Members of the United Parishes of St Lurach's, Maghera, and Killelagh were treated by their rector to a few impromptu lines from the Boney M. hit ‘Rivers of Babylon’ on Sunday morning as they celebrated the end of a weekend of fundraising activities.
The parishioners gathered in the Rectory Grounds in Maghera for a Praise Service, which was held in a marquee erected specially for the occasion. The praise was led by the Eden Accordion Concert Group and by the Rector, Rev Terence Kerr. Soloist Emma Ford sang two hymns during the service, accompanied by Victor Brownlow on the accordion. Readings were performed by the rector’s wife, Carol Kerr, Cllr Anne Ford and parish reader Pearl Moore.
The Rectory Grounds were the focus for the weekend activities, which included a garden fete and vintage car rally on Saturday. The country and western artist, Ritchie Remo, was a special guest at the fete, while the Derry City manager Kenny Shiels – a Maghera parishioner – went into goals for a novelty penalty kick competition.
During Sunday’s service, Rev Kerr said there had been a few “tetchy” moments the previous day, which he put down to the pressure of organising the event, and he apologised to anyone he had fallen out with on Saturday – “that’s probably about three quarters of you”. The Rector thanked the congregation and the wider community for their support and generosity over the weekend.