On Sunday 5 June members of Omagh Methodist Church joined with Omagh RUC (George Cross) Welfare Support Group to hold a service in celebration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022.  The service was led by Rev Eleanor Hayden who began by extending a warm welcome to all those in the church and in the Peter Good Hall which was in use to accommodate the overflow.  She was particularly pleased to welcome His Grace the Duke of Abercorn KG, Mrs Emeir Murnaghan, County Sheriff, Tyrone along with clergy from the Omagh Churches Forum.

The service opened with the Hymn “My heart is filled with thankfulness” followed by prayers led by Mrs Kay Clarke.  Passages of scripture celebrating “Thanksgiving” were read by Mrs Murnaghan and Mr Eddie Cartwright, Chairman of the Omagh RUCGC Welfare Support Group.  His Grace, the Due of Abercorn, led the tributes to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.  Following the hymn “O God our help in ages past” Rev Eleanor Hayden shared her reflections on the long life and dedicated service of the Queen to the Country and the Commonwealth.  Mrs Esther Millar, Society Steward of Omagh Methodist and secretary of Omagh Churches Forum led the final prayers and the service closed with the hymn “God is here as we his people”.

After the singing of the National Anthem Rev Eleanor invited everyone to a “Jubilee Feast” in the church car park.   During the service a willing band of church members had laid out the carpark with seating for upwards of 250 people.  Tables were decorated with festive plates and serviettes and the surrounding walls were draped with flags and bunting.  Floral decorations in the foyer and windows of the church added to the festive mood.  Happily the weather stayed fine allowing people from across the county to meet and mingle before sitting down to a Jubilee tea of cream scones and myriad traybakes. The retiring offering was for Omagh Churches Youth Work.