Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
RECTOR’S LETTERDear Friends,
For many people, September is a “Back to Porridge” time. The summer holidays are over, there is a shortening in the length of the evenings and we have a sense of the normal routine of life returning. I do hope, that over the summer months, you and those close to you have been able to enjoy some time together, whether that was in the shape of a family holiday or just making the most of good weather to enjoy a day or two out with friends.
For some of you with children at the examination stage, the last few weeks will have had their ups and downs as results have been delivered and decisions about the next important steps in life are being considered. Whether these have been days of joy or disappointment, as Christians it is important that we remind one another that our worth comes not from our achievements in life, but from the fact that we are children of God, made in His image, loved by Him, and for whom He gave His only Son.
During the summer, whilst our regular organisations took a well-deserved break, we had the privilege of sharing that Good News through our Holiday Bible Club and our Sunday Funday Club. During the first week of the school holidays between 50 and 60 children joined us each day to become “Guardians of Ancora” at the Holiday Bible Club. We discovered the story treasures about Jesus, playing games, doing craft activities and learning about God’s love for us whilst having lots of fun together.
The Sunday Funday Club met during morning church in July and August, with videos, puzzles and great Bible stories. Thank you to everyone who gave their time to help with these activities for the young people of our town and parish. Please pray with us that the children will really grow in faith as a result of the things they heard about Jesus.
As these notes are being written, the Sunday School leaders are making plans for a new term and a revitalised format for the regular Sunday morning children’s activities. Do listen out for more details in church and pray for our leaders as they prepare to share their love for Jesus with the children in a lively and relevant way.
Our Sunday evening congregation enjoyed the experience of worshipping with our neighbours from Joymount Presbyterian Church over the summer. Between fifty and seventy people joined together each Sunday evening with staff from both churches sharing in leading worship. Whether visiting Joymount church during July or welcoming the Joymount folk to St Nicholas’ during August, it was a great opportunity to share in Christian fellowship. Thank you to those who helped with welcoming and providing refreshments after the service. The consensus seems to be that it was well worth doing and perhaps inviting other congregations to join us next summer!
In the pages of this magazine you will find details of some of the activities being planned for the autumn at St Nicholas’. You will be welcome at church or at any of our activities and organisations, we always love to see new faces, so do come along and join in. If you would like more information about anything, please do contact me or ring the church office where Catherine Milligan, our parish administrator, will be glad to help you.
With love in Jesus,
LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA
“Our welcome from Gothenburg International Baptist Church has been really special. The many nationalities represented in this small fellowship make such a statement about the breadth of God’s saving purposes amongst the nations. Out of 35 people we’ve counted 12 different nationalities! On one of our first Sundays a Bosnian couple, who had been searching for a clearly evangelical church for almost two years, noticed us crossing the square at Kortedala. In particular, they spotted Emily’s Swedish bible that we had just purchased that week. They came over and asked where we were going and then went into the service with us. They wept later as they told us their story and expressed great joy at having found the fellowship they had longed for. Please pray for them as they continue to integrate into the church.”
Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2016Saturday 28th May – Tuesday 6th September incl.
Tuesdays – 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Saturdays – 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
European Heritage Open Days
Saturday 10th September (amended hours)
Church Open for Visitors
10.00 am - Noon
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm (last tour 4.00 pm)
CLOSED TO VISITORS
NOON - 2.00PM
Sunday 11th September: 2.00 am – 4.00pm
(Last tour 4.00 pm)
A change to our normal programme: No meeting in September. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 11th October at 7.30 pm and, as usual, every 2nd Tuesday thereafter. We look forward to a varied programme again this year, details of which are on a handy purse-sized card which will be available in the porch throughout September. I extend a warm invitation to all the ladies in our Parish to come along and enjoy fellowship together. Christine Cahoon
SENIOR MOMENTSI hope you all had a lovely holiday whether at home or away. It’s always good to have a change of routine for a while but I hope to see you all back and perhaps bringing some new members.
We recommence on Monday 12th September at 2.00 pm when we can catch up with all the news and happenings since the end of June and make a start on some serious rehearsing for our forthcoming concert on 5th November.
We hope to resume our luncheon club on 28th September at 12.30 pm.
If you have never been to Senior Moments or our luncheon club and would like to know what to expect, please talk to myself or any of the committee who will give you an insight into what kind of things we get up to. Hope to see a great turnout at our first meeting and look forward to welcoming lots of new members.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Joan Armstrong, Chairperson
Crèche Rota September 20164th Deirdre Beck, Rachel McVeigh, Sophie Foreman
11th Ann Hodge, Kathleen Arthur
18th John Kane, Christine Stewart
25th Faye Hamilton, Christine Stewart
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.
SOUND DESK ROTA SEPTEMBER 2016Morning Evening
4th Julie Irvine Lynn Rodgers
11th Johnnie McAlister Dereice Maguire
18th Rachel McVeigh Paul Letters
25th Glenn Nelson Steven Todd
PRAYERPOINTOur 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 5th September
7.00pm - 7.45pm
Tuesday 20th September
7.00pm - 8.30pm
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 14th September at 8 pm.
Hope to see you there. Alison
St Nicholas’ Parish ChurchPrayer Diary – September 2016
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 of the Month
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: Grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel; that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP
1st September – Thursday
As parish organisations resume, pray for our Sunday School. Pray that parents would see the importance of learning about the Bible and the Good News of Christ Jesus. Pray for opportunities to encourage parents and children to commit to regular Sunday School attendance and for other ways to reach out to families. Give thanks for the commitment of teachers.
2nd September – Friday
Pray for the Busy Bees Parent and Toddler Group.
3rd September – Saturday
Our Youth Fellowship is enjoying a weekend away at Ganaway Activity Centre. Pray for our Youth Fellowship and guest speaker Alan Stewart.
4TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (15th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services and for our clergy. Pray for this morning’s Sunday School and Bible Class. Pray for Johnny McFarland, our former Diocesan Lay Reader, and for his family, as he is ordained Deacon in Seagoe Parish Church, Portadown, this evening, prior to serving as Deacon Intern at St Gall’s, Carnalea, Bangor. Remember all studying for Christian Ministry.
5th September – Monday
PrayerPoint resumes this evening and later we will have a Safeguarding Trust Training meeting. Bring both to our Lord in prayer.
6th September – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening. Pray for wisdom for our Select Vestry members and for the careful management of parish resources. Pray for our Girl Guides and Senior Guides also meeting this evening.
7th September – Wednesday
Give thanks for Alison Irwin and our church choir as they meet for practice this evening. Pray for preparation for next month’s Harvest services including those who will join the extended choir next week.
8th September – Thursday
Pray for Darren and Karen McCartney who have now returned to the Canadian Arctic with baby Liam. Pray for our Thursday morning Craft Group.
9th September – Friday
Pray for our Rainbows and Brownies, our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
10th September – Saturday
This European Heritage weekend pray for those visiting our church building. Pray for Christian marriage and for the couple marrying in church today.
11TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services and for ‘ears to hear’ God’s Word opened to us.
12th September – Monday
Pray for our Senior Moments group.
13th September – Tuesday
Pray for our Women’s Fellowship group.
14th September – Wednesday
Following the Brexit vote, pray for our Prime Minister Theresa May and her Cabinet; for our First and Deputy First Ministers; MLAs; and everyone tasked with managing the UK’s exit from the EU. Pray for our economy and jobs.
15th September – Thursday
As the Connor Diocesan Council meets today, pray for it and for Alan our Bishop. Pray for the staff in the Diocesan Office as they go through a period of change and reorganisation.
16th September – Friday
Pray for the sick. Pray for those undergoing treatment at this time. Pray for those with life limiting conditions.
17th September – Saturday
Pray for Divine Healing Ministries’ Day of Prayer in St Anne’s Cathedral and for the compilation of this Prayer Diary for October.
18TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (17th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services today, especially this evening’s Holy Communion with prayers for healing.
19th September – Monday
Pray for those who have been bereaved that they would know our Lord’s presence and comfort at this time.
20th September – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.
21st September – Wednesday
Mission Carrick’s Ministers’ Fellowship meets this morning. Pray for all involved in Christian Ministry in Carrickfergus.
22nd September – Thursday
Catherine and her team meet this morning to assemble Parish News. Give thanks for Catherine and her team as well as magazine distributors.
23rd September – Friday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and daughters Emily, Grace and Alice.
24th September – Saturday
Pray for the CMSI Annual Conference ‘Ignite’ taking place at the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre today. Pray also for the Sunday School’s Fun Morning in our church halls.
25TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (17th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for this morning’s family service and for the music group leading our praise worship. Pray for our clergy, George, Cameron and Brian and for their families. Pray for Persecuted Christians meeting in secret today and for Open Doors.
26th September – Monday
Pray for our Small Groups embarking on a new course of study this week. Pray for a growing interest for Bible Study amongst parishioners.
27th September – Tuesday
Give thanks for our catering team and the many hours they give to providing refreshments for visiting groups and bereaved families.
28th September – Wednesday
Once again St Nicholas’ is the host for the Connor Diocesan Synod. Pray for today’s meeting and give thanks for the assistance of our neighbours in Carrickfergus Methodist Church.
29th September – Thursday
Pray and give thanks for our church and church halls cleaning teams.
30th September – Friday
Pray for those living and working to spread the Gospel in Tabora Diocese. Pray for Emmanuel and his work with children and young people. Pray for Bishop Elias Chakupewa as he endeavours to the make best use of meagre funds.
In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. Philippians 4 v 6
SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTESOur Sunday School and Bible Classes resume on Sunday 4th September 2016 in our Church Halls at 11 am.
We look forward to welcoming children of Primary School age to our age related Sunday Morning Activities, together with youngsters of Secondary School age to our Bible Classes.
Bible Class youngsters are asked to attend classes at 11 am in the Halls each Sunday. On the first Sunday of each month, Primary School age children should be brought to the Halls for 11 am. On the second, third and occasional fifth Sundays they should attend Church at 11 am and leave after 10 minutes or so to be brought to the Hall. On the fourth Sunday of each month Sunday School children are encouraged to attend the Family Service in Church along with their parents.
We aim to introduce some changes in the format each Sunday with the children becoming more involved throughout each session. The aim is to make the morning more exciting and appealing for them. We also would like to include parents more as we introduce some impromptu drama and other activities.
An early date for your diary is Saturday 24th September when we will once again be bringing DeCourcy Castles into the Hall. More details will be announced nearer the time.
We look forward to welcoming all children to our Sunday mornings when the aim is, as always, to teach the Bible.
Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent
Christian Baptism“Suffer the little children to come unto me”
17th July 2016
Rose Noelle Hammond, 14 Ballyhamage, Doagh
TABORA UPDATEThe most recent Newsletter from Emmanuel has many pictures showing the results of the visit back in May.
Children and youngsters are being spoken to from the Bible in schools and Good News Clubs,. New Good News Bibles are being distributed, as are new school uniforms. New chairs have been bought for several Good News Clubs where previously children sat on the ground.
Emmanuel’s message is this. “Personally I have every reason to give deepest thanks to the children and their parents from St Nicholas’ who feel the burden to help our children’s mission at our Good News Clubs, this is a big step forward. You made an Irish Mark (impact) that will last a long time. When I look at the chairs I always see the giving hearts of the children of St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland. The visit to Tabora Diocese was like a fruitful vine, like a young olive tree. We are very happy. I have been encouraged when I was totally discouraged. I have every reason to express my deepest gratitude.”
What a privilege it has been to represent St Nicholas’ and our Sunday School in this visit and to play a small part in that encouragement. Without the prayerful and financial support from our children and their families, together with others in the Parish, that encouragement would not have been experienced in the Good News Clubs and the Prayer Groups. These groups, both children and adults, meet weekly and prayer is a major part of these meetings.
We must continue to pray for this children’s outreach; that more Good News Clubs can be set up, with reliable volunteers to run them and more children exposed to Bible truths.
Some recent contributions have enabled me to forward £300 to Emmanuel in the past week and again I am so very grateful for this continued support.
Flowers in Church August 2016 (not in last magazine)14th Jim Stockman & family—In memory of Maureen
Flowers in Church September 20164th Gladys McAtamney—In memory of my mother Betty
11th Maureen McVea
18th The Lutton Family—In memory of our mother Kathleen
25th Roy Anderson—In memory of my wife Sally
If you would like to donate flowers for the Sanctuary please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the Flower List in the main porch or contact Mary Withers As these details go into Parish News we would ask, if possible, that you add your name against the chosen date to the list in the church at least 6 weeks in advance or speak to Mrs Withers at least 6 weeks in advance.
Christian Burial‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’
27th May 2016
George Mitchell, 1 Brook Green, Carrickfergus
1st July 2016
Kenneth Weir, 7 Harwood Park, Carrickfergus
27th July 2016
William Rice, Flat 1, One Irish Gate, Carrickfergus
30th July 2016
Richard McKnight, 68 Oakwood Road Carrickfergus
2nd August 2016
Sandra Margaret Reader (née Lomas)
“Carrick House”, 8 Cross Lane, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire
(Burial of ashes)
5th August 2016
Eunice Johnston, 9 McKeens Avenue, Carrickfergus
16th August 2016
Frances Steele, 53 Elizabeth Avenue, Carrickfergus
17th August 2016
William Edmund Neill, 3 Rose Gardens, Carrickfergus
17th August 2016
Edward (Teddy) Cambridge, 17 Barn Halt Cottages, Carrickfergus
TEA ROTA SEPTEMBER 2016Please 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 Gillian Dalton (9336 5687 or 07801 389860). Many thanks for your support.
VESTRY HOURParishioners wishing to see clergy during the vestry hour on
Wednesday evenings are asked to ring the office on
028 9336 0061 to book an appointment.
This is to avoid clergy waiting in the church hall unnecessarily.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
A small girl, greeting her father on his return from a journey by air and learning that he had flown above the clouds, asked if he had seen God. ‘Well, no,’ said her father, ‘you can’t see God like that because He doesn’t have a body.’
‘Oh,’ she said, with pity and disappointment, ‘only head and legs?’
A small boy asked his mother for a cucumber to take to Junior Church. A slightly puzzled mother complied. Later she asked what it had been used for. ‘Sorry, mum,’ he confessed. ‘I got it wrong. We were supposed to bring a newcomer.’
POINTS TO PONDERIf we complained less, and praised more, we should be happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common mercies…. Charles Spurgeon
Confessing your sins is no substitute for forsaking them. Anon
To become a disciple means a decisive and irrevocable turning to both God and neighbour. What follows from there is a journey which… never ends in this life, a journey of continually discovering new dimensions of loving God and neighbour. David J Bosch
DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES
ST ANNE’S CATHEDRAL, BELFAST
Saturday 17th September 9 am – 6 pm
You can come and go as you please for a time of silent prayer between you as an individual and God
For further details phone 028 9031 1532 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Services in September 20164th 9 30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Holy Communion
“I am” Jesus—God reveals himself
Exodus 3 v 7-15 Karen Bell
John 8 v 48-59 The Preacher
6.30 pm Evening Prayer
Journeys with Paul: Setting off
Acts 13 v 1-12 Ray Gilbert
11th 9 30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Prayer
“I am” Jesus—the Bread of Life
Exodus 16 v 10-18 Alex Jones
John 6 v 35-59 Frank Hill
6.30 pm Service of the Word
Journeys with Paul: Pisidian Antioch (1)
Acts 13 v 13-41 Colin Logue
18th 9 30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Prayer
“I am” Jesus—the Light of the World
Proverbs 4 v 18-27 Joan Hill
John 8 v 12-20 Valerie Leighton
6.30 pm Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
Journeys with Paul: Pisidian Antioch (2)
Acts 13 v 42-52 Lynn Rodgers
Luke 2 v 25-35 The Preacher
25th 9 30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Family Service
6.30 pm Service of the Word
Journeys with Paul: Iconium
Acts 14 v 1-7 John Richardson
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
Diocesan synodOnce again this year our parish will be hosting the Diocesan Synod on 28th 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, 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
Volunteers needed FOR . . . .
the cleaning team
We currently need more help to clean the church and church halls. Could you spare one hour a week to help with this work? If so please contact Catherine in the office 028 9336 0061 or speak to one of the clergy.
BUSY BEESWould you be free on a Thursday afternoon/evening for
20 minutes each week to put out the chairs & tables, rugs and bigger toys for Busy Bees Parents and Toddler Group?
If you can help please speak to Alison Kane or give your name to Catherine in the Church Office.
BOWLING CLUBThe Bowling Club will reopen
Monday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls.
New and old members will be made very welcome.
Calling all Crafters
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
10 am – 12 noon in the Minor Hall
For further details contact Janice Nelson
Busy Bees will be starting again on
Friday 9th September at 10.30 am in the Halls.
Everyone with pre-school age children
is welcome to come along!