A Church of Ireland Parish in Garvagh (Errigal & Desertoghill) has been awarded a certificate in recognition of valuable contributions to Good Relations Activity in the Borough of Coleraine in 2012 – 2013. The award is from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
The award was received by the Rector, Revd Paul Whittaker, on behalf of the parish. It was presented by the Development Services Unit of Coleraine Borough Council.
Speaking of the award Revd Whittaker said, “This was completely unexpected and the parish is extremely proud to receive it. We are committed to the vision of Derry and Raphoe diocese, Transforming Community Radiating Christ. Part of working this out is by seeking to build community relationships with everyone in our area”.
In the past two years the parish has had cross-community St. Patrick celebrations, community litter picks, and Easter Dawn Service. It has also had significant engagement and dialogue with the different parts of the community in its local area. It is considering some kind of cross-community act of remembrance to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the First World War in July 2014.
A spokesperson for the diocese of Derry and Raphoe commended the peace building initiatives in the parish. He said “Building peace is about building relationships with our neighbours. Our Christian faith teaches that everyone, regardless of creed, race or politics is our neighbour. We are excited to see the significant steps that have been taken in the parish to build peace with their neighbours.