There was an excellent attendance for the wonderful service at Clough on Sunday, 18th June which was led by the children of the Sunday School. During the service the children gave readings, led prayers, sang, and acted out various Bible stories. It is so encouraging to see the Sunday School growing so much and taking part in worship with such enthusiasm.
Molly and Kayla introduced the service. Thomas read from Exodus chapter 14, helped by Hannah, Olivia and Abi. Kayla, Ethan, Sarah, Thomas, Zak and Molly led the prayers. Ethan read from Matthew chapter 8 with help from Harry, Eva, Anna and Lexie. Poems of Thankfulness were given by Charlotte, William, Sophie, Ethan and Lexie. The whole Sunday School sang ‘Who’s the king of the jungle’, ‘My God is so big’ and ‘If I were a butterfly’. Sarah sang the solo ‘For God so loved the world’.
Singing ‘My God is so big’
Also during the service the minister presented the Sunday School members with prizes for attendance over the year as well as prizes won for their work entered into the denominational Sunday School Exhibition held at Holywood on 2nd June at which Clough won no less than 17 prizes. The work was on show in the church for everyone to see.
Over the year the children had also been raising money for their chosen charity and this year raised the magnificent sum of £300 which Ethan presented to Kirsty Smith for the work of Shine Northern Ireland.
Special thanks was extended to Sunday School Superintendent, Elsie Nelson, and to all the teachers and helpers who have contributed to the success of the Sunday School. Alfie McClelland played the organ for the congregational hymns.
Ethan presents a cheque for £300 to Kirsty Smith of Shine Northern Ireland on behalf of the Sunday School
The Murland family vault at Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church will be the focus of a public lecture by Dr Finbar McCormick on the topic of ‘Mausolea & Memorials to the dead in Ireland’ at Clough NSP Church on Wednesday, 13th March 2019 at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome and the talk will be followed by refreshments. The tomb is in need of conservation which will be undertaken by the Follies Trust in the forthcoming months.
Dr McCormick is a senior lecturer in the School of the natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University, Belfast and former Chair of the Discovery Programme. The Follies Trust writes:
The talk will look at the history and development of memorials to the dead in Ireland and beyond. It will show how the Reformation changed people’s attitude to commemorating the dead and will demonstrate how Presbyterianism in Scotland played such an important role in the development of the modern mausoleum. Dr McCormick will also show how classical ideas had such an influence on mausoleum design as can be seen in the magnificent Murland mausoleum at Clough. The Ulster list describes the mausoleum as ‘the phenomenal Murland vault of about 1860, furnished with all the pompe funebre of the classical manner, with trimmings.’ It was designed by Thomas Turner and is a fine example of the genre.
To see more pictures of the Murland Tomb and find out more about the project click on the above image
Some scenes from the Clough Sunday School Christmas party held on Saturday, 22nd December
Sunday, 16th December 2018 at 11.15 am. The carol service was led with great skill by the members of the Sunday School. Well done everyone.
Joint Candlelight Carol Service
On Wednesday, 12th December Clough hosted the annual joint candlelight Carol Service between the congregations of Clough, Ballee and Downpatrick. The Christmas story was re-told through a succession of readings which were given by readers from each of the churches – Thomas Rooney, Elsie Nelson, Sarah Rooney, Sophia Cleland, Marion Moffett, Jayne Caven, Tierna Kelly, Annabel Cleland, and Mary Stewart. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Laganvale Ensemble conducted by Gareth Downey. Alfie McClelland played the organ. Thanks go to everyone who took part and to those who helped to decorate the church.
Gareth Downey conducting the Laganvale Ensemble
Readers at the service including the band with Gareth Downey on the right and church organist, Alfie McClelland, on the left
The dance held in the Hall on Friday, 23rd November was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone there. The hall was full and £340 was raised for church funds. A big thank you goes to the Straney family and to everyone who helped.
Photo: Keith Straney
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Dance which raised £275 for church funds.
On Sunday, 17th June the members of the Sunday School led an excellent service and received their prizes for attendance over the year and for their work in the denominational Exhibition held in 1st June at which they won a fantastic 19 prizes, including Committee Award for Best Written Entry awarded to Molly Rooney. During the service the children delivered readings, read poems, sang songs, including a solo by Sarah Rooney.
Over the year the Sunday School had also raised £300 for Knockevin School and William Rooney presented a cheque on behalf of the Sunday School to Diane Watson for the work of Knockevin School.
Sunday School singing.
Presentation to Knockevin school.
Telling the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours.