Belfast Telegraph

Carryduff arson attack church holds services in school hall

By Rebecca Black

Worshippers at a gospel hall devastated by an arson attack were still able to meet yesterday for their weekly Sunday service thanks to the kindness of a local school.

Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, near Carryduff, was gutted in the fire early last Sunday morning.

Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Yesterday its congregation met at the nearby Ballymacbrennan School Hall for its services.

Gospel Hall elder Sydney Glenn told the Belfast Telegraph the congregation had been inundated with offers of alternative accommodation.

"We were offered quite a number of halls, and quite a number of church halls, a funeral parlour and a number of school assembly halls. Unbelievable," he said.

"There's a wee hall just a couple of miles down the road from us which is very suitable so we took it.

"We were able to have the full breaking of bread service this morning, the Sunday school as normal and the Gospel meeting in the evening as normal.

"And then the children's meeting on Tuesday night will be as normal, and the prayer meeting on Wednesday as normal."

Mr Glenn said they believe it will be a number of months before they will be back in their own hall, and said they do not yet know the full cost of the damage, but he added that it was "extensive".

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