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Sunday 26th January 2020 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday 26th January 2020

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
7pm A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 11am Holy Communion
(Epistle: Hebrews 2:14-18; Reader: Mrs Linda McCord)
7pm Gospel Concert

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 9:1-4 (OT page 585);
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (NT page 157; Reader: Roy Tilson); Matthew 4:12-23 (NT page 3).


GOSPEL CONCERT – Next Sunday, 2nd February at 7pm –in Ballymore Parish Church. Guest artistes: Men in Black Gospel Group, Paul Berry and Amy Eakin. There will be a special collection in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association 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.

BALLYMORE BOWLING CLUB has now started again after the Christmas break. Our Club does not play or enter into Leagues or Competitions. It is bowling for fun and everyone and anyone is welcome to come along and have a go. Thursday nights from 7pm – 9pm in the Parish Hall.

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. Thanks.

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.

LITTLE LIGHTS is the title of a special Praise Party being held for young children and toddlers in the diocese on Saturday 8th February from 2pm – 3pm in St Columba’s Parish Hall, Portadown. All children and their families are very welcome.

BLOOD DONATION SESSIONS: The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service blood donation sessions are back in the Parish Hall next month on Friday 14th February 2020 from 2.15pm – 4pm and 5.15pm – 8pm.

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.