It is with deep regret that we have learned of the passing of our denominations Senior Minister, The Very Rev. William McMillian, MBE, MA, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, 19th January 2020. He is survived by his wife Sheila and his children; David, Alister, Andrew and Jane.
Known to one and all as Mac, he was Minister Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Dunmurry, where he spent most of his clerical life. He had also served in Newry and was Minister in Charge of our Dublin church on two seperate occasions.
Mac was on the Commisioning Panel that admitted our own minister into ministry training as well as preaching at Mike's Licensing in 2016. Despite poor health, he travelled to Cork and preached in our church in 2018. He was a man of towering intellect and humour. We offer our sympathies to his wife, children & family and to the Session & congregation in Dunmurray.
May he Rest in Peace.
The first Friday Jazz vespers of 2020 was held on Friday, 10th January. In its infancy, FJV is a service of the Methodist and Unitarian churches which happens on the first Friday of the month, yes January was an exception, due to Christmas!
The service is built around the music of John Coltrane's " A Love Supreme" and as you can see the music is live. Our regular musican's/worship leaders, Dr Griff Rollefson and Dr Mary King were joined by flautist, Prof Virginia Giglio. The meditation was read by Abi Oyeyemi and the Proclamation by Rev Mike O'Sullivan. Our next service is on Friday, 7th of Febuary and will be led by Rev Andrew Robinson, Methodist Minister, Cork. All are welcome.
Our Christmas morning service was held at the earlier time of 10.30 and was a shorter service than usual. For the service our minister was joined by The Rev. Dr. John McNeil Scott. John is President of the United Reformed Church college in Scotland, which prepares students for ordained ministry. John has also worked in parish ministry in the Republic and N. Ireland as well as chaplaincy work at universities in London.
Pictured after the service are; The Rev Mike O'Sullivan, Minister, Cork and The Rev Dr John McNeil Scott of the United Reform Church.
Friday Jazz Vespers happens on the first Friday of each month at 6pm. It is a new and creative form of worship based on the music of John Coltrane and featuring live Jazz music. The atmosphere is informal and friendly, the service lasts about 35 minutes. All are welcome.
Top : Prof Virginia with Hank Wedel Bottom : Hank Wedel with our minister, Rev Mike O'Sullivan. Hank and Rev Mike are childhood friends.
Our annual Christmas carol service takes place on Thursday, 12th of December at 7.30pm in the church hall. Our guests on the night include, The High hopes Choir, The sacred Harp singers, flautist, Prof. Virginia Giglio and Cork legend Hank Wedel, who will sing songs from his new Christmas EP.
Admission is free for a night of festive music and readings.
On Sunday, the 13th of October, we were joined for the second time this year by Diana Menzies who travelled from her home in Scotland. Diana is the granddaughter of The Rev. William Weatherall, who was minister of our church from 1913 until his retirement in 1954. Diana travelled with her daughter and two granddaughters.
Pic 1 : Menzies family with, Rev. Mike O'Sullivan ( Minister), Mr. P.M. Clarke ( Church Warden) and Mr. Brian M.Cluer ( Hon. Life Chair)
Pic 2 : Menzies family with some members of congregation following Sunday service.
As the transformation and upgrade of our historic 300 year old city centre church continues, a new warmer era has dawned with the installation of a new heating system across the building. This will not only make for a better experience for those who use and visit our church, it will also be good for the building itself, even buildings need a little TLC.
We would like to thank, Cormac of South Coast Sales, Cork for his help and patience, to MCK Electrical and to Tim O'Sullivan of Tim O'Sullivan Electrical who installed the system.
Today, we had a surprise visit to the church from Clare Williamson and her husband Frank. Clare is a Lay Worship Leader at the Unitarian Church in Gateacre in Liverpool.
Pic: Clare Williamson with our minister; Rev. Mike O'Sullivan