service at Ballinderry.

Holy Communion followed the Service of Introduction and Welcome and was conducted by the Rev Jan Mullin.  The evening concluded with refreshments.