The services of Harvest Thanksgiving at the congregations of Downpatrick, Ballee and Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Churches were all joyous and uplifting occasions.

At Downpatrick we welcomed the Rev Dr John Nelson as guest preacher and the Harlandic Male Voice Choir conducted by Elaine Hawthorne to lead our worship. Laura Patterson played the organ and the church was very thoughtfully decorated to represent the changing seasons of the year as well as the sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

At Ballee the walls were decorated by the Sunday School with the first verse of W.G. Tarrant’s hymn “Go work in my vineyard, my garden and field, and bring me the fruits and the flowers they yield. The voice of the Master the labourers heard, and into his harvest they went at his word” and each window was superbly decorated with a different line from this. Our visiting preacher was the Very Rev William McMillan and we welcomed back the Bailliesmills Accordion Band who played at the service. The organ was played by John Strain.

At Clough I was the preacher and we welcomed the Clare Chorale under the direction of Sheelagh Greer to lead our worship. A large and accomplished choir their singing filled the church which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Alfie McClelland played the organ.

Downpatrick

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Ballee

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Clough

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One thought on “Harvest Thanksgiving

  1. Beautifully done! I love the one with the tin plate and mugs!

    Wytske

    Op 24-10-2016 om 13:12 schreef velvethummingbee: > WordPress.com > David Steers posted: ” The services of Harvest Thanksgiving at the > congregations of Downpatrick, Ballee and Clough Non-Subscribing > Presbyterian Churches were all joyous and uplifting occasions. At > Downpatrick we welcomed the Rev Dr John Nelson as guest preacher and the” >

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