Welcome to everyone, especially any visitors with us this morning.
Please join us for tea and coffee in the Foyer after the service.
The Crèche for babies and toddlers is found in the Foyer of the St John’s Hall; access by the main Hall doors and across the Hall.
There will be the usual Traidcraft stall after the morning service for you to make your Fairtrade purchases.
Tuesday 11th April
Friday 21st April
Sunday 16th April
Wednesday 19th April
Sunday 23rd April
Sunday 30th April
May 14th - 20th is Christian Aid Week. Please consider doing a small house-to-house collection or become part of a team. If you can manage this please speak to Fiona Doherty.
PW Outing: We are planning an outing on Wednesday, 14th June. We will have lunch at 12.30pm in the White Horse Inn in Saintfield and go on to Rowallan Gardens just outside Saintfield. If you would like to go please let Hilary know ASAP
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to the appeal for items for Bethel Christian Primary School. Your generosity has been amazing. We have now sorted through the different categories and the things we still need are washcloths and underpants for children, so no more bras are needed. We are unable to take soap, shower gel, toothpaste etc. because of the weight restriction in our luggage allowance. Also we CANNOT take trainers, shoes or clothing apart from football shirts.Thank you again for your kindness and support for the children in Mbarara and we will keep you updated as to how the appeal is progressing. Weebale! (Thank you)
Presbyterian Moderator, Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Sellar, has launched a church-wide special appeal to support the international relief effort in East Africa, following the worst drought to hit the region in over half a century.
Launching his appeal Dr. Sellar said:
‘Parts of South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have all suffered two seasons of prolonged dry spells and crop failures leaving a shocking 16 million people at risk. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February – making it the first official famine in any part of the world in the past six years. Given the scale of this disaster, and following consultation with colleagues, I am launching a special Moderator’s Appeal today towards the emergency relief effort.
I would take the opportunity to encourage our members to respond in a generous and timely way, just as they have on many previous occasions.’
The Church is immediately releasing £60,000 (€69,100) to be distributed to PCI’s partners, Christian Aid, Tear Fund and the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s Relief and Development Agency (PRDA). All are already engaged in long term sustainable development work in the affected regions, and all are now well placed to direct additional efforts to the unfolding crisis. Despite this challenging situation, these agencies and the PRDA will ensure that contributions are used wisely in the provision of immediate relief of those struggling the most in East Africa.
Dr. Sellar concluded by saying:
‘In Nepal last year I had the privilege of seeing first-hand the very real and practical results of our giving following the 2015 earthquake and our subsequent appeal. I would encourage you to continue to pray and to give generously to this new urgent request, so that we may play our part in saving lives and restoring hope to the many caught up in this catastrophic situation.’
Should you wish to contribute please use one of the marked envelopes and complete with your name and address if you are able to gift aid your donation.