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RECTOR’S LETTER
Dear Friends at St Nicholas,
These days of December are days of preparation, of getting ready. In our homes; cards will be written, presents will be bought and wrapped, food will be prepared and goodies will be baked! We will ready ourselves for the visits of friends and family as we prepare to celebrate Christmas once again.

For some it will be a bitter-sweet experience. Some will dread the sense of loneliness or absence that this time of year brings for them, but as we make our preparations as a church family, Sunday by Sunday, we will be reminding ourselves that the coming of Jesus into the world truly was (and is) Good News!

The Christmas message is one of hope. The world promises so much at times, but often fails to deliver on our hopes and dreams. However the coming of Christ into the world brought hope that all who believe in him would not perish but have eternal life. So the Christmas story is about God coming into a sinful world and sharing in our humanity. It is about Jesus going to die on a cross so that we could be forgiven.

It is also about peace. When the angel came to Zechariah to tell him about the pending birth of his son John the Baptist he was frightened and the angel said: ‘Do not be afraid.’ When the angel appeared to Mary, again the words were, ‘Do not be afraid,’ and when he appeared to the shepherds in the fields again the words were, ‘ Do not be afraid.’ When Christ came into the world, it was not a time for fear, but a time for peace, a time for knowing that God was with us and his Messiah had come to establish his kingdom.

No matter what the past year has brought for each of us this Christmas. No matter what lies ahead, the message of Christmas is one of peace. God came to make peace with fallen humanity and Jesus Christ is the one who can calm all our fears. He is the one who calmed a storm by saying to the waves and the wind, ‘Be still.’ He told his disciples not to worry about tomorrow, for each day has enough worry of its own and he invited burdened people to come to him and to find rest for their souls.

So the Christmas story is a message of hope and peace, but is first and foremost a message of love. “God so loved the world”, we are told, “that he gave his one and only Son.” In God’s perfect time, Jesus Christ came from his home in heaven to make his dwelling among us. In due course he went to the cross to stand in our place and he did that out of love for us. The message of Christmas is that we are never alone and that we are loved by the Lord of heaven.

I hope that you will find it possible to join us over the next few weeks as we prepare to celebrate the good news of the birth of Jesus. We’ll be thinking together about the many ways in which the baby, who was coming that first Christmas, was so important to so many. As we draw nearer to Christmas, there are a number of special occasions that you won’t want to miss!

On Sunday 16th December we will welcome the children from JAM and Bible Class at the 11 am service, as they share the story of the Nativity with us. On Sunday 23rd at our evening service at 6.30 pm, we will share together in the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. We are looking forward to listening to the special music prepared by the choir - why don’t you come and share with us in these special times when we remind ourselves of the love that God has for us?

As usual, we will share together in Holy Communion on Christmas Eve. The service begins at 11 pm and finishes just after midnight. In a slight change to our previous pattern, our Christmas morning Family Service is moving to the slightly earlier time of 10 am. It is a short, all-age service, which gives us the opportunity to worship joyfully together on Christmas morning. The wearing of Christmas jumpers at this service is entirely optional, but enthusiastically encouraged!!

After Christmas, we’ll be turning our thoughts to the New Year and our services will encourage us to think about the choices that we make and how they affect our lives. Our morning service sermons will be looking to the book of Judges, as we think about a challenging time in the life of the people of Israel and try to learn from the good and bad decisions that they made. There are some great characters in this book, so we can look forward to learning from the mighty Samson and Gideon, as well as from less well-known names like Deborah and Ehud. In the evenings, we’ll be thinking about the ways in which various Bible passages put options before us and encourage us to make the right choices in life. I look forward to sharing these times with you!

In the meantime, may I wish you and your family a Christmas filled with hope, peace and love.

With love in Jesus,
George



LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA

November 2018—Stop Press!!  Just over this past weekend there’s been a real breakthrough in O’s situation.  He has described it as ‘coming out of the wilderness’.  Thank-you so much for praying for him.  Praise God for his persevering, ‘He will hold me fast’ grace!  

Give thanks for a growing friendship with J, an African believer who we’ve met through Sagåsen.  Pray especially for Andrea, as she continues to minister into a life, that is so scarred by the trauma of past experiences and yet also filled with thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness.  Last week J was moved to another refugee centre about 2 hours away, which we’re thankful for, as many others have been moved 18 hours to the North!!

Give thanks for the  Syrian Focus Day in church on 25th November.  As a fellowship we’re partnering with a ministry with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  Pray that this may also be an opportunity to connect with Syrians here in Gothenburg.  

Give thanks for a great half-term break.  We had a lovely visit from some Coleraine friends and it was wonderful that they could join us for our youth Bible Study.  
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx



Christian Burial

I am the Resurrection and the Life’
2nd November 2018
Thomas (Tom) Henry Carter, 4 Carrickburn Court, Carrickfergus

4th November 2018
Sarah Allen (Sally) Cahoon, 20 Rhanbuoy Close, Carrickfergus

7th November 2018
Peter John Rees, late of Boyd Street, Belfast

16th November 2018
Margaret McClean, Clifton House Nursing Home, late of Davys Street


Introducing “Baby basics”

Baby Basics Belfast is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families, who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby.

Baby Basics Belfast started in January 2017 and is run by the Church Army and the Diocese of Connor.  It is situated in the Connect Base, Shankill Road.  Baby Basics Belfast works alongside health professionals from local Sure Start and Health Centres, who refer families in need.  We then support the families by providing them with essential equipment, clothing and toiletries.  Baby Basics Belfast works in partnership with local churches and relies on donations from congregations.

Items needed for the STARTER PACKS:

For Mum          
                               
Maternity pads
Sanitary towels
Breast pads
Hand soap
Soap bags
Paper underwear
Lansinoh Cream
Hand cream
Shampoo
Non-bio washing powder

For Baby

Newborn nappies
Nappy lotion
Shampoo
Nappy bags
Wipes
Soap
Sponges/flannels
Cotton wool pads
Changing mats


Good condition second hand items that we accept

Moses baskets
Baby baths
Newborn clothing
Knitted items eg booties,
hats, cardigans, blankets
Baby bedding/towels
Good quality toys
Wipeable books


Unfortunately we can’t accept donations of car seats, cot mattresses, breast pumps, stair gates and other safety equipment or electrical items.  In line with safe sleep advice, given by health care professionals, all cots and Moses baskets are given out with brand new mattresses.  

In order to refer a client to us, please contact us via the details below:
Call—0788 589 7022    Email—jillhamilton@connordiocese.org
Visit—www.baby-basics.org.uk

Leaflets will be available in the church porch in January


Crèche Rota DECEMBER 2018 & JANUARY 2019


2nd     Ann Hodge & Deirdre Beck
9th     John Kane & Kathleen Arthur
16th    Faye Hamilton & Christine Stewart
23rd     Karen Bell & Janice Nelson
30th     Lorraine Gibson & Alison Kane
6th    Deirdre Beck & Carol Moneypenny
13th     Kathleen Arthur & Sharon McMaster
20th     Janice Nelson & Ciara Lester
27th     Christine Stewart & Valerie Leighton

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.



Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

At our November meeting we invited George to come along and tell us about his experiences while walking the Camino last year.  We very much enjoyed seeing photographs of the beautiful scenery and hearing about the wide range of people George met and journeyed with along the way.  We are very grateful to George as the evening gave us all a much better understanding of what it means to walk the Camino.

We look forward to our Christmas outing for dinner at the Courtyard, Carrickfergus on 11th December. The cost is £11 - if you would like to come and have not already signed up, please let me know by 4th December at the latest.

During January the Women's Fellowship committee will be co-ordinating receipt of any donations for the 'Baby Basics' project for underprivileged new mothers (please see details provided elsewhere in this magazine). If you have any donations over the next few weeks, please give them to Christine Cahoon, myself or any member of the WF committee.

There will be no meeting in January. At our next meeting on 12th February, we will be welcoming a representative from the Mission to Seamen and, as always, all ladies in the parish are very welcome to come along.                                      Valerie Leighton



Flowers in Church DECEMBER 2018

2nd    Vacant
9th    Dianne Innes—Family Flowers
16th    Vacant
23rd    Christmas Flowers
30th    Vacant


New Flower List

The flower list for 2019 is now on display in the main porch. Please add your name at least six weeks in advance of your chosen date so that we have the details in time to put in the church magazine.

Please either leave your donation (suggested amount £30) with Catherine in the office or give it to Gillian in church at least a week prior to your chosen date. Your support for the flowers in church is greatly appreciated.

If you would be interested in joining the group, please contact any of the above members. New members will be made very welcome.
The Flower Group

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


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 the Senior Moments Group on the following dates.

10th December        Christmas Party
17th December        Christmas Luncheon Club


TEA ROTA DECEMBER 2018 & JANUARY 2019

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. Many thanks for your support.


DECEMBER
2nd Kaye Cheshire Doris Close Kathleen Arthur

9th  Marion Money Janet Davis Diane Strain

16th
Alison Clarke
Maureen Jackson
Carol Campbell

23rd
Dianne Innes
Janice Nelson
Karen Miles

30th
Christine Cahoon
Nadine Davison
Patricia Wilson

JANUARY
6th Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

13th Tamera Milligan Heather Parkes Colin Parkes

20th Valerie Kirk Robin Gray
Joan Gray

27th Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny


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 on the following dates!
St Nicholas’ Church
Monday 3rd December, 7.00 pm - 7.45 pm
Monday 7th January, 7.00 pm - 7.45 pm &
Tuesday 15th January, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm



SOUND DESK ROTA DECEMBER 2018

        Morning                                Evening
2nd        Gillian Dalton               Glenn Nelson
9th         Rachel McVeigh           Julie Irvine
16th       Johnnie McAlister          Steven Todd
23rd       Gillian Dalton               Julie Irvine
30th       Graeme Miles              No 6.30 pm service


SOUND DESK ROTA JANUARY 2019


                  Morning                  Evening
 
6th        Rachel McVeigh        Steven Todd
13th      Johnnie McAlister        Glenn Nelson
20th         Gillian Dalton            Julie Irvine
27th         Rachel McVeigh        Steven Todd


St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – December 2018

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
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Help us to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.                BCP

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1st December – Saturday
Pray for JAM and Bible Class members enjoying their outing today.  Give thanks for Sharon Maxwell and the other leaders, for their dedication and readiness to give their time in support of our children.

2ND DECEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Advent)
Pray for our church services today and for this evening’s Cafe Church.  Give thanks for those who greet us week by week, those who read lessons, and the team providing refreshments after our morning service.

3rd December – Monday
The final PrayerPoint for this year takes place this evening.  Give thanks for those who meet regularly to pray together and for our team of Intercessors praying for the sick.  Pray that more of our church family would see the importance of coming together to pray and join the PrayerPoint group.

4th December – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for our Select Vestry members and for the members of its various sub-committees.

5th December – Wednesday
Pray for Bishop Alan.  Give thanks for the skills of those treating him and all who are receiving cancer treatment at this time.  Pray for the Abernethy family; for Archdeacons George Davison, Stephen McBride and Paul Dundas covering the Bishops workload and for the staff in the Diocesan Office.

6th December – Thursday
Our Senior Moments group are taking part in a Drama course today.  Pray that this will be an enjoyable day and give thanks for their fellowship.

7th December – Friday
In the run up to Christmas our clergy will be visiting a number of housebound parishioners.  Pray for God’s Blessing on homes visited.

8th December – Saturday
Pray for ICM and City Church Dublin.  Pray that they will have security of tenure to continue God’s Work.  Pray for a successful outcome in efforts to purchase a property and thereby reduce housing provision costs.

9TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Give thanks for the Bible teaching we receive from George, Cameron and Brian and for the sound team who record our morning worship so that our brothers and sisters who are no longer able to attend services can still participate via our CD Ministry.  Remember those who distribute CDs.

10th December – Monday
The Watson family continue to spread the Gospel in Gothenburg.  Give thanks for their work.  Pray for Trevor and Andrea, Emily, Grace and Alice.

11th December – Tuesday
The members of our Women’s Fellowship are at the Courtyard this evening for their Christmas Dinner.  Pray for our Women’s Fellowship.

12th December – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s clergy visit to Sunnylands Primary School for assembly.

13th December – Thursday
Pray for an end to the tensions and hostilities that exist in certain residential areas of our town.  Pray for those living in fear, the PSNI and for ways to restore peace in Carrickfergus and beyond.

14th December – Friday
Busy Bees finishes today for the Christmas break.  Pray for Busy Bees and for the families that meet there, especially those with no church connection.

15th December – Saturday
Give thanks for family life.  Pray for broken family relationships.  Remember families who are struggling financially.  Give thanks for food banks and other charities helping families avoid expensive borrowing.

16TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday of Advent)
JAM and our Bible Class bring their Christmas Presentation to church this morning.  Pray for this service and for a generous response to the annual toy appeal in association with the Salvation Army.  Pray for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing service and for our Youth Fellowship.

17th December – Monday
Pray for those ‘sitting out’ during this year’s Black Santa Appeal at St Anne’s Cathedral; that the weather would be kind and people generous.

18th December – Tuesday
Staff and pupils of Carrickfergus Grammar School, their families and friends will be in St Nicholas’ this evening for their Carol Service.  Pray for this service.

19th December – Wednesday
Pray for Alison Irwin, our organist, the members of our Choir and for Nadine Davison and the members of our Music Group.

20th December – Thursday
Pray for the sick, especially those with mental illness and the suicidal.

21st December – Friday
Pray for Bishop Elias and the Diocese of Tabora.  Pray for Emmanuel and the Good News Clubs.  Pray for the establishment of a link with CEF.

22nd December – Saturday
For many this Christmas will be their first without a loved one.  Pray for those who have been bereaved this year and for those feeling a loss most acutely at this time.

23RD DECEMBER – SUNDAY (4th Sunday of Advent)
Pray for our services today.  Pray for those reading lessons at this evening’s service and give thanks for our organist and choir.

24th December – Monday (Christmas Eve)
This evening at 11.00pm we will celebrate Holy Communion.  Pray for the congregation at this service.  Remembering, that in some parts of the world Christmas will be celebrated in secret, pray for persecuted Christians.

25th December – Tuesday (The Nativity of our Lord/Christmas Day)
Today we once again celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Pray for all attending this morning’s Family Service and pray for all those families who do not know Him or have turned away from Him.

26th December – Wednesday
Pray for the homeless, especially rough sleepers.

27th December – Thursday
As a couple come to St Nicholas’ to be married today, pray for them and their future together.  Pray for Christian Marriage.

28th December – Friday
Pray for Open Doors and Christians in Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Turkmenistan.

29th December – Saturday
Pray for those who clean or carry out minor repairs in our church and halls.

30TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (The 1st Sunday of Christmas)
Today as we meet together for the final time this year, give thanks for all the blessing we have received in the past twelve months and for the strength we have needed in time of adversity.  Pray for today’s services.

31st December – Monday
Pray for Linda, our Honorary Treasurer, the team that record our giving and for our accountant.


Prayer Diary – January 2019

Prayer of the Month

Great Father, draw into St Nicholas’ each month of this year, one person, or one couple, or one family, who will 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.  
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1st January – Tuesday
Pray for George as he takes over Bishop Alan’s work this month.  Pray for stamina, for wisdom, for time to relax and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Continue to pray for Bishop Alan during this period of sick leave.

2nd January – Wednesday
Pray for those attending our Wednesday morning Holy Communion service.

3rd January – Thursday
Many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Pray today for those who may have fallen away, but have resolved to, or are thinking of coming back to church, or bringing children to JAM.  Pray that we would make them welcome and that through the working of the Holy Spirit, their resolve would not waver when secular activities tempt them.

4th January – Friday
Pray for our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers and for the worldwide Scouting movement.  Remember Anne Cole, the former Group Scout Leader, and pray for her successor.

5th January – Saturday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson, our link missionaries in Sweden.  Pray that they would have the resources, enabling those they pastor to, to read the Gospel message in their own language.  Give thanks for translators.

6TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (The Epiphany)
JAM and Bible Classes resume this morning.  Pray for Sharon and her team.  Pray for our church services and for George, Cameron and Brian.

7th January – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint and for Small Groups meeting this week.

8th January – Tuesday
Pray for our Girl Guides, Ranger Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.  Give thanks for all who give freely of their time to lead our uniformed organisations.

9th January – Wednesday
Pray for the sick, remembering those living with chronic pain and those awaiting surgery for joint replacements.

10th January – Thursday
Pray for our Craft Group.

11th January – Friday
Busy Bees resumes this week.  Pray for the team showing a welcome and demonstrating God’s love to families with small children.

12th January – Saturday
Pray for the Martin Residential Trust, the NI Hospice and NI Children’s Hospice, who received donations from St Nicholas’ in 2018.

13TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (1st Sunday after the Epiphany)
Give thanks for the truth from God’s Word opened to us week by week.

14th January – Monday
Theology Ireland courses with Dr Peter Orr begin this evening at Stranmillis College.  Pray for those taking part in these courses, that they would grow in knowledge and be better prepared to speak to others about their faith.

15th January – Tuesday
The second meeting of PrayerPoint takes place this evening in the Choir Vestry.  Pray for a heart for prayer in our parish and for this Prayer Diary.

16th January – Wednesday
While Women’s Fellowship takes a break this month, continue to pray for the group and especially for its Committee members.

17th January – Thursday
Almost two years have passed since the last Stormont Assembly collapsed.  Pray for our politicians, that they would come together with a renewed resolve to represent all the people of Northern Ireland and establish a functioning government.  Pray for our town and for an end to hostilities and tensions in certain areas.  Pray for the PSNI.

18th January – Friday
Pray for Crosslinks, its local staff and those involved in overseas mission.  Pray for preparations for this summer’s Crosslinks Camps and that even now, parents would consider sending their child or children to a Crosslinks Camp.

19th January – Saturday
This morning, weather permitting, our Walking Group travel to the 6-Mile Water River Park.  Give thanks for the fellowship enjoyed by this group.

20TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing and for our two morning services.  Pray for our Youth Fellowship.

21st January – Monday
Pray for those who clean our church and halls and for flower arrangers.

22nd January – Tuesday
Remember today those bereaved over the Christmas and New Year period.

23rd January – Wednesday
Pray for Carrickfergus Ministers’ Fellowship, for Mission Carrickfergus and for the planning for Holy Week services in April.  Pray for this morning’s clergy visit to Oakfield Primary School.

24th January – Thursday
Pray for Catherine, our Parish Administrator, giving thanks for her friendly and efficient running of our Church Office.  Pray for the team meeting this morning to assemble Parish News and pray for magazine distributors.

25th January – Friday
Pray for CMS Ireland.

26th January – Saturday
At various times throughout the year, a group of people from St Nicholas’ and North St Presbyterian churches go into the town to show God’s Love by ‘Small Acts of Kindness’.  Pray for the group and for lives touched in this way.

27TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for this morning’s Family Service and for this evening’s Cafe Church.  Give thanks for parishioners who volunteer in our crèche.

28th January – Monday
Pray for today’s meeting of Senior Moments.

29th January – Tuesday
Pray for the Diocese of Tabora, especially the work being carried on in the Bible School.  Pray for Children’s and Youth ministry.  Pray for Emmanuel and his work in the area.  Continue to pray for a partnership with CEF.

30th January – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s visit to Sunnylands Primary for their Assembly.

31st January – Thursday
This morning a member of our clergy team will be at Acorn Primary for Assembly.  Give thanks for these invitations and opportunities to go into local schools and become known to the many children, whose families have no connection to a church or the Gospel.

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.


JAM NOTES

JAM and Bible Class had a short month, this month, with Remembrance Sunday, but that did not deter the children or the Leaders.  At present the JAM programme is: God is with us and in December the Birth of Jesus. In January we will be learning all about Abraham and what an opportunity that will be.  The Bible Class will also be looking at the Birth of Jesus in December and, in The New Year, the Bible Class will be learning more about the Old Testament.  Some good lessons to be learnt.

We have a few events coming up in December:

There will be an outing to Glengormley Sports Bowl on Saturday 1st December 2018 for any P7’s or Bible Class young people, this is commencing at 7.00 pm and then going to McDonalds at Glengormley for something to eat.  If parents could drop the children at the venue and pick up at McDonalds at 9.00 pm, notes will be issued. On behalf of this outing, we all thank the select vestry for allowing this to happen.

There will be an adventure for all the other children of JAM  to World of Wonder in the New Year - details to follow.  

Our Nativity Play will be held on Sunday 16th December at 11 am and what a glorious occasion this will be for us.  JAM and Bible Class will be involved in reflecting the true meaning of Christmas. This will be our last meeting until 6th January 2019.

Once again this year we encourage parishioners to consider buying a present for children who might not get very much this Christmas. This year we will be bringing any gifts to the Salvation Army who work in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul right across the Province. To allow time to get the presents to ‘Santa’, could I ask anyone who wishes to donate a present to bring the item by Sunday 16th December and I will deliver them on the 17th December to the Salvation Army. There is no requirement to wrap the gift. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in supporting this project.

Could I ask every parent who hasn’t completed a JAM form, to please complete one, this includes Bible Class as well, as this is a requirement for GDPR, as we hold relevant information. If you require a form please contact a member of the Team.

If anyone would like any more information on JAM or on the Bible Class please contact me or someone from the Team.
On behalf of the JAM Leaders, Bible Class Leaders and myself, we would all like to thank everyone from our parish for their continued support and  prayers, also we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year
Sharon Maxwell, JAM Co-Ordinator



Children’s Outreach Mission, Tabora

In verses one and two of John chapter 14, Jesus tells his followers that he is going to prepare a place for them and that there is more than enough room in His Father’s house for them.  Emmanuel begins his latest newsletter with this reminder of what we can all look forward to and follows it with this challenge, “our big task is to fill up God’s home with our next generation.  It will be a massive shame when Jesus comes back and finds very few of our young generation are ready to fill His Father’s home”.

He then continues by thanking St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland through which the Children’s Outreach Mission functions.  ‘When you mention Children's Outreach, you are actually talking St Nicholas’ Church.  Jesus has chosen you (St Nicholas’) to bless the children of Tabora.’  This is high praise indeed.  The support that we are able to give to this ministry is fitting many Tanzanian youngsters for heaven.  What a privilege, what a responsibility, what a joy.

Since Emmanuel’s break from the Anglican oversight nearly a year ago, it was agreed that we would withhold financial support until and when Emmanuel got back on his feet.  Some parishioners have continued to give me donations for this children’s mission and these I have passed to our Treasurer, Linda Mulvenny.  Other contributors have stopped their contributions.  Whilst a formal link hasn’t been made yet between Emmanuel and Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), he is committed to such a relationship and oversight and it is only a matter of time before a formal connection is made.

I have in excess of £500 of your donations to give to Linda shortly and if anyone else would like to add to this amount, then now is the time to do it.  Emmanuel is working hard, albeit on his own, to bring many young people to faith; with your help, through Emmanuel, the rooms in our Father’s house are filling up.

Many many thanks for the various gifts that I have received recently.  Whether it is a family’s gift of £80 to another’s of £18, or Libby’s £25, or two girls full containers with £2.50 in each, all will be used to facilitate the work of the Children's Outreach Mission, reaching the unreached children of Tabora and surrounding area.  Thank you all so much.
Lynn Rodgers


FREE WILL OFFERING ENVELOPES 2019

The boxed sets of envelopes for 2019 will be delivered with the
December/January copy of Parish News.  In recent years the number of Parishioners availing of these envelopes has reduced for various reasons.  To avoid unnecessary wastage and also to reduce costs, a decision has been taken to reduce the number of boxed envelopes ordered.  This means that some Parishioners will notice that their
envelope number has changed for 2019, specifically those
Parishioners who currently have a number in the 451 to 550 series.  

Rest assured that all giving will be recorded as before, but against a new number.  We hope that this will not cause any inconvenience, but if you are affected and have any queries, please contact the Church Office on 028 9336 0061.
Linda Mulvenny, Honorary Treasurer


ABBA GIRLS

14th December – 7.30 pm – Christmas Celebration
18th January – 7.30 pm
All girls from P7 to secondary school age are very welcome Craft, food, games and more …..


Services in December 2018

2nd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—The Child who is Zechariah’s hope
            Isaiah 40 v 1-5            Janice Nelson
            Luke 1 v 5-25            The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church
            God’s Coming Kingdom (1)
            Revelation 14 v 13—15 v 4    Hilary Bishop

9th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—The Child who is the virgin’s great Son
            Judges 13 v 2-7        Joan Armstrong
            Luke 1 v 26-38            Kathleen Arthur
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            God’s Coming Kingdom (2)
            Philippians 1 v 3-11        Alex Jones

16th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Sunday School Nativity
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            God’s Coming Kingdom (3)
            Isaiah 35 v 1-10        Ray Gilbert
            Luke 1 v 57-66            Jackie Kane

23rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—The Child who is John’s joy
            2 Samuel 6 v 12-23        Colin Parkes
            Luke 1 v 39-45            Christine Stewart
    6.30 pm    Nine Lessons and Carols

24th     11.00 pm    Christmas Eve Holy Communion
            Titus 2 v 11-14            Gordon Dalton
            John 1 v 1-14            Gillian Dalton

25th    10.00 am    Christmas Day Family Service
            The Child who is the Lord
            Luke 2 v 1-14

30th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Service of the Word—The Purpose made clear
            Ephesians 3 v 1-12        Marion Letters

There will be NO 10 am Holy Communion Service or Vestry Hour
on Wednesday 26th December
and NO 6.30 pm service Sunday 30th December



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.

Services in January 2019

6th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion
            ”Not by might” - Judges: (1) Failed to conquer
            Judges 2 v 6-23            Karen Bell
            John 15 v 1-10                The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church
            “I choose”: Purpose over popularity
            Hebrews 11 v 24-28            Linda Mulvenny

13th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            ”Not by might” - Judges: (2) Rebellion & deliverance!
            Judges 3 v 7-31            Valerie Leighton
            1 Corinthians 1 v 26-31        Joanne Rodgers
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            “I choose”: Surrender over control
            Proverbs 3 v 1-6            Lynn Rodgers

20th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer - ”Not by might” - Judges: (3)
            The right woman for the job
            Judges 4                Frank Hill
            Romans 16 v 1-18            Joan Hill
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            & Café Church—“I choose”: Discipline over regret
            1 Corinthians 9 v 24—10 v 11        John Richardson
            Mark 8 v 34-38                The Preacher

27th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service—God keeps his promises
    6.30 pm    Café Church—“I choose”: Important over urgent
            Luke 10 v 38-42            Don Howe


Parish Walking Group


Saturday 19th January
SIX MILEWATER RIVER PARK, BALLYCLARE

Meet at 10 am at Sixmile Leisure Centre car park, Ballyclare
For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray

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.
Thank you


 
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