Moderator went on a tour of Ivy Presbytery

Dr. Bruce at his home in Lisburn with his wife Zoe, who will accompany him on a tour of the Presbytery.

The tour, which will be his penultimate tour as moderator, will include an poignant return to Scarva Street Presbyterian Church in Banbridge, where he will preach. It was here that Dr. Bruce was baptized more than half a century ago.

It will be a busy day at the start of a busy week during which he will preach at a number of local Presbyterian churches, meet ministers and their spouses from across the presbytery, visit schools and nursing homes, and meet with local business leaders. .

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With 20 separate talks ahead of him, Dr. Bruce, who will be accompanied by his wife Zoe, will begin his tour by preaching morning services at Magheralli Presbyterian Church and Cates Bridge Presbyterian Church, the first of five services he will preach during two Sundays. On the same evening, he will also hold the first of two Newmills Presbyterian Church United Services for people from Western Presbytery communities.

A second joint service will be held next Sunday at Rathfriland Third Presbyterian Church so that people from congregations in the east presbytery can come and bow together. He will also be preaching at the Presbyterian Church on Scarva Street that morning. On Tuesday evening, when members of the presbytery convene for their March meeting at Drumley Presbyterian Church, Dr. Bruce will attend and lead the opening service.

“Presbytery tours are a great opportunity for a moderator to walk around and get to know the church, seeing firsthand the work the congregations do in the community on the ground. Zoe and I are looking forward to the upcoming tour next week,” said Dr. Bruce.

“These are largely pastoral visits, and after such difficult times, I really want to encourage the local Church, and especially our ministers who have been on the front lines, recognizing the work that they and their congregations have done and are doing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

During the week, there will be a focus on education as well as agriculture, with the moderator visiting Rathfriland High School on Tuesday for a meeting, followed by a visit to Drumadonnell Elementary School in the afternoon. On Friday, he will stop by Banbridge Academy for a Q&A session with RE high school students and political scientists.

On Wednesday, Dr. Bruce will dine with the new PCI Village Chaplain, Rev. Kenny Hanna, and leading figures in the local agriculture and agrarian sector, including Ulster Farmers Union President Victor Chestnutt, to hear about the challenges they are facing. The moderator will then make pastoral visits to farms in the Tandragi area. He will also meet local businessmen in Banbridge.

As the Reverend Gordon Best of Ivy Presbytery said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Bruce and Zoe to Ivy Presbytery. It will be a busy and rewarding time for all stakeholders.”

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