Best wishes to Billy Jeffrey

Today we presented Billy Jeffrey with a stole in advance of his Ordination as a Deacon on Sunday 3rd September at 6pm in Ballyholme. Billy will be ordained to serve his year as Deacon in Carryduff. Billy recently visited our CMS Mission Partners, Keith and Lynne Scott in Zambia. This was a placement as part of his training for ordination at CITI and you can read his blog of his visit written for CMSI on their website

At this time we also remember Ian Mills who spent six weeks with us last year as part of his CITI placement. Ian will be ordained this Thursday (24th August) in Antrim at 8pm and will serve in Agherton Parish in Portstewart.

Exam success for former Organ Scholar and choir members

Donal McCann
Congratulations to our former Organ Scholar Donal McCann who achieved two A*s and one D1 (which apparently is a distinction in pre-university music) in his A level exams. Therefore he has achieved, indeed slightly exceeded the required grades in order to be able to take up the prestigious organ scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge next term, thus adding his name to a long and distinguished list that includes the names of Sir David Willcocks, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Trotter, John Butt, Dan Hyde, James Vivian and many others. His first engagement there is at a concert with the choir on 16th September.
Our choral scholars have also all performed extremely well in their A levels. Michael Hong has been accepted for Natural Sciences and a choral scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge with 4 A*s, Ewan Docherty has been accepted for Languages at the University of Stirling and Oliver Rhodes takes his place at the University of Aberystwyth to study Computing and Software Design. We look forward to seeing them in the choir stalls whenever they return for holidays.

Sexton prepares for Everest marathon challenge

Ken Tate pictured outside St George’s

A link to an article on the Church of Ireland website about our Sexton Ken Tate who will revisit the Himalayas to take part in his second Everest Marathon this November.

You can sponsor Ken online by visiting or make a donation at St George’s Parish Church.

Great food and friendship at Parish Lunch

Some pictures of our Parish Lunch today to raise funds for our mission partners Keith and Lynne Scott who are working with CMS in Zambia. Great food and friendship and money raised for a partnership that is very much treasured by us at St George’s.

Fr William marks 40th anniversary of his ordination

On Sunday morning, April 30th we marked the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. William Odling Smee. We made a small presentation to William and to his wife Anne.

Rev. William Odling Smee and his wife Anne with Rector’s Churchwarden, Mark Wardil

We have been very blessed with his ministry to us at St Georges with preaching, pastoral care and of course his baking. On this occasion though we did let someone else bake the cake.

Presentation to Prof. Brian Walker at Easter Vestry

We held our Easter General Vestry meeting on Sunday, April 2nd. At the meeting Rev. Brian Stewart delivered his address and we made a presentation to Prof. Brian Walker to thank him for the excellent work he did in producing our Parish History. The history was produced as part of our Bicentennary celebrations and copies are for sale via the church office

Services for Ash Wednesday

Join us this Ash Wednesday (March 1st) for Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7.30am, 10.30am and 1pm followed by Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 8pm. All welcome.