The Presbytery of Dromore is excited to be involved in Balmoral Show for the very first time, having taken a stand in the Shopping Village.
Given that Balmoral Show lies in the heart of the Dromore Presbytery (one of the 19 regions into which the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is divided) member congregations have given their enthusiastic support to take their place at Northern Ireland’s premier Agri-Food event.
Dromore Presbytery is composed of 22 congregations, a mixture of rural, urban and suburban, spanning an area as far north as Lambeg and as far south as Dromara, as well as taking in the city of Lisburn in its environs.
Presbytery’s presence at Balmoral demonstrates that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland cares passionately about the life of the local community and wants to show its support for all farming families and everyone involved in the rural economy.
Why do these local Christians want to be involved at Balmoral?
The organisers comment: “We hope that Presbytery will be good ambassadors for Jesus, as we endeavour to point people to our Saviour in word and action.”
Central to this aim will be the offer of Christian hospitality, through refreshments, as well as seating for people to rest their weary legs. They also hope to provide pastoral support, offering “a listening ear”, conscious that the rural community finds itself under many pressures, from isolation, to dwindling farm incomes, and ever-increasing form-filling and red tape.
Dromore Presbytery has a “family friendly” ethos, which is demonstrated by their provision of activities for children, such as face painting, sweets and the message of Jesus presented on child-friendly cards.
Indeed, the hope is to bring the good news of Jesus, as conversations arise, supported by suitable literature available both for children and adults. The stand will also serve as an information point, with a leaflet containing details of congregations throughout the area, as well as details of the wider work of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Continuing the wider church theme, support for the venture has come from the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Rev Dr Michael Barry, who plans to visit the stand on Wednesday afternoon.
The organisers are keen to stress that the stand is not only for Presbyterians! An open invitation is extended to all. Do stop by at SV69, in the Shopping Village, which is adjacent to the cattle tents.
A warm welcome awaits you!