Special service at May Street – complete with bagpipes

The Belfast Benevolent Society of St Andrew held its 150th anniversary service in May Street Church on the afternoon of Sunday October 29. The guest of honour was Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Belfast. Participating clergy were piped up the aisle by piper Adrian Veighey. The service was conducted by Dr Gareth Stewart, Society Chaplain, while the Old Testament reading was by Venerable Scott Harte, Emeritus Archdeacon of Raphoe. The Very Rev Fr Michael McGinnity PP from St Malachy’s offered the Dedication Prayer while the New Testment reading was by Hugh Wilson, Society President. The address was by Dr Allen Sleith, from Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, whose late father Albert had been Society chaplain. May Street was delighted to host this important service. Refreshments were served after the service in Urban Soul Venue, and a special anniversary cake was cut. Short speeches were made by the Lord-Lieutenant and by Dr Noble McNeely, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, who was in attendance at the service with his wife Florence. The organist at the service was Colin Johnston, the May Street organist.

Written by

Comments are closed.