St Patrick’s Parish Church, Jordanstown, is this year celebrating 150 years of worship and praise with a wide ranging programme of events.
Activities got underway on Sunday March 11 with a Mothers’ Day Family Service in Church Hall. On March 15 the parish hosted the Bishop of Connor’s Lent Talk on God’s Mission and the Church Today, and the following evening there was a concert to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with The Mossgrove Singers, Killyglen Accordion Band and St Patrick’s Church Choir.
A busy weekend continued with a visit by Lord Eames, former Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, accompanied by Lady Eames for the Patronal Festival on Sunday and this was followed by a Parish Lunch.
On Sunday April 15 at 11am the Very Rev Arfon Williams, former rector of St Patrick’s, presents Thoughts on Easter.
During May there will be a plant sale and cake fair on Saturday 12th from 10am-1pm; and on May 19 the parish hosts a Family Fun Day from 1-4pm.
June 4 at 6pm sees a Uniformed Organisations Service, and on June 10 at 11am there will be an All Age Service in Church Hall with Jill Hamilton, Connor Diocese Children’s Project Development Officer. This will be followed by a barbecue.
The Rev Campbell Dixon, former curate of St Patrick’s, will be at the church on Sunday September 9 at 11am for an All Age and Organisations Service.
On Friday September 28 at 7.30pm there will be the launch of book detailing the history of St Patrick’s Parish with Dr Roger Dixon, a local historian. The book launch will be followed by a wine and cheese supper.
There will be a Harvest Concert in Church on October 19 at 7.30pm with Ballyduff Silver Band and the Clare Chorale and on Saturday October 20 there will be an Open Day at St Patrick’s with organ music and tours of the church.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service will be held at 11am on October 21, and Harvest celebrations continue at 6.30pm with Canon Barry Paine, rector of Ballinderry, Tamlaght and Ardboe
The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy will visit for Confirmation at 11am on Sunday November 4, and the anniversary celebrations conclude on November 25 at 6.30pm with a visit the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, followed by supper and an interview with the Archbishop.
Happy 150th to all at St Patrick’s, Jordanstown.