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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,

As Christian people, prayer is one of the most important things that we do! We are led in prayer in church services, we pray quietly in our own homes and at different moments throughout the day, We cry out to God in prayer in the most difficult times in our lives and we thank Him in the moments of rejoicing.

At St Nicholas’ church we believe that it is important that we come together regularly to pray, indeed if we are to know God’s blessing as a church, it is essential that we bring our people, our activities and our plans to Him regularly.

Over the last few years we have been trying to develop our prayer life as a parish and we are glad of the small group of people who have come together at Encounter and PrayerPoint meetings to join in prayer. I would love as your Rector to see more members of the congregation engaging in this vital activity.

Some people may feel unsure of coming along because they are uncertain how to join in or don't feel able or comfortable praying aloud. Please don’t let these things concern you! You will be a vital part of our praying community simply by being there. You might pray in complete silence, you might write down a little prayer and bring it with you to use or you may pray as the Lord gives you words, but every single one of you is needed!

We are reorganising our times for prayer this month and bringing them together under the single title of ‘PrayerPoint’. You will find the details in this magazine. It also contains much information about the programme of activities for the Autumn, but if any of these are to be productive they need to be surrounded in prayer. Please join us at PrayerPoint and also make use of the daily Prayer Diary in this magazine.

This month we welcome Cameron and Alex Jones back to Carrickfergus as Cameron takes up the role of curate in St Nicholas’. Many of us already know them well as Cameron has spent his Deacon Intern year with us last year. Now they will be moving to the town and living in the curate’s house in Coates Gardens. (Our thanks to Richard Eakin for the work he has put into ensuring that Coates will be a comfortable home for Cameron, Alex and their dog Sass.) Please do remember them in your prayers as they settle into their new home and ministry here amongst us. Cameron will be ordained presbyter by Bishop Alan Abernethy at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral on Sunday 6th September at 3.30 pm. All parishioners are invited to support Cameron by their presence at this service.

We have been very blessed to have had Johnny McFarland as our Parish Visitor over the summer months. I know that many of you have appreciated his ministry in the church and in your homes. Do remember him and his family in your prayers as he returns for his second year of studies at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin this month.

I hope that you will know God’s blessing as we serve Him together in the family of St Nicholas’ Church. Sunday 20th September is ‘Back to Church Sunday’ - if you, or some of your family have got out of the way of coming to St Nicholas on a Sunday morning, why not use this opportunity to come back again. Don’t forget that we are only really the church that we ought to be when we are all active in worship and service!
With love in Jesus,
George

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Are you hoping to be married in St Nicholas’
over the next year or two?

All couples are expected to attend a Marriage Preparation Course and the next one will be taking place in September/October 2015.

It will be held in the Church Halls over the course of five successive Monday evenings beginning on Monday 21st September. We’ll start promptly at 7.30 pm and aim to be finished by 9.30 pm.

All couples are asked to contact Catherine in the Church Office (9336 0061 or office@saintnicholas.org.uk) to confirm that you will be attending.

If you have any queries or need more information please speak to George.

PRAYERPOINT

Our PrayerPoint schedule this autumn will follow a fortnightly pattern with a shorter Monday evening at the beginning of the month and a slightly longer time on a Tuesday night in the middle of the month.
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 7th September
7.00pm - 7.45pm
&
Tuesday 22nd September
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Why are we still here?

As part of a Christian family have you ever asked yourself the question, "Why am I still here?"

Some time has elapsed since I gave my life to the Lord and from then my whole world has been turned upside down. I now try to live a life more pleasing to God in the knowledge that my sins have been forgiven through
the death of God's Son upon a cross.

So why has He not called me home to be with Him?

The answer to that question can be found in 2 Timothy Ch 1 V 9. Paul speaks of God,

'Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because
of our works but because of His own purpose and grace,
which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.'
(E.S.V.)

This verse, taken from a letter written by Paul to Timothy, contains three small pictures to help us see the big picture.

1) Paul is telling Timothy that all who believe in Jesus Christ, are called.

2) Not by our works are we called, but according to His purpose and grace.

3) This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

So why are we still here? We are still here because God wants more from us and is entitled to get more from us. He wants us to:

Spread His Word.

Tell of the love He has for those who have not yet come to call Him Father.

Complete the work He has given each of us to do.

May His will be done through the love, mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John Kane

SOUND DESK ROTA SEPTEMBER 2015

                    Morning                    Evening
6th           Jamie Davison               Lynn Rodgers
13th         Gordon Dalton              Steven Todd
20th         Glenn Nelson                Paul Letters
27th         Dereice Maguire            Lynn Rodgers

SMALL GROUPS

“Churches often struggle with division, materialism, cultural compromise, selfishness, even uncertainty about the gospel message itself. And the first century church in Corinth was facing all these problems.
The apostle Paul had a radically simple answer, “Do everything in love”.
Not the soppy, sentimental, fleeting love of Hollywood - this was a courageous, firm, selfless, Christ-like love. It was what the Corinthian church most needed and it is what our churches most need too.”

Our Small Groups provide the opportunity to encourage and support each other as we learn together from the Bible in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

They will shortly begin a new 8 week series entitled “Loving Church”. We’ll be looking together at 1 Corinthians 10-16 and discovering how it can motivate, challenge and equip us to become a truly loving church.

There are a number of different groups which meet in the Church Hall, parishioner’s homes and local cafes. We’ll start in the week beginning Sunday 20th September. The beginning of a series is the perfect time to join a group if you haven’t been along before. Do speak to one of the clergy or contact the church office if you would like to join or find out more information. You won’t regret it!

ST NICHOLAS' WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP

Ladies, you are most welcome to join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Minor Hall at 7.30 pm. This year's programme is available in both porches-on a handy card for your purse!

At our first meeting of the new season, we welcome our friends from North Street PW, as we listen to Florence McCoy from Release International. Florence will give us an insight into the terrible plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world. She will focus her presentation into how her role within the organization aims, particularly, to alleviate the suffering of women in countries such as Egypt and Pakistan.

Come along on Tuesday 8th September 2015 to lend your prayerful support to Florence and her colleagues for such a worthwhile cause and to enjoy the fellowship of women together in our Parish.
Christine Cahoon


SENIOR MOMENTS
We are meeting as usual on the second and fourth Monday of September at 2 pm in the Minor Hall.

We will be glad to welcome back our current membership and look forward to perhaps encouraging new members who will be made very welcome.
St Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus

Prayer Diary – September 2015
The monthly Prayer Dairy included in Parish News is designed to help us pray each day of the month for a different aspect of our parish life, our community, and our nation.  It also includes prayer for situations, communities, and individuals in other parts of the world.  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

God, be merciful to me,
Let your love my refuge be;
Grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against your grace.
Come salvation to impart,
Teach your wisdom to my heart.
Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true.  Amen                                   (from Psalm 51)
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1st September – Tuesday
Remember Alex and Cameron as they move to Carrick and prepare for his Ordination on Sunday.  Pray for Alan our Bishop.  Pray for all who will be Ordained for Ministry, their wives and families.  Pray for those studying for ministry; for teachers, lecturers and mentors of those in training.

2nd September – Wednesday
Pray for Alison Irwin our Organist and for the members of the Choir.  Pray for the plans for our Harvest Praise service next month and for those parishioners who will be part of the extended choir for that service.

3rd September – Thursday
Pray for Raymond and Jackie Givan as they consider God’s call for the next phase of their lives.

4th September – Friday
Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group meets this morning and Brownies and Rainbows resume later.  Pray for them.  Members of our Youth Fellowship travel to Castlewellan this evening for the ‘Connor Takes the Castle’ Youth Weekend.  Pray for them and their leaders, and for all attending this event.

5th September – Saturday
Some parishioners have taken on cleaning our church and halls.  Pray for them and that more would be moved to join their number.  Pray for our Catering Team and plans for the Connor Diocesan Synod later this month.

6TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (14th Sunday after Trinity)
Sunday School and Bible Class resume today.  Pray for teachers & helpers.  Pray that children from our former afternoon school would come along this morning.  Pray for Brian preaching at St Mary Magdalene and today’s Ordination Service in St Anne’s.  Pray for Cameron and his wife Alex.

7th September – Monday
PrayerPoint resumes this evening.  Pray that parishioners would join in prayer for our parish.  Pray for the Bowling Club and for Senior Moments.

8th September – Tuesday
The Women’s Fellowship meets this evening.  Pray for members old and new and for the election of Committee members.  Pray too for our Girl Guides meeting this evening for the first time after their summer break.

9th September – Wednesday
The fact that we no longer have a BB Company is a reality today for the boys and leaders of our former Company.  Pray for them, especially for the boys that they will continue membership at one of the many local BB Companies.

10th September – Thursday
This evening our Select Vestry meets following the summer break.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry at what promises to be a busy meeting.  Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all discussion and decision making.

11th September – Friday
Pray for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

12th September – Saturday
This weekend is European Heritage Weekend which marks the end of Church Openings for Visitors for another year.  Give thanks for those who give their time to welcome visitors and pray that those who come will take with them the Christian message wonderfully told in our East Window.

13TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (15th Sunday after Trinity)
Give thanks for our Clergy and for the faithful Biblical teaching we receive.  Pray for those being ordained Deacon in St Anne’s Cathedral today.


14th September – Monday
Pray for the sick, especially those awaiting or recovering from surgery.

15th September – Tuesday
The Standing Committee meets in Dublin today.  Pray for all attending.  Pray for George our Rector for stamina and for wisdom as he fulfils his responsibilities within the Church of Ireland.

16th September – Wednesday
Pray for the ladies of our Widows’ Group which meets this evening.

17th September – Thursday
Pray for today’s meeting of the Connor Diocesan Council.

18th September – Friday
This weekend Carrick Methodist Church is hosting the Irish Christian Endeavour Convention.  Pray for all involved in organisation and those attending, especially those bedding down in our Church Halls tonight.

19th September – Saturday
Pray for those displaced through conflict.  Pray for peace in the Middle East.

20TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for this morning’s special ‘Back to Church Sunday’ service and for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.

21st September – Monday
The Small Groups resume at various times and locations this week.  Pray that parishioners would have a hunger for Bible Study.  Pray for hosts and leaders.  As Marriage Preparation Classes begin, pray for couples attending.

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

23rd September – Wednesday
Once again St Nicholas’ is hosting the Connor Diocesan Synod.  Pray for all those attending.  Give thanks for the co-operation of neighbouring churches, for our Catering Team and for the parishioners swelling their number today.

24th September – Thursday
Parish News is assembled this morning ready for distribution.  Give thanks for Catherine Milligan, for the team, and for all magazine distributors.  Pray for Mission Carrick clergy at their ‘Quiet Morning’ in the Methodist Church.

25th September – Friday
Pray for those who have been bereaved in recent weeks and months.

26th September – Saturday
Pray for our friends in the Diocese of Tabora.  Pray for Elkana Leha who has undertaken a three month training course and hopes to assist Emmanuel and Elizabeth in Children’s Outreach Mission.

27TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (17th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our services today including this morning’s Family Service, giving thanks for the members of our Music Group.

28th September – Monday
Pray for wisdom and guidance in plans for a Family Outreach in St Nicholas’.

29th September – Tuesday
Remember Darren and Karen McCartney serving in the Canadian Arctic.

30th September – Wednesday
Pray for our land and for our government at Stormont.


SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

We look forward to seeing all our children back at Sunday School on Sunday 6th September 2015.  We also look forward to greeting a number of children who are new to St Nicholas’, who will be particularly welcomed.  The Bible Class experiment last term worked well and we intend to keep that starting time at 11 am.

So, both Sunday School, for children of Nursery age up to P7, together with Bible Class for youngsters of Secondary School age, will begin at 11 am on Sunday 6th September in our Halls.

On the first Sunday of each month, all classes begin at 11 am in the Halls.  In the 2nd, 3rd and the occasional 5th Sunday each month, children will go directly to Church at 11 am and leave after 20 minutes or so to be escorted to the Halls for Sunday School.

Bible Class begins each Sunday at 11 am with the exception of the 4th Sunday each month.

The 4th Sunday each month is programmed for our Family Service in Church and both children and youngsters are encouraged to attend with their parents.

There will be occasional changes to these arrangements such as Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, Nativity Play rehearsals and Easter-time but children and parents will be advised accordingly.

It is an immense privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of helping your children in their early steps of understanding the Bible.  All our teachers have volunteered to undertake this task which means all do it willingly and with enthusiasm.  Can I encourage all parents and grandparents to tap into this joy and enthusiasm by bringing your children to Sunday School and Bible Class.

Faith cannot be taught, but it can be caught.  How?  By hearing the word of God. Through understanding, the listener will be in the right place mentally and spiritually to accept Jesus when he calls that person, or youngster, to follow Him.
By encouraging your children to attend Sunday School, they will be in the right place physically to hear God’s Word taught, and by God’s grace, faith will follow.

Children’s Outreach Mission
I’m delighted to report that early in July I was able to send a further £150.00 to Emmanuel, as a result of one significant gift and residue monies left over from the earlier donation at the end of June.

In his latest Newsletter covering May-June, he thanks all St Nicholas’ people for their prayers and financial gifts.  His thanks are copious and heartfelt, particularly for our prayers.

He recounts a rally on 10th May when over 700 children attended from six different congregations and includes photographs.  On a separate occasion at a community centre outside Tabora, nine women volunteered to help in their local children’s club.  This is unprecedented because while volunteers have been coming on board, it has always been ones and twos.  It is clear from the newsletter and previous ones that the side effects of the Children’s Mission are impacting parents and adults in general.

Elkana, the young man whom our vestry agreed to support, has started his Bible School course at the beginning of August (it was to have been September).  His course will last for 12 weeks.  Please pray for him that he will be able to make the most of this opportunity.

Another man, Elijah, has asked to go to Bible School also and it is hoped to send him in January 2016.

Looking forward, a seminar for children is planned between 14th—20th September and more than 300 are expected.  This will be in a town 135 miles away from Tabora.  The impact of the Children’s Mission is spreading through the Diocese of Tabora and God is clearly driving this momentum.

Our support through prayer and financial giving is a factor also but make no mistake, if God was not pleased with the way this mission is run and His approval not sought through prayer, then the work would be in vain.
What a privilege to be involved in God’s work even several thousand miles from home.  Can I encourage you to keep praying for the saving work of Jesus amongst the children and their parents in the Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania.

If anyone wants any further information on this work or to make a financial commitment, then please speak to me.
Lynn Rodgers,
Sunday School Superintendent


Flowers in Church August 2015 (not in last magazine)

2nd     Jim Stockman & family—In memory of Maureen
16th      Anonymous
23rd      Roy & Ann McVeigh
30th      The Bannister Family—In memory of Reuben

Flowers in Church September 2015

6th     Johnnie & Hazel McAlister—25th Wedding Anniversary
13th      Maureen McVea
20th       The Lutton Family—In memory of Kathleen
27th     Roy Anderson—In memory of Sally

If you would like to donate flowers for the Sanctuary please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the new Flower List in the main porch or contact Mary Withers at  9336 2869


Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

30th June 2015
Tom Cowan, Ravenhill PNH,
formerly of 2 King George Place, Carrickfergus

4th July 2015
Mary Waide, Carrickfergus Manor PNH,
formerly of 23 Rosebrook Avenue Carrickfergus

21st July 2015
Margaret Rainey, 3 Sandringham Heights, Carrickfergus

27th July 2015
Alice Robson, Masserene Manor PNH, Antrim

3rd August 2015
William George Gaynor, formerly of Joymount House, Carrickfergus


Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

16th August 2015
Arianna Grace Cole, 48 Nelson Street, Carrickfergus






Calling all crafters

The Creative Crafts Show is returning once again to Belfast between 15th - 17th October.  It is a very enjoyable day out and some of the ladies from church have been attending it regularly for the past number of years enjoying demonstrations of knitting, crochet, papercraft, cardmaking, jewellery, beading and sewing.

It is an ideal time as you can also pick up some Birthday and Christmas gifts which are just a little bit different.  If anyone would like to attend the Show on 17th October would you please let Janice Nelson know by 18th September in order that she can book tickets which include a free gift.

Ticket prices are £8.00/Concession £7.00

Even if you have never done any of the above before it is still a lovely day to share with friends and get to know each other a little better.


CHURCH OPEN FOR VISITORS – SEPTEMBER 2015

Tuesday 1st & 8th September – 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Saturday 5th September – 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

EUROPEAN HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Saturday 12th September  11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday 13th September  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

The European Heritage Open Days mark the end of church openings for another year.  Could you help?  Can you spare one hour, particularly on the Saturday?  No previous experience necessary!

If you would like to help please speak to Ann McVeigh in church, call in during opening times or after 10.30 am on Saturday 5th September.

Remember, it is possible to enjoy a tour of the church throughout the year by pre-booking through the church office.


Crèche Rota SEPTEMBER 2015

6th    Karen Bell, Alison Kane, Sophie Foreman
13th    Lorraine Gibson, Carol Moneypenny
20th     Deirdre Beck, Sharon McMaster
27th    Kathleen Arthur, Ciara Lester, Sophie Foreman

The Crèche is now meeting in the Choir Vestry.  Children can be left there from 10.50 am each Sunday.   It would be appreciated if those who kindly staff the Crèche would be there in good time.  If you can't be present on a Sunday listed, please arrange for another of the volunteers to cover for you. Thank you for your co-operation.

Services in SEPTEMBER 2015

6th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Holy Communion—Coming Fishing?
            2 Timothy 4 v 1-5         June Carmichael
            Matthew 4 v 18-22         The Preacher
         6.30 pm    Evening Prayer—Faith: a Foreign Woman
            Mark 7 v 24-30         Hilary Bishop

13th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Real Friends
            Zephaniah 3 v 9-13        Kathleen Arthur
            Mark 2 v 1-12             Valerie Barr
          6.30 pm    Evening Prayer—Faith: confession & confusion
            Mark 8 v 27-38         Janet Preston

20th     9.30 am    Holy Communion
           11.00 am    Back to Church Sunday—Firm Foundations
            Matthew 7 v 24-29
           6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Faith: like a little child
            James 3 v 13—4 v 3         Janice Nelson
            Mark 9 v 30 37         The Preacher

27th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Family Service—A Special Baby
            Exodus 2 v 1-10
          6.30 pm    Service of the Word—Faith: found or failing?
            Mark 9 v 38-50            Christine Cahoon


CALLING ALL SINGERS!

As the new session approaches, we would welcome any new
members into our church choir, especially male voices.

However, we do recognise that many of you would enjoy the
fellowship, camaraderie and 'craic' we have at practices but cannot afford the time to commit to this on a permanent
basis, so we would, once again, offer the opportunity for
anyone who enjoys singing, to attend for about 5 weeks in preparation for the harvest services when the choir takes a larger role than usual.

Anyone interested in joining us either on a temporary or
permanent basis please come along to the church on
Wednesday 9th September at 8 pm.
Hope to see you there.  Alison
Evening Worship in September
will follow the summer pattern of meeting in the church each evening at 6.30 pm. Cafe Church will resume in October after the Harvest services.


Diocesan Synod

Once again this year our parish will be hosting the Diocesan Synod on 23rd September.  We will again be looking for helpers and various food items.  From the 1st Sunday in September there will be sheets in the church and if you are able to come along to help or are able to supply any of the items please fill in your name and contact number on the sheet and I will be in touch, or speak to me in church or give your details to Catherine in the parish office.   Last year was a great success both spiritually and financially for the parish.

Thanking you in anticipation of your help for this event.
Jean Stewart   Catering Group Co-ordinator


BUSY BEES

Busy Bees will be starting again on
Friday 4th September at 10.30 am in the Halls.
Everyone with pre-school age children
is welcome to come along!


BOWLING CLUB

The Bowling Club will reopen
Monday 7th September at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls. 
New and old members will be made very welcome.


IN MEMORY OF AUDREY WILMA MC NEELEY

2nd September 1975

In memory of our infant daughter who is buried in the church yard with her grandparents

Forever in our hearts
With love from Mum & Dad xxx

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


FREE Hearing-Aid Clinics

Do you wear an NHS hearing aid or know someone who does?
Action on Hearing Loss run free drop-in clinics in
the Town Hall, Carrickfergus
10.00 am—12 noon  on 2nd Wednesday of every month

If you're having trouble with your hearing aid, need new batteries (they are free), need the tubing changed, or just need some
information, come along and talk to our trained Action on Hearing Loss volunteers. They'll be glad to help.


WIDOWS GROUP

The Widows Group resumes
Wednesday 16th September at 7.15 pm
in the Church Halls. 

We would like to invite and welcome any widows in the parish, regardless of age, to join us.


Engage Youth Fellowship

Engage Youth Fellowship will be starting back on
Sunday 20th September, 8.15 pm—9.30 pm
in the Church Halls

All young people of secondary school age
are more than welcome to join us!!

We would ask would people please pray for us as we join the Connor youth weekend in Castlewellan 4th-6th September
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


TEA ROTA SEPTEMBER 2015

Please organise within your group as to who will bring milk and biscuits. If you cannot be present on the Sunday listed, please arrange for another volunteer to cover for you or phone Christine Cahoon (9336 0203). Many thanks for your support.

6th September Gillian Dalton Tamera Milligan Andrea Drysdale

13th September Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

20th September Lorraine Gibson Doris Close Kathleen Arthur

27th September  Marion Money Janet Davis Diane Strain



 
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