Revd. Ian Horner Instituted as the Rector of the Bailieborough Group of Parishes

On the evening of Sunday 27th November family, friends, parishioners and members of the community gathered to celebrate the institution of the Revd Ian Horner as Incumbent of the Bailieborough Group of parishes (Bailieborough, Knockbride, Mullagh and Shercock). The service, which took place in the wonderful atmosphere of Bailieborough church was led by Bishop Ferran Glenfield assisted by Archdeacon Craig McCauley.

A combined choir with singers from all four churches led the congregation in worship and were accompanied by Janet McGuigan and Anita West on the organ. Danielle Kinnear, Millie Kinnear and Maia Finane sang a beautiful solo during the anthem, From the Breaking of the Dawn. Ruth Waller read a passage from Psalm 119 and Victor Scott read from Matthew 13, the Parable of the Sower.

The address was given by Revd Robert McMullan from New Row Presbyterian Church in Coleraine. Revd. Rob, who was, at one time, the Director of Scripture Union in the Republic of Ireland, has had a great influence on Ian’s faith and leadership development throughout his life. Rob spoke on the Scripture Union verse ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path’ (Psalm 119 v 105). He encouraged the congregation to love, care for and support Ian and his family as they minister in the Group of churches. He also encouraged Ian to love the people in these churches and to be faithful in the preaching of God’s word.

The Act of Institution was then carried out by Bishop Ferran Glenfield, after which words of  welcome were given to Revd. Ian by Father Michael Router, Parish Priest of Killann, Revd. Christiaan Snell on behalf of the Diocese of Kilmore and Russell Waller on behalf of the Bailieborough Group of Parishes.

Refreshments were served in the Bailie Hotel after the service. The warmth of the evening and the many expressions of goowill were a wonderful affirmation of the ministry of Revd. Ian, who has been serving as Curate in the Bailieborough Group. We pray for the Lord’s blessing on Ian and his family as he continues to preach God’s word and serve as Rector in this Group.

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(l-r) Carolyn Horner, Jenny Horner, Ian Horner, Christine McMullan, Jane Moffatt, Rob McMullan (New Ross Presbyterian, Coleraine). (photography taken by Thomas Whyte).

ian-and-clergyIan with Bishop Ferran and clergy from Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh (photograph taken by Thomas Whyte.

Back (l-r): Thomas Whyte, Kenneth Pringle, Thomas McCracken, Stephen Anderson, Albert Whyte
Front (l-r): Sandra Matthews, Revd. Ian Horner, Betty West

Second Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Prayer Vigil to END violence against women


In solidarity with women across the world, Mothers’ Union is supporting the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for the second year running with an All-Ireland Prayer Vigil. This initiative highlights and calls for an end to violence against women locally, nationally and internationally.


Mothers’ Union in Kilmore, Elphin&Ardagh covering Counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Cavan will hold a vigil at St George’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday 26th November from 3 to 5pm. We will have speakers from SAFE Link Domestic Advocacy Service in Boyle and from Invisible Traffick in Sligo.  We wish to spread the very important message that violence against women and children IS NOT OKAY!! We need to take action; we need to change attitudes. Mothers’ Union is one of over 130 local groups across Ireland that have taken part in the 16 Days of Action campaign.


According to Lakshmi Puri (Acting Head of UN Women) “It is time for action when up to 70 per cent of women in some countries face physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. When one in three girls in developing countries is likely to be married as a child bride; when some 140 million girls and women have suffered female genital mutilation; when millions of women and girls are trafficked in modern-day slavery; and when women’s bodies are a battleground and rape is used as a tactic of war – it is time for action.”


Please join us even for a short while and show your solidarity with these women and children. For further information contact Trudi Williams on 086 8181110.

Appointment Announcement – Revd Ian Horner – Bailieborough Group

Ian HornerThe Revd. Ian Horner has been appointed as Rector of the Bailieborough Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.  He has been the Curate of the Bailieborough Group since August 2014.

Ian is originally from Greystones in Co Wicklow.  Having earned qualifications in Business Management and in Sound Engineering & Music Technology he went to work for The Leprosy Mission Ireland.  Following that he spent 5 years as Youth and Children’s Co-ordinator at Kill O’ The Grange Parish in Dublin.  Having felt God’s call to ministry he started training in 2011, and was ordained as Presbyter in 2014 after completing placements in Christ Church Bray, Christ Church Wharton (Cheshire, Uk), The Parish of Powerscourt with Kilbride, and serving as Deacon in Greystones Parish.

Ian is married to Jenny and they have two sons, Sam (3) and Leo (1).  In his spare time he enjoys music and football.  He and his family are looking forward to continuing to journey with the people of Bailieborough, Muallgh, Shercock and Knockbride with God’s Word lighting the way.  ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119:105

Ian’s Institution will take place at in Bailieborough Parish Church on Sunday 27th November at 7pm.


Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Diocesan Synod 2016

Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Diocesan Synod 2016


The Annual Joint Meeting of the Diocesan Synods of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh took place this Saturday 15th October in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. The Synod was preceded by a celebration of The Holy Communion in St George’s Church which began with the commissioning of Hannah O’Neill and Marian Edwards as our new Diocesan Youth and Children’s workers.  We pray for God’s blessing on both Hannah and Marian as they undertake the responsibility entrusted to them in service of the children and young people in our Diocese. Preaching from the book of Haggai, Bishop Ferran Glenfield reminded us of God’s promise to partner with us as we do his work. The Lord is with us, his Spirit is with us and we can know the assurance of Haggai 1:13 – ‘”I am with you” says the Lord’.  The business of the Synod followed shortly after the Service in the nearby Bush hotel.




Bishop Ferran Glenfield began his address to the Synod by observing that this year, for the first time, one Diocesan council would be appointed to represent the united Diocese – a landmark event in our journey together as a united Diocesan family. Bishop Ferran thanked all those whose experience and service has facilitated this coming together as one Diocese. Maud Cunningham, Diocesan Secretary of Kilmore, Rev. Hazel Hicks, Diocesan Secretary for Elphin and Ardagh and Anne Smith in the Diocesan Office for their continued efforts in developing the best model for organising the administration of the United Diocese going forward. Dean Nigel Crossey for his painstaking work in the preparation of detail proposals to ensure that there is fair and balanced representation on the many and varied committees within Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. Dean Nigel’s proposals were passed at this year’s Synod and will come into operation during 2017. And finally, Cannon Billy Stafford, Des Lowry, William Foster and Trudi Williams for their diligent and dedicated work developing a new financial scheme for the United Diocese which was approved at last year’s Synod and will come into effect on January 1st 2017.


Bishop Ferran then announced a proposal to separate the Boyle and Riverstown group of Parishes in Elphin and the Kildallon and Swanlinbar group of parishes in Kilmore into smaller entities. During the meeting of the Diocesan Synod, resolutions were passed  to separate the Kildallon Group (made up of Kildallon, Newtongore and Corrwallen) from the Swanlinbar Group (consisting of Swanlinbar, Kinawley, Tomregan and Templeport) . Similar resolutions were passed to separate the Boyle Group (consisting of Boyle, Aghanagh, Croghan and Ardcane) from the Riverstown Group (made up of Taunagh, Ballysumaghan and Kilmactranny).



Vision 20/20 for the church in Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh contains two aspirations for the local church. The first is that they should prioritise children from pre-school to third level, passing on the faith to successive generations. Our ministry and mission to the young is essential. The appointment and commissioning of Hannah O’Neill and Marian Edwards to co-ordinate youth and children’s ministry in the Diocese has been an important step in supporting this essential area of church life.


A second aspiration is that local churches are world-looking, visible and active in the community. During his address, Bishop Ferran announced a partnership with the Leprosy Mission Ireland (TLM) to provide a Mission Consultancy Service in the Diocese to promote mission. Earl Storey, who will be facilitating this partnership, shared further details of this initiative in a presentation to the Synod. He said that mission is core to why we exist as a church and denomination and that the Diocese, clergy and parishioners are key agents in delivering mission. He said that this new initiative aimed to encourage and support action at the local level.


Following the Presidential address, the Synod heard greetings from guests from other churches, including Monsignor Liam Kelly from the Roman Catholic Church and Revd. Jeremy Nicoll from the Methodist Church. It was also lovely to have the opportunity to engage with representatives from various church agencies as well as listen to presentations from the Diocesan Youth Council, The Scribe and the Mother’s Union.

For further information contact the Diocesan Communications Officer:

Jennifer Horner

Tel: (042) 967 5822
Email: [email protected]

Rev Nick Jones, REv Ian Horner, Canon David CatterallRev Nick Jones, REv Ian Horner, Canon David Catterall

Rev Jeremy NicollRev Jeremy Nicoll

Monsignor Liam ReillyMonsignor Liam Reilly

Mary Geelan, David JonesMary Geelan, David Jones

Marian Edwards Hannah O'Neill CommissioningMarian Edwards and Hannah ONeill

Earl StoryEarl Story

Earl Storey Bisoph FerranEarl Story and Bishop Ferran

DesLowry, Willie Foster, Billy StaffordDes Lowry, Willie Foster, Billy Stafford

Dean Nigel Crossey, Archdeacon Isaac HannaDean Nigel Crossey, Archdeacon Isaac Hanna

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Irish College of Preachers annual Conference

The Irish College of Preachers annual Conference, took place recently at CITI.

The guest speaker was Archdeacon David Huss, Rector of the Donegal Group of parishes in Raphoe Diocese. David focused on the Sermon on the Mount, in anticipation of the Revised Common Lectionary readings for 2016/17, which features the Gospel according to Matthew.

Some 20 people from across the Church of Ireland, lay and clerical heard David open up the Master Preacher Jesus with clarity, depth and decisiveness.The conference was a great help to preachers, one of those who attended put it like this,” I am fired up now and ready for the challenge of preaching the Word of God”. The Irish College of Preachers is organised by Bishop Ferran Glenfield, the 2017 Conference is set for 13-15th September in CITI.


Hannah O’Neill and Marian Edwards appointed as KEA Diocesan Youth and Children’s Co-ordinators

This month the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh have appointed two Diocesan Youth and Children’s Co-ordinators. The aim of these exciting roles is to support individual Parish groups and other Diocesan organisations as they nurture and foster Christian faith development in children and young people in the Diocese.


Hannah O’Neill has been appointed as the new Diocesan Children’s and Youth Co-ordinator for Kilmore. Marian Edwards is the new Diocesan Children’s and Youth Co-ordinator for Elphin and Ardagh.


Hannah, who was born and bred in East Belfast, has been working with the children and young people in the Killeshandra Group of Parishes for the past year. During this time she has worked closely with the Diocesan Youth Council and has been involved in both Anois and Summer Madness. Speaking of her appointment Hannah said; ‘I look forward to building on the amazing work the youth council already do and seeing more young people engaging with the church and being transformed by the power of God.


I am passionate about seeing local churches resourced and equipped to invest in the younger generations. I have a desire to see children and young people active in the life of their church and having opportunities to encounter God. I am really looking forward to meeting with clergy and gaining insight into what is already happening throughout the diocese’.


Marian was born in Cork where she lived for most of her life before moving to Sligo in 1997. She is passionate about working with young people and has been involved in the children’s and teens work at Sligo Methodist Church for many years. In 2010, she started KNEKT, a Christian Youth event which happens each year in Sligo, attracting young people from across the North West. Marian enjoys being outdoors – especially hiking as well as music and art. She says that she is very much looking forward to the future, to working with the people, children and teens in Elphin and Ardagh and to seeing more events for young people in the region.



We thank God for the valuable role that Hannah and Marrion will play in supporting youth and children’s ministry in Kilmore and Elphin and Ardagh and we pray that God will bless their ministries and build His Kingdom throughout our diocese.


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Left: Marian Edwards, Right: Hannah O’Neill

Ordination of Richard Beadle and Richard Waller

Last Sunday 11th September, Revd. Captain Richard Beadle and Revd. Captain Richard Waller were ordained as Deacons for ministry in the Church of Ireland by Rt. Revd. Ferran Glenfield, the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. The service took place in St. Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore.


Richard Beadle, who has been an active Church Army Officer in the Diocese, has transferred to ordained ministry and will continue to serve in the Kildallon and Swanlinbar Group of Parishes. Richard Waller, who is also a Church Army Officer, will serve as a deacon intern in the Killeshandra Group of Parishes, with Revd. Ali Calvin.


The Venerable Captain Isaac Hanna also a former Church Army Captain who transitioned to ordained ministry  and is currently the Rector of the Drumcliffe Group of Parishes and Archdeacon of Elphin and Ardagh gave the address. He began by reminiscing about how they had all met at the Church Army training college in Sheffield many years earlier.  Preaching on 1 Timothy 1:12-17,  Archdeacon Isaac reminded both Richards that their primary calling in ordained ministry was to serve Christ and they were able to do this because of the Cross. He encouraged them to trust Christ and to remember there is power in the name of Jesus. He finished with the closing words of the passage: ‘Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever’ to which the two Richards and the congregation gave a hearty ‘Amen’.

We pray that the Lord blesses both Richards and their families as they begin their new roles in the Diocese.

Day of Prayer to find God’s Peace – St Anne’s Cathedral – 17th September

There will be a Day of Prayer for our land in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Saturday, 17th September (9am – 6pm). The purpose of the day will be to help people to find God’s peace.

Divine Healing Ministries say this is a day for anyone whose peace has been disturbed, perhaps by experiences in the past, to come and spend time with God in an atmosphere of peace.

The event will provide an opportunity to lay down things thatmay disturb us, forgive those who have hurt us, say sorry where we may have hurt others and make a commitment to help build a better future.

The focal point will be a large plain wooden cross at the front of the Cathedral. All the prayer will be in silence, although there may be a very short input each half hour.  People may come and go at any point during the day.   The purpose of the day is to help people in the silence to have an encounter with God and to find His peace.

For further information:

3 min video (suitable for  Facebook etc):


Contact Mr. Don Howe (Divine Healing Ministries). Ph 07517 845853

Together Gathering

Together is a national youth leadership gathering for all those working in youth ministry.

One of the most significant youth ministry conferences for many years is taking shape for Saturday 3rd September 2016. At a key time for churches, it will bring together volunteer leaders and paid workers for worship, training, resourcing and prayer together.

The Together gathering is being organised by church denominations and other youth ministries with the vision to equip and inspire leaders toward great youth ministry. It’s a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity for leaders and the Church of Ireland Youth Department encourages you to come along and/or promote this to other leaders in your church and networks. It will be especially important for enthusing new and established volunteers at the start of a new year in their youth ministry.

What will happen on the day? It will run from 10am–5:30pm in the Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, and include worship, 16 different workshops and seminars, key note address, a resource bag, discussion and prayers. Lunch is provided at the hotel as part of the price.

Who is involved? The event will involve and be attended by leaders in some of the most significant youth ministries in Northern Ireland including the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Youth Departments, Scripture Union, Exodus, Youth For Christ, Crown Jesus Ministries, Love for Life, 24–7 Prayer, Alpha, Youth Initiatives, and a whole host of other churches and youth organisations.

What does it cost? The cost for this event is £25 and this includes lunch and a resource pack. However, the Church of Ireland Youth Department is able to subsidise a limited number of these tickets for its members down to only £15. To avail of these tickets please book online at

Remember there is a limited amount so the earlier you book the better!