She told the story of the first passenger ship to leave Ulster and head for North America. This ship was called the ‘Eagle Wing ‘.
It left Groomsport bound for Boston on 9th September 1636 with 140 Presbyterians - four ministers (clergy) and 136 laity - from congregations in counties Down and Antrim seeking a new life in the New World.
Groomsport had a thriving Presbyterian congregation who, because of persecution, did not have the opportunity to practice their beliefs freely. The son of the governor of Massachusetts had invited them to come to the New World where they would have the freedom to worship as they wished and would not be persecuted for being non-conformists.
Two ministers - Robert Blair and John Livingstone - commissioned the building of a ship which would be able to transport them and their congregation to America. The result was the Eagle Wing which was built in Groomsport.
The name of this ship is from a Bible verse: ‘Ye have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to myself’. Exodus chapter 19,verse 4.
The children read this verse from the Bible and loved seeing the Eagle's nest that the Rev. Lena had brought to show them.
Sunday School takes place each week and all children are welcome, from the age of three upwards. We are also able to provide a creshe faculty, if required.