The parish of All Saints’, Loughguile, has officially opened its first church hall.
In recent years the number of families attending the north Antrim church have increased by 66 per cent, thanks largely to the work of the late Mary Christie.
Mary used to make a point of welcoming and talking to every new person who came along to a service, making them feel so at home many of them went on to join the church.
Mary died a few years ago at the age of 91, having served in the parish choir for more than 80 years and having been a member of the select vestry for 60 years.
The hall was built with a grant from the Church of Ireland Priorities Fund, a donation from Susie Mackie and money left by Mary Christie. As a tribute to her lifetime of service to the parish, the hall was aptly named the Mary Christie Hall.
The hall was dedicated by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy. Others taking part in the service included Mrs Mackie and Eleanor and Katy Christie, Mary’s great-granddaughters and members of the parish Sunday School.
Photo courtesy of Ballymoney Times.