First Connor Clergy Gathering held in Antrim

Monday February 6th 2023

Clergy Gathering in All Saints’ Parish Centre, Antrim.

The first of three Clergy Gatherings in Connor Diocese took place in All Saints’ Parish Centre, Antrim, on Thursday evening, February 2.

Organised by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison, the theme was ‘Growing Healthy Clergy,’ and around 60 clergy from across the diocese were in attendance.

Bishop George addresses the Clergy Gathering in Antrim.

The evening began with a short act of worship, followed by some thoughts from the Bishop. After a break for tea and coffee, there was time for discussion and feedback.

This series of gatherings follows the Connor Clergy Conference held last November, when Bishop George shared his initial thoughts around ‘Growing Health Parishes’ as a vision for Connor Diocese.

Meeting once a term, Bishop George said, would help build the sense of being a clergy ‘team’ and give opportunities for mutual encouragement and support in the diocese.

At the conference, it was agreed that the gatherings would rotate around Connor’s three archdeaconries and holding them in the evening would allow non stipendiary and Ordained Local Ministers who are in other employment to easier join in.

Worship music at the Clergy Gathering in Antrim from Archdeacon Stephen McBride, the Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth and the Rev Peter Blake.

Further Connor Clergy Gatherings will take place on:

  • Wednesday June 7 @ 7pm at St Cedma’s, Larne
  • Tuesday October 3 @ 7pm at St Brigid’s, Mallusk

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