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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,
We were blessed last month to have a visit from our Crosslinks mission partner, Trevor Watson at our morning service in St Nicholas’. Trevor was home for a brief visit to participate in a conference and catch up with some of his partner churches. I’m sure that you enjoy reading the regular updates from the Watson family in this magazine, but it was really lovely to have Trevor with us in person and to hear a little about some of the work that he is doing for Jesus in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. How wonderful to hear about the many different people from around the globe that God is calling into his church in that place! Please continue to pray for the BibleTalk Cafe meetings that the Watsons host in their apartment and for Trevor’s regular visits to the refugee centre - and, of course, for health and strength and encouragement for the Watsons as they serve the Lord in Sweden.

As we prepare for Christmas , no doubt your homes will be busy as all the various preparations are ticked off the list of things to do! We have lots of things happening in the parish over the next few weeks and you will read about many of them in the pages of this magazine. I hope that we’ll be able to welcome you at some of them.

This time of year is one when we are reminded of familiar Bible stories and messages in church. In our morning services during Advent this year we’ll be looking at a number of those familiar themes and asking ourselves the question “Why?”. Why do we not know the “day and hour” that Christ will come again? Why, when God is more than able to accomplish all things for Himself must we “prepare the way of the Lord”? Why does God look at the world differently and choose to “favour the humble and lowly’”? Come and join with us as we explore these questions together.

Christmas time is a little different for us in Connor diocese this year: as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, we are also getting ready to say farewell to a much loved bishop. Representatives of St Nicholas’ Church will join with Bishop Alan Abernethy in Ballymena Parish Church on 19th December for a farewell service before his retirement at the end of the year. I know that we will take your good wishes to him with us and share in this act of thanksgiving for his ministry amongst us over the last number of years. Please continue to pray for Bishop Alan and his wife Liz as they adjust to retirement and settle into life in their new home in Bangor.
On Sunday 22nd 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. Later that day, 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.

On Christmas Eve, our Christmas celebrations truly begin as we share Holy Communion together - the service begins at 11 pm and finishes just after midnight. Then, on Christmas morning our Family Service at 10 am gives young and old the opportunity to worship joyfully together on Christmas morning. What better place to be on the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus than with his people singing our praises joyfully together. As usual, the wearing of Christmas jumpers at this service is entirely optional, but enthusiastically encouraged!!

Why don’t you come and share with us in these special times when we remind ourselves of the depth of God’s love and mercy to us?

May I wish you and your family a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a New Year that is filled with hope, peace and love.

With love in Jesus,
George

Crèche Rota DECEMBER 2019

1st        Faye Hamilton & Christine Stewart
8th        Karen Bell & Janice Nelson
15th      Lorraine Gibson & Alison Kane
22nd     Deirdre Beck & Carol Moneypenny
29th      Kathleen Arthur & Sharon McMaster

Crèche Rota JANUARY 2020

5th       Christine Stewart & Ciara Lester
12th     Janice Nelson & Valerie Leighton
19th     Alison Kane & Rachel McVeigh
26th     Carol Moneypenny & Tamera Milligan

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.

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!
Monday 9th December 2019
Monday 13th January & Tuesday 28th January 2020
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm in the church

TEA ROTA DECEMBER 2019 & JANUARY 2020

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 Tamera on 07793 002972   Many thanks for your support.

1st Janet Davis Nadine Davison Patricia Wilson

8th Sharon McMaster Doris Close Kathleen Arthur

15th Valerie Kirk Robin Gray  Joan Gray

22nd Alison Clarke  Maureen Jackson Carol Campbell

29th Dianne Innes Janice Nelson Karen Miles

5th Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

12th Marion Money Christine Cahoon Diane Strain

19th Tamera Milligan Heather Parkes Colin Parkes

26th Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

A NOTE FROM CAMERON

Thank you so much!  It’s now been a couple of months since we said farewell, but we haven’t had a chance to respond properly to such a wonderful farewell.  Thank you for the lovely ceramic tile with Carrickfergus imprinted on it, thank you for your other generous gifts.  Of course, I said a word or two at the farewell, but you can never say everything in that kind of context and, even as I sat down, I was thinking of things I wanted to say but didn’t.

I didn’t tell you how much respect I have for the way that Brian works with George.  It is so rare that a previous rector and a current incumbent are able to work well together. In staff meetings we would often talk about how to approach discipleship at church.  Brian and I would offer ideas but Brian would often emphasise to George, "you’re the rector and I’ll back what you decide!”  He was able to do that because of a common love for the message about Jesus Christ.  We continue to pray for George as he makes decisions, sometimes hard ones, that are focussed on St Nicholas’ people growing in godliness, service and witness for Jesus.  What a wonderful model for me to learn from!

Oh, I don’t think I got to name the select vestry, who were so helpful - especially when George was on sabbatical.  Nor did I get to mention all those people I visited in hospital and ended up being encouraged by their responses.  Neither did I speak of those in hospitals and homes with whom I read the Bible and responded with faith or honest disagreement - for those who I was unable to convince.  I continue to pray for you, that you will change your mind and turn to the loving Lord Jesus who died for you!  I didn’t get to mention the group of men with whom I began to read the Bible and are now continuing on, growing in the knowledge and love of Christ.  They are praying for each other and are praying for those with whom they want to share the gospel message - members of their families, neighbours, friends.  Oh, and the Christianity Explained and Life Explored groups at which people came to know the Lord Jesus.  So much more to say even here, for your gifts, for your cards, for your prayers.  I miss you, and won’t get to see you as often as I’d like to, but know you will continue to hold Alex and me in your prayers.

We remain in Northern Ireland for the moment as we have not yet got a place to live in Dublin.  Please pray for the funding to come in for that and also for what might be needed to upgrade any property we buy.  Please pray also for funding for our living expenses - we no longer receive an income from the Church of Ireland or a parish.  Perhaps you can be part of the answer to those prayers yourself.

If you don’t yet receive our prayer updates, please ask Catherine how you can sign up to receive the email.  If you do not have email, I am sure that Catherine can provide a copy for you if you ask her.

All love in the Lord Jesus,
Cameron & Alex

Flowers in Church DECember 2019

7th      Vacant
14th    Vacant
21st    Diane Strain, Jacklyn & Ashley - Birthday memories of a father and                   grandfather David Bryson
28th    Vacant

St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – December 2019


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 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, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came among us in great humility, that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.                      

(Prayers for various occasions)

1ST DECEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Advent)
As we begin the season of Advent, pray for JAM and our Bible Class as they practice for their Christmas Presentation.  Pray for our Lord’s provision of a new teacher for our Bible Class.  Pray for our services today.

2nd December – Monday
Remember Heather Cooke in what is a difficult week.  Give thanks for her service here in St Nicholas’.  Pray for Heather and her family that they would be strengthened by the assured hope of eternity with the Father for all who put their trust in Him.  Pray for this morning’s Clergy Staff meeting.

3rd December – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and for this evening’s discussions and decision making.

4th December – Wednesday
In the November issue of Parish News Robert Foulis made an ‘appeal’ for people to come and give Bell Ringing a try.  Give thanks for the good response and pray that we would have a new team of Bell Ringers in place.

5th December – Thursday
As this prayer diary is put together, news headlines are filled with reports of flooding in North East England and fires in California and Australia.  Pray for those affected by flooding and wildfires.  Remember too those still trying to recover from the effects of past natural disasters around the world.

6th December – Friday
Pray for our Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

7th December – Saturday
Pray for Cameron and Alex, that the sale and purchase of properties would be completed smoothly.  Pray for Cameron as he commutes to Dublin.  Pray for ICM and for Mark Smyth at City Church.

8TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday of Advent)
The Consecration service for the Venerable Rev Andrew Forster, Bishop Elect for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe takes place this afternoon at St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh.  Pray for Andrew in this new chapter of his life in God’s service.  Pray for our church services.

9th December – Monday
The last PrayerPoint of 2019 takes place this evening in the church Vestry.  Pray for this and the prayer life of our parish.  Pray too for Senior Moments.

10th December – Tuesday
Pray for our Women’s Fellowship as they enjoy Christmas Dinner at Nix.

11th December – Wednesday
Pray for staff and residents at the Martin Residential Trust.

12th December – Thursday
Today voters throughout the UK are voting in the General Election.  Pray for the safety of voters.  Pray for wisdom, for both electorate and for those elected.  Pray for our relationships with our UK and EU neighbours.

13th December – Friday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson as they continue to make Christ known.  Pray for daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.  Pray that the seed they sow would, by God’s grace, bear much fruit and for lives touched by their ministry.

14th December – Saturday
Pray for the sick, for those in hospital and for the doctors, nurses and therapists who care for them.  Pray for those anxious about possible strike action by nurses later this month.  Pray that this will be averted.

15TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY – (3rd Sunday of Advent)
Pray for our Morning Prayer service including Holy Baptism and for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.  Pray for George, Brian and Heather and for Jonny, our Pastoral Visitor, at this busy time.  Pray for George preaching in St Anne’s Cathedral today.

16th December – Monday
The Black Santa Sit Out begins today at St Anne’s.  Pray for all who will take part in this year’s ‘sit out’ and for all who will benefit from their efforts.

17th December – Tuesday
Give thanks for the staff in the Diocesan Office and their work supporting parishes in the Diocese of Connor.  Pray for those attending this evening’s Carrickfergus Grammar School Carol Service in St Nicholas’.

18th December – Wednesday
Pray for the homeless, especially rough sleepers and for homeless charities.

19th December – Thursday
This evening St Patrick’s, Ballymena hosts a service to mark the retirement of our Bishop, Alan Abernethy.  Give thanks for Bishop Alan and his service in Christian Ministry.  Pray that he would be restored to enjoy a long and happy retirement.  Pray for our Archdeacons.

20th December – Friday
Pray for those who are recently bereaved and all those who have suffered a loss in 2019.

21st December – Saturday
Give thanks for those who clean our church and church halls.  Give thanks also for our Church Wardens Brian and Alan.

22ND DECEMBER – SUNDAY (4th Sunday of Advent)
This morning at our Family Service the children will bring us their Christmas Presentation.  Give thanks for all who lead JAM, Bible Class, Youth Fellowship and Abba Girls.  Pray for Alison and the Choir and for the readers at this evening’s Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.  Pray for our Music Group.

23rd December – Monday
As our Church Office closes for the Christmas holiday, pray for Catherine our Parish Administrator, giving thanks for her friendly and efficient service.

24th December – Tuesday (Christmas Eve)
Pray for those attending tonight’s Holy Communion Service in St Nicholas’.  Remember today those unable to celebrate freely the birth of our Saviour.  Pray for Open Doors and for Christians in Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

25th December – Wednesday (The Nativity of our Lord/Christmas Day)
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, pray for this morning’s Family Service.  Pray that Christ would once again take His place at the centre of Christmas celebrations.  Pray for families and for those who will be alone today.  Pray too for those in: our emergency services, hospitals, power stations, roads service, retail, public transport and taxi services that will be at work today.

26th December – Thursday
Pray for Emmanuel and his family in Tanzania.

27th December – Friday
Pray for the nations of the Middle East, that peace might come to the region.

28th December – Saturday
Pray for Tearfund.

29TH DECEMBER – SUNDAY (The 1st Sunday of Christmas)
Pray for this morning’s services in St Nicholas’.

30th December – Monday
Pray for Linda Mulvenny, our Honorary Treasurer, as she begins the work on finalising accounts for 2019.  Give thanks for the members of the Count Team.


31st December – Tuesday
As the year draws to an end, give thanks for God’s Blessings in 2019.  Pray for those who are struggling to cope with life’s challenges at this time.

Prayer Diary – January 2020

Prayer of the Month

Great Father, draw into St Nicholas’ 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 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 – Wednesday
Give thanks that when we have prayed this month’s Prayer of the Month in the past it has been answered.  Pray for families and individuals new to our church family here in St Nicholas’.  Remember too our brothers and sisters, who, because of age or failing health, are no longer able to join us in church.

2nd January – Thursday
‘It is he (Christ) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up’ (Eph 4: 11-12).  Following the retirement of Bishop Alan and with the impending retirement of Archbishop Richard Clarke, pray for all called to service in the Church of Ireland, especially those called to leadership, that we would all be ‘built up.’

3rd January – Friday
Pray for plans to train a team of Pastoral Visitors to serve our parish.  Pray that the right people will be identified, be willing to serve and ultimately well equipped to carry out this work.  Continue to pray for Rev Jonathan Cockerill as he continues to visit homes in the parish as our Pastoral Visitor.

4th January – Saturday
Pray for those bereaved over the Christmas and New Year period.

5TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (The 2nd Sunday of Christmas)
As JAM and Bible classes resume, once again give thanks for those who open the Gospel to our children and young people.  Pray for growth in our children’s ministry.  Pray for today’s church services.

6th January – Monday (The Epiphany)
Pray for this morning’s clergy staff meeting.  Pray for our clergy and their families.

7th January – Tuesday
Give thanks for parishioners who augment and support members of our Select Vestry on its various sub-committees.

8th January – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s midweek Holy Communion service.

9th January – Thursday
Pray for this morning’s clergy visit to Carrickfergus Model School’s Assembly.

10th January – Friday
Pray for our Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

11th January – Saturday
Continue to pray for the work of Mission in Dublin.  Pray for Cameron and Alex, for ICM and continuing growth in CityChurch with Mark Smith.

12TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (The 1st Sunday after the Epiphany)
Give thanks for the time of fellowship we enjoy each Sunday morning after Morning Prayer and for the team who provide and serve refreshments.  Pray for all our services today.

13th January – Monday
Our Small Groups resume again this week.  Pray for these groups that meet at various times and locations, giving thanks for those who lead or host a group.  Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

14th January – Tuesday
Pray for the process, beginning soon, to select a new Bishop to serve in the Diocese of Connor.

15th January – Wednesday
Pray for the sick.  At this time of year remember those with mental health issues, especially those contemplating suicide.  Pray for those who work with the mentally ill and for adequate resources to provide care and support.

16th January – Thursday
Pray for our government and those elected to represent us in Westminster.  Pray for decisions made that affect the future of our nation.

17th January – Friday
Pray for Bishop Elias Chakupewa and the Bible College in Tabora Diocese.

18th January – Saturday
The Walking Group meets this morning for a Lagan Riverside Walk.  Pray for the fellowship of the group.

19TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Give thanks for our worship today.  Pray for all attending our three services and for those who will listen to Morning Prayer through our CD Ministry.

20th January – Monday
Theology Ireland begins today and continues until the end of the month with this year’s theme ‘God Speaks.’  Pray for all taking part in Theology Ireland that they would indeed hear God speak to them.

21st January – Tuesday
Pray for those in business trading across borders and for our local farmers.

22nd January – Wednesday
A year ago Andrea Watson was seriously ill in hospital.  Pray for Andrea’s health.  Pray for this evening’s BibleTalk Cafe meeting in the Watson’s family home.

23rd January – Thursday
Pray for Catherine and the team meeting to assemble Parish News. Pray for Parish News distributors.

24th January – Friday
Pray for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, also our Rainbows and Brownies.

25th January – Saturday
St Anne’s Cathedral is the venue today for the service of Consecration for the new Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Venerable Rev David McClay.  Pray for him and his wife Hilary at the beginning of this new role in God’s service.

26TH JANUARY – SUNDAY (The 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany)
Pray for this morning’s Family Service and this evening’s Cafe Church.

27th January – Monday
Pray for Emmanuel and for Children’s Ministry in Tabora.

28th January – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

29th January – Wednesday
Pray for Open Doors and for Christians in The Maldives and Uzbekistan.

30th January – Thursday
Give thanks for those who clean our church and halls, for our Flower Group and for the Catering Team.

31st January – Friday
Pray for the Christian Institute working to promote the Christian religion.

Christian Marriage

‘What God has joined together, let not man separate’
16th November 2019
Gareth Thomas McFarlane and Chloe Lennox

Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”
17th November 2019
Charlotte Amber Gloria Craig

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
1st November 2019
Ronald Victor Alexander

6th November 2019
Edward John Kinsey

18th November 2019
Catherine (Kathleen) Jamison

JAM NOTES

JAM and Bible Class had a shorter month, this month, with Remembrance Sunday, but that didn't deter us. JAM are continuing to look at John the Baptist ministry.  Bible Class have just finished looking at the Holy Spirit and it has been very rewarding. We will be moving on to the Birth of Jesus and reflecting and remembering the true meaning in Christmas.

Both JAM and Bible Class will be rehearsing for a few weeks for our joint production of the Nativity. Our Nativity will be held at 11 am Sunday 22nd December and what a glorious production that will be for all our children taking part and for our parishioners. This will be our last meeting until 5th January 2020.

As I stated in last month’s magazine, it’s that time again for any of our parishioners considering buying a present for children who might not get very much for Christmas. Again like last year we will be donating any presents to the Salvation Army who work in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul delivering presents throughout the Province. To allow time to get presents to Santa, could I ask anyone who wishes to donate a present please bring the item on Sunday 8th December. It will be too late if it is left to our Nativity play. There is no requirement to wrap the gift. I would like to say a big Thank You for your continued support for this project.

Ideas for gifts:
0-3 years: dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles

3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and(music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles

5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords

9-12: games and toys, stationery, DVDs, books, t-shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats

13-16: books, make-up and(please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, t-shirts, hair accessories and gift vouchers

With a heavy heart we have had to say Good Bye to Deriece Maguire who has left the Bible Class Team due to work commitments. Deriece has been a loyal member of the Bible Class Team and we would like to say a Big Thank You for all his help, guidance and loyal support over the past number of years.  He will be missed by our young people and leaders alike.

Dates for your Diary:
We have two adventures planned for January 2020. For JAM we are off to World of Wonder on Saturday 18th January 2020 at 5 pm. The Bible Class adventure is Bowling at Glengormley Sports Bowl on 25th January 2020 at 7 pm and then some food in McDonalds. Notes will follow as well as consent forms. THANK YOU Select Vestry for allowing this.

If anyone would like any more information on JAM or our Bible Class, please contact me or someone in the Team.

On behalf of our JAM Leaders and Bible Class Leaders we would 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


SOUND DESK ROTA DECEMBER 2019

                      Morning                    Evening
1st            Rachel McVeigh             Steven Todd
8th            Johnnie McAlister           Julie Irvine
15th           Gordon Dalton              Glenn Nelson
22nd          Julie Irvine                   Steven Todd
29th           Graeme Miles              No 6.30 pm service

SOUND DESK ROTA JANUARY 2020

5th           Rachel McVeigh            Glenn Nelson
12th         Gordon Dalton              Steven Todd
19th         Johnnie McAlister          Julie Irvine
26th         Graeme Miles               Café Church

Children’s Outreach Mission, Tabora

It was good to read in Emmanuel’s latest Newsletter that some of our recent contributions had been used to extend the classroom that he had constructed at the side of his house.  One of the Good News Clubs meets at his home every Sunday afternoon and other classes are held each evening to teach Maths, English and Scripture.

The classroom was built between 3 and 4 years ago and consists of some concrete block walls, a smooth concrete floor together with a corrugated iron roof.  Where walls are missing, either intentionally or through lack of funds, large blue tarpaulin sheets are hung to keep out the rain in the wet season.  I don’t know what the planning regulations are like in Tanzania, if there are any at all, but I couldn’t see this construction being approved here.  It’s great to see pictures of the extended room in full use and it is going to provide a much better learning environment, as younger and older children can be taught separately.  Emmanuel is so grateful for the funds provided by St Nicholas’ to enable this project to be completed. 

Emmanuel has also been busy producing 5 booklets for children’s use in classes and at home.  Each booklet is colour themed.  Black represents sin and refers to Romans 3 v 23.  Red represents the blood that Jesus shed on the cross and refers to John 3 v 16.  White represents how clean our hearts will be when forgiven and refers to Psalm 51 v 7.  Gold reminds us of heaven where the streets are paved with gold and refers to Revelation 21 v 18 and 21.  Green reminds us of the things that need to grow in our lives, like grace and knowledge and refers to 2 Peter 3 v 18.  Do look up these passages and make the connection that the children are being encouraged to make.  Another booklet is being prepared on the Lord’s Prayer and will be ready in the New Year.

Please do pray that Emmanuel and Elizabeth can manage their time well in order to provide the best learning experience for the children, in both school classrooms or the home classroom.

Also spare a thought and a prayer for those facing food shortages as we tuck into our Christmas lunches.
Lynn Rodgers

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 December 2019

1st    9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Holy Communion—Advent “Whys?”
            “No-one knows about that day or hour”
            Romans 13 v 8-14        Valerie Leighton
            Matthew 24 v 36-44        The Preacher
       6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Prophecies of Preparation: (1) Wake Up!
            Isaiah 52 v 1-12        Linda Mulvenny

8th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Advent “Whys?”
            “Prepare the Way of the Lord”
            Isaiah 11 v 1-10        Colin Parkes
            Matthew 3 v 1-12        Kathleen Arthur
       6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Prophecies of Preparation: (2) Choose Wisely!
            1 Kings 18 v 17-39        Jackie Kane

15th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Morning Prayer & Baptism
            Advent “Whys?” - “He has lifted up the humble”
            Isaiah 35 v 1-10        Valerie Barr
            Luke v 1 v 46-56        Karen Bell
      6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Prophecies of Preparation: (3) Live Righteously!
            Isaiah 5 v 8-24            Colin Logue
            John 5 v 31-40            Don Howe

22nd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Sunday School Nativity
        6.30 pm    Nine Lessons and Carols

24th     11.00 pm    Christmas Eve Holy Communion
            Titus 2 v 11-14            Christine Stewart
            John 1 v 1-14            Jean Stewart

25th    10.00 am    Christmas Morning Family Service
            Luke 2 v 1-14

29th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.00 am    Service of the Word—Jesus Christ, our brother
            Hebrews 2 v 10-18        Janice Nelson
    There will be no 6.30 pm service 29th December

Parish Walking Group


Saturday 18th January 2020
Lanyon Place to Botanic Gardens via Lagan Riverside Walk & visit the Palm House
9.15 am meet at Carrick train station for 9.24 am train to Lanyon Place
For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray

Services in January 2020

5th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Holy Communion
            A New Year Invitation: (1) Come, Drink! Eat! Live!
            Isaiah 55 v 1-3            Joanne Rodgers
            John 5 v 24-26            The Preacher
       6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            ‘Because He came:’ (1) We have a destiny
            Ephesians 1 v 3-14        Hilary Bishop

12th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            A New Year Invitation: (2) Call others too!
            Isaiah 55 v 4-5            Ann McVeigh
            Matthew 28 v 16-20        Marion Letters
       6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            ‘Because He came:’ (2) The door is open
            Acts 10 v 34-43        John Richardson

19th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            A New Year Invitation: (3) Turn to the Lord!
            Isaiah 55 v 6-9            Gordon Dalton
            Acts 2 v 36-41            Gillian Dalton
       6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            ‘Because He came:’ (3) We are strengthened
            1 Corinthians 1 v 1-9        Daphne Murphy
            John 1 v 29-34            The Preacher

26th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Family Service—Jesus heals a lame man
            John 5 v 1-15
       6.30 pm    Café Church
            Because He came:’ (4) We’re one in Christ
            1 Corinthians 1 v 10-18

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.

New Flower List
The flower list for 2020 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 Christine Cahoon 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
Christine. New members will be made very welcome.
The Flower Group

Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

Our Christmas Dinner this year will be held in Nix Restaurant, North Street, Carrickfergus at 7 pm on Tuesday 10th December. If you would like to join us and have not already signed up please speak to any member of the committee as soon as possible. The cost will be £12.50 payable on the night. Ladies are also asked to bring along a secret santa gift to the value of around £5. We are all looking forward to a festive evening of fun and fellowship - see you there!

Please note that our first meeting in 2020 will be on Tuesday 11th February for a Martha's Bureau craft evening making handmade gifts.
Valerie Leighton

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.

9th December          Christmas Party in the Church Hall
16th December        Christmas Luncheon Club

ABBA GIRLS

Friday 13th December at 7.30 pm—Christmas outing
Further details will be on the notices sheets nearer the time

 
St Nicholas Sketch