St Patrick’s Night Bash at Lisburn Cathedral

Friday March 22nd 2013

Thomas Moore(left), Canon Sam Wright (centre) and Jane Richardson (right).A St Patrick’s Night Bash hosted by Lisburn Cathedral on March 17 was a great night of music, fun, learning and laughs.

In place of their regular Sunday night ‘Fellowship at 7’ event around coffee tables in the Cathedral, 150 people gathered in the hall for a celebration of the Gospel coming to this land and still bearing fruit today!

Cathedral Curate, the Rev Simon Genoe, said: “It was a joy to see our 20–30s fellowship group organise an event of this calibre which engaged those of every age and stage.”

The cooking was organised by Cathedral parishioner and former restaurateur, Paul Duggan, who ably guided the willing helpers through the murky waters of making perfect Irish stew!

The crowd gathers for party games.On arrival at 6pm the kids and many of the adults visited the face–painting room, after which Zara Genoe led the crowd in a number of party games, such as the Waves of Troy and Musical Chairs, which proved a competitive affair!

Then tables were laid, food was served, and over tea, coffee, apple tart and cream, participants were treated to a musical medley from parishioners Sarah Calvert and Johnny Irvine.

Bronwen Steele paints Thomas Moore's face.

As the tables were cleared, the crowd stood to dynamically and enthusiastically worship God in song. Simon gave a short account of the story of Saint Patrick, ‘a man who heard God, obeyed him, and had a God–given heart for this land, despite being told not to waste the Gospel on us!’

The evening finished with the singing of a new song called ‘The Cross Stands Above it All,’ and the rector Canon Sam Wright prayed to close a great night for all the family.

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