An extensive renovation scheme at St Mark’s Parish Church, Ballymacash Road, Lisburn, is scheduled for completion on Friday December 17.
The following day, Saturday December 18, the Parish is holding an Open Day when the entire suite of buildings will be open for the community to visit.
Work began on the church in mid July. The church, parochial hall, side chapel and ancillary rooms have all been reroofed and redecorated and a new gas-fired heating system installed throughout the whole suite of buildings.
The renovation scheme has provided the opportunity to make welcome changes to the interior design of the church itself with the removal of a low-level ceiling. The Rector, the Rev Canon George Irwin said it is anticipated that the new design by architect Paul Blamphin will greatly improve the acoustics and enhance the worship area in terms of appearance and atmosphere.
The congregation of St Mark’s is looking forward to using the church for worship once again on Sunday December 19. Services that day will include the 9am Holy Communion followed by the All-age Service at 10.00, a Christingle Service at 11am and the Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7pm.
A special Re-hallowing Service will take place on Sunday January 23 at 11am. The preacher will be the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Rev Alan Harper OBE. At 3pm that afternoon there will be a special Youth Service conducted by the staff of St Mark’s and the preacher will be the Rev Simon Genoe, Curate Assistant at Lisburn Cathedral.
The Open Day on Saturday December 18 will take place between 11am and 4pm. Light refreshments will be served during the day and people will be welcome to move around at leisure.