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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Three Lisburn parishioners commissioned as Diocesan Layreaders
at St Peterís, Belfast

Pictured following their commissioning as Diocesan Layreaders in St Peterís Church, Belfast, on St Peterís day, Thursday 29th June are L to R: (front row) Johnny McLoughlin, Elizabeth Sloan and Tony Hall.  Included in the photo are (back row) Bishop Alan Harper and the Revd Charles McCollum.

Three Church of Ireland parishioners from Lisburn were commissioned as Diocesan Layreaders at a Patronal Service in St Peterís Church, Belfast on St Peterís day, Thursday 29th June.  Johnny McLoughlin - a parishioner from Kilmakee, Dunmurry, was commissioned to serve in St Hildaís, Kilmakee; Elizabeth Sloan - a parishioner from St Paulís, Lisburn, was commissioned to serve in Broomhedge Parish; and Tony Hall - a parishioner from Lisburn Cathedral, was commissioned to serve in St Peterís, Antrim Road, Belfast. All three new layreaders were well supported by the attendance of parishioners from their Lisburn Churches as they took this important step in their service for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The celebrant at this St Peterís Day Service was the Revd Canon George Irwin, Rector of St Markís, Ballymacash and Warden of Layreaders for the Diocese of Connor.  Canon Irwin was also celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination.  The preacher, the Revd Charles McCollum, Rector of St Peterís, Belfast, advised the new Layreaders to ďhave their strength in the joy of the Lord and not to be afraid to declare Godís truth during their ministryĒ.

Upon their commissioning, the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Revd Alan Harper, presented each new Layreader with a Bible, advising them that this would be their guide during their ministry.