Sunday 11th November 2018
The Centenary of the Armistice
Today: *11.30am Remembrance Service
Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice
*6.45pm Service of Reflection and Remembrance
Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion
Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Holy Communion – Mission Service
3.15pm Diocesan Mission Service
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
No 7pm Service in Ballymore
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 2:1-5 (OT page 580);
Romans 8:31-39 (NT page 149); John 15:9-17 (NT page 105).
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: It is exactly 100 years today since the Armistice was signed marking the end of the First World War. This evening at 6.45pm there will be a special Service of Reflection and Remembrance. During that Service in Church, as part of the National Tribute, the Last Post will be sounded at 6.55pm and then at 7.05pm the bells will be rung to mark the “Battle’s Over”. The collection at all the Services today will be for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
COUNTRY & GOSPEL CONCERT in the Parish Hall on Wednesday 14th November with doors opening at 7pm and show starting at 7.45pm sharp. Proceeds in aid of Cancer Fund for Children, Daisy Lodge Armagh Branch and Church Funds.
ARCHBISHOP’S ROADSHOW on the theme of “The Coming Kingdom” will take place this Wednesday (14th November) in Mullabrack Parish Hall starting at 8pm.
CHOIR PRACTICE: Thursday evening at 7pm in Church to prepare for Mission Sunday. Members of the other Parish Choirs will also be present.
MOTHERS’ UNION: A Branch meeting will be held on Thursday 15th November at 8pm in the Parish Hall entitled ‘Something Special’. There will also be an Armagh Diocesan ‘Prayer Breakfast’ held in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 24th November from 9.30am to 12 noon. This is a Prayer vigil to show Armagh Diocesan support against Gender Based Violence. The cost will be £10 per person and is payable on the night of the Branch Meeting. Thank you.
DIOCESAN MISSION: During the weekend of 16th – 18th November there will be a special Diocesan Mission. In Ballymore we will be linked with Mullavilly Parish, the Acton Group of Parishes and the Louth Parishes. Our mission will be led by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson. On Friday 16th November, Dundalk Parish will host a “Songs of Praise” evening. Then on Saturday 17th November parishioners from the northern parishes in the group are invited on a trip to the Boyne Visitor’s Centre and to St Peter’s Church in Drogheda. The bus will leave from opposite the Mall gate at 9.45am and will return by approximately 4pm. Lunch will be in the Parish Hall in Drogheda and the cost of travel and entrance to the Boyne Visitor’s Centre will be covered. We have been allocated 15 places on the bus, so those interested in going are asked to add their names to the list in the Church porch. Others are also welcome to travel by car. On Sunday 18th November at 11am there will be a special celebration of Holy Communion in Ballymore when the celebrant and preacher will be the Archbishop of Dublin. We will also be joined that morning by parishioners from the other churches in our mission group. All the Sunday Schools will also take part in a special programme in the Parish Hall that morning. At 3.15pm parishioners are then invited to a special diocesan celebration Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
CHRISTMAS SHOP: The Charity Craft Group will have their Christmas Shop again this year in the British Legion premises in The Square, Tandragee from Thursday 15th November to Saturday 1st December. The shop will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am -1pm. Closed Tuesdays. We would welcome your support as usual. Thanks.
THANKS: The members of the Charity Craft Group would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who supported their Coffee Morning in the Parish Hall on Saturday 3rd November. The grand sum of £1,010 was raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Well done and many congratulations!
FREEWILL OFFERING: Any parishioners who do not currently use Freewill Offering envelopes or monthly Standing Order and would like to do so, please contact Mrs Ann Liggett (Tel: 3833 8002 ) or Tom McCord (Tel: 3884 1021). All Freewill Offerings for 2018 must be received on or before the 31st December 2018 in order to be included in the accounts for the year 2018. This is due to the Charity Commissions regulations.
GIFT AID allows the Parish to claim back 25% on Freewill Offerings or Donations from the Revenue Authorities when the donor pays at least the amount of Income Tax as the Gift Aid claimed in the relevant year. If you do not currently Gift Aid your offering and wish to do so, please contact Ann or Tom on the above numbers. For those who presently Gift Aid, thank you for your additional support. Please make sure you notify us should you no longer pay income tax, change your name or address, so that our records are up to date.
REMINDER: In February each year the Revision of the General Vestry takes place. Only those people whose name appears on the list can vote at the Easter General Vestry Meeting or serve on the Select Vestry. Under new legislation adopted by the Diocesan Synod in October 2016 and approved by the Representative Body in December 2016 “any person registered or claiming to be registered as a resident or an accustomed member, must be an annual subscriber of a sum not less than £50 per annum to the Sustentation Fund of the Parish of which he or she wishes to be a vestry member.”
GRAVEYARD TIDY UP: This year the tidy up will take place on Saturday 24th November from 9am. Please bring your own gardening tools. The more volunteers then the faster the work will be done! All help will be gratefully received.
ROMANIA TRIP: Armagh Youth and Children’s Board (AYaC) are hoping to take 16 young people to Romania next summer, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity NI. All participants must be 16 to 18 years old on or before departure. Might you be interested in being part of this very exciting and worthwhile opportunity? If so, an Information Event for the trip will take place on Monday 12th November, at 7.30pm in Church House, Armagh. All interested young people, parents and youth leaders are invited to attend. For more information, please contact: David Brown (Diocesan Youth and Children’s Ministry Development Officer) Tel: 07557 655860 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET: Information and articles to be included on the weekly announcement sheet should be sent to the Parish email address email@example.com by Thursday evening. Thanks.
18th Diocesan Mission
25th Mrs Amanda Heyburn
18th Miss Nola Nixon
PRAYER ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018
Written for the Armistice Centenary Commemoration by the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan
God, whose stillness is beyond our striving, as on this day the guns fell silent, we remember those whose bodies in the years of war were committed to the earth or sea, those whose name alone remains, and those who, each day following, bore in silence the wounds of body, mind and spirit and the aching of their grief; So now, as their generation is embraced in the fullness of your stillness, may we, in ours, pursue in justice the peace and wholeness of your Kingdom, in which none shall die before their time and all fulfil the hope of their birth; through him whose stillness stilled the sea, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
SICK & BEREAVED: If you know of any parishioners who have been unwell recently, bereaved or who would appreciate a home visit please let the Rector know.