Stormont Presbyterian Church and St Colmcilles Parish Church, Ballyhackamore – Our COP26 Weekend

Rosemary Hunter shared this report:

During the COP26 event at Glasgow, Stormont Presbyterian Church together with St Colmcille’s Parish Church, Ballyhackamore arranged a tree planting at the Billy Neill Country Park (just off the Comber Greenway) on the Saturday afternoon. 100 tree saplings, which had been grown from seed by a member of the church were planted on the hillside in the park by family members from both churches. We were supported by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

On the Sunday, a morning service was held at Stormont Church on the theme “What can we do? – What we can do.” This service was addressed by Rosamund Bennett of Christian Aid, who highlighted the impact of climate change on communities in parts of Africa and Bangladesh and the devastation this is causing to the livelihoods of these communities. Prayers were led by members of both congregations.

Stormont Church had invited our locally elected representatives to the service, and were pleased that 6 elected members attended – these included our MP, some MLAs and councillors from all the parties represented in this part of Belfast. At coffee after the service, there was an opportunity to talk to the representatives, not least about the two climate change bills under consideration by the Assembly.