Mrs Julie Thompson was commissioned as Parish Reader at a service in St Patrick’s Broughshane, on November 24.
The preacher at the service was Julie’s uncle, Henry Montgomery, from Asia Link Ireland. He spoke of the family’s pride in Julie for taking this step and encouraged her and the congregation of the need to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Julie’s mother Violet led prayers, and Julie’s daughters Ella and Rebecca read during the service which was very much a family affair.
Julie has been an active member in St Patrick’s for more than 10 years, singing in the choir, serving on the Select Vestry and helping with Holiday Bible Clubs.
She said: “Sunday was such a special day and I really appreciated so many friends and family joining with me and supporting me. I am really looking forward to what is to come.”
Welcoming Julie to her new role, the rector of St Patrick’s, Broughshane, the Rev Dr Andrew Campbell said: “I am delighted that Julie has taken this next step in her own ministry, she is a woman of boundless ability and a committed love of Jesus Christ. It is my hope that other’s will see how Julie has stepped out in faith and like her step into new ministry roles in our church family.”
Julie’s commissioning is part of a wider parish strategy that seeks to grow leaders and enable the parish to reach out in its mission to the community in Broughshane.