Evelyn has been working as a Deaconess in First Lisburn Presbyterian since 1997 where she is involved in the general work of the congregation.
This includes pastoral work both in hospital and people’s homes, leading Bible studies, prayer gathering, GB Bible class, leading services of worship in nursing homes, developing a prayer healing ministry, supporting leaders in the Senior Citizens' group, and DivorceCare. Evelyn also works with some of the groups that meet in the Downtown Centre in Lisburn, a place that supports a wide range of groups in the community.
Evelyn was born in County Donegal. She felt the call to Deaconess work in her teens and after leaving school worked for one year in Seva Sadan in Birmingham before going to St. Colm's College in Edinburgh for her Deaconess training. Evelyn's home congregation is Stranorlar Presbyterian.
During Lent in 2016 the churches in Lisburn set up an initiative called "Relentless Prayer" with prayer taking place night and day for the 40 days of Lent. Churches prepared prayer rooms and prayed for our churches, city and world issues. It was so encouraging to see this happening and it all culminated with a short act of worship on Easter Sunday.
We had a "Prayer Foodbank Station" in our prayer room and, from that, a deep interest in being involved in bringing food in for our local Foodbank arose. At our harvest we asked people to bring food and had an amazing response.
Our small groups continue to function and, in two of them, we have been doing the study based on the film "War Room". We watched the whole film and then started the study which is a powerful study on prayer. There is also very strong pastoral care and concern for each other, offering a listening ear and prayer support. This encourages me so much and is a lovely picture of the body of Christ at work.
Our healing services continue the first Thursday in each month. It has been really encouraging to see God speak His presence and healing into people's lives. I am very thankful for the team who are so committed to this ministry. We want to keep moving forward and are seeking to know God's plans for this work.
I was very privileged to go on retreat in June to Lee Abbey, Devon. I felt I had tasted a little bit of heaven and felt totally refreshed and renewed.
Thank you to all who share with me in the ministry in First Lisburn. The teams within teams. And most of all I give thanks to our God who gives all that is needed for every situation.