Rector’s Letter

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Rector’s Letter – October 2022

Dear Friends, It’s hard to convey the sense of sadness and sorrow the Nation and the Commonwealth are feeling as we prepare for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as this month’s magazine goes to print. As we have communicated in some special services recently to give thanks for her remarkable life of […]

Rector’s Letter – September 2022

Dear Friends, This month marks a very special occasion in the life of the church as we celebrate 90 years of Christian witness throughSt. Finnian’s Parish. It’s a time for celebration, a time for reflection. It’s a time for looking backwards and for looking forwards. There are some in the church who have been here […]

Rector’s Letter – July/August 2022

Dear Friends, I had an invitation to speak at another church recently. It was a return visit after Dr. Stephen Rodgers, the pastor of King’s Way Church in Dunmurry came to visit our church and speak throughout Holy Week. The worship style would be quite different in King’s Way but I found it to be […]

Rector’s Letter – June 2022

Dear Friends, On 6th February, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. A special 4 day bank holiday is being marked with events to celebrate this significant landmark from Thursday 2nd […]

Rector’s Letter – May 2022

Dear Friends, One of the highlights of recent weeks has been the opportunity to walk together through Lent, Holy Week and Easter and to be able to do so in person. This is not a privilege we take for granted, given the events of the past couple of years. Last year our Holy Week services […]

Rector’s Letter – April 2022

Dear Friends, As we journey through the season of Lent, it’s often a season when we strip things back. We perhaps try to give up some treats or luxuries we normally enjoy. We perhaps try to immerse ourselves in some spiritual disciplines like Bible reading or prayer or to attend some special services during this […]

Rector’s Letter – March 2022

Dear Friends, The season of Lent is almost upon us. Lent is a season I always approach with a mixture of joy and apprehension. It’s a huge privilege to journey through that season with the idea of journeying with Jesus towards the Cross. It’s a season for deepening our spiritual lives with a mixture of […]

Rector’s Letter – February 2022

Dear Friends, I had a lovely message with a photo from a friend of mine on Facebook recently. She had a lovely panoramic view of the fields around her house and the sky was darkening although there was sufficient light to take in the view. The photo was taken at 5.30pm and she simply said […]

Rector’s Letter – January 2022

Dear Friends, Could I begin by saying thank you to all those who worked so hard to make our Advent and Christmas celebrations so special. Thank you to Mark and the choir, to all our visiting speakers and those who worked so hard on the technology team and behind the scenes to make sure services […]

Rector’s Letter – December 2021

Dear Friends, We have reached that point on the calendar when many people who travel to work are leaving in darkness and returning home in darkness. We feel a drop in the temperatures and the leaves are falling at a rate when we find it hard to keep up with them. In the gloom and […]