The former rector of Magheragall Parish Church, Canon Alex Cheevers, who passed away earlier this year, will be honoured at the church this weekend.
The church has pulled together articles written about Canon Cheevers and his daughter has produced a booklet in his memory.
The booklet will be given out at the church carol service on Sunday and a collection will be taken up in memory of Canon Cheevers.
Canon Cheevers’ daughters Pauline Connolly and Joyce Mack, as well as their respective husbands Paul Connolly and Robin Mack will read at the service and granddaughter Emma Connolly will be singing a solo.
“In the parish the news of Alex’s death was met with great sadness and heartfelt sympathy for Maureen and the family,” said the rector of Magheragall Parish, Rev Nicholas Dark.
In his foreword in the booklet, Rev Dark encouraged the congregation to support the research work of Professor M.F. McMullan of Haematology at Queens’s University Belfast, who had been Canon Cheevers consultant.
“Alex with his truly pastoral heart passed on something of inestimable value to the parishioners of Magheragall, the love of Jesus,” continued Rev Dark.
Canon Cheevers also had a great interest in the two world wars and to mark the centenary of the World War One Christmas truce, parishioner Susan Donaghy will also be performing a new version of Silent Night.
This new version of Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born) with additional words by writers Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert, has also been recorded by multi-platinum-selling tenor Paul Potts.