|The new elders and the Commission members of the Dromore Presbytery. Back row, left to right: Mr Derek Alexander (Session Clerk, Harmony Hill); Mrs Kim Lindsay (Representative Elder, Harmony Hill); Rev. David Knox (Acting Clerk of Presbytery and Minister of Harmony Hill); Rev. Howard Gilpin (Moderator of Presbytery and Minister of Moira Presbyterian); Rev. Bert Tosh (Dromore Presbytery and BBC); Rev. John Brackenridge (Dromore Presbytery and First Lisburn Presbyterian); Mr Tom Kincaid Representative Elder, First Lisburn Presbyterian); and Mr John Hughes (Representative Elder, Moira Presbyterian).||The eight new elders. Back row, left to right, are: Mrs Jayne Martin; Mr Stephen Martin; Mr Mark Goody; and Mr Henry Rogers. Front row, left to right: Miss Barbara Irvine; Mrs Muriel Lilley; Mrs Lorraine Macfarlane; and Miss Laureen Ralston.|
A SERVICE for the ordination and installation of ruling elders took place in Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church on April 26 under the auspices of the Presbytery of Dromore.
The proceedings were led by the Moderator of Presbytery, Rev. Howard Gilpin from Moira Presbyterian Church. It was a challenging service and was well attended by friends of the new elders, visitors and members of the congregation.
The Scriptural Warrant was given by the Rev. Dr. Bert Tosh and the Rule of Faith read by the Acting Clerk of Presbytery, Rev. David Knox. The Moderator put the required questions to the elders elect who then subscribed to the Westminster Confession of Faith. The charge, given to the new elders and the congregation by Rev. John Brackenridge from First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, was both stimulating and demanding.
Those ordained and installed were Mr Mark Goody, Miss Barbara Irvine, Mrs Muriel Lilley, Mrs Lorraine Macfarlane, Mrs Jayne Martin, Mr Stephen Martin and Mr Henry Rogers. Miss Laureen Ralston was also installed. A brief reception was held following the service, at which Mr Gilpin welcomed the new elders on behalf of Presbytery and wished them God's blessing as they assumed their new responsibilities. The Clerk of Session, Mr Derek
Alexander, congratulated the new elders and welcomed them on behalf of the Kirk Session and the congregation. Mr Henry Rogers responded on behalf of the newly installed elders.