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Dear Friends,
In December we had an opportunity to say farewell to Raymond & Jackie Givan who have been our Crosslinks mission partners for the last few years. It was interesting to hear about their work in Uganda at Goli and Kiwoko Hospital and to hear about the ways in which they served Jesus there. Raymond and Jackie have now moved back to Northern Ireland. Please continue to pray for them as Raymond settles back into work as a doctor here and as they settle back into (and make repairs to) their home.

Going forward, the Select Vestry have accepted the invitation from Crosslinks to support Trevor & Andrea Watson as our new mission partners. This will be a new venture in many ways, not least because the mission field where they will be working is not Africa or Asia or even South America, but Europe! Trevor, who currently serves the church in Coleraine, will be going with Andrea and their three daughters to Gothenburg in Sweden to help build the church there. They leave for Sweden in the summer time and there will be an opportunity to meet them in church at the beginning of May.

This month sees the beginning of Lent and naturally our minds move towards the Mission Carrick Holy Week services. This year we will be meeting in the new building that Carrickfergus Baptist Church have recently erected. Before that though, several of the clergy in the town have agreed to participate in a pulpit swap on the morning of 14th February. On that date, to emphasise the importance of the churches working together in the service of the gospel, clergy across the town will be preaching in each others churches. I will be preaching that morning at the Church of the Nazarene in Oakfield Drive and the congregation at St Nicholas’ will welcome Pastor Philip or Pastor Michael to speak at our service. Do come along and share in this act of Christian fellowship.

This year’s Lent project is from CMS Ireland and is entitled “The Meeting Place”. The project will encourage us to support the church in Madi West Nile diocese in Uganda. More information will be available in church, but as in previous years you are encouraged to put a coin in a container each time you eat a meal during lent and pray for the Church in Uganda. Then on Easter Day, bring your collection to church and we will forward it to CMSI so that they can use it for the good of the people of Madi West Nile. This is a great way to remind ourselves that we are part of a worldwide church and serve those who do not have the material resources that we do.

This month is also the annual time when the parish’s General Vestry Register is open for revision. If you are 18 years old or over and are a subscriber to church funds, you are eligible to be included on this list, but you do need to register your name. This register is the ‘voters list’ for the annual parish meeting, which takes place after Easter. I would encourage every adult member of the parish to register and plan to attend that meeting. It’s your opportunity to influence the life of our parish and to play your part. Please speak to one of the churchwardens if you would like a copy of the very brief registration form.

Finally, we are planning a service of Confirmation this year. Confirmation is the service where those who have been baptised as infants have the opportunity to take the promises of baptism for themselves. The service is conducted by the Bishop and he lays hands on each candidate and prays for the blessing of God’s Holy Spirit on them as they seek to live as a follower of Jesus. Sometimes the service happens as we come to maturity as teenagers, but for many reasons, a number of people are not confirmed until later in their adult lives. Is this something that you would like to do? Have you been thinking about your own relationship with Christ? I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to consider being confirmed - please speak to me at church or contact the office.
With love in Jesus,



The lecture will be opened by Bishop Harold Miller

The Faith at the heart of the Book of Common Prayer

With Rev Dr Ashley Null
The Rev Dr Ashley Null is an ordained minister of the Diocese of Western Kansas.  He has a PhD from Cambridge and studies, also, at Yale Divinity School.  His special area of interest is Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and primary author of the Book of Common Prayer.  Currently based in Berlin, he is researching the correspondence of Archbishop Cranmer and is in much demand as a speaker, across the globe.  At heart, he is an evangelist, working amongst elite athletes as a chaplain.

Monday 22nd February 2016
7.45 pm
All Saints Church, Belfast

There will be a chance to donate to the trust fund at this lecture.

Crèche Rota February 2016

7th    Karen Bell, Sharon McMaster, Rachel McVeigh
14th    Lorraine Gibson & Ciara Lester
21st    Deirdre Beck & Valerie Leighton
28th     Ann Hodge, Kathleen Arthur, Rachel McVeigh
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.


What a pleasure it was to welcome Rachel Green (nee Leighton) to our meeting in January. It was a most informative evening and just what we all needed at the start of the year for Rachel to share with us her expertise as a dietician. Rachel made such a wonderful impression on us that hopefully we will take on board all the advice she has given us and make a better effort to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Some of us still cannot believe that there are 49 sugar cubes in a bag of jelly babies!

Coincidentally, Rachel's mother-in-law, May Green will be joining us on Tuesday, 9th February. Most of us know May as Co-ordinator of the annual "Walk for Life". She will talk about her life and share her love for Jesus with us in her indomitable, humorous way. I can assure you we can look forward to a very enjoyable evening. We will also be holding a Bring and Buy sale; so if you could bring along some home-baking, crafts or unwanted gift, it would be very much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you there.           
Christine Cahoon

Flowers in Church December 2015 (not in last magazine)

Christmas Flowers
    David McAtamney—In memory of my wife & mother Denise
    Gillian & Gordon Dalton

Flowers in Church January 2016 (not in last magazine)

3rd    Vacant
10th    Vacant
17th    Mr & Mrs Withers
24th    Anonymous—In memory of our loved ones
24th    Sally Campbell—In memory of my husband Sam
31st    Vacant

Flowers in Church February 2016

7th    Gillian & Gordon Dalton
14th    Vacant
21st    The Lynn Family
28th    Vacant

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

St Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus

Prayer Diary – February 2016

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

A suggested pattern for daily devotions:

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

Prayer for the Month
Cleanse me from my sin, Lord,
put Your power within, Lord,
take me as I am, Lord,
and make me all Your own.
Keep me day by day, Lord,
in Your way, Lord,
make my heart Your palace,
and Your royal throne.  Amen

1st February – Monday
Pray for PrayerPoint for the growth of this prayer time together.  Remember intercessors praying for the sick and those who lead prayer during worship.

2nd February – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for Select Vestry members and for this evening’s discussions and decision making.  With the Register of General Vestry Persons being formally opened, pray that growing numbers of eligible parishioners would register this year.

3rd February – Wednesday
Christianity Explained continues this evening.  Pray that those attending would grow in knowledge as they work through Mark’s Gospel.  Pray for Cameron as he leads the group and as he visits Downshire School tomorrow morning to speak at their assembly.

4th February – Thursday
For the next four days the committee reviewing Theological Training is meeting in Dublin.  Pray for wisdom for the committee.  Pray for our Rector, George, and pray that those training for ministry would be men and women of faith, well equipped to serve Christ making Him known throughout Ireland.

5th February – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

6th February – Saturday
Today marks the 64th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  Give thanks for her years of dedicated service and her example as a woman of deep Christian faith.  Pray for her continued good health, for Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family supporting her as her reign continues.

7TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY (The Sunday before Lent)
Pray for the children, helpers and teachers in our Sunday School and Bible Class.  Pray for Lynn Rodgers.  Pray that parents would see the importance of bring children to Church and Sunday School.

8th February – Monday
Pray for peace in Syria and an end to the resulting migrant crisis in Europe.

9th February – Tuesday
St Nicholas’ R. C. Church is hosting Carrickfergus Churches Community Forum this evening.  Pray for this gathering of people from different Christian denominations.  Pray for our Women’s Fellowship with guest May Green and for our Girl Guides Barn Dance.

10th February – Wednesday (Ash Wednesday)
Pray for staff and pupils at Sunnylands Primary School where a member of our ministry team will speak at Assembly this morning.

11th February – Thursday
Canon Brian Courtney continues to serve this parish family, faithfully supporting George and Cameron.  On this his 72nd birthday, give thanks for all that he has contributed to parish life and pray for his good health and enthusiasm for ministry in St Nicholas’.  Pray too for Valerie.

12th February – Friday
Pray for those bereaved in recent weeks that they would draw comfort from the assured hope, His people have, of eternity with our Lord.

13th February – Saturday
Pray for the Parish Walking Group.

14TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY (1st Sunday in Lent)
Today is Mission Carrickfergus ‘Pulpit Swap’ Sunday.  Pray for George who is preaching at the Church of the Nazarene and the pastor who will be joining us here in St Nicholas’.  Pray for all ‘swapping’ today.

15th February – Monday
As the Marriage Preparation course comes to an end, pray for the four couples who have taken part and are planning to marry in St Nicholas’ this year.

16th February – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

17th February – Wednesday
Pray for Alison our Organist, Nadine her understudy and the members of the Choir.  Pray for the extended choir and practice for our Easter Praise service.

18th February – Thursday
Pray for the sick, whether at home or in hospital.  Give thanks for Carers.

19th February – Friday
Pray for CMS Ireland’s 2016 Project, ‘The Meeting Place – Bringing People Together’, exploring Global Mission, fundraising for Madi West Nile, Uganda.

20th February – Saturday
Remember today Suffragen Bishop Darren McCartney and his wife Karen.

21ST FEBRUARY – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday in Lent)
Pray for today’s services especially this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.  Give thanks for Stella Neill and her work keeping and updating the list of those who have asked for prayer.  Pray for everyone involved in our Youth Fellowship.

22nd February – Monday
Pray for the Small Groups who continue to meet at various times and places throughout the week.  Pray for Senior Moments.

23rd February – Tuesday
Remember the ongoing work in Tabora Diocese.  Pray for all those studying at the Bible School.  Pray for Emmanuel and his Children’s Ministry team.

24th February – Wednesday
Pray for the Carrickfergus Ministers’ Fellowship meeting this morning.  Pray for Mission Carrick’s planning for Holy Week.

25th February – Thursday
Catherine and the team meet this morning to assemble Parish News.  Give thanks for Catherine and the team.  Remember also those who distribute magazines, those who record our Free will offering, the gardening team and those who clean our church and church halls.

26th February – Friday
Give thanks for the invitations our clergy receive to go into local schools.  Pray for today’s visit to Carrickfergus Model Primary.

27th February – Saturday
Pray for the Crosslinks Day Conference with Kevin DeYoung taking place at Armagh City Hotel.

28TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday in Lent)
Pray for our Family service this morning and this evening’s Cafe Church.

29th February – Monday
Pray for our new link missionaries Trevor and Andrea Watson.

In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.  Philippians 4 v 6


It’s good to get back to classes which we have been doing in January.  February continues that pattern as we meet in the Hall on the first 3 Sundays.  The 4th Sunday (28th February) is our monthly Family Service in Church at 11 am.  Looking to March there are changes to the normal routine to account for Mothering Sunday (6th March), Palm Sunday (20th March) and Easter Sunday (27th March) when there will be no Sunday School.  This means the only Sunday School classes in March will be on 13th March.

There is something satisfying and yet very humbling to hear the children engaging with their teachers as they talk about the lessons, Sunday by Sunday.  There is a gentle and respectful buzz of discussion and interaction in the Hall as the Bible is read and explanations are given.

Please include the children and teachers of our Sunday School in your prayers; for continued and sustained understanding for the children so that in God’s time they will confidently accept Jesus as their friend and Saviour.          
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent


In September 2001, four intrepid travellers set out from
Carrickfergus en route to East Africa, a continent that none of them had been to before.  Three flight journeys and several thousand miles later they ended up in Tabora, Tanzania.  In the intervening years we have been glad to welcome visitors from Tabora to St Nicholas’.

We are now investigating the possibility of making a return visit to Tabora possibly in May or June of this year.  Please pray for these plans as we seek God’s will in this.

If you are interested or would like more information,
please speak to 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

Christian Baptism
“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

13th December 2015
Quinn Parish, c/o 6 Broadlands, Carrickfergus

Christian Burial
‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

26th November 2015
Hugh Arthur, 43 Kirkland Square, Carrickfergus

6th December 2015
Annie Crooks, 22 Skelton Close, Carrickfergus

11th December 2015
Jason-John (JJ) Sloss-Hartley, 10 Cherry Walk, Carrickfergus

18th December 2015
Elizabeth Inez (Betty) Brines, 20 Joymount, Carrickfergus

30th December 2015
David Desmond ‘Desy’ Cave, 20 Meadowhill, Carrickfergus

4thJanuary 2016
Harold Richard (Harry) McMurran, 2 Fergus Avenue, Carrickfergus

6th January 2016
Jasmin Lilian (Jean) Ross, 5 Buskin Place, Carrickfergus

8th January 2016
Victor Cleave Soverall, Carrickfergus Manor PNH, Carrickfergus

12th January 2016
Margaret Jane (Jean) McMillan, Tamlaght PNH, Carrickfergus

Services in February 2016

7th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—Giving it up: Control
            Genesis 2 v 15 — 3 v 7    Marion Letters
            Matthew 4 v 1-11        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Cafe Church
            Welcome weaker disciples
            Romans 14 v 1-9        Ray Gilbert

14th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            Mission Carrick Pulpit Swap
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Cafe Church
            Don’t judge—build up!
            Romans 14 v 10-23        Christine Cahoon

21st    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Giving it up: Expectations
            Genesis 12 v 1-4a        Ann McVeigh
            John 3 v 1-17            Linda Mulvenny
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing & Cafe Church
            Jesus: servant of the Jews
            Romans 15 v 1-13        Alex Jones
            Luke 7 v 1-10            The Preacher

28th    9 30 am    Holy Communion1
    11.00 am    Family Service—Moses: Miracle at the Red Sea
            Exodus 14 v 5-31
    6.30 pm    Cafe Church—Paul: minister to the Gentiles
            Romans 15 v 14-22


2nd     7.30 pm        Select Vestry
9th    7.00 pm        Valentine Barn Dance
9th    7.30 pm        Women’s Fellowship
13th    9.15 am        Parish Walking Group Outing

Congratulations from all at St Nicholas’ to
Miss Valerie Barr on the award of a British Empire Medal
in the recent New Year’s Honours List


Once again we are offering the opportunity for
anyone who enjoys singing, to attend choir practices
for 5 weeks in preparation for the Easter Sunday
services when the choir takes a larger role than usual.

Anyone interested in joining us either on a
temporary or permanent basis please come along to the church on
Wednesday 17th February at 8 pm.
Hope to see you there.  Alison


There are some Flower Festival Cards still available at the reduced price to clear of £1.00 per pack of 8
To purchase these speak to Christine Cahoon
or phone Catherine in the office

4th Carrickfergus Guides

Tuesday 9th February 7 pm – 9 pm
in St Nicholas’ Church Halls

Entrance by Donation
Tea, Coffee & Buns.
Everyone Welcome


        Morning                Evening
7th        Rachel McVeigh            Lynn Rodgers
14th         Gillian Dalton                Steven Todd
21st        Gordon Dalton            Paul Letters
28th         Glenn Nelson                Cafe Church


Featuring Major Sinclair Memorial Band
& Ballyclare Male Choir

Saturday 27th February 2016
Holy Trinity Church, Carrickfergus
Doors open 7 pm
Concert starts 7.30 pm

Tickets £5 are available from Alan Miles


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 Christine Cahoon (93360203).  Many thanks for your support.

7th February Lorraine Gibson Doris Close Kathleen Arthur

14th February Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

21st February Gillian Dalton Tamera Milligan Andrea Drysdale

28th February Alison Clarke Maureen Jackson Carol Campbell


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

Calling all Crafters

A new group started 28th January for all those who are interested in one craft or another.  Crocheting/knitting/card making/canvas art etc. 
Tea & Coffee will be provided.

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

For further details contact Janice Nelson.
Everyone welcome

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 the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

What’s happening in February?
9th February    Drop In

23rd February    Eleanor from Age NI ‘Reminiscence’

Parish Walking Group

Saturday 13th February

East Belfast Walk
(postponed from November)
Views of Harland & Wolff shipyard
& Stormont.
Especially suitable for children & families

Meet at Carrick Railway Station at 9.15 am
for 9.24 am train to Bridge End.

For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray

St Nicholas Sketch