John Patrick R.B.P. No. 157 held a Carol Service on Thursday, December 8, in Ballywillan Orange Hall.
William Adams Worshipful Master of the preceptory welcomed everyone to the service and said it was nice to see such a good turnout.
He gave a special word of welcome to Pastor Maynard McCubbin who will conduct the address, also Miss Rachel McFarland (Pianist), Miss Laura Elliott, (Soloist) and Mr Alexander McCubbin (Violinist and Flautist).
A warm welcome was also extended to Miss Lisa McGroarty a representative from Macmillan Cancer.
Andrew McCubbin Precpt, Registrar conducted the evening’s programme and led in the opening prayer. Laura accompanied by Rachel, sang her first solo, William Anderson (Precept Lay Chaplin) read the first reading and following this ‘Away in a manger’ was sang by everyone. Second reading was by Ronald Hynman (Member of Committee).
At this stage Lisa gave a comprehensive explanation on the workings of Macmillan Cancer and how it helps those suffering from cancer and the carer’s and family involvement. A collection was taken up to help with this important issue. Whilst this offering was being lifted Rachel and Alexander played some lovely seasonal music. This was followed by another solo from Laura. Pastor McCubbin then gave an enlightening and uplifting address with the main theme being ‘Hope’, very appropriate after what Lisa had just been talking about. The age old carol ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ brought the service to a close.
Pastor McCubbin then pronounced the Benediction and said Grace for the food about to be served.
The ladies then served tea/coffee to all in attendance. Thanks was proposed to all for the success of the evening.
The Officers and Members of John Patrick No. 157, Ballywillan, extend to all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Peaceful New Year.