A Service of Institution of the Rev Christopher St John as rector of the Parish of St Nicholas, Carrickfergus will be shared online on January 21.
This is in line with current Covid-19 restrictions, and the decision by Church of Ireland Bishops to temporarily suspend in-person public worship in church buildings.
The service will be broadcast live at 7.30pm on January 21 on the St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Facebook page.
While it is not possible for parishioners to attend this service in person, members of St Nicholas’ Parish, and other friends of the new incumbent, who comes to Carrickfergus from St Mark’s, Dundela, Diocese of Down and Dromore, are encouraged all to join online.
Christopher, 54, is a native of Londonderry. He moved at a young age to Newtownabbey where he was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mossley.
He has PhD in Adult Education, and a number of Masters’ degrees, and worked for several years in adult education and child protection training, before embarking on training at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute seven years ago.
Christopher served his deacon intern year in Holy Trinity, Woodburn, Connor Diocese, before ordination as curate assistant in St Mark’s, Dundela, in August 2017.
He is married to Andrea and they have three children.