Dromore Institution
Institution of new rector in Dromore

Holy Trinity Parish Church in Dromore, County Tyrone, was full to capacity for the institution of the Revd James Boyd as incumbent on the evening of Thursday 19th May 2011. Revd Boyd was instituted by the Archdeacon of Clogher, the Venerable Cecil Pringle. The singing was led by the church choir, the organist was Mrs Beatrice Keys and the pianist was Mrs Lorna Thompson. The processional hymn was Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, the Old Testament reading from Genesis chapter 12 was read by Mrs Frances Smyth, Mothers’ Union Enrolling Member, and the choir sang I will bless the Lord forever based on Psalm 18. The Epistle from Acts chapter 6 was read by Mrs Cathy Patterson, Girls’ Friendly Society Leader.

The gradual hymn was Speak, O Lord, as we come to you, and the Gospel reading from St John chapter 13 was read by Mr Will Stevenson, Diocesan Pastoral Assistant. The sermon was preached by the Revd Gareth Harron, rector of Magheralin and Dollingstown. In response to the Sermon, the choir sang Father your love is a faithful love.

The dean, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, presented Revd Boyd to the archdeacon for Institution, and the diocesan registrar, the Revd Canon John Stewart, read the certificate of nomination.

The hymns following the act of institution included Lord Jesus, we enthrone you and He is the Lord and he reigns on high. During the commission, the archdeacon and the rector stood before the congregation, and members of the congregation brought forward symbols of the teaching, pastoral and sacramental ministry of an incumbent. Mrs Zelda Deazley, Rector’s Churchwarden, presented a Bible to Revd Boyd, Miss Valerie Jackson, Sunday School Co-ordinator, presented a container of water, Mr Robert Thompson, choir member, presented a Book of Common Prayer, Mr Gregory Deazley, Church Lads’ Brigade Junior Leader, presented bread and wine, Mrs Marianne Marechaux of the Prayer ministry, presented oil, Mr Harold Stewart, People’s Churchwarden, brought forward the key of the church, and Mrs Dorothy Kelly of the Prayer & Bible Study Group, presented a towel. The peace was followed by the hymn Lord, I come before your throne of grace, the prayers of the people were led by the rector, and the hymns during the offering were Jesus, hope of the nations and The splendour of the King. The closing hymn was Stand up, stand up for Jesus.

Everyone was invited for refreshments in the Parish Hall after the service, during which a number of speeches were made under the chairmanship of the Rural Dean, the Revd Chris Matchett.

The ancient parish church in Dromore is said to have been entirely destroyed in the 1641 wars, and a new church was built in 1694. The present parish church was built in 1957, after one of the walls of the old church collapsed in 1954, when the damage was so great that it was decided to erect a new building. The church was consecrated by the Most Reverend J.A.F. Gregg, Archbishop of Armagh, in 1958, and the stone used in the bell tower was brought from the recently demolished Aughentaine Castle, Fivemiletown.

Today Holy Trinity Church Dromore is a progressive church which seeks to offer a balance of both traditional and modern worship in order to meet the needs of the all-age congregation. An Order of Service incorporating weekly announcements is available for all members of the congregation and Power-point presentations are used at most services.

Within the parish there is close fellowship and the parish is renowned for working closely together as an effective team. The parish has its own church and church hall in one integrated complex. The 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the current church was celebrated in June 2007 and the anniversary of the official opening in 2008. The church accommodates approximately 300 people and the suite of buildings includes a Conference Room, a Coffee Bar/kitchen, a well-equipped crèche and a very spacious modern fitted kitchen.

Organisations active in the parish include Junior and Senior Sunday Schools, Crèche (Tots’ PowerHouse), Church Lads’ Brigade, Girls’ Friendly Society, Prayer & Bible Study, Mothers’ Union and Bowling Club. Holy Trinity Badminton Club and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Group use the local Orange Hall which is adjacent to the church for their activities. Charity events in support of Tear Fund, Christian Aid, Multiple Sclerosis, Equipment for local Hospitals and Cancer Research are also supported by the parish on a regular basis. More regular fund-raising events include an annual Parish Sale of Work/Gift Envelope in December, annual Guest Tea on Shrove Tuesday and an annual Parish Barbeque in June.

There are two organists who lead worship each Sunday using the two-manual Copeman Hart electronic organ (purpose-built in 1997) and an electronic piano. The senior choir consists of a team of committed, enthusiastic singers encompassing a wide range of voices and the junior choir, ranging from 4 to 11 years old, take part in main festival services. Choir practices are held prior to all main festivals and other special services. The church uses the Church Hymnal and Holy Trinity’s ‘Celebrate’ worship book.

There are no diocesan or parish readers currently resident in the parish but a former parishioner, the Revd Stephen Farrell (an Oxford Law Graduate), has recently been instituted rector of Zion Parish in the Diocese of Dublin.

Three young adults travelled to Chile with SAMS in July 2006 for three weeks as part of a team from the Clogher Diocese. In previous years another young adult member of the parish went with SAMS to Argentina for three weeks and two GFS leaders from the parish were parish/diocesan representatives at the GFS World Council in Australia and Pennsylvania.

From September 2005 to February 2006 the parish hosted a Chilean couple, Gerardo and Suyai Gimpel, enabling them to develop their missionary role within the parish and in five other churches within the diocese. This was facilitated by SAMS and proved to be a very valuable opportunity for all.

For the past 10 years the parish has prayerfully and financially supported Claire Holmes from County Armagh who is a mission partner and teacher in Paraguay with SAMS Ireland. A member of the congregation acts as Parish SAMS Secretary and co-ordinates this support.

In the summer of 2010 a team of eight men led by the previous incumbent, the Revd Bryan Martin, travelled to Uganda for over two weeks to help build Burunga Hope Life Primary School - comprising three classrooms, principal/teacher staff room and stores accommodation. The £50,000 funding for this primary school building project and bore hole well was financed by the parish through numerous fundraising events by most church organizations and members. As a result of this project a local organization ‘DAFA’ based in Omagh provided a very generous gift specifically for this primary school project via the Fields of Life missionary headquarters in Craigavon, so that pupils and teachers could have the necessary teaching resources e.g. pens, pencils, rubbers, exercise/library books, desks and other furnishings and equipment. These resources were delivered to the new school complex on completion of the project and before the team returned home, leaving the new premises ready to admit pupils in September. This proved to be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for the team who have been invited to other churches in the area to share their experience e.g. Magheracross Parish Church in Ballinamallard, Mountjoy Presbyterian Church near Omagh, Donacavey and Barr Parishes (Fintona), and Waringstown and Donacloney Parishes in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

Due to this deputation work some churches and individuals are providing financial support for additional bore well projects and educational sponsorships for young people in Uganda.

Date: 22nd May 2011