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Announcements: 7th May 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.


Iona Worship The service this morning gives us an insight into what the Iona Community believes about worship.

At the centre is the Gospel conviction that worship is all that we are and all that we do. Either everything we do is an offering to God, or nothing. We may not pick and choose. We are all in a search for wholeness - to be fully human, with no division between ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’. The desire is to be fully present to God who is fully present to us – wherever we may find ourselves.

We cannot make ourselves whole, anymore than we can make ourselves happy or good. But by grace we can structure our lives – as individuals and as a congregation, in obedience to the vision God has given us of what wholeness is like – through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.



No Evening Service





Tuesday 9th May

10:30 - 12:00 Carers and Tots


Wednesday 10 May

Lunch Club meets at 12.15pm in Rosetta Hall  After Lunch we go to the Cinema, Drumahirk Road, Comber. You will be welcome even if you don't normally come for lunch.


7.30pm Homegroup meets at Barbara & Raymond’s home, 93 Greer Park Avenue. All welcome


Thursday 11th May

Koinonia Outing by Coach to Bessbrook to visit the Quaker Village followed by Lunch at Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint. THE COACH LEAVES THE CHURCH AT 9.30am SHARP.


Prayer Group meets in the Megaw Room at 6.45pm.
All are welcome; come along, you don't have to pray aloud.


Friday 12th May

10:30am Coffee and Chat


Saturday 13th May

Fund raising breakfast. You are warmly invited to the home of Donald and Jennifer Cairnduff, 2, Grangewood Manor, Ballyregan Road, Dundonald, BT16 1GJ  for breakfast from 9.30am onwards. Our son Philip has once again been selected to represent the UK at the World Transplant Games which are to be held in Malaga from 25th June to 1st July. We are raising money for Transplant Sport NI, a local charity which is supporting the nine athletes from Northern Ireland who have been selected for the World Transplant Games.
It would be very much appreciated if you could let us know if you are hoping to come, so that we have some idea of numbers.
Either speak to Donald or Jennifer after church today, phone or text us.
028 9041 9549(home), 077 0102 9347(Donald), 078 8939 5132(Jennifer).


7.30pm  Asante BBQ, chez Meek, 27 Fort Road Ballylesson.






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 14th May

10.30am  Christian Aid Service followed by a Bread & Cheese Lunch in the St John’s Hall.


No Evening Service



May 14th - 20th is Christian Aid Week. Today the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. People are starving to death in ever greater numbers. Will you help such people in desperate need?  Your support will not only save lives now - it could give the next generation hope and a chance to build a brighter future too. Will you be willing to give up some of your time with the House -to- House Collection in our area.  This will take only a couple of hours. Please, please speak to Fiona in the Foyer if you can help. The more volunteers we have the less time it takes!



Tuesday 16th May

7.00pm  Finance Sub-Committee in the Church Office.


7.45pm Congregational Committee in the Megaw Room.


 18th  May     Thursday     10am to 9pm
19th  May     Friday         10am to 9pm
20th  May     Saturday     10am to 5pm

Donation £3   - includes Catalogue and Tea/Coffee
All proceeds in aid of  Fields of Life Project in Uganda

Preview night
To be opened by Dr. Neil Shawcross, MBE, RHA, RUA

17th May  Wednesday  7 pm to 9.30pm

Subscription £7.50              Finger Buffet & Catalogue

Tickets for this Preview, at £7.50 each, will be available from
Lorna Gray and George Ditty after the service.

The congregation and their friends are warmly invited to this evening
when there may be an opportunity to speak to some of the exhibiting artists.


For the Art Exhibition a number of people will be required to welcome visitors and general supervision of the halls, including the sales table. If you are available 18th - 20th May please speak to Claire Pollock or any member of the Committee.




Sunday 21st May

10.30am Rev Wilfred Orr



Music at St John’s

Saturday 27th May, 7.30pm


Voices Together Community Choir and Releasing
Rhythms African Drumming Group

Proceeds in aid of Save a Heart Nigeria

Suggested donation at the door £10.00 including light refreshments



Sunday 28th May

10.30am ‘Save a Heart’ with Prof OC and Nigerian Team.


Sunday 4th June

10.30am ‘Save a Heart’ with Prof OC and Nigerian Team.


Sunday 11th June

10.30am ‘Save a Heart’ with Prof OC and Nigerian Team.


Wednesday, 14th June

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.





Uganda Trip: we will be teaching some sewing in Uganda and would like to give the girls a hand sewing kit each. We need:  Needles, pins, thread, scissors, tape measures, buttons, poppers, thimbles.  If you could supply any of these we would be grateful.



Squirrels fundraising for Uganda:  The Squirrels are having a duck race to raise funds to buy sewing machines for Bethel Christian Primary School. Ducks, price £2 each, can be purchased from Marjorie or Catherine (or any Squirrel) in the foyer after the service. Please help if you can.



Are you interested in volunteering as part of a huge global gathering? The L'Arche Assembly is happening in June, and L’Arche International is looking for help with welcoming & directing 500 delegates on 20th June in Belfast & 25th June in Downpatrick. Come along to a Volunteer Induction to hear more:  Saturday 13th May, 10.30am - 12noon, St Bride’s Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue. Contact: belfast17volunteers@larche.com, 073 9141 8760







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