Photos by Norman Briggs Photography
St Paul’s Parish Church in Lisburn was full to capacity on the evening of Wednesday February 6 for a Service of Ordination to the Diaconate of Stephen McWhirter.
Stephen was joined on the night by his wife the Rev Jennifer McWhirter, his daughter Harvest and many other family and friends, with people travelling from as far away as Portadown and Bangor to celebrate the occasion.
Stephen was ordained by the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor, and the preacher was the Rt Rev John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher.
Music was provided by St Paul’s Choir and Praise Band and Emma and Lisa Carson sang during Communion. Following the service the congregation was treated to a lovely supper which had been prepared by some of the ladies of the parish.
Speaking after the service Stephen said: “I am delighted to have been so well supported by family and friends, the rector and parishioners of St Paul’s and I thank Bishop Alan for all his help and guidance.”