Cloughfern Parish Church’s Unmasked mission week in Newtownabbey over the Hallowe’en period proved a great success.
The programme aimed to unmask the true meaning of life and to help people explore what is behind the Christian Faith with no pressure or fuss, just fun, friendship and a chance for everyone to think about life without a mask.
Roger Murphy of Through Faith Missions, Paul Hoey, CPSA Ministry Consultant and ordained member of the Church of Ireland, and Paul Woodman, a full time leader in City Life Church, Southampton, led the week of events.
These included a firework display and barbecue, a production of Rubbish by The Ascension Players, a seniors lunch, a pampering evening for women, a five-aside football competition, Masqueraders’ kids club, flower and craft club, healing service, salsa evening, table quiz, cinema trip, Great Escape family show, men’s breakfast, a masked ball and pirates’ adventure golf.
Unmasked concluded with an Invitation Service and a Praise Service of Thanksgiving.
The rector of Cloughfern, the Rev David Lockhart, said everyone had enjoyed the wide variety of events that had taken place over the week.
“It was a great week of fun, food and faith, and the response we got from young people and those of a more mature age were very positive. A lot of people found it a great help. It was very worthwhile,” he said.