PRAYER POINTS FOR COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER
Pray on every occasion, as the Holy Spirit leads, stay alert and be persistent in your prayers.” Ephesians 6 : 18
WHERE? Majury Hall, First Antrim Presbyterian Church
WHEN? 6:30pm, Thursday 22nd November (bookings to be in by 18th November, please)
WHY? To share the love of Christ with the wider community in Antrim and to introduce them to Jesus.
WHO? Invitations will be given to Homestart, Women’s Aid and others. Church members may invite non-Christian friends.
HOW MUCH? The event will be free to all who attend on the evening but we would ask that as a Congregation we would make this possible. Donations can be placed in an envelope marked “Community Dinner” and put in the offering plate. If you wish to “Gift Aid” your donation, please include your FWO number.
The success of this venture does not just depend on good planning and good food, but on a commitment to PRAY. Please pray daily for this outreach event. Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.
· For the success of such events in the past
· For the willingness of Homestart and Women’s Aid to give out invitations
· For good facilities in the Church Halls
· For the opportunity to reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to those outside the Church Community in a meaningful way at this special time of the year
· For the visiting catering team and for the team of willing helpers from “First”.
Ø That the Congregation will again take ownership of this event viewing it as an expression of love and concern for the people of our town.
Ø For a positive response from ALL who receive an invitation (Homestart, Women’s Aid etc)
Ø For a generous spirit to be shown by the Congregation so that adequate finances will be available to host the event.
Ø That every guest will feel the warmth of our welcome and that more barriers between “church” and “community” will be broken down.
Ø For the development of good conversations during the evening.
Ø For safety throughout the complex especially in the kitchens and while food is being served.
Ø That Stephen Lockington will be aware of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in his preparation and delivery of the message and that many will become aware of their need of salvation.
Ø For many opportunities for good follow-up to be undertaken.
PRAY THAT MANY WILL MEET JESUS
Further information can be obtained from:
Church Office: 9446 6415
COMMUNITY DINNER CHRISTMAS BUFFET THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER, 6:30PM
The purpose of this function is to show God’s love, develop friendship with people from our community and to challenge them about making a commitment to follow Jesus.
Every Christian in First Antrim has an important role to play through;
1) Praying for God’s blessing. Prayer is powerful so please use the special prayer sheet that has been included with the church bulletin to help you pray for this event.
2) Inviting non Christian friends and family and to bring them with you. Special invitations cards are now available in the downstairs vestibules for your use. To help with catering we need to know numbers coming so please complete the booking sheets in the vestibules by Sunday 18 November 2018.
3) Financially supporting this event. It is due to the generosity of our members that we are able to provide this meal free of charge. If you wish to financially support this event please put your gift in an envelope marked “Community Buffet” and place on the offering plate any Sunday. If you wish to gift aid your contribution please add your FWO number or name.
CAR PARKING To leave as much car parking space as possible for visitors it would be appreciated if members could park on the street or in the town car park.
Galatians 6 v 9 – Lets not get tired of doing good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up.
CHAT ‘N CHEW SPECIAL THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER @ 10AM Please do come along to see God’s creation around Antrim. Mr John McMaster will give a powerpoint presentation of absolutely amazing pictures taken around our area. They are really stunning. An invitation is given to everyone to come along to see our surroundings as never before. Please do come.
FRIENDSHIP GROUP Our next meeting is 21 November, 1:45pm. Tim & Lindsey Johnston from Immanuel Studios will be sharing with us about their work in Brazil. All very welcome to join us.
It’s our “Church Weekend At Home” Sunday and we look forward to hearing from Dominic for the final time. If you weren’t around yesterday, let me bring you up to speed. Teaching from Ephesians, Dominic has been engaging with us as to what God is doing in First Antrim and what we need for this to happen. And now this morning, what does this look like in practice?
I hope you enjoyed the “Church Weekend At Home”! I trust that fellowship, friendship, food and fun were enjoyed in great measure, as well as experiencing a fresh & rich encounter with the Lord in the life of First Antrim.
Last but not least, a BIG thank you especially to the many people who worked hard making this weekend possible in various practical ways. Stephen Lockington
OMF PRAYER MEETING will be held on Tuesday 13 @ 8pm in the Dixon Room. We will focus on Returnee Ministry, including language and cultural learning for new workers and encouraging and discipling new Christians returning home from studying or working abroad. Come and hear an update and pray for the work of OMF. We would love you to join us. Please note that there will not be an OMF prayer meeting in December. For further information about the meeting or OMF, please call Michelle McCabe who would be delighted to hear from you.
ACT OF REMEMBRANCE: On Sunday 11 November, there will be an Act of Remembrance at 11am, therefore please be seated at 10:45am. This year, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the names of First Antrim’s dead will be read out. A verse of the National Anthem will conclude the Act of Remembrance, before pausing for a few moments and then proceeding to worship together.
2ND ANTRIM BOYS’ BRIGADE “There but not there” - on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we would like to educate our BB boys on the reality of our Church Roll of Honour. If anyone who knows the family relationships, or know/have heard the memories of those who died, please get in touch with Naomi. Thank you.
THANKS Scripture Union would like to thank the congregation for their support in the Key to Life programme during September in our schools. A total of 470 pupils came along to the programme.
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