As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, St Patrick’s Parish, Jordanstown, will welcome the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, to preach at a service starting at 6.30pm on Sunday November 25.
Following the service Archbishop Clarke be interviewed by local broadcaster and Songs of Praise presenter Claire McCollum in the church hall.
The Archbishop will also be invited to cut the 150th anniversary cake. Representatives from the local churches and the community will also be present for the evening and visitors are very welcome.
The anniversary celebrations got underway in Jordanstown on March 11 with a Mothers’ Day Family Service. 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 followed by a Parish Lunch.
On April 15 the Very Rev Arfon Williams, former rector of St Patrick’s, presented Thoughts on Easter.
During May there was a plant sale and cake fair on Saturday 12th and on May 19 the parish hosted a Family Fun Day from 1-4pm. On June 4 there was a Uniformed Organisations Service, and on June 10 an All Age Service in Church Hall with Jill Hamilton, Connor Diocese Children’s Project Development Officer, followed by a barbecue.
The Rev Campbell Dixon, former curate of St Patrick’s, visited on September 9 for an All Age and Organisations Service, and on September 28 a book detailing the history of St Patrick’s Parish was launched.
There was a Harvest Concert on October 19 and an Open Day with organ music and tours of the church the following day.
Sunday’s visit by Archbishop Clarke concludes what has been a busy year of celebrations in Jordanstown!