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Sunday 8th March 2020 – The Second Sunday in Lent

The Second Sunday in Lent
Sunday 8th March 2020

Today: 11am Morning Prayer
7pm Holy Communion

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion
7.30pm Penitential Service

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: Romans 5:1-11; Reader: Marcus Gamble)
7pm Evening Prayer

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 12:1-4a (OT page 9);
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 (NT page 146; Reader: Mrs Melanie Meredith); John 3:1-17 (NT page 89).

WEDNESDAY PENITENTIAL SERVICE: Throughout Lent there will be a Service of the Word every Wednesday night in Church at 7.30pm which will last approximately half an hour. If you are giving up something for Lent why not give up half an hour midweek to attend the Wednesday night Service?

ANNUAL LENTEN LUNCH will be held in the Parish Hall today following the 11am Service. S-Club members will be helping at the lunch and will also be providing entertainment. Our colour for the day is purple so everyone is encouraged to join in the theme and wear something purple! All money raised will go to support Action Mental Health. Please come along and support the S-Club.

CHOIR PRACTICE: There will be a practice for the Parish Choir on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 8pm in Church following the midweek penitential Service. New members will be made very welcome as we begin to prepare music for Easter.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet in the Minor Hall on Thursday 12th March at 2pm when our speaker will be Ian Burns from “Make the Call”. He can advise us on any additional assistance we may be entitled to. New members will be made very welcome.

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

THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE which meets on a monthly basis in Ballymore Parish Hall, would like to extend an invitation to all ladies in the Parish to come along and join them on Thursday 12th March at 8pm in the Minor Hall. The speaker will be Alan McDowell who will give a talk on mental health. New members welcome.

GFS: A number of girls from the Ballymore Branch of the GFS took part in the cookery competition held last Saturday morning in Annaghmore Parish Centre. Arden Whearty gained 1st place in the 7-9 years old category and Rhianna Chambers gained 1st place in the 11-13 years old category. Congratulations to all the girls who took part. All the Ballymore GFS entries were of a very high standard. Well done!

GOSPEL EVENING: On Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 7pm we look forward to welcoming the Dromore Male Voice Choir to Ballymore for a Gospel Evening. Afterwards refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall. There will be a special collection in support of Craigavon Cardiac Care Association and Church Funds. Invitations cards are available on the table in the Church porch, please use these to extend a warm welcome to family, friends and neighbours.

S-CLUB SPONSORED WALK will take place on Sunday 29th March 2020, starting at 2.30pm in Clare Glen. Parents and friends are asked to join the S-Club members on their walk and refreshments will be served at the half-way mark! Walking shoes or wellington boots are recommended as some parts of the path are quite mucky!

ANTIQUES FAIR: Looking for a Mother’s Day gift, then why not come to the Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair St Matthew’s Church Hall, Main Street, Richhill on Saturday 14th March 2020. Where you will be able to find a large variety of items, including jewellery, clocks, furniture, militaria, china, crystal and antique oil lamps. The fair begins at 10am and runs to 4pm admission £1 (children free) during the fair you will also be able to purchase some light refreshments.

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”. We have contacted local shops and businesses asking for support with the sponsorship of the flowers and have received a great response. Parish families may also wish to sponsor flowers and some may wish to do so in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant life event like a baptism or wedding anniversary. If you are interested in being associated with the Flower Festival through making a donation, your name will be included on the printed programme for the weekend and also on a notice board in the Church and Parish Hall. If you would like to do this please place your donation in one of the yellow gift aid envelopes which are available on the table in the Church porch and ensure to include your details and information about your donation on a piece of paper inside. Envelopes can be place on the collection plate or given to the Churchwardens. Many thanks.

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.

COVID-19 (coronavirus): You can help prevent the spread of infection. The best way to protect yourself and others is: Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day. Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands. If you have recently arrived back from specified areas follow the returning traveller advice. Check the list of areas and find out more at

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.