Families and clergy from across the Diocese arrived at the Dunlewey Centre in Donegal on Saturday for this year’s Family Fun Day, organised by our SEEDS Children’s Ministry.

The temperatures weren’t as high as in recent days, which meant that the midges were nowhere to be seen. Thankfully, too, the rain stayed away, and the longer the day wore on, the brighter and warmer it got.

While the bulk of the day was devoted to fun (as the name suggests), it began with worship, led by the Rector of the Parish of Urney, Rev Johnny McFarland, assisted by our Children’s Ministry Officer, Kirsty McCartney.

During the service, Emma Lutton of CMS Ireland shared a reflection with the children about the challenges facing refugees and migrants who were fleeing conflict in the case of the former, or seeking to improve their lives in the case of the latter.

After prayers and hymns, the day belonged to the families, with young and old enjoying the fun. The centre, which nestles between Dunlewey Lake and Mount Errigal (whose summit was shrouded by cloud today), is being extensively renovated.

Toddlers enjoyed the soft play area. Older children expended plenty of energy in well-equipped playground. It was hard to tell whether the adults or their young charges enjoyed the pedalos more. And for those in search of a more cerebral test, there were displays of weaving and spinning using a traditional loom and wheel.