New Bishop makes new friends in Derg and Termonamongan

One week after his consecration in Armagh, Rt Rev Andrew Forster chose the Parishes of Derg and Termonamongan in County Tyrone as the location for his first Sunday Services as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.

The parishioners of St Bestius’ Church in Killeter made the Bishop feel immediately at home as he arrived to be met by a banner – bearing the legend ‘Welcome Bishop Andrew’ – adorning the gate into the churchyard. After worship in Killeter, Bishop Forster enjoyed some post-Service refreshments and fellowship with the congregation before heading on to nearby Castlederg.

In Derg Parish Church, the Bishop enjoyed what the Rector described as “the chaos of our Nativity Service”. Rev Peter Ferguson said Bishop Andrew, who donned a paper crown for the occasion, fitted right in and made an immediate impact with the congregation in Derg.