Church Moderator’s ‘moving memories’ as term ends
Outgoing Presbyterian Moderator Dr Frank Sellar has said his year in office has left him "greatly heartened".
Dr Sellar's term ends on June 5, when the 178th Moderator, Rev Dr Noble McNeely, assumes the role at the Church's general assembly.
This year has seen Dr Sellar preach close to 100 times in all of the Church's 19 presbyteries across 20 counties.
Dr Sellar also spoke of "moving memories" having taken part in the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme in France last July.
Another highlight was meeting members of the Irish Naval Forces, who had rescued over 15,600 refugees from the Mediterranean Sea, in Co Cork last December.
Dr Sellar said: "Ours is not a Church in retreat, but a gracious and humble partner in the advancement of God's kingdom across Ireland. The abiding delight has been meeting with God's people, living, ministering and working in Christ's name in the countryside, towns and cities of this island - and further afield - joyfully serving.
"This has been our greatest privilege."