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Sunday 16th February 2020 – The Second Sunday before Lent

The Second Sunday before Lent
Sunday 16th February 2020

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Family Service – GFS Celebration
7pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: 2 Peter 1:16-2; Reader: Mrs Amanda Heyburn)
7pm A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing


SCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 1:1-2:3 (OT page 1);
Romans 8:18-25 (NT page 149); Matthew 6:25-34 (NT page 6).

GFS: Today in our Family Service we celebrate the work and witness of the Girls’ Friendly Society. A warm welcome is extended to the members of Ballymore GFS and their families and friends. We are delighted to have Mrs Alison Jackson with us today and she will give the address at the Family Service. Mrs Jackson is the GFS All Ireland President.

FAMILY SERVICE: Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall immediately after the Service. Everyone will be made very welcome.

WALKMORE: The Parish Walking Club will meet on Wednesday 19th February, meeting in the Church Car Park at 10am. New members welcome.

MOTHERS’ UNION: There will be a meeting of Ballymore Mothers’ Union on Thursday 20th February at 8pm in the Parish Hall. The speaker will be Jo-Anne Dobson, who was a former U.U.P. M.L.A. and currently Northern Ireland Ambassador for Kidney Care U.K. In March 2018 she donated one of her kidneys to her son Mark. This meeting will be open to ALL members of the congregation. There will be a retiring collection that will facilitate the work of Kidney Care U.K. Everyone will be made very welcome.

AMBASSADOR DIOCESAN MAGAZINE: payment of £7.50 for the “Ambassador” is now due for 2020/21 to be paid to Joanne Craig before the end of February. Thank you.

GOSPEL EVENING: We are extremely grateful to Emo Overend for all the work he does behind the scenes to organise Gospel Evenings and Concerts in Ballymore. Over the last few years they have proved to be wonderful times of fellowship and praise when a huge amount of money has also been raised for charity. The next Gospel evening will be on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 7pm in Church when we will welcome the Dromore Male Voice Choir. Please put the date in your diary!

FLOWER FESTIVAL in Ballymore Parish Church from 8th – 10th May 2020 as part of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day celebrations. The theme is “Let there be Peace”. As well as the flowers and lunch and refreshments being available in the Parish Hall, we are also hoping to have some old military vehicles and memorabilia. Please put the date in your diary and keep it free as we will need lots of volunteers to help with catering, the car park, guides etc.
An event of this magnitude also carries with it a significant financial cost. We have contacted local shops and businesses asking for support with the sponsorship of the flowers and have received a great response. Parish families may also wish to sponsor flowers and some may wish to do so in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant life event like a baptism or wedding anniversary. If you would be interested in being associated with the Flower Festival through making a donation, your name would be included on the printed programme for the weekend and also on a notice board in the Church and Parish Hall. If you would like to do this please include your details on a piece of paper and give it and your donation to the Churchwardens. Many thanks.

REVISION OF GENERAL VESTRY LIST will take place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 8.30pm. During this month if you would like your name added to the General Vestry List, therefore securing your voting rights at the Easter General Vestry meeting, please ask the Churchwardens for a form. 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. Such subscription must be paid either through regular giving or as a single donation. It must be contributed in an identifiable manner, therefore general Sunday cash collections are not considered as qualifying subscriptions. Contributions through an envelope system are deemed to be qualifying subscriptions.”

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.

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.