On Sunday more than 500 people gathered to mark SEFF’s fifth Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. In a packed Church and adjoining hall, those in attendance came together in solidarity to remember the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism.

Kenny Donaldson, Director of Services at SEFF explains the particular symbolism associated with this year’s Service. He stated: “We were overwhelmed by the numbers attending the service, from right across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Great Britain”.

“This year’s Service was themed A Patchwork of Innocents reflecting the 62 children and adults remembered on a new Memorial quilt whose lives were stolen to terrorism. Protestant, Roman Catholic, Dissenter, Unionist and Nationalist, the patches sit side by side”.

“The Quilt was unveiled by the family representatives of the four children at the centre of the quilt - Lesley Gordon, James Barker, Alan Jack and Leanne Murray”.

“Those attending yesterday’s event have used the following words to describe their feelings - powerful, emotional and deeply poignant are the most common words and phrases which have been used. As well as the quilt being dedicated, we were blessed by the beautiful voices of SEFF’s youth choir (comprised of those whose loved ones were also murdered by terrorism) and the families of Drew Beacom, George Gilliland and Eva Martin, who were each murdered in the Clogher Valley area read the passages of scripture as well as sharing testimony and reflections”.

“Yesterday’s service was overseen by Rev William Newell who demonstrated considerable empathy with those present, he captured the essence of Christianity by showing deep understanding with those impacted but he also relayed a wonderful message of Hope and Renewal - made possible through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” concluded Mr Donaldson.