The Captain of the Girls’ Brigade of Holy Trinity, Woodburn, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Mrs Irene Moffett from Carrickfergus was awarded a MBE for services to the GB in Northern Ireland.
Irene is captain of 349th NI company of the GB, which she started 16 years ago when Holy Trinity first opened its doors. Prior to that she was captain of the GB in Carrickfergus Methodist Church. Her company at Holy Trinity, including officers, currently exceeds 200 members.
Another lady honoured by Her Majesty is 85-year-old Miss Elizabeth Hill from Lisburn.
Elizabeth’s award is for “voluntary services to the community.” In addition to Elizabeth’s life time of service to the wider community her service to her church is worthy of celebration.
Elizabeth said: “As a teenager I gave my heart to the Lord, a step I never regret. God has blessed me with many blessings during my life time.
“I commenced my church work well over 60 years ago, that was helping with the tea at the Rev AV McCallin’s Institution as Rector of Magheragall. I became a Sunday School Teacher and am happy to say that some of my Sunday School children still attend Magheragall Church every Sunday.”
Elizabeth was a member of the Select Vestry for 46 years, Secretary to the Select Vestry for nine years before becoming Treasurer to the Select Vestry for 24 years. She was the first lady Churchwarden in Magheragall, first lady member of the Connor Diocesan Synod from Magheragall and the first lady representative from Magheragall to the General Synod
She said: “I would like to thank all those who made this honour possible. I would say a very big thank you and I feel very honoured and very humbled. I now look forward with anticipation to my visit to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.”