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The Chronicle   The Chronicle is the Church Magazine which is produced 4 times per year and distributed to all families within the Church.

 

 


 

 

Past Events with photographs

 

Autumn Fête 2017

We were delighted to see so many people from the local community as well as our own Church family enjoying the sunshine, stalls, activities and fellowship at our Autumn Fête.

 

Fields of Life Mission trip to Mbarara, Uganda

 

Newtownbreda celebrates the Rev Joe Mooney’s 100th Birthday at Coffee and Chat

 

Thinking Day 2017

Our Guiding and Scouting organisations joined together at this morning's worship to celebrate the founding of both movements by Lord Baden Powell and his sister Agnes Baden Powell.

 

A number of Photographs from 2016 Autumn Fête Toilet-Twinning

 

Monsters Holiday Bible Club 2016 Photographs

 

CAPTURED BY A VISION:  A MEMOIR BY KEN NEWELL

 

SUPPER CLUB WHODUNNIT Murder Mystery 22nd April 2016

 

Aladdin Pantomime - 22/23 January 2016

 

The Nativity - 21st December 2015

Some snapshots of our wonderful Sunday School actors telling the story of Jesus' birth.

 

Autumn Fête 2015

We were delighted to see so many people from the local community as well as our own Church family enjoying the sunshine, stalls, activities and fellowship at our Autumn Fête.

 

Thinking Day 2015

Our Guiding and Scouting organisations joined together at this morning's worship to celebrate the founding of both movements by Lord Baden Powell and his sister Agnes Baden Powell in the early 1900's.

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime - 23/24 January 2015

Photographs of the talent and enthusiasm at the local community pantomime staged in the St. John's Hall

 

The Nativity - 21st December 2014

Some snapshots of our wonderful Sunday School actors telling the story of Jesus' birth.

 

Nativity Messy Church - 30th November 2014

Photos from the Messy Church held for parents and children.

 

The Gospel according to Elvis - 23rd October 2014

Elvis tribute singer Gary Gibson retold the Gospel story.

 

Autumn Fête 2014

We were delighted to see so many people from the local community as well as our own Church family enjoying the sunshine, stalls, activities and fellowship at our Autumn Fête.

 

Messy Church - 14th September 2014

Photos from the Messy Church held in church for parents and children.

 

Space Academy Bible Club August 2014

Photographs from the Space Academy Bible Club held in the church halls.

 

Happy Church - July 2014

Are you happy? We certainly are here at Newtownbreda! Watch a video, as our students from Focus, show you how they do happy.

 

Messy Church - 8th June 2014

Another successful Messy Church event was held on 8th June.  Parents and children learned about the importance of being part of a family.

 

Cradle Roll Service - 15th June 2014

The congregation were pleased to welcome back all babies which had been baptised in the past year. They received their cradle roll certificates from Grace Chambers, one of our long standing Elders.

 

Koinonia visit to Blessingbourne Country House - 1st May 2014

Members of Koinonia enjoying a tour of Blessingbourne House, County Tyrone followed by a meal at Corrick House Hotel.

 

Messy Church - 13th April 2014

Photos from the Messy Church held in church for parents and children.

 

Daffodil Tea - 4th April 2014

A delightful evening was held on Friday night as many people from the local community and our congregation enjoyed a Daffodil Tea in the St John's Hall.  A range of acts took part showcasing local talent.

 

2nd March 2014

A visit from Canon Mark Oakley from St Paul's Cathedral.  We were blessed to have him share in our communion service, which included new Communicants, and enjoyed an interview between Canon Oakley and Mark Carruthers on Sunday evening with other members of the Ormeau Churches Community.

 

Thinking Day 2014

Our Guiding and Scouting organisations joined together at this morning's worship to celebrate the founding of both movements by Lord Baden Powell and his sister Agnes Baden Powell in the early 1900's.

 

Christmas Morning 2013

Photos from our service of worship on Christmas morning.  The children showed off some of their gifts and the Nativity story was told with congregational participation.

 

The Nativity 2013

Some snapshots of our wonderful Sunday School actors telling the story of Jesus' birth.

 

Autumn Fete 2013

We were delighted to see so many people from the local community as well as our own Church family enjoying the sunshine, stalls, activities and fellowship at our Autumn Fete.

 

Trip to Co. Clare

Members of the congregation enjoyed a week touring the sights of Co. Clare in early September.

 

Treasure Island Holiday Bible Club

An action packed week with many children attending to find out more about God's word in a fun and interactive way.

 

Walking group visit to Rathlin Island

Last Saturday the walking group enjoyed a visit to Rathlin Island on a gloriously sunny day.  They were even lucky enough to see some puffins and a seal!

 

Art Exhibition

A very successful art exhibition, including pieces from over 30 local artists, was held from 15th-19th May 2013.  The exhibition was opened by Lorna Hamilton, an acclaimed local wildlife artist.  Over £5,000 was raised for the Halls Redevelopment Fund.

 

Christian Aid

 

Installation of Rev. Anne Tolland - 26th April 2013

The service of installation for our new minister, Rev. Anne Tolland, took place in the Church on Friday 26th April 2013.  We were delighted that members of her former church Cairncastle and the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship, were able to share in this special service with us. 
Read a report and view photographs of the Service of Installation

 

 

Nativity 2012

Our Nativity - 'Shine Star Shine' - was performed during Morning Worship on Sunday 16 December 2012. The boys and girls were fantastic, as were our young musicians who accompanied the Sunday School during the songs!

 

Lunch Cub Christmas Dinner

The Lunch Club enjoyed their Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

 

Cubs visit PW

The Cubs visited the PW on Monday 10 December 2012.

 

Strictly Come Dancing - 30 October 2012 - includes NEW photos!

Eight couples in our congregation took part in 'Newtownbreda does Strictly Come Dancing' at La Mon Hotel & Country Club during the Autumn Half-Term Holiday after 9 weeks of dance lessons with Victoria McAdoo, Proprietor of First Dance NI. Here are some of the photos from the fundraising event which has so far raised over £4,000 for our Halls Redevelopment Fund.

 

Presentation to Rev Jane Nelson - 28 October 2012

We were delighted to welcome Jane back to Newtownbreda on Sunday 28 October 2012 to lead our evening worship. Many of the congregation joined Jane afterwards for a cuppa and our Clerk of Session, Bruce Robinson, presented Jane with a gift to mark our thanks for her period with us as an Assistant Minister.

 

Autumn Fete - 29 September 2012

This has become a really popular event, with friends and family of the congregation and with the local community! We were lucky to have a lovely Autumn afternoon for the fete again this year... click here to see the photographs covering all of the activities that took place during a fun-filled afternoon!

 

Newtownbreda Strollers - Summer 2012

During the Summer months, an all-age group from the congregation enjoyed fellowship and the beauty of some of our local countryside - visiting a number of spots in County Down, from Ballynafeigh to the Mournes - click here to see some photos from the outings!

 

Summer Scheme - Summer 2012

Pete and his team of volunteer leaders hosted another fantastic Summer Scheme during August... with an Olympic theme. Over 35 kids enjoyed arts & crafts, quizzes, games, songs, memory verses and other fun activities during the week.

 

Evening of celebration to mark Rev Orr's retirement

Members of the congregation joined with local clergy, family and friends for an evening of food, fellowship, dancing and celebration to mark Rev Orr's 29 years of service to Newtownbreda and the local area.

 

Festival of Flowers - 18-20 May 2012

Members of NIGFAS joined forces with a committee made up of members of our congregation to co-ordinate and deliver a fantastic Festival of Flowers enjoyed by visitors from the local community and from throughout Northern Ireland.  The event was organised as a tribute to Mrs Doreen Adams, a founding member of NIGFAS and a long-standing member of our own congregation.

Further photos are available - taken by NIGFAS members - at this link (click here)

 

Christian Aid

 

Koinonia 2012

Updated to include a few photos from our end of year outing.

 

Thinking Day - 26 February 2012

Our Scouting and Guiding Uniformed organisation colour parties

 

Habitat for Humanity - February 2012

Some young people from Focus and other folk from the congregation took part in a one day build for Habitat

 

St John's Got Stars In Their Eyes 2012

Photos from another absolutely fantastic talent evening, featuring several individual performances, a superb rendition of 'Football Crazy' from the Squirrels and 'the lads' make an appearance as part of their comeback tour (complete with new band member)!

 

Ormeau Churches Together Prayer Breakfast - January 2012

Members from the five congregations came together to share breakfast and fellowship in the Rosetta Hall.

 

Gift Service Nativity - 11 December 2011

Photos of our Sunday School children's performance of "Not Such a Silent Night"

 

Christmas Dinner at the Lunch Club - December 2011

Members of the congregations shared together in a Christmas lunch to get them into the festive spirit!

 

Advent events 2011

It's been a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas - this slideshow includes photos from the Ladies Advent morning, McPeake Family concert (including students from Sullivan Upper School), the Cubs singing carols to the ladies in PW and the Christingle Tea following the Service of 9 lessons and carols.

 

Harvest Celebration Service & Lunch - 09 October 2011

We celebrated Harvest on Sunday 09 October - a group of enthusiastic floral artists and helpers decorated the Church for the Service, after which many of us shared a lovely lunch in the Church Halls. Members of the congregation distributed flowers, fruit and vegetables to elderly and infirm members of the local community after the event.

 

Autumn Fete - 24 September 2011

On a lovely sunny Autumn day the grounds and halls of St John's were packed with lots of people coming along to enjoy the fun.  Why not see what they all got up to?

 

Church BBQ - September 2011

The rain stayed away and allowed members of the congregation to share a BBQ together and catch up on summer news.

 

Summer Scheme - 15-19 August 2011

This was the second year of our August Summer Scheme and it was a great success with thirty kids from our community joining us to learn about the story of Paul

 

GLU - God Loves You - July 2011

Members of our congregation joined with others from the Ballynafeigh area for this week-long community event in July, with participants helping with a tea-dance, graffiti removal, litter-picking and garden clean-ups!

 

Church Weekend - May 2011

A hugely successful church weekend was held in Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle. All who went enjoyed a jam packed couple of days with many trying activities for the first time!

 

 

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 8th-14th May 2011

Photographs from 2011 Christian Aid Lunch

 

 

Thinking Day - February 2011

An opportunity to recognise the work of our Uniformed Organisations and to remember other Scouting and Guiding movements around the world.

 

Flower Demonstration - December 2010

Asante ran a flower demonstration by Alan Beattie to raise money for the Halls Redevelopment Fund.  An auction of the beautiful arrangements created allowed a number of those present to continuing admiring them at home.

 

Church Nativity - December 2010

Check out the young people from our Sunday School classes taking part in the play 'A Little Nativity'

 

St John's Got Talent 2010

Who knew St John's had so much talent?!  Congrats to Tom a.k.a. Neil Diamond on his win!

 

 

GLU - God Loves You Tuesday 6th July until Saturday 10th July 2010.

Once again we are looking for volunteers of all ages to help with our outreach to the Ballynafeigh area. Last year we cleared up loads of gardens, painted quite a few fences and washed stacks of cars, not to mention the craft demos, community cafes and mural painting. We want to make this year even bigger and better, and to do that we need YOUR help!

This project is for people of all ages - we need all sorts of talents and abilities. Last year our volunteers ranged from 8 to 80 and we’re happy to have you even if you fall outside that bracket!

Men and women from all different backgrounds found out how much you get back when you put a little in. This is your opportunity to shape your own way of showing God’s love!

 

 

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 9th-15th May 2010

Photographs from 2010 Christian Aid Lunch

 

 

Installation of Ecumenical Canons

The first ever Ecumenical Canons of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast were installed on Palm Sunday, 28 March 2010. The Revd Wilfred Orr Minister of St John's Presbyterian Church, Newtownbreda, Belfast, and the Revd Ivan McElhenney, a former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Minister of Joanmount Methodist Church, Belfast.

 

 

 

13th September 2009 we held a special service to Ordain and Install new elders in our congregation.
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here for more details

 

 

Saturday 12th September 2009

Autumn Fête photographs

 

Ormeau Churches Together Habitat Trip to Zambia July 2009

A party travelled to Zambia in July 09 to build houses. Members from four Churches in the Ballynafeigh area were involved in the project.

 

 

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 10th-16th May 2009

Photographs from 2009 Christian Aid Lunch

 

 

Friday 30th May until Sunday 1st June 2008

Flower Festival in the Church - click here for photos

 

St Johns/Holy Rosary Habitat Trip to Zambia July 2007

A party of 20 with 10 from each Church travelled to Zambia in the summer of 2007. This proved to be a wonderful trip which had a real impact on all those involved ...more »

 

New Hall Suite opened 27th January 2007

- click here for photos