The Rev Kevin Graham, Diocesan Warden of Readers, commissioned three new Parish Readers for parishes in Connor Diocese at two separate services on Sunday October 28.
Mr Michael Ogilby was commissioned for the Parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston and Mr David Holmes for the Parish of Kilbride during Evening Prayer at St Bride’s Church, Kilbride Parish.
Later that evening, Mr Richard Cotter, was commissioned to serve in the Parish of Ballymena (Kilconriola) and Ballyclug during a service of Holy Communion in St Patrick’s, Ballymena. Richard is Finance and Administration Manager with the Diocese of Connor.
Kevin said: “It is a real joy and privilege as Warden to commission Parish Readers and to travel throughout the diocese and join in the variety of worship in the parishes I have visited.
“It is also a chance to get to know many more people in the diocese as they seek to serve God as Readers and perhaps also explore further how God is calling them.
“As I travelled home on Sunday evening the temperature dropped to -3.5C which was in stark contrast to the warm welcome I had received in both Kilbride and Ballymena on Sunday. Please remember all our Readers, Parish and Diocesan, in your prayers and especially Michael, David and Richard as they begin their new ministries.”