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November 6th, 2009
The Clerk of the Iveagh Presbytery, Rev Ivan Patterson, makes it to the top

The Clerk of the Iveagh Presbytery, Rev Ivan Patterson, makes it to the top

I think the purpose was team-building, or maybe it was just relaxation and fellowship, but some ministerial members of the Iveagh Presbytery spent an enjoyable morning at the Tollymore Mountain Centre near Bryansford, Co Down climbing the Hotrock Wall. It was a great activity in which almost all took part. I am tempted to “name and shame” the non-participants, but they know who they are!

Rev Andrew Watson makes it to the top by the most challenging route

Rev Andrew Watson makes it to the top by the most challenging route

Ministers often use climbing imagery to describe the Christian life and to explain how that it requires concentration, perseverance and commitment. They came away from this experience with a new appreciation of the skills needed to scale a wall, and undoubtedly some illustrative material for children’s talks and sermons.

Rev Jim Hagan is content to watch and enjoy his coffee

Rev Jim Hagan is content to watch and enjoy his coffee

Revs Philip Thompson, Ray McKibbin and Samuel Newell are the trustworthy rope-holders

Revs Philip Thompson, Ray McKibbin and Samuel Newell are the trustworthy rope-holders

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