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Mother-of-five takes on new role as minister

AS A mother of five the new minister in Enniskillen Methodist Church certainly knows a thing or two about multi-tasking!
The church has recently appointed the Rev Lorna Dreaning as Superintendent Minister at the church following the departure of Rev Samuel McGuffin.
Along with her husband Roy and three of her five children Lorna made the move from Newry to Enniskillen in early July after her five year ministerial term there.
“I am originally from Donaghcloney outside Lurgan but mum and dad are from Brookeborough and Tempo,” she said.
“Even though I wasn’t born here and don’t know a lot about Fermanagh I still have roots in the county.
“I am looking forward to getting to know everybody as Darling Street as the church has a fairly big congregation. We’re excited to see what God will do in our own church. It’s a good running church and we have lots of people who are keen to get involved.”
Having spent a few months in the area and taken time to settle into life in county Fermanagh she has some plans in store for the future of the Enniskillen church.
“For me personally you have to step back and look at what’s going on and where you can fit in to the community,” Rev Dreaning explained
“It’s been great working with [Church of Ireland] Dean Kenny Hall and [Presbterian] Rev David Cupples through united services over the summer. It’s important to understand and feed into what they’re doing too so we can avoid doing the same thing.
“I think primarily we need to be looking at our youth work and getting young people and young families involved. We’re starting family services on the third Sunday of the month. This started last month and we had a lunch afterwards.
“A lot of our young people have flown the nest and I think churches go through phases like that when kids go off to university. Fermanagh is just one of those places that is harder for young people to come back to given the job prospects.
“There’s a lot of things going on and at the moment we are trying to connect with the people of the town. I would be a very hands on person I love to get involved with craft fairs and lunch-ins as well as helping at late nights handing out teas when people are coming out of bars.
“Some of this is on the long finger at the moment but we are in a great location in terms of getting into the community.”

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