We wish to acknowledge our appreciation for the valued assistance we have
received in assembling this review of our interesting past and bygone days.
We would especially like to thank the following: -
Mr Robert Bonner, Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House.
The staff of the Ballynahinch and Saintfield Libraries.
The members of the three congregations who supplied material of
Reverend Kenneth McConnell B.D. for the many splendid and attractive
pictures of groups from the organisations in the three churches, for his
sustained encouragement and support with all our Jubilee Year
Mrs Thelma McGladdery and June Kirkpatrick for their expertise, help and
Mrs Hazel Kirk for her dedication and commitment to typing this review
for our Jubilee Year.
History so we are told is not so much about dates as people. Likewise the
history of a church must focus more attention on people than places. The
people of Boardmills are very conscious of this fact as we celebrate two
hundred and fifty years of church witness along Church Road.
Much has changed in that time. Gone are many of the small Crofters' cottages
and plain farm dwellings. In their place we find elegant bungalows and
elaborate mansions. Fashions have undergone change with fewer ladies donning
bonnets. Transportation to and from church is radically swifter these days.
Shank's pony and the old jaunting car are superseded by four wheel drive
jeeps and fuel injected cars. Horse-drawn ploughs have been overtaken by
juggernaut tractors. The occupation of many church goers has witnessed a
rapid decline in farm hands with more members coming from the business or
professional classes. Yet one thing hasn't changed, namely the desire of all
classes to worship God. This is still the innate desire of all believers.
For as a poet once said-:
|"One who knows God worships God
As you worship so you serve"
It was born out of this hunger to worship God that a real need was found
for the erection of a local meeting house. Over the centuries one house
evolved into three, and back again into one united congregation, although we
still maintain three buildings. Yet as another wise sage said:
"True worship doesn't depend on preacher, or place, but on the attitude
of the heart".
Aware of that fact, people here are striving to remain true worshippers,
as well as taking an old fashioned pride in keeping God's meeting house well
furnished. The people at large are country worshippers at heart. As such it
is their prayerful wish that God might send a revival so that many of our
neighbours and friends might be attracted to Christ and found to be swelling
the ranks of our congregation. Then that generation can begin to chart
another story in the history of Boardmills. Who knows there may be another
historian who shares the enthusiasm of Mr Fox, to whom we are indebted for
collating all the information in this book.
|May God continue to bless this Hamlet.
May we have great plans for this area to prosper and bless it beyond our
May God bless all who share our joy in celebrating our Two Hundred and
REV KENNETH McCONNELL, B.D.