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  St. Colman's Parish, Dunmurry
The Rev'd Adrian McLaughlin
The Rectory, 27 Church Avenue,
Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 9RS
Telephone: 028 9061 0984
Email: revdadrian@gmail.com

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Rev. Denise Acheson

Rev'd Adrian McLaughlin

My family and I are delighted to be coming to minister at Dunmurry. I thought I would share with you a bit of my background and interests and let you know what makes me, me.

I am married to Christine, and we have two children, Sarah (8) and James (5) and they are both looking forward to attending Dunmurry Primary School in September. Christine teaches chemistry at Belfast Royal Academy.

I was brought up for 17 years on a farm, outside Glengormley, and can calf a cow if required, a skill I hope not to be using too much in Dunmurry! Throughout my life I have been an organ builder, a pyro-technician (fireworks man), a laboratory technician and a clothing designer a school teacher and even stranger …before I was ordained as a Church of Ireland minister I actually trained as a Presbyterian! Agh! (But I always was Anglican at heart). I was organist and Choir master for a number of years at Drummaul Parish in Randalstown and after I was ordained served as curate for five and a half happy years at Bangor Abbey.

I find the natural world fascinating and appreciate and enjoy it through many of my pastimes, and these interests all add to my ministry and personality make up.
I enjoy cooking and baking, oil painting, DIY, bowls and Christine and I are keen gardeners. In Music I enjoy singing, playing and composing for the piano and organ and still enjoy the odd bit of organ building. I am interested in science and have my own chemistry laboratory at home since I was 11.

I also enjoy hill walking, and cycling and the odd bit of golf. I also enjoy shooting, sea and fly fishing. I’m good with my hands and not afraid of hard work and I hope you find me of good humour, practical, approachable and friendly.

I have a passion for church architecture and enjoy all things antiquarian and ecclesiastical. I have had a long association with Dunmurry throughout my life, my father was purchasing manger for 15 years at Farrens Construction and I lived as a student for 5 years in Millfort Avenue whilst doing my theological degrees at Belfast Bible College. The then Rector, Canon Rodgers of St. Colman’s even allowed me to practice on the organ. In addition to that, my wife taught chemistry in Hunter House College for over 3 years. So we are delighted to come back to somewhere familiar.

Parish reader - John Williams

Diocesan Reader - John Williams

John Williams has been attending St Colman's from a very early age. After he was Confirmed, he became a Sunday School Teacher for a number of years, until he entered the Nursing profession, which meant working shifts over a seven day week. At the same time John was also the Captain of the Parishes Church Lads Brigade Company, and a member of the Regimental Staff.

On qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1979, John spent most of his career in Accident and Emergency. At first in Belfast City Hospital, and more lately in Lagan Valley Hospital.

After qualifying, John found that he could choose what days he wanted to work, and so tended to take Sunday off, to enable him to attend Church.

At the age of 21 he was appointed People's Churchwarden during Canon Ellis's Ministry, and Rector's Warden for both Rev'd Mike McCann and the Rev'd Tom Priestly, in later years.

Having been invited by various nursing groups to speak at their conferences, John has spoken in Singapore, Sydney, Nashville and Hawaii. It was at the conference in Hawaii that John met Lynn, who, a few years later, agreed to be his wife.

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Holy Communion
Commissioned Assistants

Dr Robert Ryan
Billy McKnight

The Rector is delighted to announce that the Bishop has approved these people to assist with Holy Communion.

May God give them strength

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