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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’
On the first Sunday evening of this month we invite all St. Nicholas’ parishioners to join us for a united service organised by the Mission Carrick churches.  Sunday 4th June is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the birth of the church when the Holy Spirit came on the first disciples.

This event is recorded in the New Testament in the Acts of the Apostles.  Chapter 2 begins, “And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place”.  All of a sudden, a sound came from heaven, like a strong wind, filling the house where the people had gathered.  Something like tongues of fire rested on their heads.  “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak”.

The languages spoken by the early Christians were heard by thousands of Jewish pilgrims who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival called the Feast of Weeks.  The content of the miraculous messages had to do with God’s mighty works.  Many who heard these messages in their own languages were amazed, though others thought the Christians were just drunk.

At some point, Peter stood up and preached his first sermon.  He explained that Jesus had been raised and had poured out the Spirit in fulfilment of God’s promise.  When the crowd asked what they should do, Peter urged them to turn their lives around and be baptised in the name of Jesus.  Then they would be forgiven and would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts reports that about 3,000 people were added to the church that day - not a bad response to Peter’s first sermon!

We will join with christians from many denominations and traditions to celebrate this important event.  The meeting will take place in Holy Trinity Church’s building on the Prospect Road and we are looking forward to welcoming the Very Reverend Dr Stafford Carson as our special preacher.  Stafford is a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church and is now the Principal of Union Theological College in Belfast.  He is a gifted speaker and we look forward to hearing what God has to say to us through him.
Please also join the members of our Sunday School and Bible Class as we join in our annual Children’s Day service at 11 am on Sunday 25th June.  As we mark the end of another Sunday School year, the children will sing for us and will receive their Sunday School attendance prizes.  We express our thanks to the devoted group of men and women who give of their time and energy week by week to prepare lessons and teach our children the Bible and encourage them to find faith in Jesus.

As Sunday School finishes for the Summer break, we don’t forget about the children!  There continue to be activities provided for them Sunday by Sunday and, during the first week in July, we will be holding our annual Holiday Bible Club.  This year we will be “Treasure Seekers” looking for the most valuable treasure in the world!!  Details can be found elsewhere in the magazine - do please help us by making sure that any children that you know receive an invasion to come along.

During the summer months, following last year’s successful evenings with our friends from Joymount Church, we are once again planning to share evening services with friends from other churches.  As this magazine goes to print, the details are being worked out, but plan to be a part of our July and August summer evenings and watch out for full details in next month’s magazine!

I hope that as we move into the summer season, that you and those dear to you are able to enjoy a little break from your normal routine.  May each of us know God’s refreshing and re-creation in our lives.

With love in Jesus,
George

EASTER VESTRY

The General Easter Vestry was held on Wednesday 26th April 2017 with 46 members present. At this meeting the following members were elected to serve on the Select Vestry:-

Rector’s Church Warden – Mr Gordon Dalton
People’s Church Warden – Mr Alan Miles
Rector’s Glebe Warden – Mr Richard Eakin
People’s Glebe Warden – Mr Glenn Nelson

Select Vestry – Mrs Linda Mulvenny, Mrs Christine Cahoon,
Mrs Julie Irvine, Mrs Sharon Maxwell, Mrs Gillian Dalton,
Mrs Ann McVeigh, Mrs Tamera Milligan, Mrs Katrina Todd,
Mrs Joan Eakin, Mr Ray Gilbert, Mr Peter Broad, Mr Roy McAlister.

This year was a tri-annual year for Diocesan elections and the following members were elected to serve the Parish for the next three years:-

Parochial Nominators –
Mr Harry Kirk, Mrs Christine Cahoon, Mr Ray Gilbert, Mr Don Howe
Supplemental Parochial Nominators –
Mr Glenn Nelson, Mr John Richardson, Mr Alan Miles,
Mr Gordon Dalton

Diocesan Synodsmen Representatives – Mr Harry Kirk, Mr Don Howe, Mrs Christine Cahoon, Mr John Richardson
Supplemental Diocesan Synodsmen Representatives – Mr Stuart Horner, Mr Alan Miles, Mrs Sharon Maxwell, Mr Ray Gilbert

Under 35 Diocesan Synodsmen Representative –
Miss Rachel McVeigh
Supplemental Under 35 Diocesan Synodsmen Representative –
Mr Craig Miles

At the first meeting of the new Select Vestry the following appointments were made:-

Mrs Linda Mulvenny – Honorary Treasurer
Mr Alan Miles – Honorary Secretary

We wish all of these folk well and assure them of our prayers as they fulfil the responsibilities entrusted to them.

Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2017

Saturday 3rd June – Tuesday 5th September incl*
*Not Open for Visitors Tuesday 11th July.

Saturday:  11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesday:  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

European Heritage Open Days
Saturday 9th September:  11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday 10th September:  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

LAUGHLINES

The boasting boys—Three boys in the schoolyard were bragging about their fathers. The first boy said, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him £50."

The second boy said, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him £100."

The third boy said, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon. And it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

The wicked—A little boy had been very naughty and as a punishment his mother told him he would go without his favourite vegetable. He sat down for a meal, his mother served, carrots, corn, - - and? "It's no use waiting," said his mother, "I told you, no peas for the wicked."


PrayerPoint

PrayerPoint evenings are your opportunity to join in prayer for the life and witness of St Nicholas’ and the church of Jesus Christ around the world.
Come on one of the evenings or come to both;
Come for the whole evening or come for a short time;
Come and pray aloud or in silence;
But come - we’ll be delighted to see you!

St Nicholas’ Church
Monday 5th  June
7.00 pm - 7.45pm
and
Tuesday 20th June
7.00 pm—8.30 pm


St Nicholas Parish Church

Prayer Diary – June 2017

The monthly Prayer Diary included in Parish News is designed to help us pray each day of the month for a different aspect of our parish life, our community, and our nation.  It also includes prayer for situations, communities and individuals in other parts of the world.  Each Prayer Diary begins with a Prayer of the Month.  Keep it to hand and use as part of your daily devotions.

A suggested pattern for daily devotions:

1. Read a portion of Scripture.
2. Thank God for what you have learned from His Word.
3. Confess your sin.
4. Use the Lord’s Prayer.
5. Use the Prayer of the Month.
6. Pray for others and for yourself, including the topic of the day.

Prayer for the Month
Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
By the power of the same Spirit strengthen us to witness to your truth and to draw everyone to the fire of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.          BCP


1st June – Thursday
Give thanks for the release of 82 girls taken by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria 3 years ago and pray for the safe release of the 113 girls still missing.

2nd June – Friday
Today marks the 64th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Give thanks for her dedication and service to our nation over the past 65 years and for the support of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

3rd June – Saturday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson, our link missionaries, and their children Emily, Grace and Alice.  Give thanks for the opportunities that have been presented to them to spread the Gospel message, for new friendships made and pray for Trevor’s visit to Ireland at the end of this month for the Crosslinks’ ‘Seeking Europe’s Lost’ Conferences.

4TH JUNE – SUNDAY (Day of Pentecost)
This evening Holy Trinity hosts a Mission Carrick United Evening Service for Pentecost.  Pray for this service and for the preacher Rev Stafford Carson, giving thanks for the fellowship we enjoy with those of other denominations, thanks to the work of Mission Carrickfergus.  Pray for our Morning Worship.

5th June – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

6th June – Tuesday
Our Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for our Select Vestry members as they carry out the ‘business’ of the management of our Parish.

7th June – Wednesday
As one of our ministry team visits Oakfield Primary school for Assembly this morning, pray for staff and pupils, particularly those in P7 moving on to secondary school.  Pray that these visits would resume in September.

8th June – Thursday
Today people of the UK go to the polls to elect our Westminster Government.  Pray for the candidates and for those who will form the next government.  Pray for Brexit negotiations and their impact on Northern Ireland.

9th June – Friday
Give thanks for Catherine Milligan, our Parish Administrator, and for her efficient running of the Church Office.

10th June – Saturday
Pray for those in our parish who have been bereaved in recent weeks and months, asking that they would know the Lord’s presence and have the assured hope of eternity for all who put their trust in Him.

11TH JUNE – SUNDAY (Trinity Sunday)
Pray for our services today.  Remember those in our church family who are no longer able to attend church but join with us via our CD Ministry.

12th June – Monday
Pray for our Senior Moments group meeting today.

13th June – Tuesday
Preparations for this year’s Holiday Bible Club are well under way.  Pray for leaders and helpers and for a good response from the children and parents.

14th June – Wednesday
Today marks the 25th anniversary of our Rector George’s Ordination.  Pray for him and for preparations for his Sabbatical in the autumn.  Pray for Brian and Cameron.  Remember too their wives, Nadine, Valerie and Alex.

15th June – Thursday
Pray for our Small Groups as they near the end of their Bible studies for this session.  Give thanks for those who have led or hosted our Small Groups.

16th June – Friday
Pray for the Rainbows and their leaders enjoying a special evening together.

17th June – Saturday
The Parish Walking Group rounds off its programme with a walk in Crawfordsburn.  Pray for today’s outing.

18TH JUNE – SUNDAY (1st Sunday after Trinity)
This Father’s Day, pray for fathers that they would be good role models.  Pray for families with absent fathers and for the fatherless.  Pray for our church services, especially our Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.

19th June – Monday
Once again George is in Dublin to fulfil Church of Ireland duties.  Pray for him and for the various meetings he will attend this week.

20th June – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

21st June – Wednesday
Pray for the sick, remembering those with a mental illness.

22nd June – Thursday
Pray for Parish News distributors and for the group meeting this morning to assemble the summer issue of our church magazine.

23rd June – Friday
As school holidays approach, pray for the families who come along to our Busy Bees group.  Pray also for our Girl Guides and Brownies who will be in Lorne this weekend for their pack holidays.

24th June – Saturday
Pray for young families in our Parish.  Pray for efforts to reach out to young families and bring them together for fun and friendship.

25TH JUNE – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Bible Class and Sunday School children, leaders and parents join us in church this morning for Prize-giving.  Pray for this morning’s family service and for the Music Group leading our praise.

26th June – Monday
Give thanks for those parishioners who clean our church and church halls.

27th June – Tuesday
Pray for Emmanuel Rubuye and his work with children and young people in Tabora Diocese.

28th June – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s visit to Sunnylands Primary school.  Pray for staff and pupils and for principal Gareth Hamilton as he prepares to leave to take up his new post in Larne.

29th June – Thursday
Remember in your prayers our Craft Group and the fellowship it offers.

30th June – Friday
Summer Madness gets underway today.  Pray for all the young people taking part in this year’s event.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

It’s hard to believe that another Sunday School year comes to an end this month.  On Sunday 25th June our children and young people will receive their prizes during the 11 am service in church.  Children will sit with their class teachers in the Wills aisle as in past years.  These prizes are both in recognition of their regular attendance and to help their understanding through reading the Bible stories at home with parents and family.

As I have done every year at this time, I encourage parents and grandparents to read these books with your children and young people.  It could be that your own memory or understanding of the Bible has slipped in recent years.  By reading your child’s book together, you can grow in understanding together.

I know I speak for all the teachers when I gratefully acknowledge the commitment of parents and grandparents as they bring their children week by week.  It is encouraging to us in Sunday School to see the same faces each week and to know that they are hearing the lessons and teaching we have planned for them on a continuing basis.  Our numbers have remained more or less constant through the year which for a church with so few young families is encouraging.

Our teachers also deserve thanks and it is my privilege to acknowledge their contribution throughout the year.  They have been consistently dependable and dare I say it, a delight to be associated with!

Children’s Outreach Mission, Tabora

Elizabeth returns to hospital on 26th June to have the pins removed from her arm. This has been a long drawn our recuperation since the accident at Christmas time.  Please do pray for a successful procedure on 26th and that Elizabeth will regain full use of her arm and hand.

Elizabeth is a key part of the Children’s Mission.  She is a leader at one of the Good News Clubs and is also a Sunday School teacher.  She is Bible College trained and helps behind the scenes with all of Emmanuel’s teaching and training seminars.  Elizabeth and Emmanuel are a team united in their passion to reach children with the gospel. 

Emmanuel reports an encouraging development with one of the Prayer Groups.  One of the ladies ,who attends Mwini Prayer Group, has been moved to start a Good News Club in her home.  She sought the support of her neighbours and invited her Prayer Group to consecrate her home for this purpose.  This is really good news, just the sort of development that comes from Christian people committed to mission, motivated through the Holy Spirit.  Please pray for Mrs Gwantwa and the 12 children who start this new Good News Club.

There is another development that I’m really excited about.  For the past 6 years our St Nicholas’ Sunday School teachers have attended a training day, run by Teaching and Training Ministries.  Rory Bell who runs these teaching events has agreed to run a teaching seminar in Tabora.  Bishop Elias and Emmanuel have enthusiastically welcomed this project, which will be for Sunday School teachers, Good News Club leaders and helpers, teachers in Primary and Secondary Schools and anyone involved in Children’s and Youth work.  It’s due to take place in May 2018, exact dates are not yet finalised.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if St Nicholas’ could be represented at this seminar.  There is plenty of time to plan for this.  Let’s show our commitment to our relationship with the diocese of Tabora by coming alongside them at this important event.

In a previous magazine I reported on the lack of rainfall in Tanzania and the Tabora region.  Although not as catastrophic as the dire situation in other East African countries, Tanzania has been experiencing a severe lack of rainfall over the ‘wet’ season, from November to now.
I have heard from other sources that rain has finally come to Tabora and dams, walls, and irrigation ponds are full.  A late planting of rice, maize and other crops may stave off a certain shortage of food later in the year.

Although some distance from Tabora, the same source reports a bus tragedy outside Arusha, an important town north of Tabora.  A bus on a school trip plunged into a ravine, killing 32 children, 2 teachers and the driver.  I mention this accident to highlight the risks in road travel in that country.  While new roads are being constructed, many roads are dirt roads vulnerable to being washed out in wet weather.  Such damage often goes unrepaired and traffic has to negotiate such washouts by whatever means they can.

Please pray for the families of these children and please also pray for safety for Emmanuel travelling on his motorbike and Bishop Elias and others as they travel to the far ends of Tabora Diocese.

Finally, recently I was able to transfer £756 to the Children’s Mission.  This includes £155 raised from the sale of calendars as I mentioned last month.  This is a significant amount.  I must thank everyone who has contributed in whatever way, be it children with their coin collections, parishioners with either one-off or regular contributions and others who bought calendars.  Thank you one and all.  This money, bound up in your prayers, is much needed as the Children’s Mission expands, as it was always intended to do.            Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent

Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

14th May 2017
Charlie Alan James Hamilton,
51 Woodlawn Avenue, Carrickfergus


Flowers in Church June 2017

4th    Catherine Milligan—In memory of my dad Jim Floyd
11th     Vacant
18th     Gordon Pottsworth
18th     In memory of our son Alan—Mr & Mrs Grainger
25th    Vacant

If you would like to donate flowers for the Sanctuary please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the Flower List in the main porch or contact Mary Withers at 9336 2869.  As these details go into Parish News we would ask, if possible, that you add your name against the chosen date to the list in the church at least 6 weeks in advance or speak to Mrs Withers at least 6 weeks in advance

SOUND DESK ROTA JUNE 2017

                 Morning                       Evening
4th          Johnnie McAlister           Julie Irvine   
11th        Gillian Dalton                 Glenn Nelson 
18th        Rachel McVeigh              Steven Todd
25th        Graeme Miles                Cafe Church

Crèche Rota JUNE 2017

4th       Deirdre Beck & Rachel McVeigh
11th     Ann Hodge & Kathleen Arthur
18th     John Kane, Christine Stewart & Sophie Foreman
25th     Faye Hamilton & Janice Nelson

The Crèche is in the Choir Vestry.  Children can be left there from 10.50 am each Sunday.   It would be appreciated if those who kindly staff the Crèche would be there in good time.  If you can't be present on a Sunday listed, please arrange for another of the volunteers to cover for you. Thank you for your co-operation.

POINTS TO PONDER

To be filled with the Spirit is to have the Spirit fulfilling in us all that God intended him to do when he placed him there.                        Lewis S Chafer

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray.   S D Gordon

Make sure the thing you are living for is worth dying for.           Charles Mayes


If any parishioner known to you is sick or in hospital, please contact the church office or the clergy so that they may be visited. Thank you

Services in June 2017

4th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—Jacob: A question of Honour?
            Genesis 34 v 1-16        Valerie Kirk
            Luke 17 v 20-35        The Preacher
    7.00 pm    Mission Carrick Pentecost Service
            Holy Trinity, Woodburn

11th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            Jacob: The Importance of a Name
            Genesis 35 v 1-15        Joan Gray
            Luke 1 v 57-66        Robin Gray
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Cafe Church
            Freedom in Christ: Free to live
            Galatians 5 v 1-12        Hilary Bishop

18th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Jacob: bereavement and legacy
            Genesis 35 v 16-29        Gillian Dalton
            Luke 1 v 67-80        Christine Stewart
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            & Café Church—Freedom in Christ: Free to serve
            Galatians 5 v 13-18        Janice Nelson
            Luke 22 v 24-27        The Preacher

25th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Sunday School Prizegiving Family Service
            The Lord’s Prayer—”lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”                Matthew 26 v 36-46
    6.30 pm    Café Church—Freedom in Christ: Free to change
            Galatians 5 v 19-26

OTHER EVENTS IN JUNE
5th    7.00 pm        PrayerPoint
6th    7.30 pm        Select Vestry
17th    10.00 am        Parish Walking Group Outing
20th    7.00 pm        PrayerPoint

VESTRY HOUR

Parishioners wishing to see clergy during the vestry hour on Wednesday evenings are asked to ring the office on 028 9336 0061 to book an appointment.  This is to avoid clergy waiting in the church hall unnecessarily.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter


Date for you Diary

Trevor Watson is coming to share his experience of gospel work in Gothenburg. Trevor is our Crosslinks mission partner.
He is coming to St. Elizabeth's Church, Dundonald on Friday 30th June 2017.
7.00 pm Refreshments
7.30 pm Talk on Seeking Europe's Lost.

Calling all Crafters

A group has been formed for all those who are interested in one craft or another.  Crocheting/knitting/card making/canvas art etc.  Tea & Coffee will be provided.

10 am – 12 noon in the Minor Hall
2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

For further details contact Janice Nelson.
Everyone welcome

TEA ROTA JUNE 2017

Please organise within your group as to who will bring milk and biscuits.  If you cannot be present on the Sunday listed, please arrange for another volunteer to cover for you or phone Gillian Dalton.  Many thanks for your support.

4th
Gillian Dalton
Kaye Cheshire
Patricia Wilson

11th
Laura Horner
Heather Parkes
Colin Parkes

18th
Joanne Rodgers
Christine Cahoon
Nadine Davison

Parish Walking Group


Saturday 17th June

Crawfordsburn Coastal Walk

Meet at 10.00 am Crawfordsburn Country Park car park

For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray


Will you or someone you know be involved in
outreach Mission in July or August? 

Would you like our parish to be praying for it?
If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’ please speak to me, Ann McVeigh, before the 15th June and I will do my best to include your request in the next Prayer Diary.


Senior moments

Calling all over 50s (or nearly there!)
Members of St Nicholas’ Parish Church and others living in the area of Carrickfergus who describe themselves as 50 and over are cordially invited to join us in the Church Halls, Lancastrian Street on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

What’s happening in June
12th June        Drop In
26th June        Jackie and Tom Stephenson
28th June        Luncheon Club

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB
Monday 3rd — 7th July
10.30 am—12.30 pm
St Nicholas’ Church Halls
All Primary School Children welcome

 
St Nicholas Sketch