FIRST Dromore Presbyterian Church marked a major milestone on Sunday, celebrating its 350th anniversary with two special services of praise and thanksgiving.

The Rev. Dr. Rodger Crooks, minister to the congregation from 1984 to 1997, conducted the morning service and the preacher at the evening service was the Rev. Alan Johnston, grandson of the Rev. Frederick McConnell, minister at First Dromore from 1952 to 1976.

Mrs. Greta Baxter presided at the organ and with the church choir led the praise at both services. The soloist was Mrs. Daphne Howe and members of the Girls' Brigade took part in the evening praise service.

In his sermon, Dr. Crooks gave thanks for all who had served and all who had made Jesus known down through the years.

During his sermon at the evening service, Mr. Johnston continued to give thanks for 350 years of work and witness at First Dromore. In conclusion Mr Johnston urged the congregation to look forward to what the future held if they continued to be used by God.