Lambeg Parish is to host an outreach campaign at the Church and The Hilden Centre from Wednesday March 20 to Thursday March 28
The guest speaker at all the 13 events and services during this ‘Bridge to Life’ mission will be The Rt Rev Kenneth Clarke, Mission Director of SAMS UK and Ireland.
Bishop Clarke recently stepped down from the House of Bishops, having served for 12 years as Bishop of the United Dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, to take up his new position.
For the Bishop, this move was a case of going back to his roots, as early in his ministry he and his wife Helen had servedwith SAMS in Chile. Since then he continued to be involved in the work of SAMS while serving as rector in Crinken and Coleraine, and as Archdeacon of Connor before being elected as Bishop to the dioceses he has just left.
Bishop Clarke is a very highly respected speaker both in Ireland and overseas and comes to the area with a wealth of experience in communicating the gospel. Recently he published a book, ‘Going for Growth, ‘drawing on the experiences of Peter the Apostle and applying these principles to the Church today.
The Bishop contends that Jesus works the same kind of transformation in his followers today, and encourages believers and Church leaders to keep their focus, handle failure and fulfil their potential in God’s service.
The Rector of Lambeg, the Rev Canon Ken McReynolds said: “I look forward to the Bishop’s ministry in Lambeg and welcome him as a man with a passion for the Church and Gospel.”
‘Bridge to life’ will include several events as well as worship in the parish church. These include a special evening for the Girls’ Brigade and their parents on Wednesday March 20, a Ladies’ Evening on Friday 22nd, a Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 23rd and a bowling tournament on Monday 25th (between the Bishop’s Select and the Parish Bowling Club!)
Everyone is welcome and further details can be obtained from the Mission Secretary at 028 9258 3078 or 07786 627 618, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also on the parish website or you can download details here.