Lambeg Parish Church hosts its first ever Flower Festival from Friday May 4 until Monday May 7.
Entitled ‘The Church at Worship,’ and featuring arrangements by floral artist Alan Beattie the festival will be officially opened by former Olympic Gold Medalist Dame Mary Peters.
Prior to the official opening, there will be a preview for those with special needs from 5-5pm on Friday. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Dame Mary will open the festival at 7pm and the doors remain open until 9.30pm.
On Saturday the festival will be open 10am to 9pm, and on Sunday special guest Mark Russell, Chief Executive of the Church Army and a native of Northern Ireland, will speak at a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am, Family Worship at 11am and an Evening Celebration Service at 6.30pm, when other special guests will include the Mayor and Mayoress of Lisburn.
On Sunday afternoon the Flower Festival will be open from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm and on Monday from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
That evening there will be a closing concert featuring Ballyclare Male Choir, Symington Memorial Silver Band from Dundonald and Soloist Laura Kerr, who recently held the lead role in ‘Hello Dolly’ at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Her accompanist is Geoffrey Cherry). Tickets for the closing concert, which begins at 8pm are £8.
Refreshments will be available throughout the festival in the marquee in the car park.
Rector of Lambeg, the Rev Ken McReynolds, paid tribute to the festival co-ordinators and management team which had worked so hard to ensure the event was a success.