BICYCLES NEEDED At last Sunday’s evening service, Henry Coulter from the International Meeting Point, Belfast highlighted their need for bicycles. If you have a bicycle in good working condition that you no longer need and would like to donate it to the Inter-national Meeting Point, please speak to Angus Cuthbert. Thanks.
Youth Club recently replaced their minibus. If you would like to contribute towards this, please place an envelope marked “YC Minibus” in the offering plate during the month of March. Thanks.
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP If you love Jesus and wish to formally identify with First Antrim as your church family, (or should you simply want to find out a little bit more about what makes us tick) please speak with Stephen about this important step on your spiritual journey. He’d love to hear from you by the last Sunday in February.
There will be no choir practice on Thursday 27 February as there is a rehearsal for the Templepatrick Presbytery Choir Concert in High Street PC.
BELFAST CITY MISSION If you have a BCM gift box, please could you return it to Verena Clyde by Sunday 23 February. If you would like to give to the work of the Mis-sion, you can put your donation in an envelope marked “Belfast City Mission” and place in offering on any Sunday up to 23 February. Thank you.
MARRIAGE CONSULTATION as with the recent public consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services, a similar public consultation is open to everyone
regarding Same Sex Religious Marriage. The consultation is open until 11:45pm on Sunday 23 February 2020 and you can respond by completing the online survey
available at : www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/F6WA0. Contact Heather in the office for other ways to make your response.
The Tearfund Support Group would like to sincerely thank all who supported the Tearfund collection last Sunday when £5107 was raised for the project in Rwanda which First Antrim will be connected with over the next 3 years.
Proverbs 14 : 31 “He who oppresses a poor man insults God his maker but he who is kind to the needy honours Him.”
FRIENDSHIP GROUP will meet again on Wednesday 19 February @ 1:45pm when Raymond Hume is the guest speaker. All welcome to join us.
WESTMINISTER FELLOWSHIP—BRYAN CHAPELL CONFERENCE will be held on 19-20 February in Wellington PC. Cost is £35. There is also a public rally in Portrush PC on 18 February @ 7pm.
HASHTAGS & HORMONES: Thursday 13 February 2020, 7:30-9:30pm, Assembly Buildings, £5 (spaces must be booked online at www.presbyterianireland.org) This is an exciting opportunity to gather as parents, carers, teachers, youth workers, or just anyone who has contact with young people. Never before has there been so much pressure on our young people to think and act in a certain way when it comes to relationships, image and their online lives. Messages about identity, sexuality, and acceptable lifestyles are implicit, and often explicit, throughout the media and across our schools and
communities. So what messages are coming from the church, if any? Perhaps it is easier to just give a blanket answer or else to stay completely silent. If you have ever felt over-whelmed or ill-equipped to deal with the “hot topics” of our time, then you will be in good company as we raise awareness about what’s happening in the lives of young people, and tackle the tricky conversations around puberty, relationships, and sex. God’s heart for relationship is such a good message to share, so let’s regain our confidence in this message and renew our commitment to share it!