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CURATE’S LETTER

It isn’t easy to finish well.
One of my strongest memories from childhood is my solo at a Sunday-school play.
I burst onto the stage out of a box as planned.I got the first line out faultlessly.I hit each note perfectly.
I pronounced every word clearly… then my mind went blank!
I stood in the spotlight as the music tapered off. girl named Libby, who was dressed as a star and whose dance was choreographed to the words I wasn’t singing, stood awkwardly somewhere behind me as I continued to hold the now-pointless microphone.I didn’t finish well.
I played a lot of football while at school. It is great to start a game well, to get an early goal, but that can make for a tiring game.Keeping on going, defending a good start, is hard work.It isn’t easy to finish well.
It was the same with working as a consultant to businesses. It is quite easy to come in and be enthusiastic and make an impressive start, but finishing a complex and long-term project is difficult.
It is easy enough to talk the talk, but walking the walk...
Perhaps you might expect me now to write about my time leading while George has been away... beginning with excitement and enthusiasm, but now quite glad he has returned!As much as that may be true–and I must say how much more I appreciate his godly leadership–it’s not what I’m thinking about at all.
I recently finished reading the letter to the Hebrews, one of the books of the New Testament, with a member of our congregation.It’s a letter about finishing well.
It seems that these Christians started well in a difficult time.They even “joyfully accepted the confiscation of (their) property”.  Why? Because they knew they had “better and lasting possessions” (Heb 10:34).
It seems, however, that these Christians who started well are now wondering if it’s really worth it.
Perhaps it’s better to compromise - life would be so much easier.
Just add something, or take a little away.
Just say that there are other ways to God apart from Jesus.
Just say that it’s not really important what you believe as long as you’re a good person.
Just keep any beliefs to yourself - it’s a private matter, not for talking about with anyone else, let alone convincing.
Just say that as long as you were baptised that’s ok.
Just agree that what matters is that people believe something that makes them feel better.
Just talk about relatives and friends who have died as angels or birds or watching over us.
Just say that Jesus’ birth is a lovely story for children and not mess it up with any talk about our sin or Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Just agree with what the world says and put aside what God says in His word.
Life would be so much easier if you just stopped relying on what God says.Don’t worry about finishing well.
Dear friends, that is dangerous because God’s arithmetic for saving people works like this:if you add to the gospel, you subtract from it.If you subtract from the gospel, it’s no longer the gospel that saves.
Hebrews makes very clear that, if you don’t finish well, there is no hope for you.If you step away from the only message that saves, there is nothing in store for you but eternity in hell.(e.g. Heb 6:4 onwards)
So finish well and help others finish well.That is what we do when we come to church.It is not about whether you enjoy it or not.It’s not about whether it’s your thing.It’s not about the people being really nice.It’s about encouraging each other to finish well.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:24–25).
How do we do this?
We go back to how we started:
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”(Hebrews 1:1–3)
The job of church leaders is to train us to do that.The job of the Christian leader is to preach the gospel faithfully. (Heb 13:7 & 17)
So pray for George (Woo hoo! He’s back!) and Brian and me.Pray that we will make our top priority being faithful preachers of God’s word.That we will teach you the ‘milk’ and encourage you into the solid food. (Hebrews 5:12).
Speaking of solid food - I hope you’ve all received the information about the course I’ve been involved in organising through January.It’s the first of what we hope will be an annual event - theologyireland.We’re arranging a group booking, so let Ray Gilbert or me know, if you haven’t already.I hope you’re developing an appetite!
And pray for each other, that we will share the message of Jesus with others and invite others to join us at church - particularly around Christmas time and as people make their New Year resolutions.And if you haven’t been out with us for a while...
Of course, we welcome back George in December!It’s great to have you back with us again, we missed you, and are looking forward to hearing what you have learned so that we can grow as Jesus’ disciples.
I thank all of you for your prayer, care and work in George’s absence! Particular thanks to Brian for his wisdom and advice, to Catherine for keeping the office (and me) going, the Wardens for doing so many things so that I don’t have to and for godly counsel and the Select Vestry for their wise decisions.                          Cameron

THEOLOGY IRELAND

“It connected the dots from Old Testament to New Testament and helped me to understand that the Bible is a whole book… it was a real lightbulb moment in my Christian life."
We’ve designed this course for everyone. is an introduction to the Bible that moves from Genesis to Revelation, looking at how each book adds to one big story about God and his creation.
The full course makes for a productive and busy month of evenings - two week-nights a week over three weeks and two Saturday sessions.
The Saturday sessions are available as stand-alone sessions if you can not make time for the full course.
Brochures are available at the church, or visit www.theologyireland.com.
Ray Gilbert is coordinating a group booking for us. Please express your interest to him directly or through the church office.
“Wow! Like putting together a jigsaw - the final picture made sense of all the pieces”



LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA

We are so thankful to have the privilege of opening our home every Wednesday for easy Swedish Bible Study.  We enjoy food together before getting stuck into the bible passage.  Please continue to pray for this.  

The girls had a much-needed break over half-term.  It was lovely to be able to share part of this time with family and friends who were visiting.  We had a very encouraging time with our Mission Director, Andy Lines and his wife Mandy, in October.  Please pray for Andy as he continues to give strong Biblical leadership to the society especially with his extra responsibilities.  

Things are pretty ‘taxing’ just at the moment.  Sorry for the poor attempt at humour!  We’ve had quite a few difficulties with our tax return and even as we write we have more forms to complete and information to submit.  Things had already been very busy with church and studies and to be honest we’re all struggling a little just now.  Please pray for strength, wisdom, sustaining grace and sleep!
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx


Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

For our Women's Fellowship December outing, we are having Christmas Dinner in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, Carrickfergus on Tuesday 12th December. The Courtyard Gift Shop will be open late that evening to allow us to do some Christmas shopping, so we plan to meet there at 6.30 pm. Our meal is booked for 7pm and the cost including service charge will be £10. Please also bring along a small gift of no more than £5 for the Secret Santa. If you have not already put your name down and you would like to join us for our festive celebrations, please speak to any member of the committee as soon as possible.                            Valerie Leighton

Christian Marriage

‘What God has joined together, let not man separate’

27th October 2017
John McDowell, 58 Killaloe, Carrickfergus and
Jade Bianca Mellish, 58 Killaloe, Carrickfergus

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
2nd November 2017
Crawford Graham Rogers, 42 Ederny Walk, Carrickfergus

8th November 2017
Amelia Joyce Bond, 12 The Hollies, Carrickfergus

16th November 2017
Olive Paisley, 96 Oakwood Road, Carrickfergus



SOUND DESK ROTA DECEMBER 2017

                Morning                    Evening
3rd         Gillian Dalton            Glenn Nelson
10th       Rachel McVeigh        Julie Irvine
17th       Johnnie McAlister        Steven Todd
24th       Gillian Dalton            No 6.30 pm service
31st       Graeme Miles            Julie Irvine

SOUND DESK ROTA JANUARY 2018

7th         Rachel McVeigh        Steven Todd
14th       Johnnie McAlister      Glenn Nelson
21st       Gillian Dalton            Julie Irvine
28th       Graeme Miles          Steven Todd

St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – December 2017
The monthly Prayer Dairy 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 prayers 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 of the Month

Almighty God our heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home, bless our homes we pray.  Help parents to impart the knowledge of you and your love, and children to respond with love and obedience.  May our homes be blessed with peace and joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

1st December – Friday
St Nicholas’ is the venue for East Antrim Scouting’s Annual Carol Service this evening.  Pray for this evening’s service.  Pray for the members and leaders of our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.

2nd December – Saturday
Engage – Connor Youth’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ is happening today in St Patrick’s Church Halls in Ballymena.  Give thanks for this opportunity for youth groups from the Diocese to come together in friendship and fellowship.  Pray for our own Youth Fellowship.

3RD DECEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Advent)
As we welcome back our Rector George, following his time of Sabbatical, give thanks for his return.  Give thanks too for the commitment and dedication of Cameron and Brian while he was away.  Pray for our services today.
4th December – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

5th December – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry, their discussions and decision making.

6th December – Wednesday
The Life Explored course finishes this evening.  Pray for all those who have taken part, that they would have found the course useful and that it would leave them ‘hungry’ to know more.  Pray too for our Catering Team.

7th December – Thursday
Pray today for our various Small Groups meeting each week.  Pray too for the 1-2-1 groups who meet to read and study God’s word and those using Bible Study notes to help them when reading their Bible at home.

8th December – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group meeting in our halls this morning.  Give thanks for this valuable outreach to young families.

9th December – Saturday
As Christmas shopping gathers pace, pray that people would be reminded of what Christmas is really about – the Birth of Jesus Christ.  Pray for parents, pressured for the latest ‘must have’, but struggling to pay the bills.

10TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Pray for our services today and for Cafe Church, once again giving thanks for the teaching we receive from God’s Word.  Pray for our Sunday School and Bible Class and their preparations for their Nativity Presentation

11th December – Monday
Pray for today’s Senior Moments.

12th December – Tuesday
This evening our Women’s Fellowship will enjoy Christmas Dinner at the Courtyard.  Pray for our Women’s Fellowship; and for Downshire School pupils, teachers, their families and friends coming to St Nicholas’ for their last Carol Service before their amalgamation with Carrick College.

13th December – Wednesday
Pray for Alison our Organist, for Nadine her understudy and for the members of our Choir.  Pray too for the members of our Music Group.

14th December – Thursday
Carrickfergus Grammar School staff and pupils, parents and friends have their Carol Service in our church.  Pray for this evening’s service.  Pray also that these special services at this time of year might encourage visitors to come back and make church attendance part of their lives.

15th December – Friday
Pray for the Abba Girls Group meeting this evening.

16th December – Saturday
Pray for the sick, especially those undergoing treatment in hospital.  Give thanks for the skills of doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians.

17TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday of Advent)
This evening’s service is our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.  Pray for those who will read lessons this evening and for the choir.  Pray for all our worship today and once again for our Sunday School, especially for an increase in children attending.

18th December – Monday
This is ‘Black Santa’ week at St Anne’s Cathedral.  Pray for those, including our Rector, ‘sitting out’ and especially for the Venerable Stephen Forde who will be the new Dean.  Pray that the Cathedral and the Christian message would have a role at the centre of the new University of Ulster Campus.

19th December – Tuesday
Pray for growth in our prayer life here in St Nicholas’.  Pray for PrayerPoint, for Intercessors, for those who lead us in prayer, and for this Prayer Diary.

20th December – Wednesday
Give thanks for invitations to go into local schools and pray for this morning’s visit to Sunnylands Primary for Assembly.

21st December – Thursday
Pray for our various cleaning teams who clean our church and church halls and for the flower group.

22nd December – Friday
Pray the Watson family in Gothenburg and for all in overseas mission.

23rd December – Saturday
For some, this is the first Christmas without a loved one.  For others, it may be a long time since their loss but the hurt is still raw.  Pray for those feeling the pain of bereavement at this time and for those who will suffer a loss in the coming days.  Give thanks for the assured hope for all who trust in Christ.

24TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve)
Our Sunday School and Bible Class are in church this morning for their Nativity Presentation.  Pray for this and tonight’s Holy Communion service.

25th December – Monday
(Christmas Day/The Nativity of our Lord)
As we once again celebrate Jesus’ birth, pray for this morning’s family service and for all the families in our parish.  Remember those who will be at work today and those without family who are spending Christmas alone.

26th December – Tuesday
Pray for Persecuted Christians around the world, remembering especially those in Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Turkmenistan.  Pray for Open Doors.

27th December – Wednesday
Pray for the fellowship between clergy of various denominations in Carrick.

28th December – Thursday
Pray for the Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People.

29th December – Friday
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Tabora Diocese.

30th December – Saturday
Some people who once lived independent lives, now due to age or frailty, find themselves living in Care Homes.  Pray for those who are finding it difficult to settle into this new way of life and for families faced with the task of finding suitable care for an ageing, frail or confused relative.

31ST DECEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Christmas)
As the year draws to an end, pray for our worship today and for wisdom and courage through the Holy Spirit, to speak to those we meet about our faith.

Prayer Diary – January 2018

Prayer of the Month
Great Father, draw into St Nicholas’ each month of this year, one person, or one couple or one family, who would be welcomed by your people,
be blessed or challenged by the Bible teaching and who would return, join, serve and worship you through this church.  And we ask that our priority would remain Your kingdom and that you would keep our ministry faithful to Christ, for it is in His name that we ask.  Amen.


1st January – Monday
Pray for peace in our world, especially for the nations of the Middle East.  Pray for those displaced because of conflict in that region.  Remembering that Jesus, Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt, pray for those who have lost everything and are now refugees in other lands.  Pray for the bereaved and orphaned; and for those who bear the physical and mental scars of conflict.  Pray for those carrying on the work previously done by MECO in the Middle East.

2nd January – Tuesday
Give thanks for those who bring their expertise to our various Select Vestry Committees and for the members of our Count Team.

3rd January – Wednesday
Remember the homeless, especially those who are sleeping rough.

4th January – Thursday
Our Small Groups restart in the coming days and weeks.  Pray for the Thursday morning group; the two that meet on Thursday evenings; and the three that meet on a Monday evening, including the Women’s Group and the Men’s Group.  Give thanks for all those who lead or host our Small Groups.

5th January – Friday
In November, Carrick Amphitheatre was the venue for the ‘1 way’ Youth event where over 100 young people affirmed or reaffirmed their commitment to Christ and in the weeks that followed they continued to meet and be supported.  Please pray that they would continue on their walk of faith.  Pray for the support of our local churches; for the organisation and finance for the youth praise night planned for our church at the end of Holy Week.

6th January – Saturday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and their daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.  Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel.

7TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (1st Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for our church services.  Pray that visitors to our church for the special Christmas services would return.  Give thanks for the ‘new faces’ we see in church.  Pray too for our Sunday School that the number of children coming to Sunday School would increase.

8th January – Monday
Pray for our Senior Moments Group.

9th January – Tuesday
Pray for the Suicidal and for families affected by Suicide.

10th January – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s Holy Communion service and for 1-2-1 Bible Studies.

11th January – Thursday
Give thanks for the fellowship enjoyed at this morning’s Craft Group.

12th January – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

13th January – Saturday
The Theology Ireland course in Biblical Theology begins at Stranmillis College on Monday evening.  Pray for all those attending, particularly those from our own parish.  Pray for the course lecturer Dr Peter Orr.

14TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for our services today, giving thanks for George, Cameron and Brian and their preaching.  Pray that we would take our faith seriously and be ready to publicly declare it, perhaps through Baptism or Confirmation.

15th January – Monday
The Evangelical Fellowship of Irish Clergy is meeting at Knockbreda.  Pray for them and guest speaker Kirsten Birkett.

16th January – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint and for the preparation of this Prayer Diary for February’s Parish News.

17th January – Wednesday
Pray for the sick and for carers.  Pray for those living with chronic pain.

18th January – Thursday
Pray for Servant Evangelism and for new ways to show God’s love in our area.

19th January – Friday
Pray for our Abba Girls Group.

20th January – Saturday
Our Walking Group will, weather permitting, be walking around the Woodburn Dam walk this morning.  Pray for those taking part this morning.

21ST JANUARY – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for this evening’s Holy Communion with prayers for healing and all our services today.  Give thanks for freedom to worship.  Pray for Open Doors.

22nd January – Monday
Pray for Emmanuel, his wife Elizabeth and their family in Tabora Diocese.  Pray for the Youth and Children’s Ministry and good working relationships.

23rd January – Tuesday
Pray for those recently bereaved.

24th January – Wednesday
The Leprosy Mission is holding a World Leprosy Day Call to Prayer today.  Pray for an end to Leprosy and also for Brent Morgan, speaker at Sunday afternoon’s World Leprosy Day Service in Lisburn Cathedral.

25th January – Thursday
Catherine and her group of volunteers meet this morning to assemble Parish News.  Pray for them and for magazine distributors.

26th January – Friday
Pray for our Rainbows and Brownies; our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

27th January – Saturday
Crosslinks Day Conference ‘The Last Day and the Last Days’ takes place in Dollingstown today.  Pray for this event and for the work of Crosslinks.  Also today, the parents of the P7 children who sat the Transfer Test last November get their results.  Remember them in your prayers.

28TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (4th Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for this morning’s Holy Communion and Family services and for this evening’s Cafe Church.  Give thanks for our CD Ministry, for the recording and distribution of our morning worship.  Remember those who live alone.

29th January – Monday
Give thanks once again for the teams that clean our church and church halls.  Pray for many willing helpers so that the task does not become too onerous.

30th January – Tuesday
Pray for our Girl Guides and Senior Section.

31st January – Wednesday
In many parts of the world, people continue to be affected by last year’s natural disasters, as well as those caused by man’s inhumanity to man, and since writing, more will have suffered.  Pray for relief agencies and their volunteers.  Pray especially for TEARFUND.

Flowers in Church November 2017 (not in last magazine)
17th    Helen Chapman, Bridie & Peter—In memory of our friend Liz Hanna

Flowers in Church DECember 2017

3rd    Mrs Withers
10th    Marion McNally—In memory of Billy
17th    Vacant
24th    David McAtamney & family—In memory of my wife Denise
31st    Vacant


SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

As Christmas fast approaches and the adverts on TV are trying to outdo each other in the lavishness of their productions, their message is that Christmas is all about the desireability and indeed the necessity of their product in order to enjoy the festive season.

Many of these ‘productions’ are aimed at children and young people and as parents we feel obliged to toe the line and not deny our children the ‘joy’ of having these things, after all it’s Christmas and that’s what  Christmas is all about, it’s for the children.  No, it’s not!

Whilst it is wonderful to give gifts at Christmas and to watch our children’s faces light up when they see what they’ve got, the materialistic element of today’s Christmas has completely smothered the Christian origins and ethos of our celebration.

Let’s focus on the unique gift that doesn’t have a ‘use by’ date or when the warranty runs out.  Let’s focus on the special gift that doesn’t need batteries renewed for it to continue working.  Let’s focus on the wonderful gift on which you don’t need to spend a fortune, that you don’t have in the first place.  Let’s focus on the gift that everyone needs, despite never being mentioned in the adverts.  This unique, special, wonderful, necessary gift is the very best, most valuable gift of all, given with the maximum of love and costs us nothing and has its own never-ending power source that created us and the universe.  
Accept Him, His name is Jesus.

As mentioned elsewhere, our Nativity Play will take place on Christmas Eve, 24th December during the 11 am service.  Please bring children to the Choir Vestry at the back door of the church between 10 and 10.15 am for time to prepare.  Please be aware that the 9.30 am service will still be in progress in church at that time.

Would parents and other parishioners please note that presents for children and young people from disadvantaged families can be brought to the Hall on or before Sunday 10th December.  This is in order to allow sufficient time for the Church of Ireland Board of Social Responsibility, in association with Social Services, to distribute these gifts.  Your presents are brought to a central distribution point in Belfast on the Monday in order to be assessed and allocated to where the need is most.  Your generosity and your cooperation are greatly appreciated year on year.  Please do remember teenagers when considering to whom to give.  Thank you so much.

Sunday School will resume on Sunday 7th January 2018.


Children’s Outreach Mission

Several things are reported in the latest Newsletter to give God the thanks and praise only He deserves.

Numbers of children attending the Cathedral Sunday School have risen from 87 to 135 in one age group and from 61 to 85 in another.  Praise and thanks go to the four teachers involved.

Emmanuel reports again on the weekly women's meeting for prayer and discussion on how best to reach the, as yet unreached, children in the community.  Women from six or more denominations are united in their desire to bring the next generation into God’s kingdom.  We in St Nicholas’ would do well to note the singular purpose of these meetings, namely prayer, no distractions, no sideline activities, just prayer and discussion.

Again Emmanuel’s work in schools is mentioned, with huge thanks going to six leaders involved at nine Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools.  Hundreds and hundreds of children are spoken to weekly, which I can vouch for.

One activity I wasn’t aware of was, that over the Summer when schools are off, Emmanuel runs classes teaching Maths and English at his home, using those opportunities to introduce the Bible.  He looks forward to expanding these classes at Christmas and next Summer.

More pictures are included from the Summer trip to the Kazima Children’s Home, or orphanage, run by the Ballymena couple John and Pauline Tuff.  Over 60 children took part in this visit as part of their outreach to these orphans.  Through the generosity of their parents, about £25 was raised to buy gifts of sweets, clothes, toothpaste, soap, pens and pencils.  To us £25 might not seem much but, believe me, it was a staggering amount to raise, indicating their commitment to Biblical living, as taken from James 1 v 27.  Do read this verse yourselves and then consider your commitment to biblical living.

It is my intention to produce another Children's Mission calendar again for 2018.  Although not collated or costed yet, I guess that it may be about the same price as this year’s.  When completed do consider buying one, as daily you are reminded to pray for the ongoing work of the Children’s Outreach Mission.

And finally, I intend sending £500 of your money to Emmanuel over Christmas to continue this work.  Your generosity continues to amaze and humble me in equal measure.  Your gifts keep coming, from your children’s coin collections, Smartie tubes packed with 20ps, to notes of every denomination.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Keep praying.
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent



TEA ROTA DECEMBER 2017 & JANUARY 2018

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 (9336 5687 or 07801 389860). Many thanks for your support.

3rd Valerie Kirk Robin Gray Joan Gray

10th Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

17th
Doris Close Lorraine Gibson Kathleen Arthur

24th
Diane Innes Janice Nelson Karen Miles

31st
Alison Clarke Maureen Jackson Carol Campbell

7th
Janet Davis Marion Money Diane Strain

14th
Alex Stevenson Christine Cahoon Nadine Davison

21st
Laura Horner Heather Parkes Colin Parkes

28th
Gillian Dalton Kaye Cheshire Patricia Wilson



Services in December 2017

3rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion
            Advent Sunday — a Saviour is needed
            Isaiah 64 v 1-9                Valerie Leighton
            Mark 13 v 24-37            The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church: Are you the one?
            Matthew 11 v 2-15            Christine Cahoon

10th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—A Saviour is coming
            Isaiah 40 v 1-11            Frank Hill
            Mark 1 v 1-8                Joan Hill
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            The Messiah comes!
            Matthew 21 v 1-13            Jackie Kane

17th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—A Saviour is announced
            Isaiah 61 v 1-11            Harry Kirk
            John 1 v 19-28            Joan Gray
    6.30 pm    Nine Lessons and Carols

24th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Children’s Nativity
    11.00 pm    Christmas Eve Holy Communion
            Titus 2 v 11-14            Valerie Kirk
            John 1 v 1-18                Ray Gilbert

25th    9.00 am    Christmas Day Holy Communion
    10.30 am    Christmas Day Family Service
            Luke 2 v 1-16

31st    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Service of the Word—Treasured Moments
            Luke 2 v 15-21            Joanne Rodgers
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer—God’s gift of time
            Ecclesiastes 3 v 1-14            Colin Logue
            Revelation 21 v 1-6            Lynn Rodgers

There will be NO 6.30 pm Evening Service Sunday 24th December and NO 10 am Holy Communion Service or Vestry Hour
on Wednesday 27th December

Parish Walking Group


Saturday 20th January
Woodburn dam

Meet at 10 am at Angler’s car park, Woodburn Road
For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray

Services in January 2018

7th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—The life of an apostle
            1 Corinthians 4 v 9-21            Robin Gray
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church
            Ichthus—The River—Baptism
            Matthew 3 v 1-17                Hilary Bishop

14th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Beware the bad yeast!
            1 Corinthians 5 v 1-13            Jean Stewart
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            Ichthus—The Wilderness—Temptation
            Luke 4 v 1-15                    John Richardson

21st    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Believers in conflict
            1 Corinthians 6 v 1-11            Christine Stewart
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Ichthus—The Mountain—Transfiguration
            Luke 9 v 28-36                Janice Nelson

28th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer—Ichthus—The Garden—Decision
            Matthew 26 v 36-46                Alex Jones

Crèche Rota DECEMber 2017 & JANUARY 2018

3rd     John Kane & Carol Moneypenny
10th     Faye Hamilton, Sharon McMaster & Sophie Foreman
17th    Deirdre Beck & Ciara Lester
24th     Lorraine Gibson & Valerie Leighton
31st     Karen Bell & Rachel McVeigh
7th    Ann Hodge, Kathleen Arthur & Sophie Foreman
14th     John Kane & Christine Stewart
21st     Faye Hamilton, Janice Nelson & Caitlyn McKinley
28th     Karen Bell & Alison Kane
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.

ABBA GIRLS

Friday 15th December
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Choir Vestry in the Church
All girls from P7 to secondary school age are very welcome
Craft, food, games and more

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 December
11th December        Party
18th December        Christmas Luncheon Club

LEPROSY MISSION

Leprosy still exists around the world with many people still
suffering.  If you would like to make a donation to this
worthwhile cause or you would like a collecting box for your home, please contact Tina Campbell on 028 9336 5945
Thank you



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.


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


May we take this opportunity to wish all our parishioners a happy and richly blessed Christmas and New Year.

May God fix our eyes on Jesus, the most costly gift God could give.  May it be our joy to receive Him, God’s indescribable gift.

We look forward to seeing many parishioners in Church to join in the special services we will be having over this special Christmas season.

As well as that, we remember in our prayers those who suffered bereavement during the past year.  We trust that on this, their first Christmas without their loved one, they may be especially conscious of God’s love.

 
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