A special service took place on Sunday 15 September at 6.30pm in the Church of Ireland Banbridge to celebrate the bicentenary of Joseph Medlicott Scriven. Joseph Scriven, author of the well-known hymn ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ was born 10 September 1819 at Ballymoney Lodge, Banbridge.
New-Bridge Integrated College has a special association with the memory of the life of Joseph Scriven. As part of a millennium project in 2002, past pupil, Louise McCann, under the direction of Head of Art, Mrs Eimear McKeown, designed a window depicting the life of Joseph. Louise’s design was transformed into a beautiful stained glass window which was dedicated in the Church of Ireland by the Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven (Great, Great Nephew) on 15 April 2002.
Louise along with representatives from New-Bridge Integrated College were invited to the bicentenary celebration and members of the College choir joined with St Patrick’s College, Banbridge Academy and Banbridge High School to sing the famous hymn. The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven was delighted to be reacquainted with Louise after 17 years.
The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven, Louise McCann, past pupil of New-Bridge Integrated College, Mrs Catherine Scriven, wife of the Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven, The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller and Mrs Anne Anderson, Principal
Mrs Eimear McKeown, Head of Art, Louise McCann, Past pupil, Mrs Anne Anderson, Principal
The stained glass window designed by Louise McCann and dedicated in 2002
Members of the College choir from New-Bridge Integrated College, St Patrick’s College, Banbridge High School and Banbridge Academy