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Sunday 1st Sept 2019 – Trinity 11

The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 1st September 2019

Today: 11am Holy Communion
No Evening Service in Ballymore
7pm Ordination Service
in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Killyman

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: Philemon 1-21; Reader: Mrs Helen Rawlings)
7pm Holy Communion

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 2:4-13 (OT page 639);
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 (NT page 216; Reader: Graham Patterson);
Luke 14:1, 7-14 (NT page 73).

ORDINATION: Christopher West from Mullabrack Parish will be ordained deacon this evening at a special Service of Ordination in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Killyman at 7pm. Ballymore parishioners will be made very welcome at the Service in Killyman and accordingly there will be no evening Service in Ballymore today. Christopher will serve as a deacon intern in Killyman for the next year. Please pray for Christopher and all those who are preparing for ordination at this time.

SELECT VESTRY will meet on Monday 2nd September at 8pm in the Parish Room.

S-CLUB starts back next Sunday morning (8th September) and we look forward to welcoming all children aged 3 years of age and upwards. Parents are asked to complete the annual consent forms in the Parish Hall following the morning Service on Sunday 22nd September. Family Service will be on Sunday 15th September at 11am and members are asked to wear something “green” or to bring something “green” for a special themed Service.

GFS: The new season for the Girls’ Friendly Society starts on Wednesday 11th September at 6.15pm in the Parish Hall. Please note that admission forms must be signed on that night by a parent/guardian. We look forward to seeing all the members returning and also to welcoming new members too.

BIBLE STUDY / PRAYER GROUP will meet in the Parish Room on Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm for a time of prayer followed by a Bible Study at 8pm. New members will be made very welcome.

GDPR: Back in September 2015 we started the massive task of updating our Parish database and in the months following tried to contact all our parishioners to make sure that we had the most up to date and accurate contact details for them. It was not an easy task and we got information for about 90% of the Parish. Since then the new General Data Protection Regulations came into law in the UK. We therefore now require the consent of every member of the Parish in order to hold those records and to be able to contact parishioners using their address or telephone number. Over the next number of months we will be producing a new GDPR consent form for every parishioner to complete and sign. The regulations state that everyone over the age of 13 must sign their own form and those under 13 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian. It will be a time consuming exercise but is now a legal requirement. More information will be provided in the next few weeks as to how we are going to administer the paperwork.

FREEWILL OFFERING & GIFT AID: Any parishioners who do not currently use Freewill Offering envelopes or a monthly Standing Order and would like to do so, please contact Mrs Ann Liggett or Tom McCord. 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.

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.

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.

DIOCESAN NEWS: The Archdeacon of Ardboe, the Venerable Andrew Forster, has been elected Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Archdeacon Forster is currently the rector of Drumglass Parish (Dungannon). Prayerful best wishes are extended to the Archdeacon and his family. The Revd Dr Peter Munce will be instituted as Rector of the Parochial Group of Mullabrack and Kilcluney on Wednesday 4th September. We send our prayerful best wishes to Peter, his family and our neighbouring Parishes where he will serve.

PARISH WEBSITE: The Parish website contains information about the Parish and its organisations as well as the weekly Services. Please do have a look at it and let us know if there is any other information you think we should add to it.

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.