’21 in 21’ – Mothers’ Union All Ireland President’s North Connor Walk
Our party of walkers met on a sunny Monday morning at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Portrush. The rector, Canon Peter McDowell set us on our way with the Mothers’ Union Prayer. Our group included All Ireland President June, Regional coordinator for National Churches Trust Nina, Kim & Alicean from Agherton Parish and Jean & Kay from Ballywillan Parish.
The walk took us along the promenade towards the coastal walk leading to Portstewart. The sea breezes were gentle and refreshing as we made our way along. Beautiful yellow gorse, wild violets, sea pinks and red campion created a lovely backdrop on one side with the crashing sea and swooping kittiwakes, cormorants, gulls on the other.
Along the way we came across a little card with a photograph of a lost sheep, but thankfully our little flock knew where they were heading – we passed the grave of the unknown sailor which has been tended by local people for about 200 years and a piece of war time history in the form of a giant arrow that the RAF used to get their bearings on the way to protect the convoys in the North Atlantic.
The time passed quickly, and we hardly noticed the 2 hours disappearing during our socially distanced walk, it was very enjoyable to meet other members and to learn a little bit about each other.
Our walk took us along the promenade in Portstewart and then the cliff walk as far as the old Ice House used for hundreds of years by the local fishing community.
We arrived at Agherton Parish Church around midday and were met by Revd Malcolm Ferry, his wife Carol and another Agherton branch member Rosemary. Connor Diocesan President Sally and her husband Bob joined the walking group at Agherton, and we were directed to socially distanced seating. The small group sat back to listen to a recording of Agherton’s Lockdown Choir performing Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Deus, Revd Malcolm then gave a short reflection based on the church windows paying particular attention to the feet of the images represented. We closed with a prayer followed by the Mothers’ Union prayer again.
All Ireland President June said a few words about the Mums in May 21 initiative and encouraged all present to take this back to their branch members.
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