programme in the Parish
Worship & Sunday School*
Vestry on the first Tuesday of the month
Fellowship on the second Tuesday of the month
Group on the third Wednesday of the month
Study and Prayer Group
Classes are at 10.30am
young people of secondary school age.
Younger children should come to the Morning Service with their parents
and at appropriate point, leave to attend Sunday School. (Children go
directly to Sunday School on the first Sunday of the month which is our
Holy Communion service.)
Afternoon Sunday School meets at 2.30pm in Oakfield Community Centre.
Statement by the Select Vestry of
Carrickfergus Parish (St Nicholas’) - 6 Sept 2011
Select Vestry of the Parish of Carrickfergus (St Nicholas’) wishes to
make the following statement as a result of the recent confirmation
that a member of the clergy of the Church of Ireland has entered into a
same-sex civil partnership.
We acknowledge that every person is a child of God and is therefore
deserving of respect, love and a welcome in the church that God has
called us to be. Not one of us is perfect. We all are dependent on the
mercy of God and the forgiveness which he offers to a fallen humanity
through His Son Jesus. Men and women who struggle with their sexuality
will always be welcome in St Nicholas’ Church.
However we also believe that the Bible is clear on the subject of human
sexuality and that the proper place for sexual activity is within the
context of a faithful marriage relationship between a man and a woman.
Anything outside of this is outside of God’s purposes for humankind and
must be named as sin. This is what the Bible says and this has been the
teaching of the church for many years.
When Jesus invites fallen sinners to come and receive his forgiveness,
he invites us to come as we are, but not to stay that way! The message
of the gospel is one of transformation, that through the death and
resurrection of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, men and
women can grow not only in faith but in holiness of life.
We regret that one who seeks to lead the church of God would wish to
espouse such a patently unbiblical way of life. We are also disturbed
that it seems apparent that the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory knew of
and gave tacit assent to Dean Tom Gordon’s intentions to enter a civil
partnership with another man.
Such leadership is neither biblically based, nor Christ-honouring and
not the direction that the Church of Ireland should be following.
We call on all members of the congregation to pray for godly leadership
in the church that we cherish; for repentance on the part of those who
have so publicly fallen; and call on the bishops of the Church of
Ireland and those who sit in the councils of the church to affirm and
work to restore the biblically orthodox position on human relationships
which heretofore existed.
Rev George Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist: Mrs Alison Irwin
The church halls are
an ideal venue for functions or meetings. Our Church Hall catering
group can provide food from tea, coffee and tray bakes to some hot
meals and salads. Details for hiring the halls and a menu with
price details can be obtained from the church office. Telephone
The church, its buildings
finances are managed by a committee known as the Select Vestry. This
committee consists of 2 Church Wardens, 2 Glebe Wardens and 12 other
elected parishioners. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month.
St Nicholas' Parish Halls, 3
Lancasterian Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB, N Ireland
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