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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear friends at St Nicholas',
A church is always a changing community! Over the last number of months we have been very conscious of the death of some very faithful members of our church family - people whose presence and company we miss very much. However, God has also been good and we have been glad to welcome a number of new people who have come to worship Jesus in the family of St Nicholas’, Carrickfergus. Thank you for the way that you have made them feel welcome!

It is an important part of our Christian discipleship that we encourage and support each other and we can only do that if we make the effort to get to know each other. If you find yourself sitting near someone that you don't know, please don't be embarrassed, but just take a moment to say hello and extend the hand of Christian friendship to them.

Our family in Christ is not just confined to those who meet in our church building, or even to the town of Carrickfergus, but extends right around the world. Thank you for your support and prayers for Lynn Rogers as he visited Tabora in Tanzania last month. I know that Lynn particularly valued your prayer support as he travelled to meet with our friends in the church there. He had a successful visit and has returned home safely again - some of you may have heard him speak briefly during our May Family Service.

Can I invite you to come to the Church Hall at 7.30 pm on Monday 13th June when Lynn will share with us something more of his experiences. Come and hear what God is doing through the work of Emmanuel Rubuye and the Child Outreach Mission and through other ministries in Tabora. I know it will be an interesting evening for all of us and an opportunity to learn more about the church in Tanzania and perhaps to learn lessons from our brothers and sisters there.

Our evening Cafe Church meetings provide an opportunity for us to worship together in a more informal setting and learn from each other as we read God's Word. Although the numbers attending these meetings have been small, we have benefitted greatly from the time that we have spent together. Cafe Church continues this month, but takes a break for the summer from the middle of June. From Sunday 19th June there will be a single evening service at 6.30 pm in the church building during the summer months.

At our Family Service this month we will once again celebrate the work of our Sunday School and give thanks for the work done by the teachers in teaching the Bible to our children. The children will share in the service and will receive their Sunday School prizes for their attendance during the past year. Do please come and join us at 11 am on 26th June. As members of St Nicholas' church we all make a promise each time a child is baptised or welcomed in our church, that we will support and encourage them and their parents in growing in the faith of Jesus Christ. Our presence and support for the children and their teachers on Children's Day is a small part of keeping that promise.

Looking ahead to next month, our annual Holiday Bible Club takes place from 4th—8th July. Following discussions with leaders and some parents, this year we are moving from our previous evening slot and instead holding a morning club. Our theme this year is the "Guardians of Ancora" and the children will join us on adventures as we bring light to the city as we discover a lost story-treasure. All boys and girls of primary school age will be very welcome each morning in the church hall from 10 am until 12 noon. Please share this invitation with your family and friends.

With love in Jesus,
George

IGNITE

CMSI’s new annual conference.  The programme will include worship, teaching and a range of seminars – including updates and stories from all our Global Partners and Mission Partners. There’ll also be plenty of time to catch up with friends and make new connections, sharing experiences over coffee and lunch.

The event is taking place at Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, just off the main A1 road near Newry. It’s an ideal venue for large scale conferences like Ignite and its extensive grounds are perfect for an autumn stroll. There’s an opportunity to stay over at Dromantine on the Friday night and make the most of the venue with our Friday Extra programme.

The conference will mark the start of a new year of mission, as we invite God to spark us into life and to reignite our passion for Him and for His work.

Saturday 24th September
Full Day’s Programme, including Morning Worship, seminars & lunch (£20)
Global Guest Speaker & Mission Partners
Children’s Programme (£15)
Optional Evening Meal (6.00 pm) (£10)

Friday 23rd September
Overnight B&B accommodation and Friday Extra Programme (£45)
Optional Evening Meal (6.00 pm) (£10)

20% Discount on all bookings made by 30th June
Book your place at Ignite using the online booking form or by contacting phoning

PARISH WALKING GROUP

Saturday 11th June
Day trip to Rathlin Island

Meet at 9.15 am Ballycastle Ferry Port 
Ferry departs Ballycastle 9.30 am & departs Rathlin 4.15 pm

Cost:  Adult: £12.00        Child return (5-15): £6.00
Senior Citizens with NI Smart Pass: FREE

Bring with you a packed lunch/drinks & suitable clothing for walking.  An opportunity to experience the splendour and ruggedness of island life.


PRAYERPOINT

St Nicholas’ Church
Monday 6th June (1st Monday)
7.00pm - 7.45pm
& Tuesday 21st June (3rd Tuesday)
7.00pm - 8.30pm

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

Flowers in Church June 2016

5th     Catherine Milligan—In memory of my dad Jim
12th    Vacant
19th    Gordon Pottsworth—In memory of my mother Elizabeth & brother David
19th    Amanda Pottsworth—In memory of my nanny & my uncle David
19th    Pat & Harry Grainger—In memory of our son Alan
26th    Vacant

If you would like to donate flowers for the Sanctuary please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the Flower List in the main porch or contact Mary Withers.  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 – June 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

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend:  Give us a glimpse of your glory on earth but shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.                   BCP

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1st June – Wednesday
Once again this month our clergy have the opportunity to go into local schools.  This morning’s visit is to Oakfield Primary School for Assembly.  Give thanks for these invitations and pray that such invitations would increase in the future.  Pray for Primary School staff and pupils.

2nd June – Thursday
Most of our Small Groups will finish their current Bible study this month.  Give thanks for those who have facilitated these groups.  Pray for all who gather to study God’s Word and that more will join them when Small Groups resume.

3rd June – Friday
Give thanks for Lynn Rodgers’ safe return from his visit to Tabora Diocese and for an opportunity to hear about his visit.   Pray for God’s Provision.

4th June – Saturday
At the time of writing this prayer diary, news has reached us that two pupils from Chibok school in Nigeria, kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago have been found.  Give thanks for their rescue.  Pray that all 200+ girls taken may be restored to their families and that faith in Christ will keep them strong.

5TH JUNE – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services today and for this evening’s Cafe Church.

6th June – Monday
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland takes place this week.  Pray for our neighbours in the Presbyterian Church.  Pray for George our Rector and those clergy from other faiths who have been invited to attend.  Pray that God’s Will and not man’s would be at the centre of all they do.  Pray for our PrayerPoint this evening.

7th June – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for wisdom for our Select Vestry members.  Also this evening our Guides, Brownies and Rainbows welcome friends and family for their annual Parents’ Night.  Pray for everyone involved.

8th June – Wednesday
Pray for this morning’s visit to Carrickfergus Model Primary School.

9th June – Thursday
Pray for the continued growth and success of the new Craft Group.

10th June – Friday
Pray for our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.

11th June – Saturday
Give thanks once again for the life and dedication of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on this her Official Birthday.  Pray too for our Walking Group and this month’s visit to Rathlin Island.

12TH JUNE – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday after Trinity)
Our Morning Prayer today will include Holy Baptism.  Pray for those baptised in our church.  Pray for their parents.  Pray that children would be brought to Sunday School and come to know Christ as friend, Lord and Saviour.  Pray for the work done in our Sunday School.

13th June – Monday
Pray for Cameron at a conference in Dublin this week.  Pray for this evening’s catch-up meeting with Lynn Rodgers.  Pray for our Senior Moments Group.

14th June – Tuesday
Give thanks for this evening’s Men’s Barbeque and for the opportunity it provides for friendship and informal fellowship.

15th June – Wednesday
Pray for the safety of our children and young people.  Pray for this evening’s Safeguarding Trust Leaders’ Meeting.

16th June – Thursday
With this year’s Holiday Bible Club just weeks away, pray today for the leaders and helpers and their preparations for ‘Guardians of Ancora’.

17th June – Friday
Pray for Busy Bees.  As the summer break approaches, pray for the leaders and helpers who give their time each week for this valuable outreach.

18th June – Saturday
Pray for the sick.  Remember today those being cared for at home, giving thanks for health professionals and others enabling the frail to remain in familiar surroundings.  Pray for carers.

19TH JUNE – SUNDAY (4th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s church services, especially this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.  Give thanks for Stella Neill and her organisation of the prayer list.

20th June – Monday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.

21st June – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

22nd June – Wednesday
With the end of another school year fast approaching, pray for this morning’s visit to Sunnylands Primary School.  Pray for all those children for whom the end of the school year brings change.

23rd June – Thursday
Catherine and her team meet this morning to assemble Parish News.  Pray for them and for distributors.

24th June – Friday
The Mission to Seafarers street collection takes place in Carrickfergus today with our Church Halls providing a base.  Pray for volunteers.

25th June – Saturday
Remember today those who have been bereaved.

26TH JUNE – SUNDAY (5th Sunday after Trinity)
Today is Children’s Day and this morning’s Family Service includes the distribution of prizes for Sunday School and Bible Class attendance.  Pray for our Children’s Ministry including our Youth Fellowship.

27th June – Monday
Give thanks for those parishioners who give their free time to support the work of our parish, whether by cleaning the church and halls, gardening or general clean up parties.  Pray too for the members of our catering team.


28th June – Tuesday
Pray for parishioners who open our church building for visitors.  Pray for opportunities to share our faith with visitors.

29th June – Wednesday
Pray for Mission Carrick and clergy of all denominations serving in our town.

30th June – Thursday
Pray for Syria and its neighbours that continue to give sanctuary to refugees.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

As we move into June, we come to the end of another Sunday School year.  Our annual Prizegiving will take place on Sunday 26th June during the 11 am Service in Church.  As usual boys and girls are encouraged to attend and will sit together in the Wills aisle with their teachers before receiving their prizes in recognition of their attendance and participation over the past year.

Each year, Prizegiving is tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to the senior Bible Study youngsters.  Most of these young people have been with us since either Nursery or P1 class and we, as teachers, have been privileged to watch them grow and develop into the fine young people they are today.

Please pray for these young ones that, as they move on, the Christian influence they have experienced in Sunday School will stand them in good stead as they face the temptations of the world.
Crosslinks Summer Camps

Junior Camp, for P4 to P7 children, will run from 17th—23rd July 2016.  The venue is different this year and is at Filemiletown College, Co Tyrone.  The theme for this camp is ‘On His Majesty’s Service-adventure in the book of Acts’ and will include the usual blend of excellent Bible teaching with trips, games, treasure hunts and much more.

Senior Camp is for young people from year 8 to 17 years old, and will run from 7th—13th August 2016.  The venue is also Fivemiletown College, Co Tyrone.  These young people will be encouraged in their understanding of how the Bible makes sense, coupled with many other activities.

The cost for each camp is £110.00 per person.  Our Select Vestry has again recognised the value of these camps and has agreed to support each of our campers by meeting 50% of the cost.

Crosslinks Camps win rave reviews from all the youngsters who attend and their return visits year after year are proof of their popularity.  Go to www.crosslinks.org/camps or phone 028 9079 6028 for more information.

Tabora Visit
It’s hard to believe that the trip to Tabora, Tanzania has been and gone.  Our children’s letters and prayers were delivered and read out at Sunday Schools and Good News Clubs and the Tabora children have responded with their own prayer letters, many in perfect English, the rest with an English translation.

Many schools were visited, Good News Clubs for younger children, prayer groups and a Sunday School teacher’s meeting.  New school uniforms were given to deserving children and Good News Bibles in Swahili were bought for 30 teachers to replace Authorised Bible versions.  Emmanuel received his replacement laptop and other stationery items were delivered.

Just prior to the visit I was able to forward £1300 by Western Union and not just £1000 as mentioned in last month’s magazine.  This money has been put to work straight away, all due to the generosity of all who were able to support this Mission outreach.  I will repeat my plea that any financial support of this kind must be surrounded with prayer for its wise use in the building of God’s kingdom.  I have seen the kingdom of God growing in the Tabora area with many, many children attending all meetings. 

It is hoped to hold a Tabora evening in the Church Halls on Monday 13th June at 7.30 pm when my experiences will be shared and many photographs and video clips shown. 

I sincerely thank you all who prayed for safety in travel, for health and stamina and God’s protection and oversight of every aspect of the visit, including getting the plane that left 1½ hours early without my prior knowledge!         Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent

Crèche Rota June 2016

5th    John Kane, Kathleen Arthur, Rachel McVeigh
12th     Faye Hamilton, Christine Stewart
19th     Karen Bell, Janice Nelson
26th     Lorraine Gibson, 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.

SOUND DESK ROTA JUNE 2016

                    Morning                Evening
5th        Gordon Dalton              Steven Todd
12th      Gillian Dalton                Jonathan Nelson
19th      Julie Irvine                   Paul Letters
26th      Rachel McVeigh            Lynn Rodgers



Our season finished with a very interesting and informative
evening at Sinclair Seaman's Church.  It is certainly worth a visit and Billy Chambers opens the church for tours most Wednesdays from 2.00-4.30 pm for those ladies who were unable to attend.

Our thanks again to Alison for the wonderful supper.
We really appreciate her kindness and friendship and it was a lovely end to our summer outing.

To all the ladies in the parish, I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you in September.                    Christine Cahoon

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

27th April 2016
Annie (Nan) McKee, 52 Davys Street, Carrickfergus

27th April 2016
Victoria Jenkins, 25 Grand Parade, Dundonald
(Burial of ashes)

28th April 2016
Myrtle Gallagher, 4 Sunlea Court, Rhanbuoy, Carrickfergus

5th May 2016
Sharon Elizabeth Anne Porter, 12 Liberty Road, Carrickfergus

6th May 2016
John (Jack) Holmes, 1 Greenedge, Taylors Avenue, Carrickfergus

17th May 2016
John McLaughlin, 226c Shore Road, Carrickfergus


VESTRY HOUR

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

Services in June 2016

5th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.00 am    Holy Communion—Beware False Teachers
            Titus 1 v 10-16            Gillian Dalton
            Matthew 23 v 13-28        The Preacher
        6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Cafe Church
            Building a temple (pt 1)
            1 Kings 6 v 1-14        Janice Nelson

12th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Training in Godliness
            Deuteronomy 4 v 5-14    Gordon Dalton
            Titus 2 v 1-10            Marion Letters
         6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Cafe Church:
            Building a temple (pt 2)
            1 Kings 6 v 15-38        Christine Cahoon

19th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Teaching Sound Doctrine
            Deuteronomy 4 v 32-38    Linda Mulvenny
            Titus 2 v 11-15            Ann McVeigh
         6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            The ark in the temple
            1 Kings 8 v 1-11        Jackie Kane
            Mark 11 v 15-19        The Preacher

26th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Family Service: Sunday School Prizegiving
            Exodus 20
         6.30 pm    Service of the Word—Blessings
            1 Kings 8 v 12-21        Ray Gilbert

OTHER EVENTS IN JUNE

7th    7.30 pm        Select Vestry meeting
11th    9.15 am        Parish Walking Group Outing to Rathlin Island
13th    7.30 pm        Tabora Evening

Calling all Crafters

On 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
10 am – 12 noon in the Minor Hall
For further details contact Janice Nelson on 028 9336 0415
Everyone welcome

Men’s Nights Out

Calling all men!

Tuesday 14th June
Men’s Barbecue at Ram’s Island, Lough Neagh.
If interested, please speak to Brian Courtney.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section
Parents’ Night
Tuesday 7th June
6-30pm to 8pm.

All welcome

TEA ROTA JUNE 2016

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 speak to Gillian Dalton.   Many thanks for your support.

5th June Marion Money Doris Close Diane Strain

12th June Lorraine Gibson Janet Davis Kathleen Arthur

19th June Diane Innes Janice Nelson Karen Miles

26th June Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

Senior moments

2 - 4 pm in the Church Halls
2nd & 4th Mondays of the month
13th May        Drop In
27th May        Outing

Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2016


Saturday 28th May – *Tuesday 6th September incl.
*Not Tuesday 12th July

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

Are you, or is someone you know involved in
Christian mission or outreach this summer?

Would you like this highlighted in our prayer diary?
If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, please speak to Ann McVeigh before 15th June for inclusion in the July/August Prayer Diary


HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB


Monday 4th—8th July

10 am—12 noon
St Nicholas’ Church Halls
All Primary School Children welcome








 
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