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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas,
September is a month of change for many people, particularly so for those households with younger people. Our prayers are with those who are beginning a new year at school, at college/university or at work and particularly so for those who this month are starting something new. In our own life together as a parish September 2019 is bringing changes too.

We begin the month as we say ‘welcome back’ to the Reverend Heather Cooke. Many of you will remember Heather joining us for a year’s placement in 2011/12, when she was newly licensed as a diocesan lay-reader. Heather is coming back to St Nicholas for another year now in a different role. She has been ordained deacon and will be serving a part-time internship in the parish as she completes her training for ordained ministry. Heather will be continuing her studies and will spend monthly weekends at college in Dublin as well. We look forward to her ministry amongst us and I know that you will make her very welcome.

On the other hand, we have a more difficult task this month too as we say farewell to our curate Cameron Jones and his wife Alex. Cameron completed his curacy with us at the end of the summer and moves to work with ICM in Dublin this month. During his time with us Cameron has been a faithful colleague, pastor and friend. He is a passionate follower of Jesus and his love for God’s Word and his desire to be personally obedient to it has been obvious to us all. He has taught the Bible from the pulpit, in small groups, in schools, hospitals and nursing homes and in your homes too. He has challenged us, encouraged us and helped us grow in our understanding of the Bible and it’s importance for our lives. He has also modelled willing and cheerful service in so many practical ways as he has lived among us in Carrickfergus. We have a great deal to give thanks to God for as we reflect on his ministry here.

Do join us in church on the morning of Sunday 15th September when Cameron will preach his ‘farewell’ sermons and then come to the church halls for a snack lunch and some presentations and the opportunity to say thank you as he and Alex step out in faith into a new ministry to the people of Dublin. (A sign up slip for catering purposes can be found in this magazine, or let Catherine know you plan to come by contacting the church office by September 8th. This is also the date by which we would be glad to receive any contributions towards the gift that will be given at the presentation.) Please also do sign up to receive Cameron and Alex’s prayer updates and keep them in your prayers regularly as we continue to support them as they begin the work of evangelising a new church into existence in that city.

Our Small Groups return in September providing each of us with the chance to meet together with a small number of fellow parishioners to encourage and support each other as we read the Bible together and work out what it has to say that will help us as we live our lives for Christ in our homes and families and workplaces. Many parishioners have been enjoying being a part of these groups since we launched them in 2013 after the Community Bible Experience. It has been encouraging to hear them speak of how much they enjoy being part of the Small Groups and how helpful it is to be able to talk to others about matters of faith. We are taking the opportunity to review their work and reorganise them as we begin this new season. If you haven’t been along, or you’ve just got out of the way of attending, why not have a look at the sign-up sheets in church and come and join one of the groups? You’ll receive a warm welcome. Or if you’ve enjoyed being a part of the Small Groups yourself, is there a friend or family member that you could invite to come with you? Let’s help more and more folk to discover what a vital part Small Groups are for our life together as a parish.

Cafe Church relaunches at the end of September in a new monthly format. Why not come and give it a try as we worship God together in an informal setting? A time of worship and prayer and teaching with the opportunity to delve deeper into God’s word as we share in conversation and coffee together. Join us in the upstairs hall in the church halls at 6.30 pm on Sunday 22nd September.

This magazine is full of details of the various activities and organisations that make up the family that is St Nicholas - we hope that you’ll not just read about them, but come and be a part of them!
With love in Jesus,
George

POINTS TO PONDER

With God there are mysteries, but no mistakes.— Michael Griffiths

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s own or real life.  The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day. - C S Lewis

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle.

Children’s Outreach Mission

Emmanuel had a full programme of events for children planned for the Summer but due to circumstances beyond his control some of these had to be cancelled.  However his recent Newsletter shows many photos of children attending several meetings and Good News activities.  One photograph shows some of the 18 children, who attend the evening classes in his home, meeting from Tuesday to Saturday.

I had reported previously about Emmanuel’s Schools Ministry where he takes Religious Studies in various Primary and Secondary Schools.  Pictures show classes in a new Primary and Secondary School with the usual 60 or more children packed into the classroom.  Another Primary School is to be added to his list before the end of August.

He desperately needs three new helpers to spread his workload.  He shows photos of Amos who has already started, under a three month probationary period and another lady Jasia, has been accepted by Emmanuel but is waiting for her husband’s approval! (Remember it’s a different culture).  Let us pray that both Amos and Jasia are acceptable and prove to be dependable and effective with God’s word with the children, also that a suitable third person could be identified and taken on board.

News from Bishop Elias Chakupewa reports that the latest class of 19 Church planters and evangelists has completed the Bible School three month course.  They have left to go to villages throughout the Diocese (of some 96,000 square kilometres) many of which don’t have a Church.  St Nicholas’ have been especially thanked for its involvement in this outreach as financial support was sent by our Select Vestry and Treasurer towards the end of last year.  Another course begins in October and prayer is asked for the funding and running of this course.

Please do continue to pray for many aspects of our Tabora involvement, the Childrens Outreach Mission under Emmanuel’s leadership and the Bible School courses led by the Principal and assisted by Elizabeth, Emmanuel’s wife.  Thank you to all who have contributed financially to the children’s ministry, Emmanuel is so grateful.
Lynn Rodgers

LAUGHLINES

Medical terms for non-medical people
Barium:what doctors do when patients die
Caesarean section:a neighbourhood in Rome
Catscan:searching for kitty
Cauterize:made eye contact with her
Coma:a punctuation mark
Fester: quicker than someone else
Outpatient:a person who has fainted
Post-operative: a letter carrier
Recovery room:place to do upholstery
Terminal illness:falling ill at the airport

PRAYERPOINT

Our meetings are moving to the
2nd Monday and 4th Tuesday of each month.

September 9th & 24th
7.00-8.00 pm in the Church

Pray silently or pray aloud
Everyone is welcome!

Thanksgiving for the Gift of A CHILD
“Suffer the little children to come unto me”
21st  July 2019
Dominic Cody Elijah Weatherburn

St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – September 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. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
5. Say the Prayer of the Month.
6. Pray for others and for yourself, including the topic of the day.

Prayer for the Month
Faithful one, so unchanging,
Ageless one, You’re my rock of peace.
Lord of all, I depend on You.
I call out to You, again and again, again and again.
You are my Rock in times of trouble;
You lift me up when I fall down;
All through the storm Your love is the anchor.
My Hope is in You alone.  Amen                                      (Brian Doerksen)

1ST September – Sunday (11th Sunday after Trinity)
JAM and Bible classes resume this morning and we welcome back Heather Cooke as Deacon Intern.  Pray for George, Brian and Heather, giving thanks for their opening of God’s Word to us.  Pray for growth in JAM and for all who lead it and our Bible classes.  As combined summer evening worship comes to an end, give thanks for the fellowship we have enjoyed with our neighbouring congregations at Joymount and this evening at Carrick Methodist Church.

2nd September – Monday
Pray for our Bowlers as they begin a new session this evening.

3rd September – Tuesday
As George once again takes on the role of Commissary during Bishop Alan’s absence, pray for him, for health and wisdom and for rest.  Pray for the provision of clergy support in our parish and for Bishop Alan’s recovery.

4th September – Wednesday
Rev Nigel Kirkpatrick’s Institution as Rector of St Colman’s and Templecorran takes place this evening at St Colman’s Church.  Pray for him and his ministry.

5th September – Thursday
Pray for the bereaved, especially those who have recently lost a loved one.

6th September – Friday
A Church of Ireland Evangelical Fellowship event takes place this evening in Lisburn Cathedral with guest speaker Rev Dr Chris Wright. SNYF members travel to Castlewellan for ‘Connor Takes the Castle.’  Pray for these events and for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts resuming after their summer break.

7th September – Saturday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson in Gothenburg.

8TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (12th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for those being ordained this afternoon in St Patrick’s, Ballymena.  Pray for our church services.

9th September – Monday
Senior Moments resumes this afternoon.  Pray for it and for PrayerPoint as it moves to its new timeslots on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month.  Pray for the prayer life here in St Nicholas’.

10th September – Tuesday
Our Guides and Rangers resume this evening.  Pray for them and for the Rainbows and Brownies meeting on Friday afternoon.

11th September – Wednesday
Choir practice resumes this evening.  Pray for Alison our Organist and for members of the choir.  Pray for preparations for next month’s Harvest Praise service with its extended Choir.

12th September – Thursday
Pray for the friendship and fellowship enjoyed by our Craft Group.

13th September – Friday
Busy Bees begins again today.  Pray for this outreach to families with young children, especially those with no church connection, or new to our town.

14th September – Saturday
This weekend marks the end of Church Openings for Visitors with this year’s European Heritage Open Days.  Give thanks for those who have been in church to welcome visitors and speak not only of our history but of the gospel message.  Pray for those who have visited that they might seek to know more of God’s Love for them.

15TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (13th Sunday after Trinity)
Today we say ‘Goodbye’ to Cameron and Alex with a lunch together following Morning Prayer.  Pray for Cameron as he preaches at that service.  Pray for their new mission in Dublin.  Pray too for this evening’s Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing and for SNYF.  Give thanks for our Catering Team.

16th September – Monday
Our Small Groups will begin again at various times and locations over the next two weeks.  Pray for the hosts of Small Groups and a hunger for Bible Study.

17th September – Tuesday
Pray for families and for family life.  Remember: families with a child who has just started or changed school, families with a child heading off to university, families where there is tension or estrangement between parent and child.  Pray for parents concerned about a child’s health or wellbeing and those struggling with debt as they strive to provide for their family.

18th September – Wednesday
Pray for an easing of tensions in the Middle East, especially between Iran and the USA.  Pray for an end to the conflict in Yemen.  Pray for aid agencies working there.  Pray for Christians in Iran and Yemen and for Open Doors

19th September – Thursday
Pray for the working of the Holy Spirit in the creation of this Prayer Diary.

20th September – Friday
In August there were news reports about problems with Ambulance cover.  Pray today for all who work in our emergency services and the NHS.  Pray for the sick, for those in hospital and for those awaiting admission.

21st September – Saturday
Pray for ICM and for Mark Smith at City Church in Dublin.

22ND SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (14th Sunday after Trinity)
In Lisburn Cathedral today a Service of Ordination is being held for Deacons who will serve in Ordained Local Ministry.  Pray for the candidates.  Pray for our Family Service and our Music Group.  Pray for this evening’s Cafe Church.

23rd September – Monday
Give thanks for our church and halls cleaning teams.

24th September – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

25th September – Wednesday
Pray for our Government, our Nation and our European neighbours.

26th September – Thursday
This morning the summer issue of Parish News is assembled.  Pray for Catherine and her team and for magazine distributors.

27th September – Friday
Pray for Emmanuel and for Children’s Ministry in Tabora.

28th September – Saturday
Pray for Tearfund.

29TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (15th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services today and for all who contribute to our worship by reading lessons, leading prayers, or operating the sound and video systems.

30th September – Monday
Pray for those who deliver and those receiving CDs of our morning worship.

JAM NOTES
Well Folks, I hope you all had a fantastic summer and are well rested.  Now it’s back to the routine!!!  JAM and Bible Class will commence on Sunday 1st September 2019 at 11am.  Everyone straight to Halls.  It will be a gentle start, I promise, with juice, biscuits and tray bakes. I would love to see all our young people attending and if there are any new children or young people, we would all be ever so thankful to see new faces.

Our JAM programme this year looks amazing.  JAM starts the new teaching period with God is Powerful, this includes learning about Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha, some strong Old Testament teachings there!

Bible Class will start with an introduction of Who are We, welcoming our new young people from JAM to Bible Class and making it so effortless. We want them to learn more about God and it’s now their turn to ask questions and find out more about our God.  Deriece and I are having a meeting to discuss the topics that we are going to teach this year so watch this space.  But rest assured Ruth will be taught somewhere!

The Crosslink Camps were an absolute success this year and the feedback I got from our young people who attended was absolutely fabulous.  Well done!  Also to the Select Vestry who kindly paid half the cost.  Take note for anyone interested next year.

Please note for parents dropping their children off at the halls.  The Halls will not open until 11.15ish except for the first Sunday when we go straight to the Halls at 11 am.  Sunday 22nd September 2019 is Family Service and there is no JAM or Bible Class but we would love to see all our children in church.

There will be a form to be completed for registration purposes only and if all parents could complete this and either pass it to me or a member of the team as soon as they can it would be very much appreciated.  This is a requirement for GDPR and I can assure you that no details will be given out.

Just to let you know the Fireside Quiz, thanks to Sharon Lutton who looked after this, was won by two lovely ladies, Joanne Rodgers and Alex Stevenson. WELL DONE LADIES!!!! The total amount raised through the Coffee Morning and Fireside Quiz was £1211.  Thank you to everyone who supported this.

Just to finish off, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jean and Jackie for all their help with the Sunday Funday Club.  I know our numbers were small but we had a BLAST!!!

To everyone in our church community, please pray for our young people and thank you for your continued support.                Sharon Maxwell, JAM Co-ordinator

Crèche Rota SEPTEMber 2019

1st          Kathleen Arthur & Sharon McMaster
8th         Christine Stewart & Ciara Lester
15th       Janice Nelson & Valerie Leighton
22nd      Alison Kane & Rachel McVeigh
29th      Carol Moneypenny & Tamera Milligan

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

Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

28th June 2019 — Charles Lown

15th July 2019 — Evelyn (Lyn) Jane McKay

22nd July 2019 — Elizabeth (Lily) Hynds

2nd August 2019 — Thomas Moore Hamilton

9th August — Thomas James Marshall

12th August — Margaret Martin

Flowers in Church August 2019

(not in last magazine)

11th    Roy McAlister—memoires of Eileen
25th    Gladys McAtamney—In memory of my mother Betty

Flowers in Church SEPTEMber 2019

1st    Vacant
8th    The Lutton Family—In memory of Kathleen
15th    Vacant
22nd    Vacant
29th    Sharon Maxwell—Ian’s Anniversary

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.

SOUND DESK ROTA SEPTEMBER 2019

                    Morning                                 Evening
1st            Julie Irvine                  Methodist Church
8th            Rachel McVeigh           Glenn Nelson
15th          Gordon Dalton             Steven Todd
22nd         Graeme Miles              Julie Irvine
29th         Johnnie McAlister          Glenn Nelson

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.

TEA ROTA SEPTEMBER 2019

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.

1st Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson

8th Marion Money Christine Cahoon Diane Strain

15th Tamera Milligan Heather Parkes Colin Parkes

22nd Deirdre Beck Valerie Leighton Linda Mulvenny

29th Janet Davis Nadine Davison Patricia Wilson

CAMERON’S FAREWELL LUNCH & PRESENTATION

A light lunch and presentation will take place in the Church Halls after the main morning service Sunday 15th September.

To help with planning for catering we would be grateful if you could indicate if you plan to be present and return this slip by Sunday 8th September 2019

Name _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Number attending _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Making the most of your time

September is the time of year when we get back to normal routine after the summer break. It’s an opportunity to ask how God wants us to make the most of the time He gives us. Although we can’t always choose how we use our time, we can control our attitude towards it. How can we use our time wisely?

Firstly, see time is a gift from God. Each day is an opportunity to know God better and serve Him. Time isn’t inexhaustible, as some day our time on earth will end. ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ (Psalm 90:12). The first thing we can do when we awake is thank God for the gift of another day.

Secondly, commit your time to God. Time is not to be wasted, but to be used for God’s glory. We are accountable to God for the way that we use our time: ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15,16). We should ask God to help us organise our time more wisely, to reflect God’s concerns.

Thirdly, set aside time for God, others and ourselves. How often can we go through a whole day without thinking about God or ignoring someone who needs our help? This is because we relegate God to our spare time, so He ends up at the bottom of our list of priorities. Jesus said, ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness’ (Matthew 6:33). If we prioritise our time for God, people and our needs, the rest of life will fit around them.

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 4 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 onWednesday 11th September at 8 pm.

Hope to see you there, Alison

Services in September 2019

1st    9.30 am      Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Holy Communion
            Praying with Paul: Hand in hand—prayer & service
            Acts 20 v 22-38            Valerie Barr
            Mark 1 v 35-39            The Preacher
       6.30 pm    Joint Service in Carrickfergus Methodist Church

8th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
         11.00 am    Morning Praying
            Praying with Paul: Guided in prayer
            Acts 22 v 12-21            Colin Parkes
            Luke 6 v 12-16            Gillian Dalton
      6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Hosea: A Love Story—An unorthodox marriage!
            Hosea 1 v 1 –2 v 1            Lynn Rodgers

15th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
            11.00 am    Morning Prayer—Cameron & Alex’s Farewell Service
     6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Hosea: A Love Story—Rebuke & Restoration
            Hosea 2 v 2—3 v 5            Colin Logue 

22nd     9.30 am    Holy Communion
           11.00 am    Family Service—The Vine and the Branches
            John 15 v 1-15
     6.30 pm    Café Church
            Hosea: A Love Story—Charge & Judgement
            Hosea 4 v 1—5 v 15        John Richardson

29th    9.30 am    Holy Communion
          11.00 am    Service of the Word
            Praying with Paul: Prayer—a springboard to mission
            Acts 13 v 1-12            Gordon Dalton
     6.30 pm    Compline
            Hosea: A Love Story—A Terrible Rejection!
            Hosea 6 v 1-7 v 16        Daphne Murphy

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

BOWLING CLUB

The Bowling Club will reopen on
Monday 2nd September at 7.15 pm in the Church Halls. 
New and old members will be made very welcome.

ABBA GIRLS

St Nicholas’ Girls Group will meet on the following
Friday evenings from 7.30 pm—9.00 pm
in the Meeting Room Upstairs in the Church Hall
27th September, 18th October & 15th November

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

We are resuming on Monday 9th September at 2 pm with “Harvest Craft with Karen, Jean & Carol”
Looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up with all your news.  Everyone welcome.

Date for your diary

23rd October at 7.00 pm
We will be having a Supper Dance in the Church Halls and tickets will be available from committee
members in due course.
Joan Armstrong, Chairperson

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 September
9th September    Harvest Craft with Karen, Jean & Carol
23rd September    TBA
25th September    Luncheon Club

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

BUSY BEES

Busy Bees will be starting again on
Friday 13th September 10.30 am—12 noon in the Halls.
Everyone with pre-school age children
is welcome to come along!

Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2019

Saturday   1st June – Tuesday 10th September
Saturday:  11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesday:  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 14th September:  11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday 15th September:  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

The church openings for this year finish Sunday 15th September. 
It may be 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.
 
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