She takes over from Gillian Ferguson, the new Irish CE President. June, a leader in Ballyhenry Presbyterian Junior Society for 32 years, has served on the East Antrim Executive for 30 years and most recently as Corresponding Secretary. Married to Victor, they have one son, Mark, a qualified medical doctor who later trained for the Presbyterian Ministry and is currently serving in Roseyards Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney. Mark’s wife, Eileen is a GP.
June, who has been a district nurse for 35 years, is a very keen gardener and enjoys scrapbooking. Topics for the latter have included her visits to the Chelsea Flower Show and to Prince Edward Island – the setting for L.M. Montgomery’s Anne books.
Her installation service, which took place in Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church, was conducted by the Revd. Niall Lockhart, who extended a very warm welcome to all present. Most of the societies within the union were represented. June has chosen Looking to Jesus as her Presidential theme, based on Hebrews chapter 12 verse two: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
The prayers were led by Pearl Warnock and Gerald Pink from Ballyhenry, while Chain Prayer, one of the characteristics of Christian Endeavour, was led by Christopher Nesbitt of Glengormley Methodist, Abigail Park of Magheramorne Presbyterian, Jack Kirkpatrick of Kilbride Presbyterian and Lee Henry of Carrickfergus Methodist. Anne Acheson, Ballyhenry was lector.
Praise times were led by Ballyhenry Juniors and also by Carnmoney Juniors. As the service concluded, Katie and Jenny from Ballyhenry presented June with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and everyone enjoyed further fellowship over refreshments.