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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’
June is a month of transitions as we see many of our organisations come to the end of another season of activities and move towards the summer months. As your Rector, I am so grateful to all of the leaders who work so hard to provide the programme for each of the organisations that serve us as a parish. I will say more about some of our summer activities in next month’s magazine, but in the meantime do keep your ears open for details of our summer Bible Study Group on Wednesday evenings and our occasional prayer walks around the town.

This year is also a time of transition for the staff team. Cameron and Alex would covet your prayers as they continue to plan for their next step in their service of the Lord Jesus. There are still many preparations to be made as they plan to begin their work in Dublin’s Silicon Docklands in September - not least the resources to enable them to find a suitable place to live and minister! Please do keep them in your prayers.

Pray too, for someone to replace Cameron in the role of curate here in St Nicholas’! Very soon we will know the results of the interview process that I will have been taking part in as we seek God’s person to serve here for the next few years.

And on the subject of clergy on the move, please pray too for the Rt Rev. Darren McCartney, our former curate, who has been serving in the Canadian Arctic. This month he and Karen and their little son Liam will be moving to Co Down as Darren will be instituted as rector of Warrenpoint and Rostrevor.

Our informal Cafe Church evenings finish for the summer months on Sunday 9th June. Over the last few years we have been enjoying the opportunity to share worship and fellowship with our friends from Joymount Presbyterian and Carrickfergus Methodist as we have shared evening services with them. These services have been very popular with all the congregations and we have enjoyed worshipping in each other’s church buildings and sharing tea and coffee afterwards! As a result, the clergy have decided to begin these services a little earlier this year and we will begin at 6.30 pm on Sunday 16th June in St Nicholas’. Do plan to join us for these services - even if you’re not regularly an evening service attendee. We’ll be looking together at a selection of Psalms from Book 5 (the final section of the book of Psalms). You’ll be most welcome, and you’ll be glad you did!

On Sunday 23rd June we will celebrate the work of the JAM (Jesus And Me - our Sunday morning children’s group) and the Bible Class, as they join us for their annual prize-giving service, which takes place during our Family Service at 11 am. JAM will have completed their first year in their new format since it replaced our Sunday school. Please do come along to support the children and their teachers as we hear a little about their year and give thanks to God for them and for all that they have learned together about Him.

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 1st - Friday 5th). Please pray for all involved in the Club - our theme this year is “Backpackers” and we will be travelling with Jesus to Jerusalem to see for ourselves what happened all those years ago when he went into that city. 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 understand why Jesus did the things that he did and why it matters to every one of us. Do please invite any of your family or neighbours who are of primary school age to come and join us.

With love in Jesus,
George



LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA May 2019


We’re so thankful for the blessing of having regular opportunities to visit with Andrea’s Mormor (mother’s mother), since we moved to Sweden.  Last Wednesday, Mormor went home to be with the Lord.  Praise God for her clear faith in Jesus and her consistent testimony before others, over so many years.  Please pray for our family at this time.  

When we received the news about Mormor, we were in final preparations for the Equipped to Preach course (Module One).  Praise God for his faithfulness through a challenging but very encouraging 2 days.  Give thanks for the twelve who participated in the course and the really positive feedback.  We’re planning for Module 2 this autumn.  

Please pray for a solution to a problem that has arisen with the venue for our Sunday meetings.  Another group has started renting the hall beside us and their music is very loud.  We have been speaking with the centre management and also exploring other options.  

Emily, Grace and Alice are right in the middle of various exams and assessments in school.  Please pray for focus, strength and grace in the many challenges they face.  
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx


Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”
19th May 2019
Gabriel Jude Griffith


Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
15th  April 2019—Davina Gibney

16th  April 2019—Kathleen Winifred Rutherford

20th  April 2019—William Millar (Billy) Robinson

20th  April 2019—Elizabeth Valerie McAllister

3rd  May 2019—Charlotte (Lottie) Sophia Stewart

8th  May 2019—Rhonda Boyd Bell




HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB

Monday 1st — Friday 5th 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 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 3rd June & Tuesday 18th June
7.00 pm—8.00 pm


Flowers in Church May 2019 (not in last magazine)

5th    Lesley Clawson – Birthday wishes for my mum Jacqueline
26th     In memory of a dear mum, Peggy McVeigh


Flowers in Church JUNE 2019

2nd    The Bishop & Patton Family
9th    Maureen McVea
16th     Vacant
23rd    Vacant
30th    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.


Australia is a long way away!

Over 24 hours in the back end of an aircraft and an 8 hour wait in Singapore for a connecting flight helped me appreciate that distance.

How good George was to give me my usual week after Easter along with an extra week to spend in Sydney when things were so busy here, but it wasn’t a holiday!

It was good to see my mum, brother, sister and their families almost exactly 2 years since my father died, but it wasn’t a holiday!  The day after arriving I had an early morning meeting.  Most days began at 7am (e.g. church breakfasts) through events finishing at 11pm at night.  My friends found it was hard to grasp the things I was telling them and the need for missionary work and support in Dublin.

People in Australia, probably like the rest of the world, don’t realise that there are two countries on this island. Most are confused that there is a difference between Belfast and Dublin in either culture or religious belief and practice.  Most would think of Ireland as a place on their “bucket list” of places they’d like to visit: a green land filled with friendly people, good pubs with music and people dancing with their arms by their sides.  They were shocked to hear that the Republic of Ireland has a maximum of 1.5% of the population, who believe the message about Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and that Dublin might have one bible-teaching for every 40,000 people.  But did you know that yourself?

Carrickfergus has about 40,000 people.  I think Alex and I counted in our town over 30 churches that we are confident are faithful to the Bible’s teaching.  

Alex and I are going to do missionary work in Dublin–starting a new church among high-tech firms situated in the “Silicon Docks”.  There is no church building (that’s ok, there’s no congregation yet), there is nowhere for us to live (that’s a bit of a problem) and we need to raise our own income (the Church of Ireland does not provide an income for Irish Church Missions workers).

Is it possible that we, living in the most evangelised country in the English-speaking world, Northern Ireland, don’t know much more about the gospel need in the Republic of Ireland than Australians?

How wonderful it was to come back to St Nicholas’ and find an event by Senior Moments to help support us! How wonderful that kind parishioners gave us funds that almost covered my airfare to Australia!  And wonderful that more events are coming… Thank you, and please keep praying, and giving and telling others about the desperate need and what we are going to do!
Cameron



QUIZ

22nd June @ 7.30 pm in the Church Halls
All proceeds to support Cameron and Alex as they seek to spread God’s word.  Suggested donation: £5

THANK YOU

On behalf of Senior Moments I would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising effort on behalf of Cameron and Alex.

The supper dance was very well attended and a good night was had by all.  I was very pleased with the total amount raised by the event and want to express my sincere thanks to those who sold tickets, donated items for the silent auction, those who gave generous donations to the cause, not forgetting those who provided supper for the evening.

We are pleased to announce that we have at present raised £1250 for Cameron and Alex, so well done everyone.

I would like to thank everyone for their support in our monthly activities and for the fun and fellowship we all enjoy, we will be taking a break during July and August.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy, happy fun filled summer and look forward to meeting up again in September.

God Bless you all.
Joan

What’s happening in June in Senior Moments
10th June        Outing
24th June        Musical Duo
26th June        Luncheon Club



SOUND DESK ROTA JUNE 2019

                 Morning                          Evening
2nd         Johnnie McAlister             Glenn Nelson
9th          Gordon Dalton                Julie Irvine
16th        Rachel McVeigh               Steven Todd
23rd        Graeme Miles                 Glenn Nelson
30th        Johnnie McAlister            Julie Irvine


Crèche Rota JUNE 2019

2nd    Carol Moneypenny & Tamera Milligan
9th     Sharon McMaster & Nadine Davison
16th     Ann Hodge & Ciara Lester
23rd     John Kane & Valerie Leighton
30th     Faye Hamilton & Nadine Davison

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.

St Nicholas Parish Church

Prayer Diary – June 2019

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

A suggested pattern for daily devotions:

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

Prayer for the Month
Almighty God,
At the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples,
Filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel.
Empower us with that same Spirit to witness to your redeeming love
And draw all people to you,
Through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever.  Amen          Prayers for various occasions
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1st June – Saturday
Today marks the first of our summer church openings for visitors.  Also today the Friends of the 36th Ulster Division are holding a service in our church.  Pray for those who will come to church today, that they would be touched by the Holy Spirit and feel God’s Love for them.

2ND JUNE – SUNDAY (7th Sunday of Easter/Sunday after Ascension Day)
Pray for our services today and for Café Church.  Pray for the children and young people at JAM and Bible Class.  Pray for Cameron as he preaches at Carrickfergus Baptist Church this evening.

3rd June – Monday
Weather permitting, this evening’s PrayerPoint will be in the form of a Prayer Walk.  Pray for our town and for the prayer life of St Nicholas’.

4th June – Tuesday
Our Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and for their discussions and decisions made this evening.

5th June – Wednesday
This morning a member of our clergy team will be at Sunnylands Primary School for Assembly.  Give thanks for these invitations to go into schools and pray that they would continue and increase in the new school year.

6th June – Thursday
Our Small Groups are finishing for their summer break.  Give thanks for these opportunities to study God’s Word.

7th June – Friday
Lisburn Cathedral is the venue for a Crosslinks event this evening.  Pray for ‘God’s Glory to the Nations’ and speaker John McLernon.  Pray for Crosslinks.

8th June – Saturday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and their daughters.  Pray for lives touched and changed by God’s Grace through their mission in Gothenburg.

9TH JUNE – SUNDAY (Day of Pentecost/Whitsunday)
‘All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Tim 3: v 16 & 17).  Give thanks for the teaching we receive in St Nicholas’ and for the dedication of George, Cameron and Brian in their preparation of sermons and Bible study.

10th June – Monday
Preparations are underway for our Holiday Bible Club.  Pray for the training and preparation and for those who have volunteered to lead or help.

11th June – Tuesday
Pray for the sick and for those who care for them.  Pray for our NHS.

12th June – Wednesday
A service for residents takes place in Greenisland House this afternoon.  Remember today those who, through age or infirmity, are no longer able to live independently.  Pray for families currently making decisions on care for a loved one.

13th June – Thursday
The Connor Diocesan Synod takes place today at the Elim Centre, Ballymena.  Pray for Alan our Bishop and for George who is commissary for June.  Pray too for our parish representatives at Synod.

14th June – Friday
Pray for our Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

15th June – Saturday
Pray for Christian marriage and for the young couple marrying in St Nicholas’ today.  Pray too for our Walking Group visiting the Belfast Hills Ridge Trail.

16TH JUNE – SUNDAY (Trinity Sunday)
This evening at our service we will be joined by our friends from Joymount Presbyterian and Carrick Methodist churches for the first of this summer’s combined services.  Give thanks for this fellowship.  Pray also for this year’s Streetreach commissioning taking place in The Church of the Holy Spirit, Mossley.  This Fathers’ Day, pray for fathers; their families; and for families where a father is absent.  Give thanks for those who act as a father figure.

17th June – Monday
Pray for ICM and for Mark Smith at City Church in Dublin.  Pray too for Cameron and Alex and their plans for outreach in Dublin.

18th June – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

19th June – Wednesday
Pray for those who are bereaved, that they would know God’s comfort.

20th June – Thursday
Pray for the Church Pastoral Aid Society, enabling mission across the UK.

21st June – Friday
This evening our Guides travel to Lorne for their annual camp.  Pray for the girls and their leaders.

22nd June – Saturday
A general ‘tidy up’ of the church grounds is planned for today.  Give thanks for those coming to help and for the teams that clean our church and halls.

23RD JUNE – SUNDAY (1st Sunday after Trinity)
The leaders, children and young people from JAM and Bible Classes are in church this morning for the distribution of prizes.  Pray for them and for our Youth Fellowship.  Give thanks for the Music Group leading our worship and pray for this evening’s combined service in St Nicholas’.

24th June – Monday
Pray for the Electoral College of  Derry and Raphoe meeting today.

25th June – Tuesday
This evening Kilbroney Parish Church, Rostrevor is the venue for the Institution of our former curate The Right Rev Darren McCartney as Rector.  Pray for Darren, his wife Karen and son Liam.

26th June – Wednesday
Pray for Emmanuel and his wife Elizabeth and their work in Tabora.

27th June – Thursday
This morning the summer issue of Parish news is assembled.  Pray for Catherine and her team and for magazine distributors.

28th June – Friday
Summer Madness begins today at Glenarm Castle.  Pray for all taking part.

29th June – Saturday
Pray for Open Doors.  Remember Christians in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

30TH JUNE – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our services today, giving thanks for all who contribute to our worship here in St Nicholas’.


Children's Outreach Mission

Bishop Elias sent news recently of several things happening in Tabora Diocese.

From 12th—16th June a Youth Conference is being held in Tabora with 800 young people from throughout the Diocese expected to attend.

The Bishop also tells us that the Bible school is running a 3 month foundation course for Catechists (people intending going into the ministry but not of a required level to begin training) and Church planters.

It is good to hear that the Bible School is functioning, albeit intermittently, and we are asked to pray for the 17 students and their lecturers.  You will remember Elizabeth is one of the two teaching staff.

You will recall that, during my trip in 2016, I visited St Peter’s Secondary School where a boys’ dormitory building had been destroyed by arson.  The building has since been rebuilt but parental confidence has been badly affected, to the extent that members attending the school have halved.  The school needs to run at full capacity to make it viable.  The fear is that if numbers don’t increase, the school may have to close.  Again we are asked to pray that the school can be saved.

You will recall that Emmanuel has been running evening classes for children from poorer families.  He and Elizabeth have been greatly encouraged through news from their parents that their children got ‘A’s in Maths and English.  Bible memory verses are also taught in these classes and, while not tested officially, they will be like mustard seeds growing from tiny beginnings into the Kingdom of God, encompassing people from every nation.

Apart from regular prayer meetings and meetings with parents as to how best to further the influence of the Children’s Mission, there is a specific Summer Outreach Mission event running between 9th—16th June.  Emmanuel need 200,000 Tzsh which equates to about £80 for incidental expenses.  He also needs between 400,000—500,000 Tzsh to fund an away weekend on 24th June.  I’m delighted to say that recent contributions from parishioners will more than meet these needs.

By the time you read this I will have asked Linda, our Treasurer, to send in excess of £400.  As I have said many times and hope to say many more times, thank you so much to everyone who has given.  Your contributions facilitate the sowing of the mustard seed, which through the work of the Holy Spirit, starts so tiny, grows so big, and is unstoppable.  This is the Kingdom of God in action.                               Lynn Rodgers


SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

JAM and Bible Class recommenced on the 5th May after the Easter break.  It was lovely to see the young people from Bible Class in church for the radio broadcast on that Sunday and also to see our JAM children back on a Sunday after our long break.

It is hard to believe that we are nearly finished our first year of JAM and Bible Class.  We hope Lynn is enjoying his retirement!  BUT before we finish I would like  to give everyone an update on what our young people are presently learning from God’s Word. June will see JAM Looking at the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit comes , The Holy Spirit Guides and the Holy Spirit Empowers. Junior Bible Class has moved on and will be finishing the beautiful Esther.  Senior Bible Class will finish the travels of Paul.  AND if we get through all that I think we deserve a BIG PARTY. Date 30th June!!!!!

Our prizegiving will be held on Sunday 23rd June and the children and young people will be involved in taking part with prayers and readings.  It would be lovely to see everyone attending.

Please note that there are still places for the Crosslinks Camps, if anyone would like further information please contact me.

Also please remember our BIG FUNDRAISING EVENT, THE COFFEE MORNING for Cameron and Alex on 8th June 10 am to 2 pm.  Any donations, cakes, traybakes, scones etc all greatly received.  And of course people to attend to buy everything back.  Also we have a Fireside Quiz to sell, thanks to Sharon Lutton for preparing this.  Cost is £1 and again all donations to Cameron and Alex.  The Quiz sheets will be available at both porches or see a member of the Team.

I would like to say a few BIG THANK YOUs, firstly to the JAM TEAM, Jean, Jackie, Sharon, Erin, June, Graeme and Kerry and I couldn't forget in the Bible Class, our Deriece, please remember them in your prayers for all their commitment and dedication each Sunday.

I would like to say Thank You to the Scouts who put the chairs and tables out for me when they can.  This has been a great help and to Roy McAlister who puts them away and always makes sure we have heat.  Also to every parent that has sent their child to us on a Sunday and for the support of our clergy, George, Brian and Cameron, Select Vestry and Catherine, who keeps me right regarding the church magazine.  If I have forgotten anyone who helps us, THANK YOU!!!

Please All Enjoy your Summer and we look forward to a new beginning on Sunday 1st September.

Just a wee reminder that Sunday Funday Club starts 7th July.  All Nursery age to P7 are welcome.
Sharon Maxwell JAM Co-ordinator




Services in JUNE 2019

2nd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            “A different kingdom: ‘The last shall be first’
            James 3 v 13-18        Kathleen Arthur
            Matthew 20 v 1-16        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church: ”That they may be One”
            John 17 v 20-26        Ray Gilbert

9th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Service of the Word — “A different kingdom:
            ‘Strength through weakness’
            Acts 2 v 1-12            Valerie Kirk
            2 Corinthians 12 v 5-10    Harry Kirk
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church—Pentecost
            Acts 2 v 1-21            Alex Jones

16th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            ”A different kingdom: ’Giving is receiving’
            1 Samuel 1 v 21-28        Robin Gray
            2 Corinthians 12 v 32-35    Joan Gray
    6.30 pm    Joint Service with Joymount & Methodists
            Psalm 107            Christine Cahoon

23rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service & Sunday School Prizegiving
            The Holy Spirit
    6.30 pm    Joint Service with Joymount & Methodists
            Psalm 110            Daphne Murphy

30th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Service of the Word
            A different kingdom: ‘Loss is gain’
            Matthew 16 v 21-28        Colin Parkes
    6.30 pm    Joint Service with Joymount & Methodists
            Psalm 112            Don Howe


Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2019

Saturday 1st June – Tuesday 10th September*
Saturday:  11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesday:  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

European Heritage Open Days
Saturday 14th September:  11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday 15th September:  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

*Not Open for Visitors Saturday 15th June, Tuesday 9th & Saturday 13th July



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



Calling all Crafters

A group has been formed for all those who are interested in one craft or another.  Crocheting/knitting/card making/canvas art etc.  Tea & Coffee will be provided.

On 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
10 am – 12 noon in the Minor Hall

For further details contact Janice Nelson on
Everyone welcome



TEA ROTA JUNE 2019

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.  
Many thanks for your support.

2nd
Kaye Cheshire
Doris Close
Kathleen Arthur

9th
Marion Money
Janet Davis
Diane Strain

16th
Alison Clarke
Maureen Jackson
Carol Campbell

23rd
Dianne Innes
Janice Nelson
Karen Miles

30th
Christine Cahoon
Nadine Davison
Patricia Wilson



Parish Walking Group


Saturday 15th June 2019

BELFAST HILLS RIDGE TRAIL

Meet at 10.00 am at the National Trust car park,
Divis Road off B38 Upper Springfield Road

For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray


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
 
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