THE Rev George McEwen, minister of Bailiesmills Reformed Presbyterian Church retired last September.

Mr McEwen, who was installed in the congregation on January 19, 1990, preached his farewell sermon at Bailiesmills on Sunday September 14.

A reception in Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff on Friday September 19 provided the opportunity for the congregation to say farewell to their minister of 18 years, his wife Heather, son Timothy and daughter Andrea.

A few days before his retirement, George and Heather were proud and privileged to see their son Timothy follow in his father's footsteps as he was ordained to the Christian ministry and installed as minister of Ballenon (Poyntzpass) and Ballylane (Markethill) Reformed Presbyterian Churches on Friday September 5.

The Rev Professor Robert McCollum, minister of Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church is in charge of the vacancy at Bailiesmills.