The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Stranraer was packed on Saturday for the ordination and installation of their new minister, the Rev Stephen Steele MA.
People travelled from all over for the service. There were two bus loads from Ireland as well as others who travelled from Airdrie, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stornoway RP churches. There were also representatives from other denominations within Stranraer
Those present were welcomed by the Rev Andrew Quigley, minister of Airdrie RP Church and Clerk of RPCS Presbytery, and
incidentally father-in-law of the new minister. After the singing of Psallm 48 Mr Quigley then put the ordination vows to Mr Steele. After the signing of the Formula, the Rev Gerald Milligan, the retired minister of the Stranraer congregation, gave the ordination prayer.
The Rev Dr Tim Donachie, RPCS Moderator, then preached from Colossians 1. In addition to urging the new minister to proclaim Christ at all times, he also reminded the congregation of their duties.
Miss Margaret Clarke, the oldest communicant member of the congregation, then presented a bouquet of flowers to the minister’s wife Carla.
Mr Milligan then introduced various speakers who brought greetings. These included the Rev John Hawthorne, who brought greetings from the Northern Ireland Synod of the RP Church: the Rev Raymond Blair from the Western Presbytery in Ireland: the Rev Steven Wright from Faughan RP Church (Mr Steele’s former congregation): and the Rev Kenneth Strewart of the Glasgow congregation who spoke on behalf of the Scottish Presbytery.
A buffet meal was provided by the ladies of all the congregations.
Captions: part of the large congregation at the ordination service: new minister rev Stephen Steele and wife Carla: Miss Margaret Clarke and Carla:
part of the large Irish contingent who travelled over by ferry for the service.