THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: Ordination of new minister at Crumlin Presbyterian Church

From the News Letter, September 4, 1929

Friday, 4th September 2020, 6:00 am
Parishioners clear the pathway for churchgoers after a snowfall at Crumlin Presbyterian in Co Antrim in November 2010. Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Parishioners clear the pathway for churchgoers after a snowfall at Crumlin Presbyterian in Co Antrim in November 2010. Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Mr F R M Bryars, BA, who had been acting as assistant to the Rev Dr Pollock in St Enoch’s Church, Belfast, for the previous three years, had been ordained the previous day as the new minister of Crumlin Presbyterian Church in succession to the late Rev J C Canning, BA, LLB, reported the News Letter on this day in 1929.

The Rev R C Elliott, BA, Moderator of the Templepatrick Presbytery, presided at the ordination service, and the sermon was preached by the Rev W J Craney, of Loanends.

The Rev David Stewart, clerk of the Presbytery, read the Rule of Faith and the ordination prayers were offered by the Rev Dr Pollock and the Rev A Wylie Blue of May Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast. The Rev S H Blair, BA, of Templepatrick, delivered the charge to the new minister and congregation.

Speaking at the luncheon which followed the ordination service, Mr Bryars reflected on the importance of being a Christian.

He paid tribute to the ministers of the Presbyterian Church who had been so influential in his life.

He “remembered with gratitude” the privilege he had of being a member of two famous historical churches.

In Dungannon he had the Rev Samuel Lindsay, who was then minister of Crescent Church, Belfast, and in later years, in May Street Presbyterian Church, the Rev S W Thompson, the Rev Dr Patterson and the Rev A Wylie Blue had all being hugely important to the path he had trodden as a Christian.

He concluded by paying a special tribute to Rev Dr Pollock of St Enoch’s Church and thanked him for all the guidance that he had given him down through the years.