This Lent Christian Aid is reflecting on the journey Jesus took through the wilderness; praying, fasting and preparing over 40 days. During this period of reflection, we are encouraging churches to join with us in remembering the 40 million people who are displaced across the world.
People who have been forced from their homes by drought and conflict, are often overlooked and ignored. People like Ibrahim, and those who lived in his village in north-eastern Nigeria when Boko Haram took over, forcing the men from the village to join them, and families to flee to safer areas.
Terrified of being killed, Ibrahim, his wife Nana and their family of 3 young children had to flee from their home.
Forced to walk to reach safety, they had nowhere to sleep but out in the open – where they were vulnerable to further attacks and struggling to survive.
After three days, the family arrived in a camp for displaced people in an area called Dikwa. Ibrahim and his family arrived with nothing, as they left their belongings and livelihood behind when they fled from the violence.
At home, Ibrahim was a farmer, but now that they are living in the camp he has had no access to land, and his animals have either been stolen, died, or run away.
In order to survive Ibrahim is now gathering and selling firewood, but this simply is not enough to sustain the needs of his family.
Christian Aid is responding to the needs of displaced people like Ibrahim and his family by providing life-saving food within the camp.
This Easter we are asking churches to join us as we pray for families like Ibrahim’s who are forced into the wilderness in the hope of finding safety, and for Christian Aid staff and partners as they continue providing life-saving support to families and vulnerable people in Nigeria.
Christian Aid believes in life before death.
PASTORAL CARE Rev Stephen Lockington will be undertaking in-service training this week and is unavailable from 23-28 April. If you have pastoral needs, please contact Very Rev Dr Ian McNie, your elder or the church office. Thanks
LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE? More helpers are needed for Sunday morning coffee. If you can help, please see Stephen Thompson. A new rota is being prepared.
ITEMS FOR CAP STORE We really do appreciate all who give items for our CAP store as this has been a blessing to many clients. Just a reminder that the items that are best for us to manage the store are non-perishable food items and toiletries. May all who help in this way experience God’s richest blessing.
Simple Worship in the Smaller Church
For anyone involved in shaping or leading congregational worship in a smaller church
Organising and leading worship in the smaller church – it can be a bit of a challenge, can’t it? Finding someone to play; picking the praise; keeping things fresh and upbeat - all the while trying to keep the focus on God.
Maybe there are simpler ways to worship that move us away from the pressures of trying to put on a good outward show to genuinely leading others to meaningfully engage with our Father as the Family of God.
If this is a live issue for your congregation, why not come along to one of the venues below to explore some ways of fashioning simple worship in a smaller church?
Thursday 26 April 2018
| 10.30am-12.45pm | Union Road Presbyterian Church, Magherafelt
| 7.45pm-9.45pm | Ballydown Presbyterian Church, Banbridge
Guest speakers Sam and Sara Hargreaves head up Engage Worship which aims to resource congregations for meaningful and sustainable worship in a range of church settings. They will offer encouragement and simple ideas to refresh worship in the setting of the smaller congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. See more at https://engageworship.org/
Cost: £5 (Euro equivalent)
To book online, click on the venue your of your choice above which will take you directly to the PCI website.
Alternatively, send a cheque for £5 (Euro equivalent), indicating your venue choice, made payable to ‘PCI’ to CCLW Office, Assembly Buildings, 2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW
Congregational Life and Witness
2-10 Fisherwick Place
Tel: +44 (0)28 9041 7247
Registered Charity in Northern Ireland (NIC104483)
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ANTRIM CHORAL SOCIETY’S SPRING CONCERT Tuesday 24 April @ 7:45pm in High Street PC: tickets £10. Soloists are Lucy Kerr (harp) and Jenny Heaney (flute).
MEN’S BREAKFAST Greystone Road PC extend an invitation to their Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 21 April @ 9am. Guest speaker is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP. Please let the church office know by Friday 13 April if you are planning to go.
Lasting legacy - 150th anniversary celebration of the birth of Amy Carmichael
Millisle and Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church - Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 7.30pm
We are writing to invite you and members of your congregation to come along to a special event PCI is organising to celebrate the life and work of Amy Carmichael.
Amy Carmichael, one of the world’s best known and inspirational missionaries, was born 150 years ago in Millisle, Co. Down, where she attended Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church with her family. As a young adult she served the Lord locally, founding a mission in Belfast to the ‘shawlies’ (women in the mills who wore shawls), before devoting her life to missionary service overseas. Amy spent most of her life in India, where she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship in 1901, an organisation devoted to rescuing girls and young women from slavery. She also wrote numerous books which continue to inspire many in their Christian life and service today.
The evening will include the following short presentations:
The Millisle years Rev John Flaherty (Minister, Millisle & Ballycopeland)
The Early Years Jonathan Clarke (Welcome Church, Belfast)
Dohnavur then and now Alison McCaughan with Jacky Woolcock (former missionary to Dohnavur)
The Challenge today Uel Marrs with Ruth Cooke (International Justice Mission)
There will also be a small exhibition, book stall and refreshments afterwards.
Millisle and Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church is located in the centre of Millisle at the end of Masonic Avenue, off the main A2 road between Donaghadee and Balllywalter in Co Down. The church car park is located directly off the A2 just south of Masonic Avenue.
TEMPLEPATRICK FESTIVAL OF PRAISE members of the congregation are invited to the Templepatrick Festival of Praise which will be held in 1st Ballyeaston PC at 7:45pm on Thursday 19 April.
CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Thursday 19th April.