New Vestry and Car Park dedicated at afternoon service


The dedication of the Vestry Door donated by the Willis family.

The Rector and parishioners of Cleenish Parish Church, Bellanaleck, have dedicated a refurbished Vestry with new door, stair and balcony carpeting as well as provision of a car park with sound and lighting system.

The Service of Evening Prayer and Dedication led by Canon Geoff Bridle, assisted by Parish Reader, Rowena Sheridan, took place on Sunday afternoon July 25.

The service included the hymns; “O God, our help in ages past,” “Before the hills in order stood,” Take my life, and let it be” and “Bind us together, Lord.” The organist was Mrs Joan Brownlee.

During the service, Canon Bridle performed the dedication of the refurbished Vestry including new door, stair and balcony carpets and the new car park at the rear of the church with sound and lighting system.

The new Vestry door was donated by Mrs Florence Willis and family in memory of Mervyn and the car park lighting was donated by Mrs Jayne Balfour, Annie and the Balfour family in memory of James.

During his address, Canon Bridle praised the commitment and craftsmanship of all those who gave their gifts and talents to ensure the facilities were provided.

He said that being a village church at the centre of a main thoroughfare, all the work and generosity does not go unnoticed and was admired by many who pass by.

The catering team at Cleenish Parish Church serve the picnic tea.

He said the new car park with lighting and sound system had been particularly useful during COVID-19 when parishioners were able to participate in the Services in their cars. It also ensured that cars were taken off the main road and the lighting system would provide further safety during darker winter months.

Following the service, everyone was invited to an outdoor picnic tea in the car park which included pre-packed picnic boxes and an ice cream van.

Canon Geoff Bridle and Parish Reader Rowena Sheridan with members of the Balfour family.