There was a standing ovation for Bishop Ken Good and his wife Mary at the end of Saturday evening’s Songs of Praise Event, ‘To God Be the Glory’, in Londonderry Guildhall. Clergy and parishioners from throughout the diocese gathered to give thanks to God for Bishop Ken and Mary and for their ministry in both church and community.
The celebration – which was hosted by Paul Clark from UTV – was the penultimate public event of the Goods’ joint ministry. The new Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Cllr Michaela Boyle and her husband, Paul, were among those in the congregation. Also present were Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Londonderry, Dr Angela Garvey and her husband Gerard, the Bishop of Derry, Dr Donal McKeown, and the former Methodist President Rev Peter Murray.
The Guildhall event was a significant family occasion for Bishop Ken and Mary, with their three children all present, many of their grandchildren, and two of the Bishop’s brothers. For many in the audience, the highlights were the couple’s two separate interviews when they joined the host on stage to talk about their time in the Diocese.
There was a strong musical element to the evening. The audience enjoyed a number of rousing performances by soloists Joanna Higgins and Margaret Keys, and joined the choirs of St Eugene’s and St Columb’s Cathedrals, and Altnagelvin Hospital choir, in singing a number of hymns chosen by the Goods because of their personal significance. A brass quintet provided musical accompaniment. The organist was Nicky Morton and the conductor was Derek Collins.
The evening ended with Paul Clark evoking Matthew’s Gospel to congratulate Bishop Ken, telling him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The last event of the Bishop’s ministrywill be an Ascension Day Service of Holy Communion at Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, in Raphoe, on Thursday evening. The Bishop will preside at the Holy Communion Service and his brother-in-law Bishop Ken Clarke will be the preacher.