Presbyterian Church Presence at Balmoral Show 2017
For the third year running, the Presbyterian Church has a presence at Balmoral Show 2017. The Show opened on Wednesday 10th May 2017 and closes on Saturday, 13th May 2017.
Dromore Presbytery has taken a stand to demonstrate its support for farming families and those involved in the rural economy. It is one of the Church’s 19 local regional bodies. Dromore Presbytery includes the Balmoral show grounds.
Presbyterian Moderator Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Sellar visited the 149th Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s event to support the initiative. He said that he had met many farming and rural families across Ireland during his year in office. He also recalled very fond memories of his grandparents’ farm in Rathkenny, County Antrim.
“Among many great memories I have as a child are the days spent on my grandparents’ farm, in particular the hay bales and making secret passages and slithery slides. Then there were the squealing pigs we took to market and occasionally getting a ride on the trailer.”
“Jesus often used farming and elements of everyday rural life in His many parables to demonstrate different aspects of God’s Kingdom. In attending this year’s show, Dromore Presbytery is not only showing its support for rural communities, but bringing an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love to those who visit the show,” Dr. Sellar said.
The Presbyterian Church have a stand at the Balmoral Show 2017. Dromore Presbytery have organised the stand which you will find at EK27 in the Eikon Exhibition Centre.
Rev. Kenny Hanna of Second Dromara Presbyterian Church, and one of the stand’s organisers commented.
“The Presbytery’s presence at Balmoral demonstrates that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland cares passionately about the life of the local community. We want to show our support for all farming families and everyone involved in the rural economy. We are very excited to be taking a stand again at Northern Ireland’s premier Agri-Food event.”
“Everyone has been delighted by the very warm response we have received over the last two years. We have welcomed folk from all arts and parts and backgrounds. The stand was often thronged with people, from babies in push-chairs to pensioners and all ages in between. The friendly buzz of conversation, a seat to rest weary legs and a refreshing cup of tea. There was face-painting for the children and all came together in a most enjoyable experience,” he said.
“With the Show taking on an extra day this year, we hope to continue to be good ambassadors for Jesus, by pointing people to our Saviour, in word and action. A warm welcome awaits you and it is not only for Presbyterians, all are welcome.”
The Presbytery’s stand at the Balmoral Show 2017 is EK27, located in the Eikon Exhibition Centre. Situated between the cattle tents and the big wheel. Read more news from the Presbyterian Church on their website here.