Derryloran Parish - February/March 2022
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151

In 1959 a new song appeared called 'Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be' from a new production of the same name that was written by a talented young composer and lyricist called Lionel Bart. It has surely been true of the past 2 years as we have coped as best we can in the terrible Coronavirus Pandemic which has now claimed over 3000 Ulster lives in a relatively short period.


Christmas was so different from previous years, but we did have our Carol Service in Church, our Community Carols in the town with Cookstown Silver Band, and Christmas Day Family Service with Holy Communion.

We thank those who donated food for The Hub and who have supported our various recent charitable appeals.

We held a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sunday 26th for those who had died since Coronavirus struck the community and for whom there may have had to be a restricted service due to the pandemic, and this was very well received.

The local battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment (8 UDR) marked its 50th anniversary with a parade and service in Desertcreat where it was first established in the Drill Hut, and many parishioners and the Rector were involved in that.


Parish life continues in a somewhat restricted format as we endeavour to keep people safe. Our services continue at 11am and organisations are somewhat limited too in the interests of public health and safety.

The Bowling Club now meets at 2pm on Tuesdays instead of in the evening.

The Mothers' Union meets on alternate months at 1030am, and again covid protocols are strictly observed. The January meeting featured the Enrolment Service and Corporate Communion, but the programme remains somewhat curtailed.

Guiding and Scouting are both active again and are observing the various protocols.

Take a Bow Archery continues to meet on Friday evenings at 730pm.

THE SERVICE of CONFIRMATION will be held at 730pm on Tuesday 22nd February in church and we ask you to support the young people in your prayers.

LIVE STREAMING of our service continues on social media, but this should never become a comfortable and easy alternative to coming out to church! Hopefully we will soon be able to get back to our usual observance of the Lord's Day!

Our Facebook Page remains popular with daily posts covering daily prayers, verse for the day, bible study and readings, Kidz Korner and Just Thinking... and in the evening thoughts and prayers with a daily total "reach" of nearly 2,000 people for the various posts!

As we enter MARCH we can only plan provisionally...

Ash Wednesday on 2nd March will be observed with Holy Communion in church at 8pm:

Christian Aid Lunches are pencilled in for Fridays in Lent beginning on 4th March from 12 to 2pm in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Hall.

The World Day of Prayer is on Friday 4th March, but our Service will be held on Sunday 6th at 11am.

Plans are still in place for our PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND from 18th to 26th March, and hopefully that will take place following recent postponements. There are still vacancies for those who would like to go on this "Journey of a lifetime". Please contact the rector for details..

Parish Registers - Burial of the Dead

  • 15.12.21 Margaret Wilkinson
  • 22.12.21 June McKenzie

Christmas 2021 News