The Second Sunday of Christmas
Sunday 5th January 2020
Today: 11am Holy Communion
7pm Evening Prayer
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion
Next Sunday: 11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: Acts 10:34-43; Reader: Billy Fitzsimmons)
7pm Holy Communion
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 31:7-14 (OT page 671);
Ephesians 1:3-14 (NT page 182, Reader: Mrs Anne Roberts); John 1:10-18 (NT page 87).
HAPPY NEW YEAR – May God richly bless you during 2020.
S-CLUB starts back this morning and we look forward to welcoming everyone back after the Christmas holidays. Family Service will be on Sunday 19th January at 11am.
SELECT VESTRY meeting for this month is delayed by a week so will not take place until Monday 13th January, at 8pm in the Parish Room.
The new season for the Girls’ Friendly Society starts on Wednesday 8th January at 6.15pm in the Parish Hall.
OPEN DOOR CLUB: The first meeting of 2020 will be held on Thursday 9th January at 2pm when the speaker will be Roy Vogan. New members will be made very welcome.
BIBLE STUDY / PRAYER GROUP will meet in the Parish Room on Thursday (9th January) at 7.30pm for a time of prayer followed by a Bible Study at 8pm. New members are always welcome
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sunday 2nd February at 7pm – GOSPEL CONCERT in Ballymore Parish Church. Guest artists: Men in Black Gospel Group, Paul Berry and Amy Eakin. FWO in aid of Motor Neurone Disease 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.
FLOWER LIST: The new flower list for 2020 is on the notice board in the Church porch. Please check it and let me know if any changes are required. Also, we do have a lot of vacant Sundays so if anyone else would like to provide flowers please let me know.
Thank you. Beth Wortley.
BABY BASICS: Gifts of the following can be left in the baptistry up until mid-January: First size nappies, baby wipes, baby shampoo, wash and lotion, baby towels and sponges, sheets for Moses basket, changing mats, knitted cardigans, new born baby clothes, blankets, baby vests and baby grows and toiletries for a new mum. Thank you for your generous support of this project.
CINEMA NIGHT: Ladies of the Parish are invited to share together in a night of friendship and fellowship on Friday 17th January 2020 with an outing to Craigavon Cinema to see the film “Little Women.” More details to follow. Please add your name to the list on the table in the Church porch if you are interested in going.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.