CHURCH BUILDING REPAIRS The repair work to the Church building has now been completed. Please note that the internal finish in the ground floor vestibule is only temporary. The walls will take a considerable time to fully dry out. A permanent finish could slow down the drying process and potentially increase the chances of a further rot problem arising. For the same reason the walls to gallery vestibule have not been replastered. A full report will be provided to the Congregation in the coming weeks when a clear picture is available of the final project costs. You cooperation throughout the month of August has been greatly appreciated.
CHRISTIAN AID SEEDS OF TRANSFORMATION At this time of the year we praise God for providing all we need to eat. We also take the opportunity to share our plenty with neighbours in our local communities who have little. This harvest we’re asking you to join us by turning your attention to your global neighbours. As we celebrate God’s bountiful creation, we stand with Rodah and her community in Kenya, supporting them in growing plentiful food that will last throughout the seasons ahead.
For people in Rodah’s rural village, harvest has become an increasing struggle as the arid conditions make it difficult for crops to thrive. The rains are both erratic and unpredictable, and as the im-pacts of climate change intensify, the situation is getting worse. Each day Rodah used to walk up to 10 kilometres to get water, just to try and keep her crops alive. Her two jerry cans weighed 18 kilograms – the same as two car tyres.
Despite her backbreaking efforts, Rodah’s harvest was never enough. Consequently, she couldn’t afford to send her children to school.
But since Christian Aid and our partner organisation ADSE, a branch of the Anglican Church in Kenya, started supporting poor families in her village, everything has changed. ADSE built a sand dam, which keeps precious water from the river close to the community, so they are able to nurture their land, grow their crops and earn an income. With her earnings, Rodah has been able to buy water pipes and a pump.
Her farm is flourishing and she is able to afford to send her children to school. The sand dam has transformed the entire community, who have since been introduced to drought-resistant seeds that will grow even if the rains don’t come. They have learnt about special farming techniques, such as drip irrigation, which makes water go a long way. With your support through giving, acting and praying with Christian Aid this harvest time, you will help to change the lives of thousands of people like Rodah by sowing seeds of trans-formation. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
CAP PRAYER MEETING A time of prayer for the work of our local CAP centre will be on Thursday 29 September @ 7:30-8:30pm in Greystone Rd PC. We welcome you to join us for 1 hour to pray for families whom our centre is helping to release from the prison of poverty. Come and encourage us in this outreach ministry in our community.
TEARFUND REGIONAL PRAYER MEETING A warm invitation is extended to you to attend the next Tearfund Regional Prayer meeting to be held in Muckamore Pres. Church halls on Monday 26 September from 7 to 8pm. Alex Perrott from Limerick will be speaking about his recent visit to Cambodia with Tearfund. Anyone requiring transport should speak to Angus Cuthbert.
ANNUAL CAP SERVICE A warm invitation is given to everyone to come to the CAP service this evening at 6.30pm. This service will include a testimony, a report on the work of the Antrim CAP Centre, a talk by Emma Jackson CAP on how CAP can help the church reach out to the local community with the love of God plus Philip challenging us about the importance of prayer. Your presence will be a real encouragement to all involved with the Antrim CAP Centre. The loose collection at this service will go towards the Antrim CAP Centre and if you would like to gift aid your contribution please put your gift in a plain envelope marked CAP and add your FWO number or your name.
PEOPLE IN FOCUS Saturday 24 September : 7:30pm in Assembly Buildings, Belfast. PCI Missionaries Alan & Tracey Johnston (Italy), Naomi Keefe (Brazil) and Peter Lockwood (Nepal) will be sharing about their ministries as well as an interview by Paul Clark. All welcome to join us. See noticeboard in halls for more information.
HUB On Saturday 24th September Elevation plan to go to HUB in Orangefield Presbyterian Church in Belfast. This is one of the best Christian youth events in Northern Ireland and is run by Crown Jesus Ministries. We really encourage young people to come along. Our group will be leaving the church avenue at 6:30pm, returning at approximately 10:45pm (that will give us time for the mandatory trip to McDonalds). Tickets cost £4 and a little bit extra will be needed for food afterwards. Please see Jonny Alexander for details.
SLOAN STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH have 2 events coming up. Friday 23 September @ 7:45pm they are hosting the launch of the Life Explored, the new evangelistic course from Christianity Explored.
The night is a chance to see what the course looks like and chat to Craig Dyer and Nate Morgan Locke who have been part of the team that put the course together.
This night is open to any church leader who might think of using Life Explored in the future.
ALSO Wednesday 28 September @ 7:45pm they have John Blanchard speaking on the subject “Where is God when things go wrong”.
John is a very well travelled speaker and author and there will be an opportunity to buy his books at cost price that night too!
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Our study will start on Wednesday 21 September (DV) @ 8:00pm in Stocker’s house, 5 The Warren. All men are very welcome.