Regarding the Moderator’s virtual tour of Ballymena Presbytery, Rev. Joseph Andrews, said:
“This Moderator’s tour will be radically different from any which we have every hosted before. Normally
the Moderator, accompanied by his wife, would preach in 4 congregations and attend the Stated meeting
of Presbytery. He would meet a wide range of people and undertake a busy schedule of visits and meetings involving industrial, agricultural, community and healthcare settings. He would meet with the Mayor of the Borough and see at first hand, various activities in local congregations
This time the Moderator will meet virtually with 4 groups of Ministers, speak at a virtual Midweek Rally,
which will be available on You Tube on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th March, and take part in a live
streamed service from Wellington Congregation on Sunday 7th March.
It is disappointing that 2021 Tour has had to be remodelled, especially as Dr Bruce served as Assistant
Minister in Wellington Street congregation from 1985 to 1987, but in common with the wider Church,
Ballymena Presbytery wishes to protect all its people at this time and prays for a successful roll out of the
vaccination programme and, in consequence, a return to a more normal pattern of Church life.
“I would take this opportunity, on behalf of Presbytery, to thank all our people, in all 31 congregations, for
their responsible behaviour and their continued interest in, and support for, the ongoing work of the Church over the past year. It has been encouraging to see how congregations have imaginatively made use of the opportunities available to continue to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a Presbytery we have been mindful of those who have experienced bereavement, whose health has suffered, whose family life has been disrupted, or who have redundancy or faced financial hardship, and assure them all that they are remembered in prayer at every meeting of the Presbytery Standing Commission.”