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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,
By the time you are reading this, I will be back with you in Carrickfergus, but as I write this letter I am sitting in the tranquil surroundings of a cabin in the woods on the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the Eastern Coast of the United States. I’m here participating in a leadership conference for Anglican Church leaders from around the world. It has been a tremendous privilege to have this opportunity to study and think about how Christian leaders can most faithfully fulfil the call which Christ has given us. We have been listening to godly bishops, clergy and lay-people who have shared their experiences and reflected on what the Bible teaches us about being good leaders for the church.

As well as learning from our lecturers, I have found great benefit from discussions with the other participants who are able to speak of what life is like for the church around the world. I have been truly blessed to hear of the experiences of Christians from Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and the United States.

I have listened in wonder as Bishop Peter from South Sudan described his experience of being orphaned at the age of 9 during the civil war and fleeing with a group of other boys into the jungle. A former Muslim, he is now a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a thoughtful leader who seeks to help his church play a part in winning others for the Lord and rebuilding a fragile country. 

I have been challenged by meeting Michael, a minister from the northern part of Uganda, who often has to travel several days at a time to find his parishioners! They belong to a nomadic tribe of cattle herders in Karamoja district, so organising a Bible Study or a service can be a challenge as they keep moving to find new grazing for the cattle!

It is inspiring to listen to the faith of Bishop Jeremiah from Nigeria, Emad Basilios from Egypt and Yopie Buyung from Indonesia, all of whom have experienced the difficulty of being a Christian in countries where Muslims are in the majority and where those who turn to Christ sometimes find their lives in danger.
All of these encounters leave me feeling convicted about how casually we, in the Western world, often treat our faith! We face few of these challenges, we have great opportunities to meet together, to grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus; we have freedom to talk with our friends and neighbours, to share with them the hope that we find in Christ; and yet we so often take these things for granted. 

When we meet together in St Nicholas’ church, we do so with two primary intentions. Firstly to bring our praise and worship to Almighty God for who He is and for all that he has done for us, and secondly to learn more of what he wants to teach us from his word, so that we will be better equipped to love and serve him all our days. Will you make it a priority to be with us Sunday by Sunday? Will you resolve to grow in your faith and learn to share it with others? It may seem a daunting challenge, but God has given us one another for encouragement and (more importantly) promises to help us by his Holy Spirit.

At Harvest Thanksgiving we do just those things, we praise God for his goodness and we are reminded of the spiritual harvest that He wishes to reap among us. As our special preacher for Harvest this year, I look forward to welcoming Jim McMaster back to St Nicholas at the 11 am service. It is hard to believe that it is very nearly ten years since Jim retired as rector here! I know you will join with me in welcoming him back to St Nicholas’ pulpit and hearing what God has to say to us through him.

In the evening, at 6.30 pm, we will share once again in our annual Harvest Praise service when the extended choir will lead us in worship and music for the season. I am most grateful to our organist Alison Irwin and to the choir for the work that they put into preparing for this special occasion. Both of these services take place on Sunday 14th October - do come and share with us as we lift our voices in praise to God for all his good provision for us.

After Harvest Sunday we will be resuming our Cafe Church meetings on Sunday evenings again. Alongside the normal Sunday evening church services at 6.30 pm, the Cafe Church meetings offer the chance to sing, pray, and listen to God’s Word together in a relaxed and informal setting in the upstairs church hall. There is coffee and conversation and a welcome for all as we think about how the Bible helps us to live our everyday lives. If you haven't tried Cafe Church already, why not come along on Sunday 21st for our opening night - we’ll be glad to see you!
With love in Jesus,
George



Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

Our new programme of events commences on Tuesday 9th October at 7.30 pm in the church hall. We are delighted that the speaker will be Heather Parkes, from our own parish, who will tell us about her work as an interpreter to the deaf. It will be great to get back together for an evening of fellowship and to hear what Heather has to tell us about her experiences.  As always - all ladies are welcome and lifts can be arranged, if necessary, by speaking to myself or Christine Cahoon. If you have never come to one of our meetings before, do please give it a try - you might even enjoy it!
Valerie Leighton



Update from Trevor & Andrea

September 2018—Thank you so much for your prayers.  We’ve had an encouraging start to the ‘new term’.  We praise God for Equipped Conference with Christopher and Carolyn Ash.  Around 50 people attended on Friday and over 80 on Saturday.  Most are involved in ministry in some capacity and we were especially encouraged by the number of church leaders who came and responded really positively to the teaching.  One man said ‘I’ve never heard the Bible taught in this way before, I just can’t get enough of it!’  Our two new books, Expositional Preaching and Listen Up, both made it off the printing press in time for the conference.  Thank you to all who have prayed and given towards this project. Pray that God’s purposes here would continue to grow! 

BibelSpråk Café has resumed in our apartment.  Pray for Trevor and Alex as they lead our studies in Philippians.  Friday youth bible study has also resumed.  Pray for us as we lead that together.  We’re expecting some new young people.  Pray that all would grow in their relationship with Jesus and with one another. 

If you’re following the news, you’ll know that we had a general election recently.  There’s much uncertainty concerning the formation of a new government.  The outgoing administration was one of the most liberal and secular Sweden has ever had.  Please pray for change, not only in government and direction, but deep gospel change in hearts and lives. Pray for wisdom and clarity for churches and individual believers.

The election did mean that, on that Sunday, we met in the ‘party room’ for our apartments, as our normal premises were being used for voting.  Praise God for a really blessed afternoon!  We experienced God’s presence in a special way.  Please continue to pray for our small but precious fellowship.  Pray that He would increase and we would decrease.  Pray that we would know Him and be faithful in making him known!
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx



“We will proclaim Christ faithfully to the Nations”


What happened at
Gafcon Jerusalem 2018

Monday 15th October 2018 Knockbreda Parish Church 7.30 pm



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


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St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – October 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 God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy.  Increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal.  Grant this, heavenly father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
Prayers for Various Occasions
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1st October – Monday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint and for our various Small Groups.

2nd October – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for their decision making.

3rd October – Wednesday
The Diocesan Synod takes place today and is hosted by St Patrick’s Ballymena.  Pray for Alan our Bishop; for those in Connor Diocese holding positions of responsibility; and for Synod members, especially our Parish representatives.

4th October – Thursday
Pray for our government.  Pray for Theresa May and Brexit negotiators from the UK and EU.  Pray for our Secretary of State Karen Bradley and those we have elected to Stormont.  Pray that a way forward would be found so that our local government would again function; and pray for Civil Servants tasked with administering our Province in the absence of an Assembly.

5th October – Friday
Give thanks for the ongoing success of our Busy Bees group and for the dedication of its leaders and helpers showing God’s love to young families.

6th October – Saturday
Remember in prayer Trevor and Andrea Watson as they continue their work in Gothenburg and their daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.

7TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (19th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for this morning’s Holy Communion services and our evening worship.  Remember in prayer the children and leaders at JAM; our Bible Classes and SNYF.

8th October – Monday
Pray for those who are recently bereaved that they would know God’s peace.

9th October – Tuesday
Women’s Fellowship resumes this evening.  Pray for our Women’s Fellowship and for guest speaker Heather Parkes, an Interpreter for the Deaf.

10th October – Wednesday
The Choir and its extended membership meet this evening for their final practice before Sunday’s Harvest Services.  Pray for them, for Alison our Organist and Nadine her understudy.  Pray for our Music Group.

11th October – Thursday
Pray for the Craft Group meeting this morning.

12th October – Friday
Pray for our young people who have outgrown SNYF.  Pray for opportunities for young Christians to come together for fellowship and friendship.

13th October – Saturday
This morning the church will be decorated in preparation for Sunday’s services.  Give thanks for the team decorating the church, for the gifts of flowers and produce, and give thanks for God’s provision.

14TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (20th Sunday after Trinity)
Today we celebrate Harvest and welcome back Rev. Jim McMaster to preach at our morning service.  Pray for him and for this service and this evening’s Harvest Praise.  Pray for those less fortunate than ourselves, those living in areas of famine or conflict.  Pray for those involved in working to feed the hungry in body and Spirit, both at home and abroad.  Pray for TEARFUND.

15th October – Monday
Give thanks for those who will distribute Harvest gifts this morning and pray for those who will receive them.  Pray for this evening’s ‘What happened at Gafcon 2018’ presentation in Knockbreda Parish Church.

16th October – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.  Pray for our prayer life as individuals and as a church family.  Pray for Intercessors and for the compilation of this Prayer Diary.

17th October – Wednesday
Pray for the sick.  Remember those in hospital and those struggling with a mental illness.  Give thanks for the skill of doctors, nurses and therapists.

18th October – Thursday
Last month, storms resulted in loss of life in the USA, Asia and here in Ireland.  Pray for those affected by natural disasters, especially those who have lost family, homes or livelihoods.

19th October – Friday
Give thanks for families and family life.  Pray for parents especially those of children who have recently left home for study.  Pray for the young people; for friendships and Christian influence.  Pray for those with no family.

20th October – Saturday
Pray for ICM and its church planting programme.  Pray for Mark Smith and for CityChurch in Dublin; that it continues to grow and finds a permanent home.

21ST OCTOBER – SUNDAY (21st Sunday after Trinity)
In a change from our usual routine, this morning’s service will be a Family service.  Pray for this and for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing; also for Cafe Church which resumes in the Minor Hall.

22nd October – Monday
Pray for Open Doors and for Christians in Nigeria, Egypt and the Maldives.

23rd October – Tuesday
Pray for those parishes in our Diocese where there is currently a vacancy.

24th October – Wednesday
Pray for Senior Moments and this evening’s 60s night.

25th October – Thursday
Parish News is assembled this morning.  Pray for Catherine and her team and for your magazine distributor.

26th October – Friday
This evening our Guides are planning to ‘Stay Awake’.  Pray for the girls and their leaders; for Brownies and Rainbows; for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

27th October – Saturday
As the clocks go back overnight, pray for homeless people sleeping rough.

28TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (5th Sunday before Advent)
Give thanks for the Biblical teaching we receive from George, Cameron and Brian; and for our CD Ministry.  Pray for those listening to this morning’s service via CD.  Remember members of our church family now housebound.

29th October – Monday
Pray for the Diocese of Tabora and for Emmanuel and his Children’s Ministry.

30th October – Tuesday
Give thanks for those who clean our church and church halls.

31st October – Wednesday
Pray for the congregation at this morning’s Holy Communion service.


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 1st October
7.00 pm - 7.45 pm
&
Tuesday 16th October
7.00 pm - 8.30 pm


JAM NOTES

I would personally like to welcome back the children who attend Sunday School and Bible Class each Sunday.  We have made a few changes to what happens each Sunday morning and we would welcome all new children.  I would like to invite all children, who attend church, to give JAM a try and hopefully they will enjoy meeting up with friends to learn about what the Bible tells us about God and his world.  If any parents would like to find out more, we have little leaflets that you can read, which tell you what will be happening each week in JAM, or feel free to speak to myself or any of the Sunday School teachers.

Parents are asked to note that there will be no Bible Class or JAM on Sundays 14th and 21st October.  Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service takes place on 14th October at 11 am in the Church and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Our Family Service takes place 21st October at 11 am.

Again if anyone would like to learn more about what happens in JAM each week please speak to me.
Sharon Maxwell
JAM Co-ordinator


SOUND DESK ROTA OCTOBER 2018

                  Morning                   Evening
7th          Gordon Dalton          Julie Irvine
14th        Rachel McVeigh        Glenn Nelson
21st        Graeme Miles            Steven Todd
28th        Johnnie McAlister      Café church


Children’s Outreach Mission

Over the past month, the one thing dominating emails has been the proposed meeting with the organisers of the children’s mission organisation ‘Feed my Lambs’.  The following will seem very confusing.  The meeting has not taken place, as ‘Feed my Lambs’ cancelled with just a few weeks to go.  Various reasons were given which raised doubts in Emmanuel’s mind.  Coupled with this, George and I met to discuss the suitability of ‘Feed my Lambs’ for Emmanuel and his work.  While not wanting to denigrate ‘Feed my Lambs’ in any way and recognising the sincerity of their approach to their children’s work in Kenya and Uganda, George and I agreed that ‘Feed my Lambs’ was not right for Emmanuel.

George was able to email Emmanuel before he left for America and has suggested that he considers approaching Child Evangelism Fellowship (C E F) for a supporting connection.  CEF is an international children’s mission organisation with headquarters in Switzerland.  They are active in many countries around the world, including Africa, and crucially elsewhere in Tanzania.  Emmanuel is keen to pursue this suggestion.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel has, over the years, emphasised his dependence on prayer.  He has established a number of prayer groups, in and around Tabora, that meet weekly to pray for all aspects of the children’s mission work.  He has recently travelled to two towns outside Tabora to establish two new prayer groups in the hospitals there, amongst Christian doctors and nurses. 

He knows how God has led him in the past and central to that has been the dependence on prayer.  With developments that lie ahead it’s vital that as much prayer as possible is offered up to our loving Father who knows and indeed governs what lies ahead.

Please do join with those prayer groups in and around Tabora to pray for the children and for Emmanuel’s possible future with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Lynn Rodgers


Flowers in Church October 2018

7th    Hilary Wilshin
14th    Harvest Flowers
21st    Vacant
28th    Lisa Thompson—In memory of mum’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.


Crèche Rota October 2018

7th     Alison Kane & Valerie Leighton
14th     Janice Nelson & Tamera Milligan
21st    Carol Moneypenny & Rachel McVeigh
28th     Ann Hodge & Sharon McMaster

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.


TEA ROTA OCTOBER 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.

7th
Kaye Cheshire
Doris Close
Kathleen Arthur

14th
Marion Money
Janet Davis
Diane Strain

21st
Alison Clarke
Maureen Jackson
Carol Campbell

28th
Diane Innes
Janice Nelson
Karen Miles

LAUGHLINES

All free!
The nursery teacher decided to tell her class about democracy. ‘We live in a great country,’ she began. ‘One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.’
One little boy stood up and looked indignant. ‘I'm not free,’ he protested. ‘I'm four.’


POINTS TO PONDER

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.—Cicero

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

12th September 2018
John Edward Wilshin
53 Belfast Road, Carrickfergus

13th September 2018
Patricia Olivia Steele
15 Buskin Place, Carrickfergus

16th September 2018
Rachel Thelma Greenaway
155 Beltoy Road, Carrickfergus


Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

9th September 2018
Philip James Simpson
6 Bluefield Park, Carrickfergus

23rd September 2018
George Robert John Jameson
30 Prospect Downs South, Carrickfergus



Parish Walking Group Programme 2018/2019

Date
Walk
Meeting time and place
13/10/18
*Lagan Towpath WalkEnjoy the autumn colours and a coffee stop at the Lock Keepers Inn on this lovely riverside walk
10.00 am
Belfast Boat Club car park, Stranmillis

24/11/18
*Newtownabbey Way: Whiteabbey to Mossley Mill
10.00 am—Whiteabbey car park, Shore Road (opposite Dillon’s Ave)

19/1/19
*Six Mile Water River Park, Ballyclare
10.00 am—Sixmile Leisure Centre car park, Ballyclare

16/2/19
*Loughmourne. A walk in stunning countryside
10.00 am
48 Loughmourne Road (Christine Cahoon’s home)

16/3/19
*Woodburn Dam
10.00 am—Anglers car park, Woodburn Road (adjacent to Woodburn Presbyterian Church)
13/4/19
*Glenarm Forest

10.00 amMain car park, Glenarm (beside public toilets)

18/5/19
*Crawfordsburn Coastal Walk
10.00 am Crawfordsburn Country Park car park

15/6/19
Belfast Hills Ridge Trail
10.00 am
National Trust car park, Divis Rd off B38 Upper Springfield Road

Come and enjoy some lovely local scenery, fun and fellowship with our Parish Walking Group. There is a varied programme this season with some particularly scenic walks. Plan ahead and put the dates in your diary. Families can pack a picnic or often enjoy some optional cafe culture after.
*Especially suitable for children and families.



HARVEST FLOWERS

The Flower Group are meeting in church on Saturday
13th October at 9.30am to decorate the church for the harvest service. Your kind donations and help with arranging the flowers are greatly appreciated.  Please come to an enjoyable morning working with flowers and decorating our church

Calling all Crafters

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


Services in October 2018

7th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion
            St Nicholas People: equipped and ready
            2 Timothy 3 v 10-17        Valerie Leighton
            Matthew 25 v 1-13        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            James: Watch your tongue!
            James 3 v 1-12        Valerie Kirk

14th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Harvest Thanksgiving—Morning Prayer
    6.30 pm    Harvest Praise

21st    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service—The Great Commission
            Matthew 28 v 16-20
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            & Café Church
            James: Heaven’s wisdom & the world’s
            James 3 v 12-18        Don Howe

28th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            Christianity—Hard to Believe? Exclusivity
            Exodus 20 v 1-7        Joan Hill
            1 John 4 v 1-10        Frank Hill
     6.30 pm    Café Church
            James: winning the battle within
            James 4 v 1-12



ABBA GIRLS

St Nicholas’ Girls Group will meet on the following dates:
Friday 5th October & 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


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



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 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

8th October        An afternoon at the movies
22nd October    George Horner & Noel Williams share their forces experiences
24th October    Luncheon Club

St Nicholas Sketch