Cloughfern church celebrates 60 years

Front row, left to right: Rev David Lockhart (Rector); Mayoress Pat Webb; Mayor Billy Webb; Bishop Abernethy; Rev Alice Stewart (Curate Assistant). Back row, left to right: Helen Wilson (Rector's Warden); Rev Sam Black (former Curate); Mike Parr (son of Rev Parr, first Rector); Rev Canon Stuart Lloyd (former Curate); Shirley Flack (People's Warden). INNT 21-516CON
Front row, left to right: Rev David Lockhart (Rector); Mayoress Pat Webb; Mayor Billy Webb; Bishop Abernethy; Rev Alice Stewart (Curate Assistant). Back row, left to right: Helen Wilson (Rector's Warden); Rev Sam Black (former Curate); Mike Parr (son of Rev Parr, first Rector); Rev Canon Stuart Lloyd (former Curate); Shirley Flack (People's Warden). INNT 21-516CON

THE Church of the Ascension, Cloughfern Parish, celebrated its 60th anniversary at a special event held on Thursday, May 17.

Current members of the Doagh Road church were joined by former clergy, parishioners and friends for a thanksgiving service, followed by supper in the church hall. The special guest preacher was the Bishop of Connor, Bishop Alan Abernethy, who inspired everyone with his message, as parishioners remembered the past, celebrated the present, and looked forward to the future.

As well as the Bishop, special guests on the night included the Mayor and Mayoress of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy and Mrs Pat Webb; Michael Parr, son of the late Rev JEC Parr, founder Rector of the Parish; Canon John and Mrs Helen Mann, who served as a Curate, and later as a Rector, now Dean of St Anne’s, Belfast; Rev Stuart and Jane Lloyd, former Curate, now Rector in Ballymena; and Rev Sam and Angela Black, former Curate, now retired. They were all joined by other visiting family and friends of current Cloughfern parishioners.

Church Secretary, Gillian Webb commented: “The evening proved a great success, and it was great meeting up with old friends afterwards and catching up on news, while enjoying a lovely supper. Also enjoyed was the film show of old and current photographs, which brought back many memories of days gone by, and some of us a bit younger than we are now!

“A special anniversary cake was cut by Michael Parr, accompanied by two original church members, Evelyn Lightbody and Beatrice Coote. All in all, it was a great evening of celebration.”