Healing at Knocknamuckley will take time

Royal Black members arrive at Knocknamuckley for a service that finally went ahead. By Philip Bradfield
Royal Black members arrive at Knocknamuckley for a service that finally went ahead. By Philip Bradfield

As parishioners of Knocknamuckley, being torn over recent events, it is heartbreaking that our church is being broken up.

In recent interviews Rev Kilpatrick has stated that it would have been better to sit down and talk to him about issues. Unfortunately he did not seem keen on doing that.

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People tried again and again and the only way you could contact him was through email and if you were unwilling to see things his way he did not seem keen to speak to people of the church.

He says he is hurt by the way it has played out through media yet if he had handled things differently it would not have been picked up by the press!

A page called Knocknamuckley Concerned Parishioners was set up as a way for people to put forward their concerns while waiting on answers, yet as we understand a community seemed to be set up on Facebook called ‘Concerned, Angry, Righteous, Parishioners (From Knocknamuckley)’ that mocked the parishioners who were hurting and needing answers.

No-one is against Alan as a man – its his principles, not his dress that cause problems.

There are still many questions need answering regarding the Black service, regarding the women of the church wanting to use the halls for worship and regarding the Church of Ireland and Bethel Church.

It will be a long while before healing can start.

Married couple who are parishioners of Knocknamuckley, Portadown