Launch of A History of St Peter’s Parish

Wednesday November 18th 2009

St Peter's Parish Church.A book chronicling the history of St Peter’s Parish, Belfast, will be launched in the church on Sunday November 22.

The publication, A History of St Peter's Parish by Dr Brian Barton, will be launched by the Rev Charles McCollum, former rector of the parish of St Peter and St James. 

A special service of Choral Evensong will take place in St Peter's at 6.30pm, at which the preacher will be Mr McCollum.  In many ways, the project was his initiative. 

Lessons will be read by The Ven Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor, and the Right Rev Gordon McMullan, former Bishop of Down and Dromore.  Archdeacon McBride is another former rector of St Peter's, while Bishop McMullan has had an association with the Parish during his retirement.

The office will be intoned by Jack Kinkead, a final year ordinand at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute who used to sing in the choir of St Peter's.

After the service, a reception will take place at which the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, will officially launch A History of St Peter's Parish.  The reception will also be addressed by Dr Brian Barton, author, and the current rector of the Parish of St Peter and St James, the Rev Adrian Dorrian.

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