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RECTOR’S LETTER


Dear Friends at St Nicholas’

One of the most important aspects of our life together as a parish is the way that we seek to nurture our children in the Christian faith. >From the time that we welcome children into the church family it is our prayer that they will grow and flourish in every way, but most of all we want to see them grow in their understanding of God’s love for them as it is revealed through Jesus. Every parent who brings a child for baptism makes solemn promises to do all that they can to encourage that little one to know the gospel for themselves.

As members of the church we also promise to help to support parents and godparents in that task. We welcome them Sunday by Sunday as they come to church and we pray for them, but one of the most significant ways that we contribute to the Christian nurture of our children is by providing opportunities for them to learn from the Bible each week through Sunday School. As the children join in the activities and hear the Bible explained, they can learn more about God’s plan of salvation for His people. I am very grateful for the work done by our team of Sunday School teachers throughout the year.

On Sunday 24th June we will celebrate the work of the Sunday School as they join us for their annual prize-giving service which takes place during our Family Service at 11am. Please do come along to support the children and their teachers as we give thanks to God for them and for all that has been achieved during the year.

Next month we will be holding our annual summer Holiday Bible Club. We invite all children of Primary School age to join us in the Church Halls each morning during the first week in July (Monday 2nd - Friday 6th). Please pray for all involved in the Club - our theme this year is “TeamBuilders” and we will be looking at famous people in the Bible and thinking about the part that they played on God’s ‘team’. Pray for the leaders and for the children who will attend - that the leaders will be able to tell the stories faithfully and that the children will realise that they can be on God’s team too when they trust Jesus as their friend and Saviour. Do please invite any of your family or neighbours who are of primary school age to come and join us.

During this month our informal Cafe Church evenings will take a break for the summer months -God-willing, they will resume again after Harvest. During July and August we will once again look forward to renewing fellowship with our friends in Joymount Presbyterian as we share evening services with them. These services have been a source of great encouragement to both congregations in recent years and we enjoy the opportunity to worship in each other’s church buildings as well as sharing together over a cuppa afterwards! Do please plan to join us for these evenings together.

With love in Jesus,
George

ST NICHOLAS' WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP

We are planning an outing on the evening of Tuesday 12th June to Kilcoan Gardens in Islandmagee. There will be a tour of the gardens, a short flower arranging demonstration and a light supper.  The total cost will be £10. If you would like to come along and have not already signed up, please speak to Christine Cahoon or myself as soon as possible.
Valerie Leighton

GDPR, St Nicholas and You!

You cannot have escaped to notice that currently we are all being contacted by various companies and organizations, that we have done business with or been involved in, to seek our personal approval to continue to receive information and contact from them.

The reason for this is the imminent introduction of the new law called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As a Church, we are required to update our practice to ensure that we adhere to this new legislation, which is designed to protect your rights to privacy and to safeguard your personal data that the Church stores and uses, for example, your address, phone number, e mail address etc., in connection with your membership of St. Nicholas’ and involvement in whole Church and group activities.

In the coming days, you will be hearing more about how we will seek to secure your consent to continue to communicate with you and with each other within our Church family in the ongoing work of the Parish and Church groups as we seek to build Gods’ Kingdom in this place.

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB


Monday 2nd — Friday 6th July
10.30 am—12.30 pm
St Nicholas’ Church Halls

All Primary School Children welcome

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!
St Nicholas’ Church
Monday 4th  June 7.00 pm - 7.45pm and
Tuesday 19th June 7.00 pm—8.30 pm

LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA

‘Two are better than one.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
Recently we discovered Fotö Island in Gothenburg’s northern archipelago. It was a beautiful spring evening and we had crossed over on the ferry to a larger island called Hönö. From there, we were able to drive over the bridge to Fotö and enjoy a relaxing walk. It had been a very busy couple of days for us. Trevor had been leading our first Equipped Course for preachers and Andrea had been looking after the catering. It was module one of David Jackman’s excellent course, from Proclamation Trust, and we had taken it over a two-day intensive. Being out on the islands reminded me of how isolated preachers in Sweden can be, especially those who are expositional. And yet, the bridge was also a reminder of the need to connect preachers together for equipping and encouraging.  Please pray that Equipped:Sweden will be used by God to connect and equip faithful bible proclaimers. There will be two parts in Equipped; the course and the conference. Right now, we’re planning for the Equipped Conference with Christopher and Carolyn Ash, 31st August – 1st September 2018. Pray that they would know God’s equipping and enabling and that, through them, God would impact ministry and lives here in Sweden.

Gospel partnership in Gothenburg continues to be a blessing. Give thanks for the monthly meeting and sermon review time. We praise God for Ragnar, a Church of Sweden minister, who has recently joined our group. He has been travelling for a number of years to Proclamation Trust preaching conferences in the UK but feeling very much like an island when he returned to Sweden. Now that local ‘preaching partnership’ bridges are being built it’s not so lonely. Pray that there would be many more like him!

Local church ministry is most often a mix of encouragements and discouragements and it’s no different here in Gothenburg. We’ve had some discouragements recently but we praise God that even in the midst of challenges, he is at work. Give thanks for the encouragement of Oscar who was received into membership last Sunday and for Raquel who is soon to be baptised and also received into membership. Andrea has had the joy of meeting with Raquel one to one. Two of her children have been coming to the youth bible study. Please pray for God to be at work in this family.

Give thanks for Bibel Språk Café as it finishes for the summer in a couple of weeks’ time. Please pray for the evangelistic grill evenings that are planned for Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Pray especially for those in church who have unsaved family members. It’s our prayer that these evenings would be an effective means of connecting with them and also connecting the gospel to them.

We praise God for an encouraging Easter children’s bible club, in Kallebäck. At present, we’re planning for a five-day summer club in the middle of August. There is NO church of any kind in Kallebäck, but we praise God for two other Christian families whom we can meet with regularly and partner with in reaching out to our neighbourhood children.

On Thursday mornings, Trevor and Andrea bring in a small team from church to engage directly with the residents in Sagåsen, the refugees centre on the outskirts of Gothenburg. Give thanks for this exciting opportunity that God has opened up. It’s very humbling to just listen to people’s stories, though at times heart-breaking and yet through these encounters, God has given us the joy of sharing the gospel and praying with people. Please pray for E and J from Kosovo, who we recently had the joy of bringing out to our home for dinner and then to church. E has been reading the Bible and has many questions. His wife, J, has deep psychological scars from war-time experiences in Kosovo.

Thank you for your prayers for Emily, Grace and Alice. They really enjoyed the recent visit of their cousin Anna. The hot summer weather was an added bonus! Thank you for praying for Emily. She was able to catch up with all the work she missed when she was off school for a month with glandular fever. She has been accepted to Hvitfeldtska gymnasiet for the two-year International Baccalaureate diploma programme beginning in August. Alice recently asked us if she could move from her bi-lingual school to an all-Swedish education. We have submitted an application to Vasaskolan which would also be for an August start. Grace’s schoolwork has also been progressing well, including her Swedish. Emily and Grace continue to play their instruments regularly in church and Alice has recently started helping with projection. What a privilege to be able to serve together!

This summer, we’ll have been two years in Sweden. We’re more convinced than ever that gospel partnership is the key; whether that’s within the local church, between churches and pastors, or of course with all of you, who we value so much as partners in mission. ‘Two are better than one’, and three, four, five, six … are even better! Thank you so much for your continued partnership with us.
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx


Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2018
Saturday 2nd June – Tuesday 4th September
Saturday:  11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesday:  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

European Heritage Open Days
Saturday 8th September:  11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday 9th September:  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm



St Nicholas Parish Church

Prayer Diary – June 2018
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.  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
Go before us Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.                                                              BCP

1st June – Friday
Pray for this afternoon’s Confirmation class, for the six young people and the adults preparing for Confirmation in September.

2nd June – Saturday
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Give thanks for her years of dedication and service to our nation and the Commonwealth, for her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and for her example of Christian Faith.  Pray that she would continue to enjoy health and strength with other members of the Royal Family assisting her with royal duties.  As we once again begin opening the church for visitors, give thanks for guides and helpers and pray that visitors would feel something of God’s love as they look around our church building.

3RD JUNE – SUNDAY (1st Sunday after Trinity)
Give thanks for the Biblical truths opened to us by George, Brian and Cameron; for their preaching and service to us.  Pray for our services today, and as we continue our look at 1st Corinthians, pray for church families where there is division or discord.

4th June – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint and for our Small Groups as they come to the end of their latest course of Bible Study this month.

5th June – Tuesday
Our Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for our Select Vestry members.

6th June – Wednesday
City Church in Dublin continues to search for new premises.  Pray for City Church, that they would know the help and support of the Diocese of Dublin.

7th June – Thursday
Last month suicide bombers attacked church congregations in Indonesia.  Pray for Indonesian Christians, especially converts.  Pray for President Joko Widodo and those in government, that they will strive to protect all people.

8th June – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

9th June – Saturday
‘Proclaim’, Crosslinks Mission night takes place this evening in Knockbreda Parish Church.  Pray for all attending and especially for speaker Chris Brown.

10TH JUNE – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for the children and young people of our Sunday School and Bible Class.

11th June – Monday
Pray for our Senior Moments group.

12th June – Tuesday
Pray for our Women’s Fellowship visiting Kilcoan Gardens for their rearranged outing and for the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows Parents Night.

13th June – Wednesday
Pray for the sick especially those in pain and awaiting referrals or surgery.  Give thanks for our NHS; for GPs; and the skills of all health professionals.

14th June – Thursday
The Connor Diocesan Council meets today.  Pray for George chairing the meeting and remember Alan our Bishop as he continues his sabbatical.

15th June – Friday
Pray for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

16th June – Saturday
Pray for those travelling to the GAFCON Conference in Jerusalem which begins tomorrow.  Following recent unrest, pray for the safety of all attending this event and for a lasting peaceful settlement for the region.  Remember our Walking Group in Crawfordsburn today.

17TH JUNE – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday after Trinity)
Today is Fathers’ Day.  Pray for all fathers and for those who have taken on the role of father.  Give thanks for family life.  Pray for our church services and for all who contribute to our worship as a church family.

18th June – Monday
Remember today those who are bereaved and are struggling with their loss.

19th June – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

20th June – Wednesday
A member of our clergy team will be at Sunnylands School for assembly, the last such visit of this school year.  Give thanks for these invitations and pray that they would continue in the next school year.  Remember young people who have been or are sitting exams and those preparing to move to secondary or further education.  Pray for our upcoming Holiday Bible Club.
21st June – Thursday
The Parish News is assembled this morning.  Pray for Catherine’s dedication as Parish Administrator.  Give thanks for the assembly team and distributors.

22nd June – Friday
Pray for the Abba Girls meeting this evening.

23rd June – Saturday
This evening our Youth Fellowship is hosting a Table Quiz to boost funds.  Pray for our Youth Fellowship and for conscientious Christian leadership to guide and protect our young people.

24TH JUNE – SUNDAY (4th Sunday after Trinity)
This morning our Family Service includes Sunday School Prize Giving.  Once again give thanks for the dedication of Lynn Rodgers and all who teach our children in Sunday School.  Pray that more parents see the importance of Christian teaching for their children.  Pray for Cafe Church.

25th June – Monday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.

26th June – Tuesday
Once again, give thanks for those parishioners who clean our church and halls.

27th June – Wednesday
Pray for Mission Carrick and for Carrickfergus Clergy Fellowship.

28th June – Thursday
Pray for the continuing Youth and Children’s Mission in Tabora Diocese.

29th June – Friday
Summer Madness begins today at Glenarm Castle.  Pray for all young people taking part in this event in the coming days.

30th June – Saturday
Pray for Open Doors and for Christians in Somalia who cannot meet openly.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

It can’t possibly be June already.  The longest day will be with us in 3 weeks.  Spring came and went in a flash.  The end of June sees the culmination of our Sunday School year with Prize Giving on Sunday 24th.

During May in Sunday School the children have been learning about Joseph.  Our Bible Class has also been looking at some of the details of Joseph’s life and this will continue into June.  In all of Joseph’s experiences, both bad and good, we read how God had been writing His script and directing the whole of His plan for the coming of the Messiah.  The prize wasn’t that Joseph rose from being a prisoner to being second in command to the King.  The prize wasn’t actually about Joseph at all, but was in fact how Joseph was used to ensure that one of his brothers survived the famine to become the ancestor of our Saviour, Jesus.  We are taking about Judah of course and in Matthew chapter 1 verses 2 and 3 he is listed as one of Jacob’s  sons.  Isn’t it ironic that the same Judah conspired with his brothers to kill Joseph by throwing him into the well.  God does work in mysterious ways and uses the most unlikely people to further His purposes.

As we attend Sunday School Prize Giving let us remember that we are all prize winners through the gift of salvation.  The story of Joseph is one of a number in the Old Testament that points us to Jesus, but it takes us to actually read the Bible for that truth to become a reality for us.  Any one of the children receiving a prize on 24th June could be being prepared for service by God, just as Joseph was.  Joseph told his brothers, ‘You meant to hurt me but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people’.  What a joy and a privilege to be involved through Sunday School in these children’s preparation.
As mentioned, Prize Giving will be on Sunday 24th June at the 11 am service.

Children and Bible Class youngsters are to sit with their teachers in the Wills’ Aisle.  Prizes are awarded as an acknowledgement of attendance at classes since last September and as an encouragement to both children and parents to keep reading Christian books together at home.

As I’ve often mentioned, to read and understand Bible stories together as families is such an encouragement to children who see reading the Bible as normal and part of everyday life.
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent

Children's Outreach Mission

With Emmanuel’s second Newsletter comes many thanks for the prayerful support that we and others provide.  He is greatly encouraged knowing that many others in different parts of the world are praying for this work.

This month he listed five Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools where he is involved in RE classes. At two of the Primary Schools, numbers vary between 85 to 100 and at one of the Secondary Schools around 90 attend.  However at another Primary School there seems to be a problem.  Only between 20 and 30 children attend the R E class, against a total of 2000 children altogether.  The problem seems to be with the teachers who aren't encouraging the children to attend.  We need to pray that Emmanuel can persuade the teachers to change their attitude.

Another matter for prayer is the perennial issue of enough volunteers to help run the Good News Clubs.

The prayer groups continue to meet weekly and Emmanuel is endeavouring to set up more groups.

Plans for the Summer months include Summer clubs, an away weekend, a friendly meal together, on top of the routine meetings and classes.

One important matter which deserves much prayer is Emmanuel’s application to become affiliated to the children’s mission organisation ‘Feed my Lambs’.  This mission agency has its headquarters in Portadown but works in Kenya and Uganda.  Emmanuel has an interview with their leadership in September when he and Elizabeth will need to travel to Nairobi in Kenya.  Such an application would provide Emmanuel with an umbrella to give him support and direction and maybe even a salary.

It is so good to read between the lines of this and the first Newsletter where Emmanuel’s enthusiasm has returned and he is allowing God to use him in mighty ways as before.
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent


LAUGHLINES

First pancake
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. She said: ‘If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.”’ 
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, ‘Ryan, you be Jesus!’
Seagull
A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. ‘Daddy, what happened to him?’ the son asked.  ‘He died and went to Heaven,’ the father replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, ‘Did God throw him back down?’

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

9th  May 2018
James David Rodgers, 25 Wesley Court, Carrickfergus

12th  May 2018
Pearl Montgomery, formerly of Westmount Avenue, Carrickfergus

Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

29th April 2018
Anna Margaret Hazel McKeen
17 Glenavna, Whiteabbey

Flowers in Church June 2018

3rd    Maureen McVea
10th     Vacant
13th    Gordon & Amanda Potsworth
17th     Gordon Potsworth – In memory of my mother Elizabeth & brother David
17th Amanda Potsworth – In memory of my nanny & my uncle David
24th    Vacant
If you would like to donate flowers for the Church please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the Flower List in the main porch.  The money can be given to either Catherine in the Church Office (028 9336 0061) or Gillian Dalton. As these details go into Parish News, we would ask, if possible, that you book your chosen Sunday at least 6 weeks in advance.


SOUND DESK ROTA JUNE 2018

                      Morning                Evening
  3rd          Gillian Dalton             Julie Irvine
     10th         Johnnie McAlister        Glenn Nelson
        17th         Rachel McVeigh             Steven Todd
   24th        Gordon Dalton            Cafe Church

Crèche Rota June 2018

3rd    Kathleen Arthur & Sharon McMaster
10th     Christine Stewart & Ciara Lester
17th     Janice Nelson & Valerie Leighton
24th     Alison Kane & 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.

Services in JUNE 2018

3rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—One Spirit, Many Gifts
            1 Corinthians 12 v 1-13        Valerie Barr
            Matthew 28 v 16-20            The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church
            Paul’s last words—Preach the Gospel
            2 Timothy 4 v 1-8            Ray Gilbert

10th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer — One Body, Many Parts
            Ezekiel 2 v 1-8                Joan Armstrong
            1 Corinthians 12 v 14-31a        June Carmichael
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            Paul’s last words—Practical matters
            2 Timothy 4 v 9-22            Alex Jones

17th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—The Most Excellent Way!
            Deuteronomy 7 v 6-9            Joanne Rodgers
            1 Corinthians 12 v 31b—13 v 13    Kathleen Arthur
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Philemon—A letter to some friends
            Philemon v 1-11             Daphne Murphy
            Luke 9 v 42-50            The Preacher

24th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service—Sunday School Prize Giving
            Jesus’ kingdom—life restored!
            John 11 v 32-44
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Onesimus—an appeal for a brother
            Philemon v 12-25             Colin Logue




TEA ROTA JUNE 2018

Please organise within your group as to who will bring milk and biscuits.  If you cannot be present on the Sunday listed, please arrange for another volunteer to cover for you or phone Christine Cahoon (9336 0203).   Many thanks for your support.

3rd
Marion Money
Janet Davis
Diane Strain
10th
Alex Stevenson
Christine Cahoon
Nadine Davison
17th
Alison Clarke
Maureen Jackson
Carol Campbell
24th
Dianne Innes
Janice Nelson
Karen Miles


Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Parents’ Night

Tuesday 12th June
7 pm to 8 pm.

All welcome


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


Proclaim Crosslinks Mission Night
Saturday 9th June 2018
7.30 pm Knockbreda Parish Church
Guest speaker Chris Brown

Chris and his wife Lizzie live in Bologna, Italy, where they are
involved in Bible teaching, evangelism and training university students.
Refreshments will be served at 7.00 and the event will start at 7.30. 
RSVP www.crosslink's.org/events.


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

Parish Walking Group


Saturday 16th June 2018

Crawfordsburn coAstal walk
Especially suitable for children and families.

Meet at 10.00 am at Crawfordsburn Country Park car park

For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray


Senior momentS

Calling all over 50s (or nearly there!)
Members of St Nicholas’ Parish Church and others living in the area of Carrickfergus who describe themselves as 50 and over are cordially invited to join us in the Church Halls, Lancastrian Street on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

What’s happening in June
11th June    Digital Film Association—100 years history of  Carrickfergus and Belfast
25th June    An afternoon with singer songwriter Brian Horner
27th June    Luncheon Club



Do you know of a Christian Outreach event happening during July or August that would benefit from inclusion in the next Prayer Diary? 

Are you involved in such an event? 

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to either question, or if there is anything else you would like included, please speak to Ann McVeigh or contact Catherine in the Church Office before June 12th.


ABBA GIRLS

ABBA Girls are going on an outing to
Lost City Adventure Golf on Friday 22nd June.
Numbers are limited so please contact Laura Horner or Karen Bell for more information.



 
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