Rectory Reflections is a new book, written in lockdown, by the Rev Ian Magowan, rector of St Saviour’s in Connor and St Patrick’s, Antrim.
The volume comprises 24 sermons on subjects such as ‘the Resurrection,’ ‘Taming the Tongue,’ ‘Going the Extra Mile’ and many more.
Speaking about how the book came to fruition, Ian said: “After a 31-year career as a teacher, I answered God’s call to the ministry of the Church of Ireland. On graduating from Trinity College Dublin, I served as curate in Killowen Parish, Coleraine, before becoming rector of St Saviour’s, Connor, and St Patrick’s Antrim.
“Since March 2020, we have all been facing the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. At times we have been unable to go to church due to government regulations. In order to provide spiritual guidance, I have been putting my sermons and prayers on our church’s Facebook site as well as my own personal social media. I have been keeping in touch with members of our congregations through phone and the church magazines.”
Ian said that living in the rectory during lockdown has given him the opportunity to enjoy his hobby of photography. “I have been taking many pictures of the extensive grounds and surrounding area, some of which are included in this book. I believe that we can see the Glory of God in His creation which is all around us,” Ian said.
“This book includes 24 sermons which I trust will encourage and help us in our faith and walk with God. It is important that we realise that no matter what happens, God is still in control and he is always there for us.”
Copies of Rectory Reflections are available at £8 plus £2 p&p, directly from Ian who can be contacted by private messaging the parish Facebook page.