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Broadcast will recall links forged after tragic shooting

Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster will come from Loughinisland Parish Church, Seaforde, in the Lecale Area Mission Partnership (LAMP) on Sunday 19 January. The service will mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and reconciliation will be its central theme.


This is an important theme for the Church in Seaforde village, which marks its 300th anniversary in 2020. Strong and long–lasting links were forged between the Church of Ireland Parish of Loughinisland and their Roman Catholic neighbours in St Macartan’s Church, in Loughinisland village after the tragic shooting which took place in a bar in the village in June 1994. Since then an annual carol service has been the symbol of a shared relationship between the two churches.

Speaking about the service, the Revd Adrian Dorrian (who has responsibility for Seaforde within LAMP), said, “Our carol service in December past was a joyous event with people sharing together from across the community. It is wonderful that, during this anniversary year, we can bear witness to the reconciling power of God’s love in this broadcast service. It will be a pleasure to welcome our neighbours from St Macartan’s as they unite with us for this service. We hope many people will join us for worship, either during one of the broadcasts or on a listen–again service.”

Morning Worship from LAMP will be broadcast on Sunday, 19 January at 8.10am (BBC Radio 4) and 10.20am (BBC Radio Ulster). The service will be led by the Revd Adrian Dorrian (Vicar in LAMP) and the preacher will be Dean Henry Hull (Rector and Team Leader).

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