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Magheragall Churchwarden is commissioned to the office of Parish Reader

L to R: The Very Rev John Bond (Dean of Connor), Rev Nicholas Dark (Magheragall Rector), Mr Nigel Adams and the Rev Canon George Irwin (Warden of Readers).Mr Nigel Adams was commissioned to the office of Parish Reader for the Parish of Magheragall at a Service of Commission in the Church of the Epiphany, Finaghy on Sunday 11th May. Also commissioned were - Mr Alan Devers (Ballywillan Parish, Portrush) and Mr Victor Stephens (Upper Malone Parish). Ballymacash Rector, the Rev Canon George Irwin (Warden of Readers), led the service assisted by the Rev Nicholas Dark (Magheragall), Revd Peter McDowell (Ballywillan) and Revd Garth Bunting (Upper Malone) who also presented their three candidates for commissioning.

Canon Irwin conducted the act of commissioning and in his address he reminded the congregation that today (Pentecost Sunday) was the Birthday of the Church when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles sending them out to transform the world. He said that the commissioning of three new Parish Readers was a significant occasion not just for the three parishes represented but also for the whole Diocese of Connor. He challenged the newly commissioned Parish Readers to be stewards of the ministry of God and to be filled with the grace of God emphasising the need for them to first and foremost - be people with a calling to the daily work of Jesus Christ in accordance with His commission to make disciples of all nations. Canon Irwin concluded by calling on members of the parishes to remember them constantly in their prayers and do everything to assist them.

Communicating to his parishioners, Magheragall Rector, the Rev Nicholas Dark, said of Mr Adams�s appointment, � I am sure you would join with me in wishing Nigel God�s blessing in this new role and ensuring him of our prayers, support and encouragement as he, trusting in God�s call, steps into this new role within the church family�.

Many parishioners from Magheragall Parish travelled to the Finaghy service to wish Nigel well as he takes on this new position at Magheragall where he has served as Churchwarden for the past three years.