At a recent Morning Family Service in St Paul’s Parish Church, Lisburn, Certificates of Achievement were presented to 16 young people who successfully completed a Summer Music School held in the church.
The presentations were made by the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Trevor Lunn assisted by Elaine Coey – Director of Music.
The successful students were: Keyboards – Mark McCarthy, Victoria Orr, Mary Kurian and Ella Thackray; Guitar – Mark Nettleship, Chris Nettleship, Amy Abernethy, Liju Kurian, Cheryl Walker and Jonathan Walker; Flute – Amy Jamison; Drums – Christopher Cochrane; Singers – Clare Nettleship, Rebecca Stevenson, Naomi Orr and Ashlea Thompson.
After presenting the awards, the Mayor, a former organist, congratulated the young people and extended special congratulations to Elaine and everyone involved in training the young people. He also thanked members of the large worship group that led the praise.
In his welcome and announcements the rector, the Rev James Carson, said: “We want to thank the young people and their parents for their willingness to participate in what has been a new venture for us as a parish. This was made possible by Elaine Coey – Director of Music and our worship group leaders Peter Blake and Richard McCrossan.”
In the children’s address, puppeteers Rosemary Orr and Emma Carson introduced puppets Betty and Alex who spoke about the importance of going out of your way to make friends. This was aptly supported in an address by the Rev James Carson who told the story of Ruth and how she was accepted as a stranger in a foreign country.
Liz Sloan led the prayers; and Peter Blake – Praise Band leader and Elaine Coey and members of the worship group led the praise. Worship songs were: Far and Near, Lord we lift your name, Hosanna, Power of your Love and Jesus be the centre.