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Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,

This month my letter for the parish magazine is full of ‘thanks’!

Last month we shared in our farewell services for Cameron and Alex. Everyone played their part well in making sure it was a memorable occasion. Musicians, readers, those who led prayers (and of course Cameron who preached!) did a great job and as we then moved to the church hall for the speeches and presentations, those who prepared and served our lunch ‘played a blinder’! Thank you to you all for making sure that it was a fitting end to Cameron’s faithful ministry over the last five years in St Nicholas.

Although we are currently without a curate in the parish, I am very thankful to everyone who assists in making sure the ministry in the parish continues. All of us who are followers of Jesus are called to minister to one another in the fellowship of the church (That is part of what Cameron reminded us of in his farewell sermon!) We have a great team of people (lay and ordained) who serve the Lord Jesus here. The Reverend Heather Cooke is settling well back into life in St Nicholas as she spends her last year of training for ministry with us and this month I have another new person to introduce to you.

The Reverend Jonathan Cockerill is joining us as a pastoral visitor for an afternoon or two each week. Jonny is a native of Belfast and currently serves on Sundays in St Paul’s Church, Lisburn. Although that means that we won’t really see him in St Nicholas on a Sunday, some of you may find him knocking on your door during the week. Do welcome him and show him a warm Carrickfergus welcome as he visits as part of the St Nicholas’ team.

October always brings the season of Harvest Thanksgiving and once again we are preparing to celebrate God’s generous provision for us through the blessings of creation and the hard work of those who farm the land and harvest the seas. Our preachers are ‘homegrown’ this year and as usual, Alison and the extended choir have been working hard to ‘serve up a feast’ of special music to celebrate the season! You can be sure that the flower arrangers will have ‘cooked up’ some amazing creations to beautify the church too. Do come and join us, both in the morning services at 9.30 am and 11 am and at the special evening “Harvest Praise” service at 6.30 pm on Sunday 13th October.

As part of our thanksgiving we always encourage the church family at St Nicholas to think of others in a number of ways.  Firstly, our children (and some adults) bring gifts to church on Harvest Sunday to share with others in our community. Traditionally these gifts have been of fruit, but this year we are changing the emphasis slightly and asking for gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs (tinned food, dried pasta, etc) which we will then donate to the local food banks to help those most in need in our community.

Secondly, those of you who take subscription envelopes will know that included in your box is a Harvest Appeal envelope. This year we will be sending the proceeds of those envelopes, along with any other contributions via CMS Ireland to help a project called “Outside In”. This project works with partners in Nepal to help care for children with disabilities. You might like to support this project by having a “Jar of Grace” during this month. Set a container on the table where you eat your meals and each time you sit down to eat, spare a thought for children who not only live in one of the world’s poorest countries, but who have to contend with the challenges and stigma of living with disability too. Pray for them and show your love practically by putting a donation into your “Jar of Grace” - then when the month is over, gather up the contents of your jar and bring the total amount to church where we will gather it together and forward it on to support the work of HDCS and Sundar Dokhar church who will use it to bless the lives of children.

Thank you to all of you reading this magazine for all that you bring to our life together as part of the St Nicholas’ family. May all of us keep on encouraging one another to grow in our thankfulness to God for all the ways he blesses us, especially in the gift of his Son Jesus. The gift of a Saviour, who rescues us from our sins and brings us back into the family of God, is the greatest gift that we can know. And don’t just be thankful for that gift yourself - share it!

With love in Jesus,


The Reverend Jonathan Cockerill will be joining the pastoral team at St Nicholas’ for a few months. Jonny will be calling at parishioners’ homes to visit on behalf of St Nicholas’.

Please make him welcome as he serves in our parish.

Children’s Outreach Mission

Emmanuel began his latest Newsletter with this Bible quotation, ‘These are the commands, rules and laws that the Lord told me to teach you to obey . . . . . You, your children and your grandchildren must respect the Lord your God as long as you live.  Obey all his rules and commands I give you so that you will live a long time.  Teach them to your children and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.’ Deuteronomy 6 v 1,2,7.  Then a verse of my own from John 15 v 14: ‘You are my friends if you do what I command you.’

What a privilege to be counted a friend of Jesus.  Earlier in this passage in John, Jesus tells his followers: ‘I have told you these things so that you have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.’ v 11.  Note that both God, speaking through Moses, and Jesus use the word ‘command’.  There is no maybe or perhaps about it, there is no ambiguity, what God wants from us is obedience.  This obedience is for our greater good, we will benefit as a result and that benefit will lead to immeasurable joy.

Emmanuel talks about the joy he experiences when he is speaking to upwards of 100 children in a classroom and especially when he sees a forest of raised hands in response to the question, “Who would like to give their life to Jesus Christ as their personal saviour and Lord?”  A photograph confirms this.

Emmanuel and Elizabeth are driven to obey God’s command to make Jesus known to the children and parents of families in the greater Tabora area.  This is evident in the increasing numbers attending his Good News Clubs as a result.  As I read his Newletters and his emails, the joy that accompanies his reports is overflowing and despite many setbacks.

The prayers and support from St Nicholas’ Church and our Sunday School fuels this obedience to reach out to the boys and girls and contributes to the abundant joy that he clearly experiences in doing so (Luke 9 v 48).  Linda, our Treasurer, has been able to forward £500 of your pennies and pounds  to Emmanuel in the last week. 

Some months ago Emmanuel expressed a desire to set up a library to service the needs for appropriate children’s reading material and a sum of money was forthcoming to facilitate this. 
I keep repeating myself and make no apology for it.  Thank you so, so much to all who contribute prayerfully and financially to this wonderful and necessary work in East Africa, lives are being changed as a result.                              Lynn Rodgers

Evangelicals Now

Would anyone like to receive this monthly Christian Newpaper?  A number of people in St Nicholas’ have been reading Evangelicals Now for quite a number of years and it would be a simple matter to add several more to the order.

The paper covers all aspects of the Christian life with expert comment on all current issues, always from a Biblical  viewpoint.  It is an interdenominational paper with comment on Anglican affairs and others. 

The cost is a modest £1.25 each or £5 per month payable in arrears.  Please let me know if you would like to place a regular order, I can let anyone have a sample copy free of charge.
Lynn Rodgers


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 14th October & Tuesday 22nd October
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm in the Church

Pray silently or pray aloud
Everyone is welcome!

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
18th September 2019
Sarah (Sadie) Adair


                 Morning                       Evening
6th         Rachel McVeigh            Steven Todd
13th        Gordon Dalton            Julie Irvine
20th        Johnnie McAlister        Glenn Nelson
27th         Graeme Miles             Café church

Crèche Rota October 2019

6th     Nadine Davison & Sharon McMaster
13th     Ann Hodge & Ciara Lester
20th     John Kane & Valerie Leighton
27th     Faye Hamilton & Rachel McVeigh
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 October 2019

6th    Hilary Wilshin
13th    Harvest Flowers
20th     Joe McGrand—In memory of Alice
27th    The Hanna Family—In memory of Liz

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 Christine Cahoon. As these details go into Parish News, we would ask, if possible, that you book your chosen Sunday at least 6 weeks in advance.

St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – October 2019

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

Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life, we may never forget your presence but may remember that we are always walking in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen            (BCP)

1st October – Tuesday
Our Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and for this evening’s discussions and decision making.

2nd October – Wednesday
Pray for Reverend Jonathan Cockerill and his role as Pastoral Visitor.

3rd October – Thursday
A member of our clergy team is visiting Carrickfergus Model this morning to take part in their Assembly.  Pray for staff and pupils.  Give thanks for these invitations into local schools.

4th October – Friday
Pray for our Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group, giving thanks for leaders and helpers and for friendships formed through Busy Bees.

5th October – Saturday
Holy Trinity is hosting an information evening for parents of young people aged 11-19, on the topic of ‘Self Harm and Suicide among Young People’.  Pray for this event and for parents of teenagers.  Pray for the mental well-being of young people as they find their place in the world.

6TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s services in St Nicholas’, giving thanks for the teaching we receive each week.  Pray for JAM and our Bible Classes.

7th October – Monday
Following the retirement of Bishop Harold Millar, the Electoral College of Down and Dromore Diocese meets for the first time today.  Pray for God’s guidance in the selection of his replacement and for those in leadership roles within the Church of Ireland.  Give thanks for Bishop Harold’s service and pray that he and his wife Liz would enjoy a long and happy retirement.

8th October – Tuesday
Our Women’s Fellowship meets this evening and their guest is Reverend Heather Cooke.  Pray for members as they look at ‘Notable Women in the Bible’.

9th October – Wednesday
The extended Choir meets this evening for their final practice before Sunday’s Harvest services.  Give thanks for Alison our organist and choir members.

10th October – Thursday
Today is World Mental Health Day.  Pray for those with a mental health problem and for those working in the field of mental health.  Pray that they would be properly resourced and that we all show love and understanding for sufferers.  Pray especially for those having suicidal thoughts today, that they would find help.  The Craft Group meets this morning.  Pray for them.

11th October – Friday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.

12th October – Saturday
This morning the flower arranging team meet to decorate the church for Harvest.  Pray for the team and their helpers.

13TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (17th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s Harvest services and especially for this evening’s Harvest Praise with the extended Choir.  Give thanks for God’s provision; for the gifts brought to church and for those who will distribute them tomorrow.

14th October – Monday
Pray for this afternoon’s Senior Moments and this evening’s PrayerPoint.

15th October – Tuesday
Pray for the sick, especially those including Bishop Alan, undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.  Remember the terminally ill.

16th October – Wednesday
Pray for ICM and for Cameron and Alex, for the Lord’s provision of accommodation.  Pray for patience when things move slowly and for new contacts and friendships in Dublin.  Remember Mark Smith and City Church.

17th October – Thursday
Pray for our various Small Groups.

18th October – Friday
Pray for Abba Girls.

19th October – Saturday
With Brexit due to happen within a fortnight, pray for our nation, our government and good relationships with our neighbours in Europe.

20TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (18th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s services, for George, Brian and Heather and for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.

21st October – Monday
Our Allocations Committee meets annually to discuss the distribution of our Church tithe for the consideration of our Select Vestry.  Pray for them.

22nd October – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

23rd October – Wednesday
Pray for Carrickfergus Ministers’ Fellowship and for Mission Carrickfergus.  Pray for this evening’s Supper Dance hosted by our Senior Moments Group.

24th October – Thursday
This morning volunteers meet to assemble Parish News.  Pray for Catherine and her team and for magazine distributors.

25th October – Friday
Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Eritrea and Nigeria.  Pray for Open Doors.

26th October – Saturday
As the clocks go forward in the early hours of tomorrow, pray for those who feel isolated, lonely and maybe even afraid to go out on dark winter nights.  Remember those who have no home and are sleeping rough.

27TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY (5th Sunday before Advent)
Pray for this morning’s Family Service, giving thanks for our Music Group.  Pray for this evening’s Cafe Church and our Youth Fellowship.

28th October – Monday
Give thanks for our Catering Team and the various cleaning teams in our church and church halls.  Remember too, parishioners who carry out small housekeeping and maintenance tasks.

29th October – Tuesday
Pray for those who are recently bereaved.

30th October – Wednesday
Pray for Emmanuel and the Children’s Ministry in Tabora.

31st October – Thursday
Pray for CMS Ireland, partnering in mission and showing God’s Love in the world.


Our first month of JAM/Bible Class is coming to an end and what a thrilling month this has been with the JAM children learning from some bible heroes Joshua, Elijah and Elisha.  Bible Class has been learning how different we all are, but that we all have one common factor to know more about our loving God.  It has been an absolute joy to see new faces and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have new bodies attending JAM and Bible Class.  Please pray that this will continue.

Our programme for this month for JAM is Daniel, another Bible Hero. It will start with Daniel and the writing on the wall and of course we will have to look at Daniel in the Lions’ Den. Bible Class are learning more about our relationship with God.  We will be splitting into classes in late October for the Bible Class.

Dates for your calendar, Harvest is the 13th October 2019, there will be no JAM/Bible Class and I would love to see all children and young people in church.  This is the Sunday if you would like to donate gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs (tinned food, dried pasta, etc) it would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday 27th October is Family Service with no JAM or Bible Class, but hopefully we will see all our young folks in church.

Please note that there is a form to complete for registration purposes and also for GDPR, if you haven't completed a form, please speak to me or a member of the team.

Also just a wee reminder for parents dropping their children off at the halls.  The halls will not be opened before 11.15 ish except for the first Sunday when we go straight to the Halls.

If anyone would like more information in respect of JAM or Bible Class, please speak to me or anyone of the Team.  To our church community, please pray for JAM and our Bible Class and a big Thank You for everyone’s continued support. 
Sharon Maxwell, JAM Co-ordinator

Saint Nicholas Women’s Fellowship

Women's Fellowship will meet on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls.  We are delighted that our special guest will be Reverend Heather Cooke who will be speaking on the subject of notable women in the bible.  All ladies of the parish are invited to come along and you will be assured of a warm welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Valerie Leighton

Parish Walking Group Programme 2019/2020

Meeting time and place
*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
*Woodburn Dam
10.00 am—Anglers car park, Woodburn Road (adjacent to Woodburn Presbyterian Church)
*Lanyon Place to Botanic Gardens via Laganside Riverside Walk.  Visit the Palm House
9.15 am—meet at Carrick train station for 9.24 am train to Lanyon Place
*Carnfunnock Forest Park
10.00 am—Car park opposite entrance to Carnfunnock Country Park
*Buttermilk Bridge wildlife river walk (Broughshane)
10.00 am—Houston’s Mill car park, Broughshane
*Hilden to Lisburn via Lagan Towpath.  Enjoy a walk in Castle Gardens
9.15 am—meet at Carrick train station for 9.24 am train to Hilden
*Crawfordsburn Coastal Walk
10.00 am Crawfordsburn Country Park car park
Belfast Hills Ridge Trail
10.00 amNational 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.


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.

Services in October 2019
6th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—Praying with Paul: 4 Freedom!
            Acts 16 v 25-34        Marion Letters
            Luke 5 v 12-16        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Hosea: A Love Story—5 Reaping the whirlwind
            Hosea 8 v 1-9 v 9        John Richardson

13th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Harvest Thanksgiving—Morning Prayer
            Praying with Paul: 5 Pray with Thanksgiving
            Joel 2 v 21-27            Linda Mulvenny
            Philippians 4 v 4-19        Colin Parkes
    6.30 pm    Harvest Praise—Service of the Word
            Hosea 10 v 1-15        Hilary Bishop
            Romans 8 v 18-25        Colin Logue

20th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer
            Praying with Paul: 6 Praying for leaders
            John 17 v 1-11        Karen Bell
            2 Timothy 1 v 1-8        Rachael Emmerson
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Hosea: A Love Story—7 The Lord who loves
            Hosea 11 v 1-11        Jackie Kane

27th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service—God never leaves us
            Matthew 10 v 16-42
     6.30 pm    Café Church
            Hosea: A Love Story—8 A Father’s discipline
            Hosea 11 v 12 – 12 v 14


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.

Doris Close Sharon McMaster Kathleen Arthur

13th Valerie Kirk Robin Gray Joan Gray

20th Alison Clarke Maureen Jackson Carol Campbell

27th Diane Innes Janice Nelson Karen Miles


St Nicholas’ Girls Group will meet this month
Friday 18th October from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
in the 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

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
14th October        TBA
28th October        Table Top Games
30th October        Luncheon Club


Sam Miskelly and Soloist
23rd October 2019 in the Church Halls
7 pm – 10 pm

Tickets available from Senior Moments Committee Members and the church office.  Suggested Donation £5

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


We are decorating the church for Harvest Thanksgiving on
Saturday 12th October 2019.
We are meeting at 9.00 a.m. and would encourage you to come along to help or if you prefer you may leave a donation for flowers at the church office or see me.
Christine Cahoon


The church openings for this year finished
Sunday 15th September.
It is possible to pre-book tours of the church at other times (with a little bit of notice) but prospective visitors should be aware that all times, including those of pre-booked tours, are subject to change or cancellation, sometimes at very short notice (funerals etc). 
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and in such cases will make every effort to offer an alternative time or date.
Organised by 4th Carrickfergus Girl Guides & Rangers
St Nicholas Church Halls

Please come and celebrate the Christmas Season with us on
Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7 pm

To help with catering & transport please return the slip below to the Church office or phone
Julie Irvine  028 9303 8968
Church Office028 9336 0061
by Monday 18th November 2019

Everyone welcome to this free event

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