Parishes around Connor Diocese marked Remembrance Sunday on November 10, paying tribute to the dead of two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
Below are highlights from some of the services. Please send any further reports and photographs of Remembrance Sunday services to firstname.lastname@example.org. (LIsburn photographs by John Kelly).
St Bartholomew’s, Stranmillis, was filled to capacity for Remembrance Sunday as soldiers and officers from 204 Field Hospital and 253 Medical Regiment joined with parishioners.
Along with the serving members came many family members of all ages to give thanks for all who have served humanity in times of war and peace and remembering the many who paid the ultimate price.
The rector, the Rev Kevin Graham, at present Chaplain at 204 Field Hospital, read the service and preached. He was assisted by the Rev Edward Gorringe, one of three Chaplains at 253 Medical Regiment and a priest in Down and Dromore Diocese.
The visiting children joined with the Sunday School, St Bss, in making crafts with a Remembrance Day theme.
“Remembrance Sunday has always been such a poignant occasion and it’s been a great privilege for us to host those who have recently served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,” said Mr Graham.
“It is important for us to engage with the local community and both these units are so close to St Bartholomew’s that it was just natural to connect with them as we strive to grow in all areas of our diocesan strategy.
“Following on from the success of this year we hope that this will be a regular part of our church calendar.”
At Carnmoney Parish Church, Emily and Katie Conn (right), representing the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade, were on the Wreath Laying Party for a very moving Service of Remembrance.
There was a good attendance at the morning service in St Nicholas Parish Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast, for the Act of Remembrance, beginning at 10.45am.
The Role of Honour was read and 46 members of the Parish who lost their lives in the two World Wars and conflicts since then were remembered. The wreath was laid by Mr John Hamill with Mr James Armstrong and Mr William Carlisle as escorts. Churchwardens Miss Emma Fleming and Mr Roy Thompson led the wreath laying party to the war memorial where the rector, the Rev Elizabeth Hanna and Mr Philip Benson (Student Reader) conducted the act of worship.
The Choir, under the direction of Ms Andrea Rea, sang the John Rutter anthem ‘The Peace of God.’
The Remembrance Sunday Service in Lisburn was held in Christ Church Parish. The service was conducted by the rector, the Rev Paul Dundas assisted by the Rev Matthew Milliken (Curate) and the Rev John Pickering (Senior Minister).
Mr Dundas, welcomed the capacity congregation and visitors and extended a special welcome to his special guests including the members of the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Co Antrim, the Mayor of Lisburn and Aldermen and Councillors of Lisburn City Council.
The Scripture lessons were read by Jackie McCartney (President of Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion) and Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson.
Richard Yarr, Director of Music presided at the organ and together with the church choir led the congregational hymns that included, ‘The Lord’s my shepherd’, ‘O God our help in ages past’ and ‘In Christ alone’.
An offering was taken for the Lord Haig Poppy Appeal.
BELOW Christ Church parishioners Tommy Jess and his granddaughter Laura Brown (nee Graham) pictured with the rector, the Rev Paul Dundas during the act of remembrance and wreath laying at the Remembrance Day Service in Christ Church Parish. In his own words, 91 year old Tommy, a member of the Royal Navy (1942–1946) considers himself, “lucky to be alive”. He survived the D Day landings and recalls with great accuracy when his ship was torpedoed on 20th November 1945.