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New home for one of Northern Ireland's oldest Presbyterian congregations

By Staff Reporter

One of Northern Ireland's oldest Presbyterian congregations has opened the doors on a new church building.

Moira Presbyterian Church was officially opened and dedicated by Moderator Dr Frank Sellar.

"While it's a marvellous achievement to construct a new building, it's even more vital to live faithful, vibrant Christ-like lives," Dr Sellar told worshippers in his opening address.

The Moderator also encouraged the congregation, quoting Paul: "Never lack in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serve the Lord".

The congregation in Moira dates back to the late 17th century. The first recorded minister was Samuel Ferguson who was ordained in 1693. The present minister, the Rev Howard Gilpin, was installed in 2001.

Among those who attended the opening was Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

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