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Bishop David appoints Revd. Raymond Kettyle as his Chaplain for Dromore

Revd. Raymond Kettyle is rector of St John’s Lurgan. He said: “I’m truly humbled to be appointed as Bishop David’s Chaplain for Dromore. I look forward to helping, supporting and working alongside him in this role.” The role of the Chaplain is to attend to the bishop at important services such as institutions and installations. 

Appointment of new Archdeacon of Down

Bishop David McClay has appointed Revd Canon Ken Higgins as the Archdeacon of Down.  Canon Higgins is the rector of St Donard’s in East Belfast and the current Honorary Clerical Secretary for Down Diocese. Commenting on his appointment he said:  “I am deeply honoured to accept Bishop David’s invitation to take up the role of […]

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2020

You are warmly welcomed to the Down and Dromore St Patrick’s Day Celebrations on Tuesday 17 March 2020 with the theme, ‘Your Kingdom Come’. The bishop writes… “Please join me on Tuesday 17 March for our annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations which begin a special season of prayer in the diocese. I very much look forward […]

Register of Vestry Members

The Register of Vestry Members will be reviewed at the meeting of the Select Vestry on Tuesday 3rd March. Anyone wishing to be registered as a resident or accustomed member must complete a Form of Declaration which is available from the Churchwardens. The Form must be returned to the Churchwardens before the above meeting.

Messy Church – 28th February

The next St. Finnian’s Messy Church will be held on Friday 28th February from 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Come along for an afternoon of crafts, food and worship. Messy Church is aimed at all ages, so everyone is very welcome to join us. Jill McPeak

Church of Ireland Men’s Society – February

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th February 2020 at 8.00pm. The Guest Speaker is Jim Bradley, manager of the Belfast Hills Partnership, whose subject will be “The History of the Belfast Hills.” The Belfast Hills Partnership is an independent charity which seeks to improve how the hills around Belfast are managed. Amongst […]

Ladies’ Open Door Friendship Group

Our meetings for February 2020 are as follows: Wednesday 5 February: History of the Grand Opera House – Speaker Aine Doyle Wednesday 19 February: The Work of Street Pastors in Belfast – Speaker Paul Hendron Our meetings start at 2.00 pm in the Huston Hall and a warm welcome is extended to anyone who would […]

Mothers’ Union – February

Unfortunately our Speaker, Emerald McKnight, was unable to make it to the January meeting. However, Clare Stewart, our Branch leader, who is also the Diocesan Action and Outreach coordinator, took the opportunity to update members on the ongoing and upcoming work carried out by Mothers’ Union in the diocese. She outlined the work Mothers’ Union […]

Rector’s Letter – February 2020

Dear Friends, It struck me recently that a lot of people who have had quite an influence on my life have died in the past 6 months. My two immediate predecessors as Rector of St. Finnian’s have died in this period. Canon Noel Battye and Bishop Jim Mehaffey built on the foundations laid by Canon […]