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Sunday 12th January 2020 – The Sunday after the Epiphany

The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday 12th January 2020

Today: 11am Morning Prayer
7pm Holy Communion

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Family Service
7pm Evening Prayer

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 42:1-9 (OT page 614);
Acts 10:34-43 (NT page 123, Reader: Billy Fitzsimmons); Matthew 3:13-17 (NT page 2).


SELECT VESTRY will meet tomorrow evening, Monday 13th January at 8pm in the Parish Room.

WALKMORE (Parish Walking Group) will re-commence on Wednesday 15th January at 10am for the first walk of 2020. Walkmore meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (weather permitting) – leaving from the Church car park at 10am. Everyone welcome.

Ballymore Branch of the Mothers’ Union will meet on Thursday 16th January at 8pm in the Minor Hall. The speaker will be Trevor Bingham and members of the Ulster Scots will be performing. New members welcome.

CINEMA NIGHT: Ladies of the Parish are invited to share together in a night of friendship and fellowship on Friday 17th January 2020 with an outing to the Omniplex Cinema in Craigavon to see the film “Little Women.” The film starts at 7pm so those who are going are asked to meet in the Church car park at 6.10pm. Please add your name to the list on the table in the Church porch if you are interested in going.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE 2020: You are warmly invited to the SAMS (Ireland) annual event in the Craigavon Civic Centre on Friday 7th February at 7.30pm. There will be exciting stories of God at work in South America. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sunday 2nd February at 7pm – GOSPEL CONCERT in Ballymore Parish Church. Guest artists: Men in Black Gospel Group, Paul Berry and Amy Eakin. FWO in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and Church Funds. Printed invitations are available on the table in the Church porch. Please pass these on to your neighbours and friends and assure them of a warm welcome.

HOLY BAPTISM – ‘Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love.’ (BCP page 357). Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan by John and this marked the beginning of his earthly ministry’ (Mark 1:9–11). Near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry he commanded his disciples to ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. (Matthew 28:18). For over two thousand years Jesus’ followers have begun their Christian lives with the sacrament of baptism. The water of baptism is a visible sign of the grace which God conveys in the sacrament. God’s gift in baptism is new birth in Christ, a new direction in life as God’s child, and a calling to be a lifelong, faithful disciple of Christ. At the baptism of infants, parents and godparents are required to make promises on behalf of the child and to undertake to ‘encourage them in the life and faith of the Christian Community’ and to ‘care for them, and help them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church’ (BCP page 361). After baptism it is the responsibility of the parents, godparents and the wider Church to ensure that each newly baptised child or adult is welcomed and nurtured in the faith as a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. Baptism is a sacrament which, for any individual, cannot be repeated or undone, because it represents God’s once–for–all gift and calling to those baptised. If baptised persons want to affirm their faith at a later stage, the proper procedure is to present themselves for Confirmation or to renew their baptismal vows.
Quotations from The Book of Common Prayer 2004, © The Representative Church Body, of the Church of Ireland, 2004 The above information copyright © 2007 APCK, Church of Ireland House, Dublin 6

Any family in Ballymore who have a child they would like baptised, is expected to attend Church. Once they have demonstrated their commitment, involvement and understanding of Church membership, a Service at an appropriate time will be arranged.

SAFEGUARDING TRUST: Our Parish is committed to the Church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust policy which sets standards for the welfare of all children involved in the ministry of the church with a view to protecting them. The parish panel members to whom any concerns can be brought to are the Rector, Garry Morton and Mrs Ann Poole. Their contact details are displayed on the notice boards in the Church and Parish Hall.

FREEWILL OFFERING & GIFT AID: 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: 3884 1183) or Tom McCord (Tel: 3884 1021). 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 do get in touch. 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.

HOSPITAL VISITING: Please inform the Rector if you are going into hospital or you are aware of any parishioner who has been admitted and would appreciate a visit. Due to patient confidentiality clergy no longer have access to the denominational list of patients and are therefore often unaware of parishioners having been admitted to hospital. It would also be appreciated if the Rector could be notified when those in hospital are discharged or transferred to another hospital. Thanks.

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET: Information and articles to be included on the weekly announcement sheet should be sent to the Parish email address by Thursday evening. Thanks.

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.