Summer ‘Connor Connections’ available online

Sunday July 17th 2022

The summer issue of our diocesan magazine Connor Connections, which was distributed to all parishioners in the diocese last month, is now available to read online.

We are delighted to offer this opportunity to people who may live outside the diocese to find out more about life and ministry in Connor through the pages of the magazine.

Featuring a very colourful Ballintoy Parish Church on the cover by Randalstown-based artist Johnny Watt ( Connor Connections is packed with features and news from around the diocese.

Cheryl Graham, wife of the Rev Canon Kevin Graham, rector of Stranmillis, speaks about Seen To Be Heard, a powerful campaign to raise awareness of Secondary Breast Cancer.

We visit St Colman’s, Kilroot, which opens its parish hall to a group of refugees and asylum seekers each Wednesday afternoon, offering them space to relax and socialise, and we share some of the harrowing stories of those who attend.

Erin Burnett from the Church of the Resurrection talks candidly about living with autism and how churches can adapt to make attendance at services less challenging for people with autism.

Ballysillan parishioner George Briggs talks about his Maundy Thursday visit to Windsor Castle, where he met Prince Charles, and we learn about a very special partnership between Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, and a school in Uganda.

We look back at how parishes in Connor responded to the crisis in Ukraine in the early days, and meet Lisburn Cathedral parishioners Sam and Silvana Shaw who travelled separately to Poland to aid those fleeing Ukraine, and those staying behind.

CMSI Mission Director Jenny Smyth and her husband Billy returned to Connor’s partner diocese of Yei in February, and they share their thoughts on how people in Yei are rebuilding their lives in the wake of ongoing civil unrest – and the value of church institutions, in particular the Yei Vocational Training College.

We look back at the Installation Services for Bishop George in Lisburn and Belfast Cathedrals and the Connor Mothers’ Union Festival Service.

Royal enthusiast the Rev Canon Derek Kerr talks about his Royal memorabilia exhibition held in Drummaul Parish Church during May, and how this passion evolved.

We invite you to sit down and enjoy the read…

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