Connor Connections available to read online or download

Thursday March 26th 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Connor Connections was distributed to parishes by Rural Deans during February.  If anyone did not have the opportunity to pick up their copy, or would like to share something to read with friends or family elsewhere, the magazine is now available for download.

Diocesan Communications Officer Karen Bushby, who edits Connor Connections, said: “This issue was put together before the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, and is a window, if one is needed, on life in the diocese before the many restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19 were put in place.

“We pray that it will not be too long before that ‘normal’ life is able to resume, but in the meantime, if you haven’t already read the printed magazine, I hope you will enjoy the stories featured in our Spring issue.”

Articles include:

  • Agherton Parish’s exciting new Parish Nurses initiative (featured on the cover).
  • A report and photographs of the Service of Thanksgiving for the former Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, which took place in St Patrick’s Ballymena, on December 19.
  • A reflection by Bishop Alan on his years as bishop of this diocese.
  • Upper Falls Parish which was awarded first place in the Alzheimer’s Society small/medium dementia-friendly organisation of the year category. Colin and Jacqueline Higgins tell us how their personal experience led to the establishment of dementia friendly project in the parish.
  • Derryvolgie Parish’s success in buying not one, but three, defibrillators to support its local community.
  • Carnmoney Parish’s vision for the future.
  • New Year Honours List recipients – Alan Ross from St Patrick’s, Ballymena, who received a BEM for services to the community in Ballymena, and Simon Neill, Director of Music at St Polycarp’s, Finaghy, who was also made a BEM for services to music and community relations in Belfast and Lisburn.
  • Belfast’s top lollipop man (officially!) Ivan Gibson from Rathcoole parish tells us what he loves about his job.
  • We learn a little about life in Nairobi, Kenya, from Antony Njoroge who spent time in the parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston.

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