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Announcements: 9th April 2017



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.


7.00pm Evening Service - continuing The Lord’s Prayer.





Tuesday 11th April

There will be no Carers and Tots today, or on Tuesday, 18th April.


7.30pm ‘Standing By’ - Corrymeela and Ormeau Churches Together.
A Reflection for Holy week in the Rosetta Hall.
The latest film from Corrymeela is a collection of six true stories about individuals wrestling with how to behave and act when confronted with sectarianism, violence and prejudice. The stories range over a 30 year period(1972 – 2002) and offer a fresh take on the options available for people during the Northern Ireland Troubles and post-ceasefire.



Friday 21st April

11.30am Good Friday Service in Ormeau Park followed by a service in Cooke Centenary.
Coffee Morning from 10:30am - 12:00 noon on 28th April, taking place at Knockbreda Parish
8.00pm Tenebrae Service in Newtownbreda.







Pastoral Care:

If you need to speak to a minister please contact:
Rev Anne Tolland on 028 9064 0178 or 077 4036 2390.
Alternatively you may contact Rev William Haslett on 028 9180 0859 or 077 4298 7589.



Sunday 16th April

10.30am Easter Morning


No Evening Service


Wednesday 19th April

6.30pm Stated Meeting of Kirk Session in the Megaw Room.



Sunday 23rd April

10.30am Rev Anne & Rev Bill


No Evening Service


Sunday 30th April

10.30am Rev Anne & Rev Bill


No Evening Service.



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



Update on Uganda Trip

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.




Death: Mr Harold Burnison, 44 Roddens Park died Friday 7th April




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