Updates from Rob & Karen

Smithborough, Co Monaghan

Thanks to some roadworks we arrived fashionably late for the 3:30pm harvest service.  But very kindly the congregation told us that we were on Monaghan time!  The Rev Ronnie Agnew, a contemporary of Robert Orr is the minister and he … more »

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The Mall, Armagh

In some senses the church building had not changed since I worshipped there in the early 1960s.  But all the people had changed – only one or two were from my childhood days.  The Rev Peter Gamble and his wife … more »

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Union Road, Magherafelt

For Rob this was a special moment at he was baptised in Union Road – not that he remembers! The congregation have renovated their place of worship; removing pews, turning it through 90 degrees and have installed clear glass along … more »

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Moderator on Twitter

Yes, you can follow me directly on Twitter @PCIModerator.

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Belville – Do you know where it is?

Well, we didn’t.  But we had been bird watching at Oxford Island and it is just a few miles beyond that in the SE corner of Lough Neagh. Belville is a very small congregation of about 15 families.  They have … more »

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Glengormley – Our Place of Transformation!!

Last Sunday Karen and I were delighted to find ourselves back in Glengormley where we were married in 1985 and where I was assistant from 1981-85.  I was at College with David Brice, their minister and we renewed friendship with … more »

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Proms in the Park

One of the “perks” of being Moderator is that all kinds of invitations come my way.  We were delighted to find ourselves seated in the Titanic Quarter enjoying last week’s Proms in the Park.  We heard Accordian Music as never … more »

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1st Ahoghill

Last Saturday Karen and I travelled to Ahoghill to take part in the Opening of their New Church Complex – this Complex comprises a modern worship space with pews in a curved shape around the pulpit; the colour of the … more »

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Bujumbura, Burundi

Yesterday (Tuesday) we flew from Kigali to Bujumbura in Burundi.  From first impressions Burundi had received less support that Rwandi from the international community. Yet there eas conflict here until 2001. We spent the morning with a group of pastors … more »

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Tuesday 27th August

This morning we set off around 8am for a two hour drive to the North of Rwanda. In the Diocese of Bycumba we met Bishop Emmanuel who took an hour to explains the kind of  development work being done with … more »

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Church at Gikondo, Kigali

This morning, we worshipped with the congregation at Gikondo in Kigali. On Wednesday of this past week we had met the pastor and the elders, so it was a joy to meet the rest of the church family this morning! … more »

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Rwanda week 1

Hello from Rwanda! (This is Rachel writing). We arrived safely on Monday night and have had a great few days. This week we have heard stories of brokenness, devastation and pain; and we have also heard stories of hope, joy … more »

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Visit with Very Rev Dr Wm Craig.

Last week the VEry Rev Dr Wm Craig turned 94.  We were unable to attend his birthday party but we did visit with him yesterday.  He was in excellent form and we enjoyed being with him and his son Brian. … more »

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Lake Garda, Italy

We enjoyed the heat and beauty of Lake Garda for a week.  During our time there we took trips to Venice and to the Opera in Verona.  Although it was difficult we did try out both the coffee shops and … more »

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Sunday Last

It was great on a free Sunday morning to be able to return to Kilfennan and worship with our own church family.  We enjoyed both the welcome we received and the opportunity to chat with so many. Late in the … more »

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General Assembly – Presbyterian Church of Wales

On Sunday 14th July we crossed over from Dublin to Holyhead and travelled down to Aberystwyth to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.  The PCW is considerably smaller than PCI and is largely Welsh speaking.  All … more »

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St Andrew’s Blackrock

Last Saturday we attended the Service for the Official Opening and Dedication of the new Church Hall at St Andrew’s Blackrock, Dublin.  Here are some photos which include the Rev Denis and Mrs Hilary Campbell – they were every hospitable … more »

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Greystones Presbyterian Church

On Sunday 7th July I conducted the Communion Service in Greystones Presbyterian.  The minister David (Monty) Montgomery was one of the teenagers in Glengormley when I was their assistant in the early 1980s – do I feel old! It was … more »

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100th Birthday – Enniskillen

This afternoon (Friday 5th July) Karen and I travelled to Enniskillen to visit Mrs Watts and celebrate her 100th Birthday along with her two daughters.  She was a delightful person to visit; we enjoyed our time with her and some … more »

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Moville

On our journey North from Dun Laoghaire we called in with the Cowans in Mountjoy – they are all in good form and enjoying life there. Thankfully was made it safely and in time to Moville where we were celebrating … more »

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