Report and photographs by John Kelly
A flower festival and historical exhibition was held in St Mark’s Parish Church, Ballymacash, Lisburn, over the weekend of October 7–9.
The event celebrated the completion of the recent renovation scheme at the church and sought to engage with the local community which has been served by St Mark’s Church since 1892.
The opening service on Friday afternoon was attended by founder members and members of Ballymacash Flower Club. The special guests included Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Brian Heading, Alderman Paul Givan MLA and Alderman Jonathan Craig MLA.
The service was led by the rector, the Rev Canon George Irwin, assisted by the curate, the Rev Kenneth Gamble. The address was given by the renowned flower artist, the Very Rev William McMillan, MBE, who spoke of the desire to see the uncommon in the common and the intricate power of creation. Tim Howe presided at the organ and together with the choir, led the praise that included ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Now thank we all our God.’