What’s happening on Holy Week this year …
8pm – A Service of the word – Preacher Ven. John Scott
6pm – Agape Meal with Holy Communion – Bring and Share main /dessert (No Need to book … simply come along)
8pm – Short service in St. Peters with reflection by Ven John Scott followed by the optional anointing with oil
8pm – A Tennebrae Service – Blarney Church
Who’s John Scott?
John Scott was born in Londonderry, the eldest of 3 boys whose father was the manager of the Magee’s factory in Donegal Town.
At the age of 8 he went to live with his grandparents in Dungannon and eventually attended the Royal School where he played rugby for the 1st XV. John’s passion for sport continued through his university career at Trinity College Dublin. Alongside, “a little study,” he enjoyed rugby, rowing and boxing, even taking the UK Universities Heavyweight Title in 1970.
The two most important days of John’s life were to take place in June 1971 and August 1972. On the first, he was ordained in Bangor Parish for the curacy of the same. It was the realisation of a sure call he had received at the age of 4. On the second he married Laura (nee Ferguson) in Fahan, Donegal, the person with whom he was to share his ministry.
After three years in Bangor John became curate to Canon Eric Barber in Holywood Parish. He stayed for 6 years before taking up his first incumbency in St Gall’s, Carnalea in 1980.
In 1990 he and Laura moved to Seapatrick, now with 3 children – Cathy, Ian and Alyson – who, many years later, have produced 4 grandchildren between them.
He was made a Canon of Dromore Cathedral in 2002 and accepted Bishop Harold’s invitation to be Archdeacon in 2005. He retired on 30th September 2011.
Throughout his ministry, John’s number one passion has been the Ministry of Healing and a desire to care for people. He is Chair of the Churches’ Council of Health and Healing and Northern Ireland Warden of The Order of St. Luke. “Our ministry has always been based on people, either in the parish or in the community – just being there for people,” he said.
That close involvement with people is reflected in his interests outside the church. He has been Northern Ireland Padre of the Air Training Corps since 1980 and squadron chaplain before that. He is also County Chaplain of the NI Scout Association. Perhaps it’s no surprise to hear that he needs only 6–7 hours sleep a night.