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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Parishioners & Friends,
It’s that time of year again! Students & school pupils relax as the last of the exams are completed; barbecues are dusted off as we look anxiously for an improvement in the weather; perhaps the roofspace is opened and the holiday suitcases are lifted out again. In the life of the parish, most of our organisations have closed for the summer and hard-working leaders are looking forward to a well-earned break!

Yes, the summer season is upon us again and, wet or dry, we all look forward to a rest from the normal routine of life. For some people this year, anxieties about finance and security of employment mean that they might not be planning their usual summer holiday, but even a few days spent relaxing with family and friends can have a great revitalising effect.

I want to say a particular word of thanks to the teachers from our Afternoon Sunday School which has closed after many years service to children in our town. Sharon, Heather, Hester and Rachel have made sure that the young people who came along to Oakfield Community Centre had a stimulating programme of lessons and activities to help them discover more about Jesus. In recent years though, despite great efforts on everyone’s part, patterns of family life seem to mean that fewer and fewer children were coming along on a Sunday afternoon. As a result we took the difficult decision to finish the activities at the end of this term and will be looking at different ways of bringing the good news of Jesus to children in the Autumn.

Rest and refreshment is necessary for all of us - God set the pattern in creation when he built the principle of the Sabbath day’s rest in to the working week. Jesus too, demonstrated the importance of taking time out in the midst of a busy life. Whether you are holidaying at home or away this year, can I encourage you to make the most of time away from the normal routine to relax and invest in those important relationships with the Lord and with family.

Do remember in your prayers those of our young people who will be attending camps run by Crosslinks or Scripture Union over the summer. These are great opportunities for learning more from the Bible and building Christian friendships.
Our own Summer programme in the Parish includes our Holiday Bible Club from Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July at 7.00 pm in the Church Halls. This year our theme is “Polar Explorers” and we will be enjoying plenty of fun and activities while we compare the excitement of being an explorer with the great adventure of following Jesus. Further details are available elsewhere in the magazine. We will be glad to welcome any young people of primary school age to come and join in the fun - whether they belong to St Nicholas’ or not!

Impact Carrick has become established as part of the summer calendar for the churches in Carrickfergus in recent years. This year this important event takes place from 6th-10th July. There are lots of activities to share in together as we seek to serve the town of Carrickfergus and show our neighbours that “We love, because He first loved us”. Have a look on the Impact Carrick Facebook page for more details or simply drop into the Hub building in North Street during the week and lend a hand.

Toward the end of August Cameron & Alex Jones will move to Carrickfergus as Cameron prepares to begin his curacy in the parish. Do remember them both in prayer as they settle into the curate’s house in Coates Gardens and make their home among us.

Whatever this summer brings for you and your family, may you know God’s blessing on your lives and know that there is always a warm welcome for you down at St Nicholas’!

With love in Jesus,
George

SOUND DESK ROTA JULY 2015

                   Morning                     Evening
5th           Dereice Maguire            Lynn Rodgers
12th         Glenn Nelson                Steven Todd
19th         Gordon Dalton              Paul Letters
26th         Jonathan Nelson            John Kane

SOUND DESK ROTA AUGUST 2015

                      Morning                Evening
2nd         Gillian Dalton                Lynn Rodgers
9th         Johnny McAlister            Steven Todd
16th       Jamie Davison                Paul Letters
23rd       Julie Irvine                     John Kane
30th        Rachel McVeigh            Lynn Rodgers


Volunteers needed

For the cleaning team
Thank you to everyone who helps with the cleaning of the church and church halls. We currently need more help to clean the church & church halls.  If you can help with this work, even on a temporary basis, please contact Catherine in the office 028 9336 0061 or speak to one of the clergy.


WELCOME TEAM/COLLECTORS

We want to increase the variety of people who assist in the tasks of greeting folk at the doors of the church and also those who take up the collection.  If you would like to help with either of these things on a Sunday please speak to any member of the Select Vestry. Thank you


St Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus

Prayer Diary – July 2015

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 prayer for situations, communities, and individuals in other parts of the world.  Each Prayer Diary begins with a Prayer of the Month.  Keep it to hand and use as part of your daily devotions.

A suggested pattern for daily devotions

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

Prayer for the Month

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen          BCP
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1st July – Wednesday
With our Holiday Bible Club reaching the half way point, pray for leaders and helpers.  Pray that children would continue to attend this week, learning more of God’s love while having fun.

2nd July – Thursday
Pray for this evening’s Holiday Bible Club ‘Polar Explorers.’

3rd July - Friday
As ‘Polar Explorers’ comes to an end, give thanks for this week’s activities and for leaders and helpers.  Pray that the children attending will have learned something of God’s Love.  Pray for ‘Summer Madness’ beginning this evening.

4th July – Saturday
The Summer Madness weekend continues at Glenarm Castle.  Pray for all the young people attending.  Pray for worship leaders and for speakers, Miriam Swaffield, Patrick Regan, Brian Forde and Jasper Rutherford.

5TH JULY – SUNDAY (5th Sunday after Trinity)
In a change from our normal routine, we have no Holy Communion services today but children and leaders from ‘Polar Explorers’ will join us at 9.30 am and give us a flavour of what they have learned.  Pray for today’s services.

6th July – Monday
Impact Carrick gets under way today.  Pray for the young people’s activities and give thanks for young people willing to play their part in outreach.

7th July – Tuesday
As Impact Carrick continues, give thanks for it and for Servant Evangelism.

8th July – Wednesday
Pray for Impact Carrick and for the clergy of the various churches in Carrickfergus.  Pray for George our Rector, for Brian, remembering Cameron joining us as Curate in the autumn and Johnny McFarland assisting our clergy over the summer months.  Pray that all will enjoy time away from church duties, and return rested and refreshed when their holiday is over.

9th July – Thursday
Continue to pray for Impact Carrick remembering today volunteers and visitors to the North Street Hub and Prayer Room.

10th July – Friday
As Impact Carrick comes to the end of another week, pray for lives touched by this week’s outreach and that ‘seeds planted’ would take root and grow.  Pray for the volunteers from various church congregations who have come together this week to show God’s Love to local people and visitors alike.

11th July – Saturday
Many people may be feeling anxious this weekend especially those living close to bonfire sites or interfaces.  Pray for all those feeling anxious for whatever reason.  Pray for revellers, that they would stay safe.

12TH JULY – SUNDAY (6th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for the Sunday Funday Club and this morning’s Holy Communion services.  Remember all church services taking place today.  Pray for peaceful parades to various church services and the continuing weekend festivities.

13th July – Monday
Pray for today’s celebrations; for peaceful parades and where protests are planned that these too would be peaceful and dignified.  Pray for PSNI and other emergency personnel; for St John Ambulance and Red Cross volunteers.

14th July – Tuesday
Pray for the sick.  Pray especially for those living with chronic pain and those waiting for joint replacement operations.

15th July – Wednesday
Mothers’ Union members worldwide work to support parents, children and the communities where they live.  Pray for the work of Mothers’ Union here in the UK and in other parts of the world, particularly the Continent of Africa.

16th July – Thursday
Pray for the leadership of the Church of Ireland, remembering Archbishop Richard Clarke and Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor.

17th July – Friday
We are truly blessed in St Nicholas’ to have Catherine Milligan whose warm friendly voice is often the stranger’s first contact with us.  Pray for Catherine.

18th July – Saturday
Pray for Raymond and Jackie Givan, for God’s guidance, that they would know His will as to their future service.  Pray that Raymond’s health is restored.

19TH JULY – SUNDAY (7th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s services, especially this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.  Give thanks for Alison Irwin our organist, for Nadine Davison her understudy and for the members of our Choir.

20th July – Monday
Pray for the staff at CMS Ireland and for those on overseas mission.

21st July – Tuesday
Once again give thanks for our Select Vestry, especially Hon Treasurer Linda Mulvenny and Hon Secretary Alan Miles.  Pray also for the team that faithfully and efficiently counts and records the free will offerings.

22nd July – Wednesday
Following the close of Afternoon Sunday School, give thanks for all who have been involved in this outreach.  Pray too for guidance and planning for a different form of outreach to families who would not be church attendees.

23rd July – Thursday
Pray for those who have been recently bereaved.  Pray that they would draw comfort from friends and family but also from the assured hope given to those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ.

24th July – Friday
A number of parishioners faithfully clean our church and church halls each week.  Pray for them and that more of us would be willing to serve in this way so easing the burden on the current team.

25th July – Saturday
Pray for Emmanuel and his team working in children’s and youth ministry in Tabora Diocese.

26TH JULY – SUNDAY (8th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s church services, giving thanks for the teaching of God’s Word.  Give thanks also for the opportunity for relaxed conversation over tea and coffee each Sunday morning, and for the team supplying refreshments.

27th July – Monday
As North Street Presbyterian’s Holiday Bible Club gets underway, pray for the young people who will take part this week, once again praying that young hearts and minds would be receptive to the message of God’s love for them.  Pray for the North Street congregation and the challenge they face with the repair work required in their building.

28th July – Tuesday
Continue to pray for the people of Nepal and for relief work there.

29th July – Wednesday
Earlier this year St Nicholas’ was awarded a grant to replace guttering and hopefully stop the ingress of rainwater.  Pray that the work would progress soon so that the money allocated can be drawn down from the Treasury.  Pray for fundraising efforts to make up the shortfall.

30th July – Thursday
Pray for TEARFUND.

31st July – Friday
Pray for Middle East Christian Outreach, remembering those involved in mission in this volatile part of the world.

Prayer Diary – August 2015


Prayer of the Month

O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen                                       BCP
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1st August – Saturday
New Horizon gets underway today at the University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus and continues until Friday.  Pray for everyone playing their part this coming week.  Remember Iain Provan, Ben Kwashi and Bishop Harold Millar.

2ND AUGUST – SUNDAY (9th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services today.  Pray for our clergy team; for George, Brian and Johnny.  Give thanks for the preparation and care that goes into each sermon preached, and that all are based on Biblical truths.

3rd August – Monday
Pray for the Irish Church Mission’s City Church in Dublin and its growth in that city.  Remember our former parishioner Mark Smyth serving at City Church.

4th August – Tuesday
Thousands have died attempting to cross the sea to escape persecution, conflict or poverty.  Pray for the nations offering asylum; that all governments would play their part and that those reaching safety would not fall prey to unscrupulous Gang masters.

5th August – Wednesday
Later this month Cameron Jones and his wife Alex will move into our Curate’s house.  Pray for them as they prepare for the move.

6th August – Thursday
Pray for young people awaiting exam results and for their families.  Pray for professionals, that they will give good advice on future direction.

7th August – Friday
As New Horizon ends, give thanks for all involved.  Pray that those attending will feel enriched in their faith and for lives transformed this week.

8th August – Saturday
Castlewellan Castle is the venue for Crosslinks Junior and Senior Camps which begin today.  Pray for all those attending and for leaders.  Pray for the work of Crosslinks on the island of Ireland and overseas.

9TH AUGUST – SUNDAY (10th Sunday after Trinity)
The Sunday Funday club continues this morning.  Pray for the leaders and children.  Pray for Sunday School Superintendent Lynn Rodgers and teachers and helpers as they plan for the autumn.  Pray for our church services.

10th August – Monday
Pray for the Christian Institute.

11th August – Tuesday
Pray for our clergy.  Pray for planning for our autumn programme; for God’s guidance on ways to reach out to those with no church connection.

12th August – Wednesday
Pray for the sick.  Pray for those with mental illness.  Give thanks for advances in treatment of mental illness, for doctors and therapists.

13th August – Thursday
Being a Carer can be a physical challenge.  With financial issues, isolation and stress, the Carer’s own health and well-being can suffer.  Pray today for Carers.

14th August – Friday
Pray for Open Doors and for persecuted Christians around the world.

15th August – Saturday
Pray for Raymond and Jackie Givan.

16TH AUGUST – SUNDAY (11th Sunday after Trinity)
This evening’s Holy Communion service includes Prayer for Healing.  Pray for this and for all services today.

17th August – Monday
Remember today former regular worshippers who now, because of age, illness or infirmity are no longer able to attend church.  Pray for the housebound and those living in care homes.

18th August – Tuesday
Pray for our prayer life; for PrayerPoint and Encounter; for the compiling and content of this Prayer Diary; and for a heart to come together for prayer.

19th August – Wednesday
Pray for the leaders of our uniformed organisations.

20th August – Thursday
Pray for those struggling to overcome their loss following bereavement.

21st August – Friday
Pray for this weekend’s Young Adults Conference at Dunluce Parish Centre.  Pray for young people, for those in danger from the unscrupulous who would seek to lead them into unsafe or illegal activities.  Pray for those who prey on the vulnerable that they would turn to Christ, becoming good role models.

22nd August – Saturday
As Johnny McFarland’s time with us comes to an end, pray for him and his family as they enjoy some time together before he resumes study in Dublin.

23RD AUGUST – SUNDAY (12th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s church services.  Give thanks for our organist and choir and for the members of our music group.

24th August – Monday
This week some schools will reopen for the new term and for some children and young people this will mean not just a new teacher but a new school also.  Pray for teachers, children and parents.

25th August – Tuesday
This morning our next issue of Parish News will be assembled ready for distribution.  Pray for Catherine, the Magazine Team and for Distributors.

26th August – Wednesday
Give thanks for the many parishioners who come to clean the church and church halls, and for those who make up occasional work parties to carry out the many minor jobs that inevitably require attention.

27th August – Thursday
Pray for Cafe Church, our Small Groups Bible Study, for Servant Evangelism and for new opportunities for outreach.

28th August – Friday
Remember today our former Curate Darren McCartney, now Suffragen Bishop of the Canadian Arctic, and his wife Karen.  Pray too for Elias Chakupewa, Bishop of Tabora and Sospeter Ndenza, Bishop of Kibondo.

29th August – Saturday
Pray for visitors coming to see a beautiful old building, that they would feel something more and want to know of the ‘old old story of Jesus and his Love’.

30TH AUGUST – SUNDAY (13th Sunday after Trinity)
Give thanks for those who have led our Sunday Funday Club and played a part in our Sunday worship during July and August.  Pray for today’s services.

31st August – Monday
Pray for our elected representatives at Stormont, that they would put differences aside and govern for the good of all citizens of Northern Ireland.



Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

18th April 2015
Raymond McMullan, 8 Bridewell Drive, Carrickfergus

1st June 2015
George Hall McCartney, 26 Rose Gardens, Carrickfergus

2nd June 2015
James Whitford, 6 Willow Park, Carrickfergus

4th June 2015
James (Jim) Morrow Floyd, 41 Inverary Fold, Inverleith Drive, Belfast

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

With the demise of the traditional excursion, our children enjoyed a morning of fun, frolics and food in the Hall on 30th May.  Two bouncy castles, one in the form of an assault course, occupied the large hall and the children had a whale of a time.  It’s a wonderful thing to watch children having fun, innocent uncomplicated fun.  We know that all too soon those innocent years will pass and with that in mind we, in Sunday School, aim to prepare these children for the complications of life that lie ahead.  Many thanks to our teachers for organising the food element of the proceedings, ensuring all went home exhausted and full.

The latest news form Tabora, Tanzania tells us that one of Emmanuel’s volunteers has agreed to attend a three month Bible School course with the intention that, on completion, he will help train and instruct existing and new volunteers in the Bible.  This is great news on several fronts.  Firstly you will notice this person is male.  Volunteers have been predominantly female up to now and to have a man as a leader and role model is a positive step.  Then to have someone to assist Emmanuel and Elizabeth in mentoring and Bible study will be a burden shared.

There is of course a cost to this.  The Bible course coupled with text books etc will cost the equivalent of about £75.00; a considerable sum for most Tanzanians.  Our Select Vestry has considered this as an important step in the onward development of the Children's Outreach Mission and have kindly agreed to support this man through his course.  His name is Elkana Leha and the course begins in September.  Please pray for him over the Summer, that he will be prove able and receptive to God’s word and the instruction he will receive.  The fact that our Vestry has agreed to this will mean that the Mission’s existing finances can be used for its present commitments.  To this end, my appeal for your prayerful and financial support last month is repeated.  With your support, then and now, I am confident I will be forwarding at least £500 during July.  Please continue to pray for Emmanuel, Elizabeth and their family, for the Children’s Mission, for Elkana and for the children.

Crosslinks Camps
Several of our youngsters will be attending the Junior Camps between 8th and 12th August at Castlewellan Castle.  Each of those going this year have been before and I know that they couldn’t wait to get their places booked.  This year, as every year, they will have great fun and experiences laced through with great Bible teaching, led by dedicated leaders committed to making Bible truths known.  Please remember all the children attending, pray for safety, friendships and God’s work explained to attentive ears.

Sunday School and Bible Class will resume 6th September.  May all children and teachers have a safe and enjoyable break.

I am sorry to hear of the closure of the Afternoon Sunday School and share with others the sorrow that this decision had to be made.  Heather, Sharon, Hester and Rachel served the children in Afternoon Sunday School very faithfully and though the numbers of children had been very small recently, their work was significant.

While the two Sunday Schools operated independently we were still a team, as part of St Nicholas’ children’s ministry.  I give thanks for the friendship and fellowship of those people over the years and I pray that God will open other doors that will lead to further service in His name.

Those children previously attending the Afternoon Sunday School will be warmly welcomed at our Morning Sunday School and I invite their parents to meet and talk with me anytime.

Lynn Rodgers
Sunday School Superintendent


Flowers in Church July 2015

5th     Martin & Agnes Anderson—Diamond Wedding Anniversary
5th     Maureen McVea—In memory of John
    (this year would have been our Golden Wedding Anniversary)
12th      E Hanna
19th   The Lutton Family—In memory of Cecil
26th     Roy, Eddie and Tina—In memory of our parents & our niece Tracey

Flowers in Church August 2015

2nd     Catherine Milligan—In memory of my mum Edna
9th      Gillian & Gordon Dalton
16th       Vacant
23rd     Vacant
30th     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

Crèche Rota July 2015

5th    Ann Hodge, Alison Kane, Sophie Foreman
12th    John Kane, Carol Moneypenny, Rachel McVeigh
19th     Faye Hamilton, Ciara Lester, Graeme Miles
26th    Karen Bell, Erin Davison, Sophie Foreman

The Crèche is now meeting 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.


Crèche Rota AUGUST 2015

2nd    Lorraine Gibson, Ruth Nelson, Rachel McVeigh
9th    Deirdre Beck, Valerie Leighton, Graeme Miles
16th     Ann Hodge, Kathleen Arthur, Sophie Foreman
23rd    John Kane, Christine Stewart, Rachel McVeigh
30th    Faye Hamilton, Janice Nelson, Graeme Miles

Services in JuLY 2015

5th    9.30 am    Family Service—Never too Unlikely
            Acts 16 v 11-25
        6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Mark 6 v 1-13               

12th     9.30 am    Holy Communion
           11.00 am    Holy Communion—What kind of church?
            Psalm 24
            Mark 6 v 14-29               
           6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Mark 6 v 14-29

19th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 89
           6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Ephesians 2 v 11-22
            Mark 6 v 30-44

26th     9.30 am    Holy Communion
           11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 14   
           6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            John 6 v 1-21   

Services in AUGUST 2015

2nd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Holy Communion
            Psalm 51
            John 6 v 24-35
         6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            John 6 v 24-35

9th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 130
        6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            John 6 v 35-51

16th     9.30 am    Holy Communion
           11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 111
           6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Ephesians 5 v 15-20
            John 6 v 51-58

23rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 84
          6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            John 6 v 56-69   

30th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Psalm 45
          6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Mark 7 v 1-15

BOWLING CLUB

The Bowling Club will reopen
Monday 7th September at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls. 
New and old members will be made very welcome.

Congratulations to Martin & Agnes Anderson
on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Martin Anderson of 15 Rosebrook Avenue, Carrickfergus married
Agnes Isabella Watson of 4 Kelly’s Cottages, Carnmoney
in St Nicholas’ on 2nd July 1955
The service was conducted by Canon Rutherford

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

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

Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2015

May 30th – September 8th incl.*

Saturdays: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesdays: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

*Not Open for Visitors Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th July.

TEA ROTA JULY & AUGUST 2015
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 (9336 0203).  Many  thanks for your support.

5th July
Gillian Dalton Tamera Milligan Andrea Drysdale

12th
July Patricia Wilson Anne Laverty Annie Crawford

19th July
Deidre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

26th July
Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

2nd August
Lorraine Gibson Doris Close Kathleen Arthur

9th August
Marion Money Janet Davis Diane Strain

16th August
Diane Innes Janice Nelson Karen Miles

23rd August
Alison Clarke Maureen Jackson Carol Campbell

30th August
Nadine Davison Robin Gray Joan Gray


 
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