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Sunday 20th October 2019 – HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Sunday 20th October 2019

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Harvest Family Service
7pm Service of the Word for Harvest
Preacher: The Venerable Richard Dadswell

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Reader: Miss Nola Nixon)
7pm A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing


SCRIPTURE READINGS: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (OT page 173);
Philippians 4:4-9 (NT page 188); John 6:25-35 (NT page 93).
WELCOME to all our visitors who are celebrating the Harvest with us today in Ballymore.

HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE: We are delighted to have so many members of the S-Club taking part in the Family Service this morning. Our Junior Churchwardens today are Callum Sterritt and Leon Roney. The collection will be received by Emma Newell, Katie Willis, Jack McClure and Rhys Williamson. Everyone is invited to the Parish Hall for refreshments after the Family Service.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: A very big thank you to all who have made this Harvest Thanksgiving weekend so special. Thanks to those who donated gifts of fruit, flowers and vegetables and who decorated the Church so tastefully. Thanks to Kathleen and the Parish Choir, the Junior Choir, the S-Club leaders and members and all who have contributed in any way to our worship. Thanks also to those who provided and served the Harvest Supper on Friday night and those who organised the refreshments this morning. Thanks also to all who have brought contributions for the Food Bank.

HARVEST FRY NIGHT FUNDRAISING: Many thanks to all who worked so hard behind the scenes last night in the Parish Hall ensuring that the Fry Night was such a great success. Thanks also to all those who came along and supported it. The money raised will be used to support Church based projects in Zimbabwe and Eswatini.

FOOD BANK: As part of our Harvest Thanksgiving weekend celebrations parishioners are encouraged to donate some items of shopping from the list below to be included in a donation to our nearest Food Bank. Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Fruit juice (Long life carton), Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tinned), Tinned Tomatoes, Cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags/Instant Coffee, Instant mash potato, Rice/pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jam, Biscuits or snack bar. Also gifts of pet food will be gratefully received for “creatures great and small” who are part of families where there is financial hardship at this time. Gifts can be left in the Church porch all week.

HARVEST APPEAL: This year our special Harvest collection will go towards our Parish Fabric Fund and the recent repair work to the plasterwork on the interior east wall of the Church. Gift Aid envelopes are available on the seats in Church today.

BALLYMORE GFS will be hosting their annual Enrolment on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Parents, family and friends and all former GFS members will be very welcome to come along to this short Service conducted by the Rector. Refreshments and light snacks will be served afterwards.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet in the Minor Hall on Thursday 24th October at 2pm when the speaker will be Martin Stevenson from the food bank. Members are reminded to bring a contribution for the food bank. New members will be made very welcome.

BIBLE STUDY / PRAYER GROUP will meet in the Parish Room on Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm for a time of prayer followed by a Bible Study at 8pm. New members will be made very welcome.

BALLYMORE BOWLING CLUB: Thursday 24th October at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Fun bowls for all ages and everyone is welcome. Come along and try it!

BLACK BAG COLLECTION: Bags of unwanted clothes, paired shoes and curtains can be left in the porch of the Parish Hall anytime during the next few weeks. We will finish the collection immediately after the half term holiday. No ripped or dirty clothes, ladies’ boots, quilts or pillows please. All money raised will go to GFS funds.

COUNTRY & GOSPEL CONCERT in Ballymore Parish Hall on Thursday 7th November at 7.45pm sharp (Doors open 7pm). Compere: Brian Johnston. Featuring: Barry Stuart, Boxcar Brian, Eugene O’Dornan, Katie McParland and Country Harmony. Tickets: £10. Proceeds in aid of Alzheimer’s & Dementia and Church Funds.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: The Bible Study in conjunction with Drop Inn Ministries would like to encourage individuals and families to take part again this year in the special Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. All we ask is that you fill a shoebox with some small gifts for a child for Christmas and Team Hope will deliver them to Eastern Europe or Africa. All boxes from Ballymore should be brought to Church before Sunday 3rd November. You will find leaflets with information about what to include in your shoebox on the table in the Church porch. Your help and support with this project is very much appreciated.

CHARITY CRAFT GROUP are holding a coffee morning and sale on Saturday 9th November in the Parish Hall from 10.00am – 1.00pm. Please put the date in your diary. Your support will be very much appreciated.

HOSPICE APPEAL: The Diocese of Armagh Annual Hospice Appeal will take place this year on Sunday 3rd November. Gift Aid envelopes will be on the seats in Church on the next two Sundays for those who wish to contribute to the appeal.

ARMAGH DIOCESAN SYNOD will take place on Saturday 2nd November in St Mark’s Church and Hall in Armagh. The Alexander Synod Hall is currently out of use due to restoration work being carried out on the building.

ARCHBISHOP’S ROADSHOWS on the theme of “Living Well” will take place this year on Wednesday 6th & 13th November in Mullabrack Parish Hall starting each evening at 8pm.

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK! The long sunny days of Summer are sadly over for another year and next weekend marks the official end of British Summer Time. Don’t forget to turn your clock back when going to bed on Saturday night. The good news is that you will get an extra hour in bed! We will gain that extra hour at 2am on Sunday 27th October.

GDPR: The new General Data Protection Regulations came into law in the UK last year. This legislation requires us to seek the consent of every member of the Parish for us to be able to contact parishioners using their address or telephone number. 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. Mrs Linda McCord, who has been appointed by the Select Vestry as our Parish Administrator, is overseeing this mammoth task. After the Service this morning Linda will be in the Minor Hall with the forms, please call in with her to sign the appropriate paperwork. It will only take a few minutes and your help and co-operation with this is much appreciated.

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.

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 we should add to it.

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.

27th Miss Nola Nixon (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18)
3rd Mrs Katie Hill (2 Thess. 1:1-4, 11-12)
10th Remembrance Sunday
17th Mrs Elizabeth Blacoe (2 Thess. 3:6-13)
24th Billy Fitzsimmons (Colossians 1:11-20)

27th ————–
3rd Mrs Ann Clayton
10th Remembrance Sunday
17th Mrs Ann Liggett / Mrs Shirley Morton
24th Miss Nola Nixon