JOHN RECEIVES THE FIRST COPIES OF `FOOTSTEPS
ON THE SANDS OF TIME'
John Kelly pictured with the book
sponsor Mr Victor Hamilton, grandson of the late
Very Rev Dr R W Hamilton, third Minister of Railway
Street Presbyterian Church, 1885-1935, and Moderator
of the General Assembly, 1924-1925.
At the handover of the book are L to
R: Andrew Smyth - Studio Manager, Yvonne Campbell
-Designer, John Kelly and Adrian Glenn - Managing
Director of Impression Print and Design.
FOUR years of hard work came to fruition recently for well
known local man John Kelly when he took delivery of the first
1,000 copies of his new book about the history of Railway Street
The publication of 'Footprints on the Sands of Time' has
proved the perfect present for John's 60th birthday on Monday
(December 1). It traces the story of the city centre
congregation from its foundation in 1860 to the present day.
book will be officially launched at a function in the Church
Hall on Thursday (December 4) beginning at 7.30pm and will no
doubt prove very useful to those planning the church's 150th
anniversary celebrations in 2010.
John's work has been recommended to the 'widest possible
readership' by Railway Street's Senior Minister and former
Presbyterian Moderator Very Rev. Dr. Howard Cromie.
"We are deeply indebted to the author, John Kelly, for the
graphic way in which he has recorded the rich and varied story
of Railway Street congregation," he said.
"His careful research and skilful use of primary material
sets the scene in the social and religious context of the wider
The Mayor of Lisburn Councillor Ronnie Crawford also paid
tribute to John's work and described the book as 'an interesting
and very informative read'. At the launch, Valerie Henderson
will sing 'How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place' accompanied on the
piano by Dr. Bertha Cowan.
This has been chosen to remind those present of 'the beauty
of the recently refurbished place of worship.
Noel McMaster of 'Bakerloo Junction' will recall the days of
linen thread manufacture as he sings his new song 'Barbour Mill'
in public for the first time. The inclusion of the song is
intended to make people aware of the liberality of the Barbour
family towards the erection of both the church and the EMB Hall
Noel will also sing two of his other compositions - 'Winds of
Change' and 'My Lagan Softly Flowing'.
'Footsteps on the Sands of Time' will be available for
purchase next Friday (December 5) at a cost of �5 at Vic-Ryn and
Faith Mission (Lisburn) Bookshops and Smyth Patterson Ltd. The
book can also be bought through Railway Street Church Office,
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 12.30pm (Tel: 028 9260 2766) or
ordered by post for �6 inc. p&p (�9 to the Republic) from The
Church Office, Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Railway
Street, Lisburn. BT28 1XP