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Bishop Harold announces his retirement

The Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Revd Harold Miller, has announced he is to retire after more than 22 years in the post. He made the announcement during his address to the Diocesan Synod on Thursday 20 June.  The bishop will stand down on 30 September this year.  “The calling to be bishop […]

Seven Thanksgivings & Seven Challenges – Bishop Harold Miller

A summary of the seven thanksgivings and seven challenges from Bishop Harold’s address at the Diocesan Synod on 20 June 2019. 1. I give thanks that the Gospel is transforming lives.  Challenge Remember that Jesus, in the great commission, calls us, not just to make converts, but to make disciples. That is a longer, harder, […]

Mothers’ Union June Outing 2019

Our annual outing to Glaslough village, Co Monaghan proved to be an excellent and memorable day. On the way to Glaslough, the bus stopped so that everyone could see Erigal church amid the trees. Hilda then gave some details of both the church and the surrounding area. On arrival at Glaslough, the Donagh Mothers’ Union […]

Bible Week 2019

27th – 30th August at 7.45 pm – Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan The Rt. Revd. Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore, has been announced as the speaker at Bible Week 2019. Bible Week will be celebrating Mission and Ministry in the diocese and Bishop Harold will teach around these themes with a different emphasis […]

New Kitchen

The Vestry has decided to replace the kitchen in the Huston Hall. It is hoping the work will be carried out in August. There are some locked cupboards in the kitchen. Could those with keys please empty the contents to enable the cupboards to be removed? Many thanks, Karen Gately, Glebewarden.

Summer Work Week

We are very lucky at St. Finnian’s to have such a beautiful church, lovely grounds and great halls but, to keep these all in good condition and looking well, we need your help. WORK WEEK will take place on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August – 10am till 9pm. Please come along and […]


Many will be aware from the Easter Vestry that we have been in consultation with a firm of Ecclesiastical architects called Consarc. They have been doing an accessibility audit on the church and grounds to see how we might make things more accessible for those with mobility issues. Among the issues they are looking at […]

Rector’s Letter – July/August 2019

Dear Friends, I received news last month that a great hero and inspiration of mine, the French Canadian, Jean Vanier had died at the age of 91. Jean was the founder of the L’Arche and Faith and Light communities for adults with learning disabilities and their assistants. Although we only met about 6 or 7 […]