I was back in the Kingdom of Mourne yesterday, and took part in two well-attended services of worship, in Kilkeel in the morning, and in Annalong in the evening. It was encouraging to see so many people at worship and to share in the life of two vibrant congregations.
It was a beautiful day as we drove down through Rathfriland and Hilltown into Kilkeel. The sunshine illuminated the wonderful splendour of the whole region where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.
One of the most pleasant features of visiting congregations is the opportunity to spend some time with my ministerial colleagues and their families. Yesterday, we were once again well-fed and watered in the Kilkeel and Annalong manses, and enjoyed good conversation with our friends, the Johnstons and the Finlays.
The evening service in Annalong was followed by a visit to their lively youth fellowship where I was interrogated about myself and my experiences as Moderator. It was good fun and I wasn’t allowed to leave until I had promised to record my visit on this blog! So here’s to all the cool guys and gals in Annalong! Thanks for all your support and prayers. It was great to be with you.