Rathfriland rector set for a new challenge

N i n e m e m b e r s o f Muc k-amore Church of Ireland par-ishs flute band are currently 
in Paraguay on a mission trip 
with SAMS, the South Ameri-can Mission Society.
The group, led by the Rev 
William Orr, rector of Muck-amore, Killead and Gartree 
in South Antrim, are in Con-cepci�n, their South Ameri-can base for two weeks.
They spent their first day 
clearing and doing repair 
work on a house that dou-bles as a church on Sundays. 
The band members then took 
part in a parade and attended 
a short service attended by 38 
children.

Pics sent to Picture desk by TINA CAlder 24/07/15

Details taken from Billy Kennedy Churches page
N i n e m e m b e r s o f Muc k-amore Church of Ireland par-ishs flute band are currently in Paraguay on a mission trip with SAMS, the South Ameri-can Mission Society. The group, led by the Rev William Orr, rector of Muck-amore, Killead and Gartree in South Antrim, are in Con-cepci�n, their South Ameri-can base for two weeks. They spent their first day clearing and doing repair work on a house that dou-bles as a church on Sundays. The band members then took part in a parade and attended a short service attended by 38 children. Pics sent to Picture desk by TINA CAlder 24/07/15 Details taken from Billy Kennedy Churches page
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A Rathfriland rector who introduced a flute band to his church to encourage more regular church-going is moving to Portadown to oversee St Mark’s Church of Ireland parish.

The Rev William Orr, from Rathfriland, will be installed in St Mark’s on September 15 and he says he is really looking forward to the challenge of ministering to a parish with 700 families.

He is currently rector of Muckamore, Killead & Gartree in the Diocese of Connor.

The Rev Orr set up a flute band at St Jude’s Parish Church in Muckamore in a bid to encourage more young men to go to church.

The initiative has borne fruit and last summer, the rector, once a flautist in Pride of Hill band, Rathfriland, took the Muckamore lads to Paraguay in South America for church mission work in a local village.

“We have eight flautists and four drummers who play at church, youth organisation and Orange and Black services.

“Our Christian outreach is also extended at loyalist band parades,” said the Rev Orr.

The Rev Orr replaces Canon Jim Campbell, who retired last year.