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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends in St Nicholas,
This year Remembrance Sunday has a particular poignancy, as it sees the centenary of the ending of World War 1. That fact stands as a reminder to us that the generation, who remember that war directly, who lived through it and experienced the terrors of that great conflict, has almost gone. The challenge in this anniversary year for those of us who remain is to help the next generation to know of the sacrifices made by their forebears, so that an appropriate remembrance may continue in the years that lie ahead.

Remembrance must never be an act which glorifies conflict, but something which helps the rest of us to appreciate the sacrifice which was asked of those who died in the defence of the principles of freedom and justice. A failure to remember properly will almost inevitably lead to another generation repeating the mistakes of the past. 

You will be very welcome to join us in St Nicholas’ Church at 11.30 am on Sunday 11th November as our church family share with young and old in an act of remembrance in church. Please note that the service is half an hour later than our normal time in order that some of us will also be able to participate in the civic act of remembrance at the Carrickfergus War Memorial in the Marine Gardens earlier in the morning. We look forward to sharing with representatives of our youth organisations at this service.

In our morning services this month we have taken the theme “Christianity - Hard to Believe?” We are going to be looking together at some of the objections that people sometimes make about Christianity - questions that they raise about some of the things that they find difficult to accept or understand. “If God is good, why is there so much suffering in the world?” “Isn’t the God of Christianity just an angry judge?”

As we consider what the Bible has to say about these things, we trust that our time together on a Sunday morning will help us to clarify our own understanding of these issues and perhaps help us to be of assistance to others as they also wrestle with these questions. We’ll be glad to see you!

Can I also take this opportunity to remind parents and grandparents that JAM (our new children’s Sunday morning activities) continue week by week in the church hall during the main morning service. The leaders would love to see your young people there - they’ll learn more about Jesus and his love for them through an interesting range of activities. I know there are lots of other distractions on a Sunday morning, but surely nothing is more important than helping our children discover the amazing plans that Jesus has for each one of us.

If you’d like more information, leaflets with details of this year’s programme are available in church, or our Jam co-ordinator, Mrs Sharon Maxwell would be glad to speak with you. Her contact number can be found on the back of this magazine.

With love in Him,
George

Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

At our next meeting on Tuesday 13th  November, the Rector George Davison will join us to speak about his walk last year along the Camino de Santiago. Please do join us to hear about George's experiences on that journey.

Looking ahead to our meeting on Tuesday 11th December, we are planning once again to have Christmas dinner at the Courtyard in Carrickfergus. The cost will be around £10, and if you would like to come along please speak to myself or Christine Cahoon so that we can confirm numbers. Thank you.
Valerie Leighton

Update from Trevor & Andrea

October 2018—We thank God for another morning at Sagåsen yesterday.  Andrea enjoyed time with J from Rwanda who has been coming to church with us over the past three weeks.  Trevor had good conversations with three men from Syria, Iran and the Maldives. Two of them took New Testaments in their own language.  Please pray for this on-going ministry with refugees. 

Last Sunday we had an evangelistic ‘bring and share’ afternoon, with food from all over the world.  We counted 19 different nationalities!  What a foretaste of Heaven!  We were encouraged with a number of unbelievers who attended.  Please pray!

Next week we recommence our one-to-one discipleship programme, Tillsammans.  Most will be focussing on Carl Laferton’s brilliant little book, Spiritual Healthcheck.  If you haven’t already read it, why not buy two copies and ask someone to start meeting regularly with you.  We read it together as a family on holiday this year and it was a real blessing.  All five of us are going to be taking part in Tillsammans this autumn.  Please pray for fruitful discipleship relationships to be built. 
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx


YOU ARE INVITED TO  STANDING STRONG
OPEN DOORS CELEBRATION 2018


Ballymena
13th November
7.30 pm-9.30 pm
High Kirk Presbyterian Church
Ballymena

Bangor
14th November
7.30 pm-9.30 pm
Hamilton Road Presbyterian

For further details go to www.opendoorsuk.org


HEADSTONES  

The rows of headstones silent stand
Their message clear, though mute;
That we, in Britain’s peaceful land
Must silently salute.

Our peace was bought at dreadful price
Through rain and fear and mud –
World conflict fought not once but twice
So twice the cost in blood.

Each headstone bears a single name
A single husband, son,
Who, when the call to duty came
They did what must be done.

So, think upon those rows of stones
Be silent, still as they
Remind us of those silent homes
From when they went away.

Yes, spare a while to think of them
It’s just two minutes’ time;
And say aloud, just once again
That well-remembered rhyme:

They grow not old as we grow old,
Nor do the years condemn;
But as the days and nights unfold,
We will remember them.

by Nigel Beeton



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 5th November
7.00 pm - 7.45 pm
&
Tuesday 20th November
7.00 pm - 8.30 pm


St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – November 2018

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 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 and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than either we desire or deserve.  Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord.  Amen.      
Prayers for Various Occasions

1st November – Thursday
Give thanks for the safe return of Brian and Valerie Courtney and for Brian’s ministry to the people of St Columba’s Church, Bristol, Tennessee.

2nd November – Friday
Recent reports suggest that the famine in Yemen, resulting from the devaluation of currency and soaring food inflation, tied up in the ongoing civil war, is much worse than previously thought.  Pray for the people of Yemen for efforts to ease hunger and for constructive discussion to bring an end to the conflict.

3rd November – Saturday
Give thanks for our parishioners’ response to the special collections for the victims of the Indonesian Tsunami.  Pray that our donation would help provide much needed relief for those affected.  Pray for Tearfund.

4TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (4th Sunday before Advent)
Pray for JAM, for Sharon its co-ordinator and for her team who teach our children.  Pray that parents would see the importance of Bible teaching for their children and, resisting the temptations of our increasingly secular society, bring their children to church and to JAM or Bible Class.  Pray for our worship today, giving thanks for the Bible teaching we receive from George, Cameron and Brian.  Pray for our Youth Fellowship.

5th November – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.  Pray also for our various Small Groups.

6th November – Tuesday
Today clergy of various denominations are meeting at Greenisland House to discuss spiritual provision for residents.  Give thanks for these invitations.  The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for our Select Vestry members.

7th November – Wednesday
The Connor Clergy Retreat takes place over the next three days.  Pray for all clergy from our Diocese.  Pray especially for our Bishop, Alan Abernethy; for health, for stamina and for wisdom.

8th November – Thursday
Pray for those parishes in our Diocese where there is currently a vacancy, remembering our neighbours in St Colman’s Kilroot, Greenisland and St John’s Ballycarry.  Pray especially for those parishes that are not financially in a position to appoint a Rector.  Pray for our Lord’s provision.

9th November – Friday
Pray for Abba Girls meeting this evening.

10th November – Saturday
This morning the Craft Fair takes place in the church halls.  Give thanks for all that have been working on items to sell and pray for this event.

11TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (3rd Sunday before Advent)
100 years since the Armistice which ended World War 1.  Pray for all who bear the scars, physical and mental, of conflict.  Pray for our armed forces, for those living in warzones and those working to end 21st Century conflicts.

12th November – Monday
Pray for our Senior Moments Group.

13th November – Tuesday
Our Women’s Fellowship’s meeting this evening will hear more of George’s Camino.  Open Doors are having a ‘Standing Strong’ celebration in High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.  Pray for these meetings and for Christians living in Syria, Iran and Iraq.

14th November – Wednesday
Pray for the sick, especially those with a life threatening illness.

15th November – Thursday
Pray for Crosslinks and for Trevor and Andrea Watson in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Remember also the McCartney family in the Canadian Arctic.

16th November – Friday
Give thanks for our Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.

17th November – Saturday
Our church is the venue for the Annual Civic Carol Service.  Pray for the congregation, for ears and hearts open to the Gospel.  Pray also for our parishioners who are travelling to Kildare for some Christmas shopping.

18TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (2nd Sunday before Advent)
Pray for our services today, including this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing. 

19th November – Monday
Pray for Theresa May and her Government and preparations for Brexit.

20th November – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint and for a greater heart for prayer in our parish.

21st November – Wednesday
Remember those who are recently bereaved in prayer today.

22nd November – Thursday
Parish News is assembled this morning.  Give thanks for the magazine team, distributors and for Catherine.  Pray for our church and hall cleaning teams.

23rd November – Friday
Pray for Emmanuel, that he will soon, by God’s Grace, have a mission partner.

24th November – Saturday
The Walking Group are walking the Newtownabbey Way to Mossley Mill this morning.  Give thanks for this fellowship.

25TH NOVEMBER – SUNDAY (The Sunday before Advent)
Pray for this morning’s Family Service and for the Music Group leading praise.  Pray for Café Church.  Give thanks for our crèche volunteers.

26th November – Monday
Today, members of Mothers’ Union are holding a short Vigil and Reception at Belfast City Hall as part of the ’16 Days Activism Campaign against Gender Violence.’  Pray for today’s event, for an end to domestic violence and for Mother’s Union and its work supporting families and family life.

27th November – Tuesday
This evening our Guides host our Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party.  Pray for our Guides, the musicians and for all attending this evening’s event.

28th November – Wednesday
Pray for ICM, for Mark Smith and for City Church in Dublin.

29th November – Thursday
For the first time, a member of our clergy team will be at Acorn Integrated Primary School this morning for Assembly.  Give thanks for these invitations.


30th November – Friday
As the Board of Education meets in Armagh today, pray for School Governors.  Pray for men and women willing to take on the role of School Governor.

JAM NOTES

JAM’s first month is now completed and it has been a mixture of fun, friendship and fellowship.  Our numbers have been very low, but we must be positive and be thankful to God for all that attend. The children attending JAM seem to be enjoying the new programme and this was demonstrated at our Family Service back in September when the kids answered the questions George had asked regarding the Armour of God.

Bible Class is running smoothly as well, with a good crowd of young people all eager to learn God's word. The groups are learning about Paul and the I AM STATEMENTS.

Some dates for your diaries; on Remembrance Sunday there will be no JAM or Bible Class, I am organising a trip for the Bible Class and any P7 children to the Glengormley Sports Bowl and then to McDonalds for some refreshments, this adventure will be on Saturday 1st December 2018 and consent forms will follow later.  We also hope to organise an outing for the rest of the children, venue and date to be confirmed at a later date.

If anyone would like to find out more details about JAM or Bible Class, please contact myself or anyone from the team

Please could I ask our congregation to pray for all the children and young people who attend JAM and Bible Class and also pray for our numbers to increase .

Many thanks for your continuing support.
Sharon Maxwell, JAM Co-ordinator

COFFEE MORNING AND CRAFT SALE

Saturday 10th November
10 am—2 pm
in the Church Halls
Come along and enjoy coffee and scones and browse for unique,
hand made Christmas presents

BAKERS NEEDED

If anyone would like to provide traybakes, buns or cakes for the Coffee Morning & Craft Sale
on Saturday 10th November,
please speak to Janice Nelson

Crèche Rota November 2018

4th           John Kane & Ciara Lester
11th         Faye Hamilton & Valerie Leighton
18th         Karen Bell & Rachel McVeigh
25th         Lorraine Gibson & Tamera Milligan

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.


Flowers in Church November 2018

4th       Vacant
11th     Vacant
18th    Derek Hanna & family—for Liz
25th    The Cole Family—In memory of Angela’s birthday

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 or speak 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.

News from Tabora

We had an interesting email from Bishop Elias Chakupewa recently.  He informed us that there had been a recent graduation of 23 students from the Tabora Bible School.

This is good news for two reasons.  The first being the obvious benefits of a theological course for those 23 people who will return to their parishes to help others.  The second reason is that this news is the first information we have received concerning the Bible School for a number of years.  We were not sure if the Bible School was even functioning.

Going back to St Nicholas’ early relationship with Tabora Diocese, some 17 years ago, under the Bishop, Francis Ntiruka, the Bible School was a top priority.  At that time St Nicholas’ vestry understood its importance and supported various aspects of its work.  Since then the succeeding Bishop closed the Bible School, citing financial concerns.  The present Bishop Elias has spoken of his desire to re-open the School but we were never quite sure, if or when, this actually happened, so it is really encouraging to hear that it is up and running. 

The Bible School is a wonderful resource in a town and country where expression of faith is exuberant but Bible knowledge and understanding can be sketchy.  The Bible School principal is Elias Musigwa and is assisted by Elizabeth Rubuye, Emmanuel’s wife.

This development is worthy of our prayers; for the 23 graduates, their two teachers, and for future courses and students.  The Bishop informs us that the next course, for 6 weeks, is for Sunday School teachers and 10 students will be taking part.  Let’s pray for them as they undertake this course that by God’s grace they will be equipped to teach the children in their respective churches throughout the Diocese.  Perhaps our Vestry could ‘lend a hand’ in keeping this vitally important facility open for the benefit of many.

As sometimes happens, Emmanuel’s newsletter hasn’t arrived in time this month, so I’ve no news concerning the Children's Outreach Mission.  I am aware from a previous email that Emmanuel has been making efforts to make contact with Child Evangelism Fellowship (C.E.F.) in Tanzania but I’m not aware of what progress has been made.
Very recent news of Emmanuel’s father and mother was of a storm that tore the roof off their house.  A couple of pictures showed a typical, basic Tanzanian red brick square house with no roof.  The bricks would have been hand made and ‘fired’ in a local kiln using wood cut locally.  It is doubtful if the corrugated iron from the old roof can be salvaged, so there is a considerable cost implication in replacing the roof and making the house habitable again.  Please do pray for a way to be found to facilitate the repair of Shadrack’s and his wife’s house.

Just because there is no fresh news concerning Emmanuel’s work, please don’t stop praying for the Good News Clubs, the weekly prayer meetings, the RE teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools and for Emmanuel and Elizabeth and their two girls, Gaby and Generous.
Lynn Rodgers


SOUND DESK ROTA NOVEMBER 2018

                  Morning                   Evening
4th          Gordon Dalton            Julie Irvine
11th        Rachel McVeigh           Glenn Nelson
18th        Johnnie McAlister         Steven Todd
25th        Graeme Miles             Café church

POINTS TO PONDER

God assures us of a future that is better than all our past.        J C Stern

Christians may not see eye to eye, but they should walk arm in arm.    Anon

Temptations are everywhere, and so is the grace of God.        Anon


Calling all Crafters

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


LAUGHLINES

Way to go!
My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was and I told him 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment and then he ventured: ‘Did you start at 1?’

Alternative prayer
Charlie had been misbehaving and was sent to his room. After a while he emerged and informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer.
‘Fine’, said the pleased mother. ‘If you ask God to help you not misbehave, He will help you.’
‘Oh, I didn’t ask Him to help me not misbehave,’ said Charlie. ‘I asked Him to help you put up with me.’

Services in November 2018

4th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion
            Christianity—Hard to Believe? Absolutism
            Galatians 2 v 4-16     Harry Kirk
            John 5 v 19-27        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer & Café Church
            James: Humble faith!
            James 4 v 11-17        Christine Cahoon

11th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.30 am    Remembrance Sunday
            Christianity—Hard to Believe? Suffering
            Job 7 v 17-21            Robin Gray
            1 Peter 1 v 3-12        Joan Gray
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word & Café Church
            James: Where’s your treasure?
            James 5 v 1-6            Ann McVeigh

18th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Christianity—Hard to Believe? Hell
            Psalm 94 v 12-23    Rachael Emmerson
            Luke 16 v 19-31        Jean Stewart
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            & Café Church
            James: Be Patient!
            James 5 v 7-12        Daphne Murphy

25th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service—Getting Ready
     6.30 pm    Café Church
            James: Keep Praying!
            James 5 v 13-20

Parish Walking Group

Saturday 24th November 2018
Newtownabbey Way:
Whiteabbey to Mossley Mill

Especially suitable for children and families.

Meet at 10.00 am at Whiteabbey car park, Shore Road (opposite Dillon’s Avenue)
For further details contact Harry Kirk or Robin or Joan Gray

TEA ROTA NOVEMBER 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. Many thanks for your support.

4th Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

11th Tamera Milligan Heather Parkes Colin Parkes

18th Valerie Kirk Robin Gray Joan Gray

25th Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

CIVIC CAROL SERVICE

Saturday 17th November
4 pm in St Nicholas’ Church
followed by the town Christmas lights switch on at 5.30 pm

Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Sunday

The 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.

ABBA GIRLS

Friday 9th November
7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Meeting Room Upstairs in the Church Hall
All girls from P7 to secondary school age are very welcome
Craft, food, games and more . . . . .
For further details speak to Karen Bell or Laura Horner



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

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.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Organised by 4th Carrickfergus Girl Guides & Rangers
St Nicholas Church Halls

Please come and celebrate the
Christmas Season with us on
Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7 pm

To help with catering & transport please return the slip below
to the Church office or phone
Julie Irvine         
Church Office    028 9336 0061
by Monday 19th November 2018

Everyone welcome to this free event

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I will be attending the Christmas Party

Name ________________________________

Address ______________________________

Telephone ____________________________

I require transport YES/NO


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 October
12th November    A G M
26th November    Speaker
28th November    Luncheon Club
St Nicholas Sketch