Lisburn Cathedral’s stunning flower festival ‘Out of the Fire’ was officially opened by the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor James Tinsley, at a special service on the evening of Thursday October 25.
The speaker at the service was The Dean of Connor, The Very Rev John Bond.
The ‘Out of the Fire’ festival marks 300 years since the town was destroyed by fire. The floral arrangements have been masterminded by the world-renowned Rev William McMillan with the help of Ballymacash Flower Club.
On Friday evening, October 26, the speaker at the Celebration Service will be Mrs Margaret Crawford, All Ireland President of Mothers’ Union. At the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday morning the Bishop of Connor, The Right Rev Alan Abernethy will speak on the theme of Thanksgiving. A Praise Service on Sunday evening will conclude the festival; the speaker will be Mr David Gough, CMSI Mission Partner for Sudan and Egypt.
In addition, Mr McMillan and his team will present a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday afternoon, October 27, in the Cathedral Hall. And visitors throughout the festival will be able to enjoy morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, served in the Cathedral’s new Coffee Lounge with its picturesque view of Castle Gardens.
Funds raised are going to extensive church refurbishment work and to Connor Council for Missions Yei Schools Project which aims to help the people of Yei Diocese in the south of Sudan to build a new Primary School in Mongo.
Photos by John Kelly.