By Gillian McDade
THE congregation of Magherafelt Methodist has bid a fond farewell to their minister Rev Stephen Sheerin.
Rev Sheerin has left the South Derry Church for Dundonald Methodist where he will be installed as minister.
He became Superintendent Minister of the South Derry Circuit of the Methodist church in Ireland in July 2009.
During his time in Magherafelt he was a great minister and an example to others, of Charles Wesley’s motto ‘Friends of all, enemies of none.’
This was part of the theme of the final service he conducted in Magherafelt Methodist Church last Sunday (June 23).
Young people from Magherafelt Young Performers’ Society, along with junior members of the congregation, joined together to participate in the service praising and thanking God with special music, singing and readings.
All of the hymns and choruses were chosen from ‘Singing The Faith’ - the new Methodist Hymn book.
A spokesperson for Magherafelt Methodist Church said Rev Sheerin will be sorely missed by the congregation and all those who came to know him.
“We wish him well in his new posting to Dundonald Methodist Church. Our loss is Dundonald’s gain,” said the spokesperson.
The Magherafelt congregation look forward to the arrival of his successor Rev June Parke, who will conduct her first service in Magherafelt at 10am this Sunday (July 7).
Everyone is welcome to attend.