This Sunday heralds a special moment for Presbyterian Moderator, Right Reverend Dr David Bruce, when he will preach in Wellington Presbyterian Church, the Ballymena congregation where he was the ordained assistant minister over 30 years ago.

Rev David Bruce outside his Lisburn home

From 1985-1987 Dr Bruce assisted Wellington’s minister, when the congregation worshipped in the old Meeting House on the town’s Wellington Street, before he was called to serve as the minister of two Dublin congregations. While Dr Bruce will preach in the new church, which opened on the outskirts of the town in 2009, it will not be an in person service, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. The service will be livestreamed across the Presbytery of Ballymena, as part of the Moderator’s virtual tour of one of PCI’s 19 regional presbyteries, which is taking place this week.

“Presbytery tours are primarily about encouraging the local church and for the Moderator to get ‘out and about’, seeing first-hand the work that congregations are doing in the community on the ground.

“Each Moderator does four tours, during their term of office and each one, which is organised by the local presbytery, normally involves between 15 and 30 engagements over the course of the week. Beginning and ending on a Sunday, they are essentially an opportunity for us to meet and thank those who contribute to the life of the church and community life in a wider context.”

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