Big thank you from

Glorious sunshine paves the way
for ‘Empire Day Parade and Service’

Empire Day Service in Lambeg Parish Church on Sunday 31st May
At the annual Empire Day Service in Lambeg Parish Church on Sunday 31st May are L to R: Bro Henry Abernethy (Colour Party), Derriaghy District LOL No 11 District Officers - Bro Arthur Graham (District Secretary) and Bro Connor Gray (Worshipful District Master), Bro Stephen Kilpatrick (District Chaplain - Lisburn District LOL No 6), Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson MLA, the Rev Canon Ken McReynolds (Lambeg Parish), the Rev John Pickering (Christ Church, Lisburn) and Lisburn District LOL No 6 District officers – the Rev Bro Gerry Sproule (County Grand Chaplain), Bro Fred Willoughby (Worshipful District Master), Bro Tom Kerr (Deputy District Master), Bro Jonathan Beattie (District Secretary), Bro Jim Drake (First Committee), Bro Henry Smyth (Colour Party/Assistant District Treasurer), Bro Robert Orr (District Treasurer) and Bro Lee Pinkerton (Standard Bearer).

Glorious sunshine paved the way as accompanied by several local bands, brethren from Derriaghy District LOL No 11 and Lisburn District LOL No 6, paraded to and from Lambeg Parish Church for their annual ‘Empire Day Service’, hosted by Lambeg Temperance LOL 912, on Sunday 31st May. The Rector, the Rev Canon Ken McReynolds, led the service and the speaker was the Rev John Pickering, Senior Minister of Christ Church Parish, Lisburn. Richard Irvine presided at the organ. In a challenging address, the former Rector of Drumcree Parish Church, spoke of ‘Bible’, ‘Belief’ and ‘Belonging’; basing his sermon on Romans 1 v 17, “It is written, the just shall live by faith”. BIBLE: He emphasised that the Bible is the supreme authority in Spiritual matters and must be obeyed. BELIEF: he explained that people come into a right relationship with God by faith in Christ. BELONGING: he concluded that people can have the assurance of heaven as they live with Christ in this world and also in the next world as they experience the wondrous assurance of knowing that they ‘belong’ to God and that they are on their way to heaven to live forever with the Lord.