GIRLS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom tomorrow evening 21st September, as arranged by Captain Anne.

CIRCUIT EXECUTIVE MEETING

Will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at 8pm. Venue to be confirmed.

BOYS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom on Friday 25th September, as arranged by Captain John.

MENCHOIR

The Men’s Choir will resume practices in the Sanctuary from Monday 5th October at 6.45-7.30pm Members will receive guidance about sanitizing, social distancing, masks etc before then.

PASTORAL LETTER AND NEWS SHEET

This week’s letter and News Sheet have gone to those whom we have recently been pastorally and prayerfully concerned about.

MWI

Please return all Mission boxes and leave them in the plastic box on the table outside the Sanctuary. Thanks

BOWLING CLUB

The officers of The Bowling Club have been in touch to say that, after due consideration, the club will probably not be recommencing until the new year.

PRAYER FOCUS AND OUR DAILY BREAD

Copies of Prayer Focus and Our Daily Bread are now available at the Track & Trace table.

TECH TEAM OPPORTUNITIES

We have wonderful opportunities for people with an interest in, and perhaps even a little experience of the technical side of our church life: from operating the laptop that controls the PowerPoint each Sunday, to controlling the sound desk, to operating the live-streaming itself, we need help with it all. Interested? Talk to the folks at the back on Sunday or contact Rev Sam.

CAR PARK

We have been contacted by a neighbour with a complaint about parking on and blocking footpaths adjacent to the church during services on Sunday morning. Please be careful to avoid doing this especially as there is currently room in the church car park and across the Ballyclare Road in the public car park.

GIRLS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom tomorrow evening 21st September, as arranged by Captain Anne.

CIRCUIT EXECUTIVE MEETING

Will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at 8pm. Venue to be confirmed.

BOYS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom on Friday 25th September, as arranged by Captain John.

MENCHOIR

The Men’s Choir will resume practices in the Sanctuary from Monday 5th October at 6.45-7.30pm Members will receive guidance about sanitizing, social distancing, masks etc before then.

PASTORAL LETTER AND NEWS SHEET

This week’s letter and News Sheet have gone to those whom we have recently been pastorally and prayerfully concerned about.

MWI

Please return all Mission boxes and leave them in the plastic box on the table outside the Sanctuary. Thanks

BOWLING CLUB

The officers of The Bowling Club have been in touch to say that, after due consideration, the club will probably not be recommencing until the new year.

PRAYER FOCUS AND OUR DAILY BREAD

Copies of Prayer Focus and Our Daily Bread are now available at the Track & Trace table.

TECH TEAM OPPORTUNITIES

We have wonderful opportunities for people with an interest in, and perhaps even a little experience of the technical side of our church life: from operating the laptop that controls the PowerPoint each Sunday, to controlling the sound desk, to operating the live-streaming itself, we need help with it all. Interested? Talk to the folks at the back on Sunday or contact Rev Sam.

CAR PARK

We have been contacted by a neighbour with a complaint about parking on and blocking footpaths adjacent to the church during services on Sunday morning. Please be careful to avoid doing this especially as there is currently room in the church car park and across the Ballyclare Road in the public car park.

FROM THE MANSE DESK

Someone has calculated that, compared to people 100 years ago, we have 5 times more wants (nearly 100 then - nearly 500 now). I have no way of finding out whether a longing after God is on either of these lists and I imagine that high on the current one are issues relating to overcoming coronavirus. A longing for God was top of the Psalmist’s lists of wants. Psalm 73:25 - Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing onearth. Psalm 42:2 - My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 63:1 - O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water. C.S. Lewis gave us the following insight into this longing: “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with lesser things, when infinite joy is offered to us. We are far too easily pleased.” Let us be satisfied with nothing less than longing for God until He makes himself known in all his glory and grace. Every blessing. Sam

HARVEST AT GMC THIS YEAR

Arrangements for our harvest celebration this year will be very different and will be announced next week. In the meantime we want you to be aware that in these coronavirus times we’ll not be requiring any flowers or vegetables etc., to decorate the church. We will however, be issuing a three part harvest appeal: there will be the usual GMC Harvest Envelope, the MCI Container Ministry Appeal, and the World Development and Relief 1% Appeal. These will be launched in time for Harvest Sunday, 4thOctober, but our expectations for your response are not that we will get everything back immediately. More next week. In the meantime as our minds turn towards autumn, harvest, creation and our environment, please reflect on this:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

WH Davies

PRAYER COURSE (ZOOM)

1st and 3rd Tuesday, 8.15pm
Meeting ID: 876 5627 4652 Password: 781801

BIBLE PROJECT DISCUSSION (ZOOM)

Thursday 8pm
Meeting ID: 865 2761 3069 Password: 287750

GIRLS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom tomorrow evening 14th September, as arranged by Captain Anne.

IMYC ALL AGE WORSHIP WEBINAR (ZOOM)

Tuesday 15th September. Details on IMYC website.

BOYS’ BRIGADE

Meeting by Zoom on Friday 18th September, as arranged by Captain John.

CIRCUIT EXECUTIVE MEETING

Will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at 8pm. Venue to be confirmed.

PASTORAL LETTER AND NEWS SHEET

This week’s letter and News Sheet have gone to those on the Pastoral Visitors’ lists, (excluding residents in Care Homes and Folds).

PRAYER FOCUS

Copies of Prayer Focus are available at the Track & Trace table, cost £3.

OUR DAILY BREAD

Sept-Nov issue is now available for free, at the Track & Trace table.

TECH TEAM OPPORTUNITIES

We have wonderful opportunities for people with an interest in, and perhaps even a little experience of, the technical side of our church life: from operating the laptop that controls the PowerPoint each Sunday, to controlling the sound desk, to operating the live- streaming itself, we need help with it all. Interested? Talk to the folks at the back on Sunday or contact Rev Sam who will put you in touch with the person you need to speak to.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

The Annual Report is now available to anyone who would like an electronic copy. Please email your request to Isobel in the church office and an e-version will be sent to you.

CAR PARK

We have been contacted by a neighbour with a complaint about parking on and blocking footpaths adjacent to the church during services on Sunday morning. Please be careful to avoid doing this especially as there is currently room in the church car park and across the Ballyclare Road in the public car park.

 

FROM THE MANSE DESK

God loves us, and for those who love him, everything – even what happened to me at seventeen – works together for good. He has given me contentment and developed my patience and purpose in life. My art is a reflection of how God can empower someone to rise above circumstances.” That was Joni Eareckson’s response to a question about why she put the initials ‘PTL’ (standing for Praise the Lord) on all her drawings. Joni had been paralysed from the neck down after diving into shallow water. Dark days and nights of despair followed as she lay helplessly broken. But Joni increasingly felt the grace and peace of God flowing into her life. She thought about Jesus hanging on the cross – helpless. Of how he was unable to wipe the sweat off his brow or to brush aside the flies. He knew just how she felt. He was close. And he was turning her life around for some special purpose. As the threat of Coronavirus rises again and fear and uncertainty threaten to paralyse, grace and peace are what we need – grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And we can have them. PTL. Every blessing. Sam