Huge turn-out for Donegal Schools' Service

Service in Ramelton Presbyterian Church on Thursday for schools under Church of Ireland or Presbyterian patronage in Donegal

Huge turn-out for Donegal Schools' Service

The Moderator of the Presbytery of Derry and Donegal, Rev Craig Wilson, addresses children at the second Donegal Schools' Service, in Ramelton Presbyterian Church.

By Staff Reporter editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Around 640 children and adults took part in a service in Ramelton Presbyterian Church on Thursday for schools under Church of Ireland or Presbyterian patronage in Donegal.

31 different schools were represented at the service – two more than at last year’s inaugural service – and organisers hope the service may become an annual event.

The worship was led by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, and the Moderator of the Presbytery of Derry and Donegal, Rev Craig Wilson, gave the address.

It was delivered in three sections and dealt with the theme of the service, ‘Opportunity’.

Children from Convoy Joint National School performed the first reading, ‘Jonah disobeys the Lord’ (Jonah 1: 1-17). Killaghtee National School gave the second reading, ‘Jonah’s Prayer’ (Jonah 2: 1-10). The third and fourth readings – ‘Jonah’s Obedience’ and ‘God’s Mercy’ were performed by Holy Trinity National School in Dunfanaghy.

Pupils from all the schools in church – “from Ardara to Monreagh and Ballyshannon to Carndonagh” – took turns to read ‘Sorry’ prayers, ‘Thank you’ prayers and ‘Please’ prayers.

Clergy from throughout the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe and the Derry and Donegal Presbytery attended, including the Archdeacon of Raphoe, Ven. David Huss. The Minister of Ramelton Presbyterian Church, Rev Amanda Best, assisted in the service.

Afterwards a ‘goody-bag’ was given to each school which took part in the event.