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Sunday 4th November – 4th Sunday before Advent

The Fourth Sunday before Advent
Sunday 4th November 2018

Today: 11am Holy Communion
A Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service
7pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: *11.30am Remembrance Service
Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice
*6.45pm Service of Reflection and Remembrance


SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (OT page 608);
Acts 3:1-16 (NT page 114; Reader: Mrs Anna Laverty); Matthew 25:31-46 (NT page 28).

NHS70: Today at our 11am Holy Communion Service we will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service and give thanks to God for the doctors, nurses and many others who have looked after the nation’s health over the last 70 years.

HOSPICE APPEAL: The Diocese of Armagh Annual Hospice Appeal takes place today. Gift Aid envelopes are available on the seats in Church for those who wish to contribute to the appeal. Over the last five years this special appeal in the diocese has raised almost £73,000, including Gift Aid.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the special Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. All boxes should be brought to Church by the end of today so that they can be forwarded on to Drop Inn Ministries who will then deliver them to Eastern Europe or Africa in time for Christmas. Your kindness and support is very much appreciated.

SELECT VESTRY will meet tomorrow evening (Monday 5th) at 8pm in the Parish Room.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Church.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet on Thursday 8th November at 2pm in the Minor Hall when the speaker will be David Neil from Kerry Foods. New members will be made very welcome.

ARCHBISHOP’S ROADSHOWS on the theme of “The Coming Kingdom” will take place this Wednesday (7th November) and the following Wednesday (14th November) in Mullabrack Parish Hall starting each evening at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

COUNTRY & GOSPEL CONCERT in the Parish Hall on Wednesday 14th November with doors opening at 7pm and show starting at 7.45pm sharp. Proceeds in aid of Cancer Fund for Children, Daisy Lodge Armagh Branch and Church Funds. Tickets priced £10 are available from members of the Select Vestry.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: This year it will be exactly 100 years on 11th November since the Armistice was signed marking the end of the First World War. Ballymore will be very much central to the local commemorations on Remembrance Sunday. The Act of Remembrance will take place at the Tandragee War Memorial at 10.45am and afterwards the Parade will make its way to Ballymore Parish Church for Morning Service. In the evening at 6.45pm there will be a special Service of Reflection and Remembrance. During that Service in Church, as part of the National Tribute, the Last Post will be sounded at 6.55pm and then at 7.05pm the bells will be rung to mark the “Battle’s Over”. The collection at all the Services next Sunday will be for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. Please note the change in Service times on Remembrance Sunday to facilitate the national Acts of Remembrance.

DIOCESAN MISSION: During the weekend of 16th – 18th November there will be a special Diocesan Mission. In Ballymore we will be linked with Mullavilly Parish, the Acton Group of Parishes and the Louth Parishes. Our mission will be led by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson. On Friday 16th November, Dundalk Parish will host a “Songs of Praise” evening. Then on Saturday 17th November parishioners from the northern parishes in the group are invited on a trip to the Boyne Visitor’s Centre and to St Peter’s Church in Drogheda. The bus will leave from opposite the Mall gate at 9.45am and will return by approximately 4pm. Lunch will be in the Parish Hall in Drogheda and the cost of travel and entrance to the Boyne Visitor’s Centre will be covered. We have been allocated 15 places on the bus so those interested in going are asked to add their names to the list in the Church porch. Others are also welcome to travel by car. On Sunday 18th November at 11am there will be a special celebration of Holy Communion in Ballymore when the celebrant and preacher will be the Archbishop of Dublin. We will also be joined that morning by parishioners from the other churches in our mission group. All the Sunday Schools will also take part in a special programme in the Parish Hall that morning. At 3.15pm parishioners are then invited to a special diocesan celebration Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

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.
FOODBANK: Our recent Harvest collection for the Foodbank was very successful with 162Kgs of food donated by the S-Club and members of the Parish. That’s 25½ stone weight of food! These food items have now been sent off to the Foodbank in Craigavon for distribution. Many thanks to the members of the Ballymore Branch of the Mothers’ Union for looking after the food collection and to everyone for their generosity.

BLACK BAG COLLECTION: Once again we are holding a black bag collection to raise money for Parish Funds. Bags of unwanted clothes, paired shoes and curtains can be left in the porch of the Parish Hall anytime during the next week. No ripped or dirty clothes, ladies boots, quilts or pillows please. Thanks.

FREEWILL OFFERING: 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: 3833 8002 ) or Tom McCord (Tel: 3884 1021). All Freewill Offerings for 2018 must be received on or before the 31st December 2018 in order to be included in the accounts for the year 2018. This is due to the Charity Commissions regulations.

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 contact Ann or Tom on the above numbers. 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.

REMINDER: In February each year the Revision of the General Vestry takes place. Only those people whose name appears on the list can vote at the Easter General Vestry Meeting or serve on the Select Vestry. 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.”

ROMANIA TRIP: Armagh Youth and Children’s Board (AYaC) are hoping to take 16 young people to Romania next summer, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity NI. All participants must be 16 to 18 years old on or before departure. Might you be interested in being part of this very exciting and worthwhile opportunity? If so, an Information Event for the trip will take place on Monday 12th November, at 7.30pm in Church House, Armagh. All interested young people, parents and youth leaders are invited to attend. For more information, please contact: David Brown (Diocesan Youth and Children’s Ministry Development Officer) Tel: 07557 655860 or

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.

11th Remembrance Sunday
18th Diocesan Mission
25th Mrs Amanda Heyburn

11th Remembrance Sunday
18th Miss Nola Nixon
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