Parishioners from the Church of Ireland’s most northerly group of parishes gathered in St Buadan’s Church in Culdaff this morning – the third Sunday of Advent – for a Joint Worship Service with Nine Carols and Lessons.
It was led by the Bishop’s Curate in charge of Moville, Greencastle, Donagh, Culdaff and Cloncha (Malin), Rev Suzanne Cousins. Members of the congregation had travelled from as far away as Belfast to attend the service. The church was decorated appropriately for the occasion, with a Christmas tree and seasonal window displays, and the first hymn was followed by the lighting of the third candle on the church's traditional advent wreath.
The lessons were read by the parish reader, Dorothy Carey, and parishioners, two of whom were dressed as Mary and Joseph for part of the service. The hymn-singing was led by the Northern Lights Choir.
As the service drew to a conclusion, Rev Cousins invited those children present to join her at the front of the church while she gave a short address.
The weekly collection was divided between parish funds and a local charity, and items were collected for Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Services.
Afterwards the congregation enjoyed light refreshments at ‘the Wee Hall’ nearby.