Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
RECTOR’S LETTERDear Friends at St Nicholas’,
Each month we, as a church family, share with a number of families as they mourn the death of a loved one. Each one is precious and loved, both by those with whom they have shared their lives and by God. This past month has been no different. However we had the unusual situation of having to conduct the funeral of a serving member of the Select Vestry as we mourned the death of Mr Eric McMullan.
Eric was a much loved member of the congregation and one who has served this parish with distinction over the years. Often alongside his late wife Hazel, he could be found behind the scenes at many parish occasions with sleeves rolled up and working hard to make sure that whatever the event, it was a success. As already mentioned, he was a faithful member of the Select Vestry and often to be found at the church door welcoming parishioners and visitors alike. He had a warm sense of humour and could often be found bantering with some of the “oul dolls”, whom he teased mercilessly, but cared for sincerely.
Eric was also one of the nominators, who invited me to come to serve as Rector here in St. Nicholas, and then served as my glebewarden. I shall miss his sincere support and friendship greatly. Do join me in continuing to pray for his daughter Erica and all the members of his family who miss him so much.
Parishioners are reminded that, on Sunday 8th November as we mark Remembrance Sunday, our main morning service will begin half an hour later than normal at 11.30am. This is to facilitate those who wish to attend the Act of Remembrance at the town War Memorial beforehand. As is our custom in St Nicholas’, we look forward to welcoming the members of our uniformed youth organisations to this important service.
Over the years St Nicholas’ Church building has been the venue for the Civic Carol Service organised by Carrickfergus Borough Council. I am glad to say that our new Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has been in contact to say that they would like to continue this practice. Some of the councillors will be joining us and local school choirs will be providing music.
It is reassuring to know that our civic leaders still believe it is important to include worship as part of our Christmas preparations. It is a wonderful opportunity for us as a parish to show Christian hospitality and welcome to our neighbours as the town begins to turn its mind towards Christmas. The service is part of a programme of events, on the afternoon of Saturday 14th November, including the lighting of the Christmas tree in Market Place.
Yours in the service of Jesus,
FAREWELL AND THANK YOU FROM THE GIVANSRaymond and Jackie returned to Northern Ireland after leaving Uganda. They recently sent through the following farewell and thank you letter.
It seems only yesterday since we first made our applications to join Crosslinks the furtherance of the Gospel and for us the time been too short in many ways. We had our own plans as to what and where we would go but God had a better way. One proverb puts it succinctly, "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." (Prov. 16:9). So I set out on my own initially as one of our daughters' baby was due in December 2013 but was delivered nearly 10 weeks early due to complications related to the pregnancy. I returned home for a few weeks.
I returned to Uganda on my own and Jackie joined me soon after and we worked happily at Goli, in Nebbi District, but returned home for the wedding of our daughter Naomi in July 2014. Circumstances dictated that it would be difficult to return to Goli, so after some thought and prayer, we settled in Central Province at Kiwoko Hospital.
As you will have read in our Prayer Letters, we had a very profitable time helping with the duties of a busy mission hospital and leading some four weekly Bible studies. We also did outreach and evangelism and even travelled, with a team, as far as Kotido in Karamoja where we were involved in outreach and discipleship programmes.
We have come to the end of our official time with Crosslinks and are very grateful for the support of the Mission who have stood with us through the past 2 years. We are humbled at the support, prayerful and financial, of all of you. We could not have achieved what little we have done for the Kingdom of God without your help. The Apostle Paul was equally aware of those who stood with him, "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world." (Rom. 1:8).
Some people suggest that we have sacrificed a lot but to be part of God's plan in furthering the Kingdom can only be a pleasure. East Africa numerically has many Christians, although other world religions are making tremendous strides into people's hearts and minds. Perhaps, even more needy nowadays, is Europe where a secular lifestyle has taken hold. Maybe you could support or pray for more missionaries involved or planning to go to one of our neighbouring countries? Perhaps God is calling you to go! Paul again reminds us of our great responsibility but also our privilege, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Rom. 12:1).
May God bless you richly in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Dr Raymond and Mrs Jackie Givan
Coffee Morning & Craft Sale
Saturday 7th November
10 am—2 pm in the Church HallsCome along and enjoy fellowship while having a cuppa. There will be the opportunity to try out some crafting yourself.
Suitable for all ages.
Also, for all you crafters out there, if you could donate one or two items to be sold on the morning, please contact me, Janice Nelson
10% of all the money raised will be for a nominated charity with the remaining 90% going to the Church Building Fund
VOLUNTEER NEEDEDWe need someone who would be available to deliver CDs every week, term time, to the homes of a small number of parishioners, who are unable to go to church on a Sunday.
If you can help in this worthwhile ministry, please contact Catherine in the office on 028 9336 0061
Sunday 8th November
Remembrance SundayThe main morning service at St Nicholas’ will begin at 11.30 am
to allow those, who wish to, to attend the Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
WIDOWS GROUPOur next meeting is
Wednesday 18th November at 7.15 pm
in the Church Halls.
All widows will be made very welcome
St Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus
Prayer Diary – November 2015
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
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the king of all:
Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen BCP
Pray for our services today and for Brian and Cameron leading our worship. Give thanks for them and for the help and support they give to George our Rector, enabling him to fulfil other duties within the Church of Ireland.
2nd November – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our prayer time that more people would come along, especially those who, wrongly, feel uncomfortable or excluded because of their reluctance to pray aloud.
3rd November – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening. Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and the members of its various sub-committees. Pray for the work being undertaken to repair the church roof and replace the guttering.
4th November – Wednesday
A Review Group is examining the current training programme at CITI in Dublin. Pray for the work of this group. Pray for those training at CITI that they would be trained and equipped in the best possible way for their life in Christian Ministry. Finally, pray for George and the empowering of the Holy Spirit for him as part of the review group and that he will find time for rest and relaxation in his very busy schedule.
5th November – Thursday
Canon David Jardine will speak on the topic of ‘Confidence in Prayer’ at this evening’s CIEF meeting in Lisburn. Pray for him, for CIEF and for all attending.
6th November – Friday
Pray for our Busy Bees continuing to show God’s love to parents and toddlers.
7th November – Saturday
This morning our church halls are the venue for a Craft Fair organised by choir members. Give thanks for all who will participate and for the monies raised.
8TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday before Advent)
This Remembrance Sunday pray for the members of our armed forces past and present, especially those bearing the scars, physical and mental, of their service. Pray for those attending the various commemorations and for our 11.30 am Morning Prayer with members of our uniformed organisations.
9th November – Monday
Pray for Crosslinks and our new Link-Missionaries Trevor and Andrea Watson.
10th November – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s Women’s Fellowship meeting.
11th November – Wednesday
Pray for our Senior Moments group’s evening of entertainment in the church halls. Pray also for the Connor Clergy Conference which begins today.
12th November – Thursday
Pray for the sick, especially those awaiting hospital referrals or admission.
13th November – Friday
Continue to pray for Syria and its neighbours and for the refugee crisis.
14th November – Saturday
The annual Civic Carol Service is taking place in church this evening. Pray for this service, for Mid and East Antrim Council, for our local representatives, for our town and all its citizens. Pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to everyone at this evening’s festivities so that Christian Revival would happen in this place. Give thanks for those involved in Servant Evangelism.
15TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday before Advent)
Pray for today’s church services including this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing. Pray for our Sunday School, Bible Class and Youth Fellowship.
16th November – Monday
Pray for George as he travels to Dublin for tomorrow’s meeting of the Standing Committee. Pray for Nadine, Erin and Jamie Davison, for Cameron and Alex Jones and for Brian and Valerie Courtney.
17th November – Tuesday
Pray for today’s meeting of the Standing Committee in Dublin. Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint in church.
18th November – Wednesday
Members of our Clergy team are speaking at Oakfield PS and Sunnylands PS assemblies this morning. Pray for staff and pupils at both schools and pray for these outreach opportunities. This evening the Allocations Committee meets. Pray for it and that their recommendations would be pleasing to God. Pray also for the ladies of our Widows’ Group.
19th November – Thursday
A member of the Clergy is leading the service in Tamlaght Nursing Home today. Pray for staff and residents. Remember all who, because of failing health or frailty now live in the various care and nursing homes throughout East Antrim.
20th November – Friday
Pray for those families who are recently bereaved.
21st November – Saturday
Pray for Bishop Elias Chakupewa and all who seek to serve God in Tabora.
22ND NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (Sunday before Advent)
Pray for the Music Group’s leading of our praise at this morning’s family service. Pray for this evening’s Cafe Church.
23rd November – Monday
Pray for Catherine as she prepares the next issue of Parish News. Give thanks for all who will assist her including the team who will assemble the magazine.
24th November – Tuesday
Give thanks for the teams who clean our church and church halls.
25th November – Wednesday
Pray for Mission Carrick and for all who seek to make Christ known here.
26th November – Thursday
Pray for Alan our Bishop and for the Connor Diocesan Council meeting today.
27th November – Friday
This evening Parish News distributors will have their annual meeting in the church. Give thanks for their dedication distributing Parish News and FWO envelopes for 2016. Pray that we would have sufficient help for the task.
28th November – Saturday
Pray for our devolved government at Stormont.
29TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (1st Sunday of Advent)
Pray for today’s services, giving thanks for Alison and the Choir. Pray for the Sound Desk team and for those listening to our services via CD Ministry.
30th November – Monday
Pray for the various Small Groups that continue to meet for Bible Study.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES
Older children attending P5-P7 classes and young people attending Bible Class are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Service in Church with their parents. Please also note the change of time for both Sunday School and Church Service to 11.30 am.
Classes will be as normal for 15th and 29th November with 22nd November being the monthly Family Service.
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent
Crèche Rota NOVEMBER 20151st Sharon McMaster, Karen Bell, Sophie Foreman
8th Lorraine Gibson, Ciara Lester
15th Deirdre Beck, Valerie Leighton
22nd Ann Hodge, Kathleen Arthur, Sophie Foreman
29th John Kane, Christine Stewart
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.
SOUND DESK ROTA NOVEMBER 2015Morning Evening
1st Gordon Dalton Lynn Rodgers
8th Steven Todd Jonathan Nelson
15th Glenn Nelson Paul Letters
22ND Dereice Maguire Cafe Church
29th Johnnie McAlister Steven Todd
Christian Marriage‘What God has joined together, let not man separate’
17th October 2015
Stuart Colin Cheshire, 25 Cormorant Park, Carrickfergus and
Sharon Emma McCrea, 25 Cormorant Park, Carrickfergus
Christian Burial‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
1st October 2015
Eric Robert McMullan, 182 Shore Road, Greenisland
3rd October 2015
Ruby Lennox, 173 Larne Road, Eden, Carrickfergus
14th October 2015
Eileen Mitchell, 1 Brook Green, Carrickfergus
19th October 2015
Margaret Lucinda (Pearl) Brennan, 15 Belfast Road, Carrickfergus
Flowers in Church October 2015 (not in last magazine)18th Gladys McAtamney—In memory of my mum Betty
Flowers in Church November 20151st Vacant
8th The Connor Family
15th Gillian & Gordon Dalton
22nd Mr & Mrs G M Armstrong
29th Charles & Rosemary Moffett—In memory of Mum & Dad, Betty & Frank
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
VESTRY HOURParishioners 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 NOVEMBER 2015
11.00 am Holy Communion
Elijah & Obediah: obedience in hard times
1 Kings 18 v 1-15 Ann McVeigh
Mark 13 v 1-13 The Preacher
6.30 pm Evening Prayer & Cafe Church
More Than Conquerors
Romans 8 v 28-39 Billy Rice
8th 9.30 am Holy Communion
11.30 am Remembrance Sunday
Elijah on Mount Carmel: choose who you serve
1 Kings 18 v 16-21 Ted McAuley
Mark 1 v 14-20 Christine Cahoon
6.30 pm Evening Prayer & Cafe Church—God’s Sovereign Choice
Romans 9 v 1-18 John Richardson
15th 9.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Prayer—Elijah on Mount Carmel: false
prophets and failed sacrifice
1 Kings 18 v 22-40 Frank Hill
Mark 9 v 38-41 Joan Hill
6.30 pm Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing & Cafe Church
Romans 9 v 19-29 Don Howe
Matthew 16 v 13-20 The Preacher
22nd 9.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Family Service—Moses: send someone else!
Exodus 4 v 1-17
6.30 pm Cafe Church—Israel’s Unbelief
Romans 9 v 30—10 v 15
29th 9.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Service of the Word—Elijah: After Mount Horeb
1 Kings 18 v 41-19 v 9 Valerie Leighton
6.30 pm Compline —Sign of Christ’s Coming
Luke 21 v 25-36 Daphne Murphy
BUSY BEESFridays at 10.30 am in the Church Halls.
Everyone with pre-school age children
is welcome to come along!
DATE FOR YOUR DIARYWhat is the mission of the Church?
Crosslinks Day Conference with
Pastor, author & council member of The Gospel Coalition.
Saturday 27 February 2016 / 9.15 am-4 pm
Armagh City Hotel
Cost: £10 (Lunch not included)
Register at www.crosslinks.org/deyoung or through Cameron.
Parish Walking GroupSaturday 14th November
East Belfast Walk
Views of Harland & Wolff shipyard
(Especially suitable for children & families)
Meet at Carrick Railway Station for 9.24 am train to Bridge End.
For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin & Joan Gray
TEA ROTA NOVEMBER 2015Please 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.
Valerie Kirk Robin Gray Joan Gray
Patricia Wilson Anne Laverty Annie Crawford
Nadine Davison Alex Jones Liz Hanna
Marion Money Janet Davis Diane Strain
Lorraine Gibson Doris Close Kathleen Arthur
SNYF NOTESSNYF now meets every Sunday evening with a new starting time of 8 pm.
There will be no SNYF Sunday 1st November as it is half term!
Any new members are always welcome.
(must be secondary school age)
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTYOrganised by 4th Carrickfergus Girl Guides
St Nicholas Church Halls
Please come and celebrate the
Christmas Season with us on
Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 7 pm
To help with catering & transport please return the slip below to the Church office or contact
Church Office 028 9336 0061
by Friday 27th November 2015
Everyone welcome to this free event
Entertainment by Baillies Mills accordion band
I will be attending the Christmas Party
I require transport YES/NO
SENIOR MOMENTS VARIETY CONCERT
St Nicholas’ Parish Halls
Wednesday 11th November at 7.30 pm
Suggested donation of £5 per person
(to include supper)
Tickets available from Senior Moments
& the Church Office
ST NICHOLAS' WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIPHaving been inspired by the interesting ideas of Sharon and
Eleanor and their creative needlework as they presented their bespoke handbags as Second Bloom, we are giving you the
opportunity to try some handiwork of your own on
Tuesday, 10th November at 7.30 pm.
Dorrie, from "Sew it with Words", is coming to take a Christmas workshop. For those ladies who participated in the Walk for Life, you will recognise Dorrie's inspirational embroidery. If you wish to make your own Christmas decoration, the cost is £3.50 and Dorrie will provide all the materials you need.
Everyone is welcome to share fellowship with us and listen to Dorrie's own testimony. Looking forward to seeing you there.
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