Belfast Telegraph

Church briefs: Outreach week draws to close

A WEEK of outreach by the Dromore Reformed Presbyterian Church ends tonight.

A WEEK of outreach by the Dromore Reformed Presbyterian Church ends tonight.

During the week a range of activities has included open air preaching, the distribution of Christian literature and a children's club in the Co Down town's biggest housing estate.

A public meeting in the Brewery Lane Church had as its theme "happy families - is it just a game?" Recently the Dromore church had its first full time minister installed. The Rev David McCullough conducts Sunday services at 11.30am and 7.30pm.

Church President a welcome guest

THE President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Jim Rea, renewed friendships when he preached in the churches at Dundrum and Newcastle.

The minister of the seaside congregations, the Rev William Mackay, served on the Portadown Methodist Circuit with Mr Rea before moving to Co Down.

Mr Mackay described the President as "one of the finest preachers around".

Meanwhile, the CSSM team is taking part in a series of epilogue services being conducted by Mr Mackay each Sunday evening during August. The subject is "parables and promises".

Gospel mission for new church

A NEW church is to be built for the congregation of Annalong Free Presbyterian Church and the start of construction is being marked by a special two-week gospel mission which begins at 3.30pm tomorrow. Preachers will be the Rev Trevor Baxter and the Rev James Porter.

The building will be at Moneydarragh Road on the outskirts of the Co Down fishing village.

The Free Presbyterian Church has now around 100 congregations with about 60 in Ireland, north and south. The remainder are spread across Britain and other countries.

Cathedral to get £5m renovation

ST PETER'S Cathedral in west Belfast will be closed for a year whilst a £5m renovation scheme is carried out.

The last services before work begins will be held next Sunday, August 17.

In the first major refurbishment since the Cathedral was built in the 1860s, the interior of the building will get a complete overhaul.

St Peter's administrator, Monsignor Thomas Toner, said restoration of the exterior had been ongoing in recent years and the plan is to restore the Cathedral to its former glory.

Baha'i member in impromptu recital

A TASTE of the inspirational songs which have thrilled audiences around the world came to Magherafelt when a member of the Baha'i Faith's world renowned choir gave an impromptu concert locally.

Wes Baker (75), who was a guest in the home of local Baha'i members Mahine and Les Gournell, agreed to give them and a few friends a brief display of his vocal skills.

He is a member of the Voices of Baha'i choir, a troupe of some 400 who have performed with world class orchestras and given concerts in places as far apart as Moscow, New York, Budapest and Berlin.

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