The Bishop of Connor’s first Lenten seminar on Discipleship and Ministry drew some 145 people to Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills, on March 4.
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Bishop Alan told those who had travelled from parishes across the northern part of the diocese that this year’s Lent series was in keeping with the diocesan Vision Strategy strand of Empowering Ministry.
The Bishop was welcomed by the rector of Bushmills, the Rev Canon George Graham who opened the seminar with prayer.
Bishop Alan spoke about how much energy in church is consumed with concerns about buildings, finance and structures, and said a division had been created between the secular and the sacred. At times, Sunday worship does not connect with everyday life, he added
During the course of the evening he looked at the definition of a disciple and examined core issues for disciples today.
There was a break for refreshments, including pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, provided by Bushmills parishioners, and this was a time for catching up with friends from other places and parishes, while Richard Ryan did a roaring trade on his stall, The Book Well. Richard will attend all Bishop Alan’s seminars.
Bishop Alan will deliver two seminars in Bushmills, Jordanstown Parish Centre, and Christ Church, Lisburn.
The dates and venues of future seminars are as follows:
Monday 10th March Jordanstown Parish Centre
Tuesday 18th March Christ Church, Lisburn (church)
Tuesday 25th March Bushmills Parish Centre
Tuesday 1st April Jordanstown Parish Centre
Monday 7th April Christ Church, Lisburn (church)
All Lenten courses will commence at 7.30pm.
A booking form can be downloaded here. Rectors are asked to please advise Bishop’s Secretary Rosemary Patterson of numbers attending.