Last Friday evening, the 28th April, Revd. Nick Jones was officially instituted as the Rector of the Drung Group of Parishes consisting of Drung, Castleterra (Ballyhaise), Larah & Lavey and Killoughter (Redhills). Family, friends, parishioners as well as members of the wider Diocese gathered for a wonderful service in Drung Parish Church which was led by Bishop Ferran Glenfield assisted by Archdeacon Craig McCauley. The Very Revd. Nigel Crossey, Dean of St. Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, stood in as acting Registrar.
The sermon for this occasion was given by Pastor Colin Creighton from the Carrickmacross Baptist Church – a good friend of Revd. Nick’s since they trained for ministry together at Oakhill Theological College. Preaching from Mark 10:35-45, Pastor Colin reminded us that we serve a King who ‘did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many’. We are people of a servant King. We can serve because we have first been served by Christ. He said that his prayer for Revd. Nick as he continues his ministry in the Drung Group is that he would use Nick as a servant leader who would touch people’s hearts and bring them closer to God.
The Act of Institution was then carried out by Bishop Ferran Glenfield, after which words of welcome were given by Goldina Watson on behalf of the Drung Group of Parishes, Revd. Ivan Watson, Pastor of the Cavan Baptist Church and Revd. Ali Calvin on behalf of the Diocese of Kilmore.
The service was followed by tea in the Parish Hall. Revd. Nick has been serving as Minister-in-Charge of the Drung Group since January 2016. Some of his highlights of this time have been BBQ’s, Messy Church, Songs of Praise, Christianity Explored, a new weekly Bible Study group and a wonderful evening with the Abaana New Life Children’s Choir. We thank God for Nick’s great energy and commitment to these parishes and we pray for the Lord’s blessing on Nick, his wife Dorothy and their two children as he continues to serve faithfully as Rector in this Group.
Revd. Nick Jones and Bishop Ferran Glenfield
Revd. Nick Jones with the Wardens and Parish Readers of the Drung Group of Parishes:
Back row from left: Willie McClean, James Speares, Ally Hudson, David Dunne, Robert Sturgeon, Ian Smith, Des LowryFDront row from left: Edwin Fannin, Nick Jones, Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Colin Creighton (Pastor, Carrickmacross Baptist Church), Nigel Murdy, Ivor Smyth.
Back row from left: Canon Mark Lidwell, Revd. Ali Calvin, Mr. Andrew Pierce, Revd. Christiaan Snell, Mrs Audrey Reilly, Mr. Victor Reilly
Fromt row from left: Ven. Craig McCauly, Henry Jordan, Revd. Nick Jones, Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Very Rev. Gerard Cassidy, Dean Nigel Crossey