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 http://www.cmsireland.org/
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.
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.
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.
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
We welcomed +Alan to St George’s earlier this month to conduct the Confirmation of Owen Haslett Brannigan, Conor Haslett Brannigan and Eoghan O’Mainnin. The three boys are pictured here with their Mums Janice and Moyra.
The end of treble rehearsal today, with four of the recently valedicted choristers along to help to mentor the new probationers. There are 19 choristers and about as many probationers. Come and hear them on December 17th at 7:30pm at the carol concert. The new boys will sing on their own, they already make a great sound, and then will also sing Foote’s arrangement of Silent Night, including a verse in German. We look forward to seeing you there.
The launch of Professor Brian Walker’s new book ‘A History of St George’s’ took place yesterday evening in St George’s Parish Church, Belfast. Professor Walker has been working hard on this over recent years and has brought the keen eye and scholarship of a professional historian to the task – and uncovered many gems and forgotten aspects of St George’s history. The book is sumptuously illustrated with many colour plates and will make not only an excellent read but also a wonderful Christmas present for family and friends.
This morning Jamie O’Kane received his surplice and was welcomed as a Chorister and full member of the Choir. We hope he enjoys his time at St George’s.
We also saw Carrington Peacock, Patrick Rogan, Jonah Davey and Ben Heatherly graduate into the back row of the Choir. These lovely young men joined the Choir at eight years old and have contributed greatly to the musical life of the Parish. We are delighted that they will continue their choral education in as young men in the back row.