Coming together to pray for Christian unity

Rachel O'Boyle, Andrea Mulvenna, Laura O'Boyle and Michaela Mulvenna at the United Service of Prayer and Worship in Cairncastle Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. INLT 05-301-PR

Rachel O'Boyle, Andrea Mulvenna, Laura O'Boyle and Michaela Mulvenna at the United Service of Prayer and Worship in Cairncastle Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. INLT 05-301-PR

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The McNeill Theatre at Larne Leisure Centre was the venue for an inter-denominational service, on Sunday, to pray for Christian church unity.

This is an annual event which is held locally bringing the town’s churches together.

Meanwhile, a service celebrating Christian unity took place at Cairncastle Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church led by Rev. Lena Cockroft on Friday night.

This event was organised by the Cairncastle Coastal Clergy Group, comprised of the four churches of Ballygally and Cairncastle.

Prayers were led by Fr. Dermot McKay, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Ballygally, and members of Cairncastle Presbyterian Church.

Music was provided by “Harmony”, a young ensemble featuring two sets of twin cousins, Laura and Rachael O’Boyle and Michaela and Andrea Mulvenna as well as hymn singing by organist Derick Jenkins.

St. Patrick’s rector Rev. Roger Thompson said that approximately 40 members of the district’s four congregations were present. A collection for the local Kids 4 School charity raised the sum of £190.

The charity provides school books, uniforms and free school meals.

Rev. Thompson, who visited Tanzania and Kenya recently, gave an update on the charity’s progress.

“School leavers are now being trained to make uniforms,” he said.

He indicated that the next project is focusing on building a new school.

“People in Tanzania work together very well despite facing great problems such as poor harvests.

“They are working very hard to combat this.”

The Week of Prayer is an initiative which is run by the World Council of Churches.