24 Nov

A retirement gift for Pastor McConnell

A pleasant surprise awaited Pastor McConnell after he was invited to preach at the Sunday Night service at the Tabernacle on 23rd November.  At the close of Pastor McConnell's message, Pastor David Purse called him back to the pulpit to present a gift, that, in Pastor David's words, would be able to take him around the world several times.

Since Pastor McConnell's retirement in September 2014, many of the congregation wanted to contribute towards a retirement gift. The money, donated specifically for that purpose, had been collected over a number of weeks and having Pastor McConnell preaching on Sunday night presented an ideal opportunity to spring that surprise on him.

Not only did Pastor David thank Pastor McConnell for his 57 years of ministry but it was lovely to also invite to the stage, Mrs Margaret McConnell who has been a quiet but vital part of his time in mininstry.

In turn Pastor McConnell congratulated Pastor David Purse on his continued ministry and commented how pleased he was that he had continued to hear good news about souls being saved at the Tabernacle under Pastor David's ministry.