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RECTOR’S LETTER


Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,
At St Nicholas' we want to help equip you to serve Jesus in your everyday world. When we meet together on a Sunday it is to encourage one another as we offer our praise and prayers to God. We read the Bible and have sermons that we hope will help us all understand better what God is saying to us through his word. And as we leave the building our prayer is that we will be built up for the life that God calls us to live for Him in the week that lies ahead.

Our new informal 'cafe church' meetings on Sunday evenings at 
6.30 pm in the church hall give us the opportunity to do these things in a much more relaxed setting than a normal church service. We can take time to chat with others, to ask questions if we want to and to get answers to the things that puzzle us. We hope that you will come along and give this new style of meeting a try!

This month we are beginning a short series entitled "Life on the Frontline" which invites us to recognise that God has work for us to do - right where we are now!

Our Small Groups are beginning a series of Bible studies on the Old Testament book of Esther. We'll be looking at a time and situation which is very different to our own - and yet, I think that you like me, will be amazed at how relevant the things that we will read about are for Christians living in 21st century Northern Ireland! These groups will not only increase your understanding of the Bible but they will help us all to see what difference one person living a faithful life can make to a community.

November also presents us with a couple of special opportunities to share with the community of Carrickfergus. Remembrance Sunday is on 9th November this year - please note that our main morning service that morning is half an hour later at 11.30 am to enable those who wish to share in the cenotaph commemoration to do so. Just a few days later, on Saturday 15th the borough's Christmas season begins as we host the Civic Carol service at 3.30 pm in St Nicholas'.
We are also privileged that same week to welcome Bishop Sospeter Ndenza back to St Nicholas'. Sospeter was here in 2008 when, as a clergyman of Tabora diocese, he spent some time studying at Belfast Bible College. Do come along and join us on 13th November for an evening of conversation, fellowship and encouragement. Details can be found elsewhere in this magazine.

I hope that you will be a part of some of the things that I have shared with you in this letter. Thank you for your membership of our parish - we hope that we can serve and equip you as you seek to live your life for Jesus.

With love in Him,
George

THANK YOU

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the catering for the Connor Synod on 1st October.  We catered for 200 people at the evening meal and everything went exceptionally well.

Thank you to all our helpers and to those who supplied scones, traybakes etc.  We could not have done it without this help.

Many thanks again from the Catering Group.




Next meeting Tuesday 25th November 2014
7.30 pm in the Church

For further information contact Peter Ferguson

Jesus said: “My house will be called a house of prayer.” Matthew 21:13


SOUND DESK ROTA NOVEMber 2014

        Morning                    Evening
2nd        Gordon Dalton            John Kane
9th        Gillian Dalton                Lynn Rodgers
16th        Johnnie McAlister            Paul Letters
23rd        Dereice Maguire            Jonathan Nelson
30th        Julie Irvine                Steven Todd


Crèche Rota NOVEMBER 2014

2nd    Christine Stewart, Valerie Leighton, Graeme Miles
9th    Ann Hodge, Alison Kane, Sophie Foreman
16th    John Kane, Janice Nelson, Rachel McVeigh
23rd    Faye Hamilton, Carol Moneypenny, Graeme Miles
30th    Karen Bell, Sharon McMaster, 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.

Sunday Night @ St Nick’s

“Life on the Frontline”
Our new “Cafe Church” meetings continue in the Church Hall on Sunday evenings at 6.30 pm. Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about the challenges and opportunities of being a Christian today.

Feel that life is increasingly pressured? Feeling guilty that you don’t have the time to do as much for God as you’d like to? “Life on the Frontline” is for you!

Come and join us for worship, Bible exploration and fellowship in relaxed surroundings over a cup of coffee. Everyone will be very welcome.

An Evening with Bishop Sospeter Ndenza
Thursday 13th November
7.30 pm in the Church Hall


An evening to meet and share with Bishop Sospeter Ndenza.

Bishop Sospeter was a clergyman in Tabora Diocese before being elected as Bishop of Kibondo in Tanzania. Parishioners may remember him visiting St Nicholas’ in 2008 when he spent time studying in Northern Ireland. We look forward to renewing our friendship with him over a cup of coffee in the church hall. Bishop Sospeter has a wonderful story to tell and speaks good English. Do come and hear about the work that God is doing in Tanzania


SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

Our Remembrance Day Service will be held in Church on Sunday 9th November.  There will be Sunday School for the Nursery and P1 to P4 classes in the Halls, beginning at 11.30 am.

Those older children attending P5-P7 classes are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Service in the Church with their parents to help them understand the commitment and sacrifice that servicemen from Carrickfergus and around the UK made in two World Wars and in warfare since, particularly Afghanistan.

On Sundays 16th and 30th November parents are asked to bring children directly to the Halls at 11 am and not to Church first.  This is to give extra time for Nativity Play rehearsal.

Please remember to pray for the Children’s Outreach Mission and Emmanuel and his team of volunteers in Tabora Diocese Tanzania, and the many, many children being reached with the Good News about Jesus.        Lynn Rodgers, Morning Sunday School Superintendent

Prayer Diary - November 2014

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.  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
Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that plenteously bearing the fruit of good works
they may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen                                         BCP
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1st November – Saturday
Pray for the ongoing efforts to overcome the current Ebola Virus outbreak.

2nd NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (4th Sunday before Advent)
Pray for our church services especially the new arrangements for Sunday evenings and the Cafe Church in the minor hall.  Pray for our ministry team, George, Peter, Brian and Cameron.  Pray for good health and that they would have time for relaxation with family away from parish and Diocesan duties.

3rd November – Monday
The Small Groups resume this week, now studying the Book of Esther.  Pray for continued and growing interest for study in this informal environment.   Pray for an enthusiastic team at this evening’s Cafe Church helpers meeting.

4th November – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and the members of the various sub-committees which are looked to for guidance in the management of our parish.  Pray especially for the Allocations Committee as they meet to discuss our giving to others.  Pray that God’s Will is at the heart of all decision-making.

5th November – Wednesday
Our Boys’ Brigade Company needs our prayer and our practical support.  Pray for its officers and helpers and the decisions that have to be taken regarding its future.  Pray that families would encourage their sons to come to BB.

6th November – Thursday
Seven months ago more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Nigeria.  At the time of writing it is reported that the Nigerian military and the Boko Haram group have agreed a ceasefire and that the girls will be freed.  Pray for these schoolgirls, that they will hold fast to their Christian faith and give thanks if they have indeed returned home.

7th November – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group meeting today, giving thanks for the volunteers who have made the group such a success and showing God’s love in this informal setting.

8th November – Saturday
The Parish Walking Group is in Carnlough this morning for the Cranny Falls walk.  Pray for the members of the group and this time of fellowship.

9th NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday before Advent)
Pray for our services and this evening’s Cafe Church as well as Remembrance Sunday services taking place throughout the country. Remember the bereaved and those who bear the scars of wars past and present.

10th November – Monday
This week Peter and Amy Ferguson are hosts to Rt Rev Sospeter Ndenza, Bishop of Kibondo Tanzania.  Give thanks for this visit and for the opportunity to meet the Bishop, to renew friendship, and to learn more of the work of the Anglican Church in Tanzania.

11th November – Tuesday
As we remember the guns falling silent this day in 1918, pray for those serving in today’s armed forces.  Pray for a resolution of present day conflicts including those in Ukraine and Syria.  Pray for this month’s Women’s Fellowship meeting and Bird of Paradise Ministries.

12th November – Wednesday
Pray for the Kingdom of Jordan, a safe haven for those fleeing violence in neighbouring countries.  Pray for the provision of food, water and medicine for the displaced, giving thanks for Tearfund, MECO and other aid agencies.

13th November – Thursday
Before Bishop Ndenza’s departure, once again give thanks for his visit and that we have the opportunity to meet together for relaxed fellowship.  Pray that we are challenged by what the Bishop has to say to us and that we remain committed to supporting our brothers and sisters in Tabora Diocese.


14th November – Friday
Pray for the sick, especially those with chronic illness and the terminally ill.

15th November – Saturday
Today our church is the venue for the annual Civic Carol Service.  Pray for our Mayor and Councillors and everyone attending this service as we prepare to celebrate our Saviour’s birth.  Pray for Servant Evangelism in our town.

16th NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday before Advent)
Pray for our morning and afternoon Sunday Schools and our Bible Class.  Pray for our Youth Fellowship.  Pray for today’s services including this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing and the Cafe Church.

17th November – Monday
Give thanks for the team that records our Freewill Offering.

18th November – Tuesday
Pray for Raymond and Jackie Givan in Uganda.  Pray for Crosslinks.

19th November – Wednesday
Pray for the Widows’ Group meeting this evening.
20th November – Thursday
Pray for today’s first meeting of the newly elected Connor Diocesan Council.

21st November – Friday
Give thanks for those parishioners who clean our church and church halls.

22nd November – Saturday
Pray for the recently bereaved, that they would find comfort at this time of loss and draw strength from the assured hope of eternity with Christ.

23rd NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (Sunday before Advent)
This morning’s service includes Holy Baptism.  Pray that those bringing children for Baptism will be ready to fulfil promises made.  Pray that we too would fulfil our role supporting parents and children.

24th November – Monday
Pray for the Senior Moments group meeting this afternoon.

25th November – Tuesday
Pray for and with those attending this evening’s ‘Encounter’ in church.

26th November – Wednesday
Pray for the Clergy of Mission Carrick meeting in the Rectory this morning.

27th November – Thursday
Give thanks for Catherine and the team assembling Parish News this morning.  Pray for distributors especially the person delivering your copy.

28th November – Friday
Pray for Darren and Karen McCartney serving God in the Canadian Arctic.

29th November – Saturday
Pray for those enjoying fellowship together at our Badminton Club.

30th NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Advent)
Give thanks for all who contribute to our worship each Sunday; those who read lessons, our ministry team in preparing sermons to make the Bible relevant in the 21st century, Alison and the Choir, those providing refreshments.

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


Flowers in Church NOVEMBER 2014

2nd    Vacant
9th    Vacant
16th    Vacant
23rd    Liz Hanna
30th    Rayma Hill  - In memory of my mother
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 at 9336 2869


Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

23rd September 2014
Thelma Esther Smyth, late of Charles Legg Drive, Carrickfergus

Christian Marriage

‘What God has joined together, let not man separate’

23rd September 2014
Karl Michael Pritchard, 3 Glenstall Close, Belmont, Hereford, England and Claire Elizabeth McGonigle, 3 Glenstall Close, Belmont, Hereford

TEA ROTA NOVEMBER 2014

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.

2nd November
Sally Campbell
Tina Campbell
Carol Anderson
9th November
Diane Innes
Janice Nelson
Karen Miles
16th November
Marion Money
Janet Davis
Joan Armstrong
23rd November
Valerie Kirk
Joan Gray
Robin Gray
30th November
Alison Clarke
Maureen Jackson
Carol Campbell


SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Organised by 4th Carrickfergus Girl Guides
St Nicholas Church Halls

Please come and celebrate the Christmas Season with us on Tuesday 9th December at 7 pm

To help with catering and transport please return the slip below or telephone the Church office
by Friday 5th December

Everyone welcome
Church Office        028 9336 0061
Morag Stewart        028 9335 5173

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I will be attending the Christmas Party

Signed _________________________

Address ________________________

Telephone ______________________

I require transport YES/NO




What a lovely relaxing evening we all had with Lisa Currie from Pollyanna Pots, as we busied ourselves decorating our flowerpots in paper decoupage. The skills involved could be a little tricky at times but we all made a very good attempt and were pleased with the results. It was wonderful to see such a large group and we thoroughly enjoyed the friendship and fellowship together.

We welcome Mary Munyangaju, this month, to speak on the work of her charity, Bird of Paradise Ministries, which is committed to providing basic needs of shelter and care and sharing the love of God with the elderly in her native Rwanda. Mary has been living in Northern Ireland for almost 20 years and her husband Jerome is Rector of St. John's Parish in Killyleagh. It should be a very interesting evening and we would encourage you to come along to support Mary as she explains more to us about the ministry.              Christine Cahoon


Sunday 9th November
Remembrance Sunday

The main morning service at
St Nicholas will begin at
11.30 am
to allow those who wish to attend
the Act of Remembrance
at the Cenotaph.



Widows Group

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
in the Church Halls and all widows would be very
welcome to join us.  Our next meeting is
Wednesday 19th November at 7.15 pm.
Everyone warmly welcome!



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

Services in November 2014

2nd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Holy Communion—When God Revives His People:
            6  People of the Book
            Nehemiah 8 v 1-18            Valerie Barr
            Luke 11 v 37-44            The Preacher
         6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Matthew 23 v 1-12            Janet Preston
         6.30 pm    Cafe Church:  Fellowship of the believers—Worship
            Acts 2 v 42-47
9th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.30 am    Remembrance Sunday—When God Revives His People:
            7  The people confess their sin
            Nehemiah 9 v 1-15            Ted McAuley
            Nehemiah 9 v 16-37            Christine Cahoon
        6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Matthew 25 v 1-13            Jackie Kane
        6.30 pm    Cafe Church:  Fellowship of the believers—Prayer
            Acts 2 v 42-47
16th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.00 am    Morning Prayer—When God Revives His People: 
            8  Revival & Recommitment
            Nehemiah 9 v 38 & 10 v 28-39    Gillian Dalton
            2 Corinthians 9 v 6-15            Gordon Dalton
         6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            1 Thessalonians 5 v 1-11        John Richardson
            Matthew 25 v 14-30            The Preacher
         6.30 pm    Cafe Church:  The Frontline Call
            Matthew 28 v 16-20                   
23rd    9.30 am    Holy Communion
        11.00 am    Family Service—When God Revives His People: 
            9  Dedication & Celebration
            Nehemiah 12 v 27-47
       6.30 pm    Cafe Church:  The Frontline Commission
            Jeremiah 29 v 4-14                   
30th     9.30 am    Holy Communion
       11.00 am    Service of the Word—When God Revives His People: 
            10  Always Renewing
            Nehemiah 13 v 1-22            Marion Letters
       6.30 pm    Compline
            Mark 13 v 24-37            Ray Gilbert
       6.30 pm    Cafe Church:  The Frontline Community
            Colossians 3 v 12-17

Sunday 9th November
Remembrance Sunday

The main morning service at
St Nicholas will begin at
11.30 am
to allow those who wish to
attend the Act of
Remembrance
at the Cenotaph.

Widows Group

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
in the Church Halls and all widows would be very
welcome to join us.  Our next meeting is
Wednesday 19th November at 7.15 pm.
Everyone warmly welcome!

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


BOWLING CLUB

The Bowling Club has resumed.  We meet on Monday nights from 7.30 pm—9 pm in the Main Hall.
All members old and new are welcome.
No previous experience of bowling is necessary.

Engage Youth Fellowship

Engage Youth Fellowship meets in the halls on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month 8.15 - 9.30 pm.   All young people of secondary school age are welcome. Join us for fun, fellowship, bible teaching and at times food!




DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

On Saturday 13th December we are going to the Connor Youth Christmas Event.  Please meet at the Halls at 6 pm.

IMPACT 2014: Heaven in Ordinary

Friday 28th November at 7.30 pm Belvoir Parish, Belfast

IMPACT is CMS Ireland’s Annual Celebration Event. It’s an evening full of worship, sharing and inspiration as we celebrate stories of God at work, transforming lives. It’s also a great way to begin the Advent Season and to be reminded of how God does extraordinary things through ordinary people and their ordinary acts of love and service.

This year’s event, entitled Heaven in Ordinary includes:
Worship led by Ian Hanna
Bible reflections by Rev Andrew Forster
Stories from CMSI’s Global Partners and the staff team
Conversations over a cuppa (and treats)


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


Date for your Diary!


Parish Walking Group

Cranny Falls Walk, Carnlough

Saturday 8th November

Meet at 10.30 am at Spar Car Park, Carnlough

For further details contact Harry Kirk or Peter Ferguson

Small Groups recommencing
Week beginning 3rd November 2014

ESTHER – CHARACTER UNDER PRESSURE
We live in a culture that does not always emphasise doing what is right and does not always encourage us to choose the way of personal integrity in the face of opposition.  The story of Esther is about
developing godly character and will speak to us in profound ways about these issues.   It is a wonderful account of God’s sovereignty and provision, told with humour, irony and contrast.
For further details please speak to one of the clergy



 
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