Northern Ireland

Church of Ireland bishop leads Derry drive-in service

Church of Ireland bishop, Andrew Forster (left) and Rector of St Augustine's Church, Nigel Cairns led a drive-in Pentecostal Service at Bishop Street car park in Derry.
Church of Ireland bishop, Andrew Forster (left) and Rector of St Augustine's Church, Nigel Cairns led a drive-in Pentecostal Service at Bishop Street car park in Derry.

CHURCH of Ireland bishop Andrew Forster has led an open-air driver-through Pentecost service at a city centre car park in Derry.

Bishop Forster held the service at Bishop Street car park close to the city’s St Columb’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe was joined by Rev Nigel Cairns, rector of the nearby St Augustine’s Church of Ireland church which is known as the “church of the walls” because of its location on Derry’s walls.

Bishop Forster told parishioners: “Today we’re the wee church without walls. I always think of St Augustine’s as the wee church with a big heart and today we’re showing our big heart because we’re together, worshipping God on this Pentecost Sunday.

“This is definitely a first for me and I would imagine it’s a first for many of you as well, but God is here and we worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Volunteers dressed in high visibility vests and personal protection gear oversaw a one-way system for Sunday’s service.