Are you wanting to see children and young people in Antrim come to faith in the Lord Jesus and growing in their faith? Monday 29 February, Mark Hawthorne, SU Worker in Antrim schools, will give a report in the prayer for schools meeting, 9:15-10:15am in Room 1. All very welcome—we will move into a larger room if needed!
2ND ANTRIM BOYS’ BRIGADE—ALL SECTIONS Sunday 28 February—all boys and leaders are reminded of the Antrim Battalion Service, to be held in Dundrod PC @ 3:30pm. Boys should come to 1st Antrim for 2:50pm to be taken to Dundrod church in full uniform. The service will have finished by 4:30pm and boys will be back at our church shortly after. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Thank you Emily for your help at Tots we will miss you but we will remember you and pray for you all as you serve God in Japan.
CAP MONEY COURSE is being held in Antrim Baptist Church, 3 Greystone Link, on Wednesday evenings 3, 17 and 24 February from 7:30-9:30pm. This free course is to help you manage your money better and learn how to budget, save and spend well. To book a place, contact Anne Moore or speak to Angus Cuthbert.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL A meeting will be held (DV) on Tuesday 23 February @ 8pm in the Primary Room. The purpose of this meeting is to ascertain the support for this outreach to Antrim town and district and to discuss its organisation. An “army” of people will be needed to organise for this event. Members and friends of the senior and juniors and everybody in between will be needed to make plans to ensure it succeeds. Do come along to discuss and plan if this event is to be on our calendar for Christmas 2016.
TEARFUND LUNCH The Tearfund lunch is today after the morning service and your presence would be greatly appreciated. Funds collected will go to support the Self Help Groups linked to the Kale Heywet Church in Ethopia. There will be a retiring offering for those who cannot stay for lunch. Deuteronomy 15 v 10- 11. “You shall give freely to the poor and not grudgingly because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you do. For the poor will never cease out of the land therefore I command you, you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor in the land.”
CHAT ‘N CHEW SPECIAL this Thursday (18 February). We will be playing beetles or pool on this occasion. Do come along and join in the “fun”.
Special Congregational Meeting
Monday 8th February at 8pm in the Church Building
(after the Congregational Prayer Meeting)
The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 requires all charities operating in Northern Ireland to be registered with the Charity Commission. Each Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) is a separate charity, and so First Antrim Presbyterian Church has to be registered.
What are “charity trustees”?
“Charity trustees” are defined in the legislation as “the persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity”. The General Assembly has resolved that the charity trustees for each individual Congregation shall be all the members of the Kirk Session of that Congregation.
What are the responsibilities of a charity trustee?
A charity trustee has six main responsibilities and they are:
• To ensure that the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
• To comply with the charity’s governing document and the law.
• To act in the charity’s best interests.
• To manage the charity’s resources responsibly.
• To act with reasonable care and skill.
• To ensure that the charity is accountable
In today’s litigious climate, no one (however honest and competent) who is concerned in the management or administration of Church affairs can be complacent. Mistakes are made and they may prove, personally, very expensive in terms of costs of an adequate defence, regardless of any ultimate liability to make restitution. Any breach of duty by a Trustee or Committee Member could potentially result in them being held personally liable for any loss falling upon the Church as a result of their own errors or omissions.
For a number of years, Elders and Committee members have been protected by an insurance policy called “indemnity insurance.” This policy safeguards our Church leaders as individuals and as a group. This policy will be replaced with a new policy that provides equivalent protection under the new legislation. Advice from Assembly Buildings is that the Congregation should be asked at a formal Congregational Meeting to indemnify Session and Committee. As such the Congregation will be asked to approve the following resolution on Monday 8th February
“That First Antrim Presbyterian Church hereby agrees to indemnify, against any liabilities and costs however arising, its charity trustees, officers and members serving on Church committees including but not limited to, the members of Kirk Session (both in their respective capacities as charity trustees and as the elders of the congregation) and members of Congregational Committee, where they have acted in good faith, within authority limits and in accordance with the law and that the Church Committee be authorised to put in place appropriate Trustee and Officers Liability Insurance.”
All members of the Congregation are invited to attend however please note that only “voting members” are allowed to vote under the terms of the Code of the Church.
The meeting will include a short presentation followed by an opportunity for questions from the floor. It is hoped the meeting should last no longer than 30 minutes.
We are grateful that Rev J. Moxen has agreed to chair the meeting.
Please feel free to contact either Lyle Creighton or Mark Finlay if you have any queries
We will be commissioned by First Antirm as a missionary family on the 7th of February at 6:30pm in the church halls. We would love to see you there!
– This Sunday night we’re going to be tackling some “Tough Questions”, don’t miss it, bring a friend, hopefully you’ll find answers to some of life’s biggest questions. The following Sunday night is going to be equally good as we lift the lid on relationships and dating… the fact that it’s Valentines day is just a coincidence!
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