gourmet chefs who cooked up the
delightful 30th anniversary
dinner on Saturday 18th October.
L to R: (front) Julie McCormick,
Ruth Frazer, Phyllis McCormick
and Jenna Patterson. (back)
Andrew McCormick, Angela Bryans
and Warren Patterson.
past and present packed Mount Zion Free Methodist Church
recently for a dinner to mark its 30th anniversary.
Following the meal prepared and served by Ruth Frazer,
Phyllis McCormick and her team of helpers, Christine
McCormick accompanied by Elizabeth Campbell on piano sang,
'How lovely is Thy dwelling place.
Ronnie Nesbitt (Church Secretary) gave an
interesting talk on the history of Mount Zion since the
formation of the early congregation in 1969, the opening of
the first church (a portable wooden structure) in February
1970, the present church in September 1978
and the new manse in August 2008. Describing the church as
'missionary minded' he spoke of the 28 church members who
went to serve in full time Christian work in roles such as
pastors and missionaries including founder member Billy
Wright, now 81.
an emotional talk Mr. Wright recalled the early days of the
congregation and gave thanks for the fellowship he enjoyed
before going out to the mission field at 44 years of age.
The anniversary dinner commenced a
weekend of Harvest Thanksgiving services. Pastor Nick Serb
was the preacher at the morning and evening services on
Sunday and the guest singers were Louise Watterson, Dorothy
Smith and Ruth Miller.
The Rev Colin Meneely was the guest
speaker at the service on Monday evening and the guest
singer was Ruth Trimble.
Special guests at the harvest services
included the Mayor Councillor Ronnie Crawford and Lagan
Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson.