Ballinderry bids farewell to Canon Harris

Tuesday October 4th 2011

Andrew Clarke (people's churchwarden) presents a framed print of the Middle Church to Canon Ernest Harris and his wife Ray.Report and pictures by John Kelly

Ballinderry Parish Church Hall was packed to capacity on Saturday October 1 for a farewell reception to mark the retirement of the rector of 21 years, the Rev Canon Ernest Harris.

Canon Harris was instituted in Ballinderry Parish Church in March 1990, and was installed as Prebendary of Cairncastle on the Chapter of St Saviour Connor in Lisburn Cathedral in February 2006.

Dr Andrew Sands, a member of the parish vestry, chaired a most enjoyable programme of entertainment including music, sketches and a video presentation giving a snapshot of some of the highlights of the rector’s ministry. There was also a video message for Ernest and his wife Ray from their son John, who now lives in America with his wife Megan.

At a reception in Ballinderry Church Hall to mark the retirement of  the Rev Canon Ernest Harris are L to R: (front row) Rev Canon Ernest Harris, Ray Harris and Trish Harris.  (Back row) John Tuft (rector's churchwarden), Edith Haddock (secretary), Robert Yarr (organist), Dr Andrew Sands (vestry) and Andrew Clarke (people's churchwarden).The Sunday School children began the programme singing ‘Our God is a great big God’ and the packed programme concluded as the choir sang a farewell hymn ‘May God’s blessing surround you each day.’

Canon Harris and his wife were presented with several gifts on behalf of the parishioners including a framed print of the Middle Church. Prior to the presentations, rector’s churchwarden John Tuft who chaired the proceedings, spoke appreciatively of the exemplary service given by Canon Harris, whom he described as a ‘faithful servant of God.’

Ballinderry Parish Music Group.  L to R: David Steele, Steve McIlwrath, Daniel Boyd and Trish Harris.Lay Reader Dr Fred Ruddell, Andrew Clarke (people’s churchwarden) and vestry members Edith Haddock (secretary), Dr Andrew Sands and Sandra Megarry added their thanks and appreciation after which parishioners, guests and friends were invited to add their greetings. Canon Sam McComb, a former rector of Ballinderry was among the guests to take the opportunity to speak – he and Canon Harris trained together for the ministry and are former curates of Christ Church, Lisburn.

Canon Harris and his wife Ray enjoying the evening.Canon Harris had preached his farewell sermon at Ballinderry on Sunday September 25, and both he and Ray have now settled into their new home in Moira.  








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